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  1. The most dangerous thing I ever saw was a trampoline installed on the bow portion of a pontoon boat -- and four kids jumping on the trampoline with the pontoon boat underway.
  2. Lenco trim tabs make a huge difference in ride through choppy water. Full deflection (bow down) forces the bow down and our 244 cuts through chop well.
  3. There's a disconnect inside the hull. You'll detach the old actuator and pull the wiring through a 1/2" (or so) hole in the transom. You'll attach the replacement actuator and feed the new wires through the hole -- and it's that hole you'll fill liberally with 5200. Budget a couple of hours for the work and a few days to let the 5200 set up prior to using the boat.
  4. Give Lenco a call. They'll sell you a new (single) actuator. It's an easy fix, but you'll need some 5200 to seal the wiring.
  5. Thanks all!! Working on processing the video we shot during the trip.
  6. Sorry to hear of the troubles! Just a note to all: we carry a separate fire extinguisher (large) when towing. It's located in the back of the SUV and NOT ON THE BOAT. After having my brakes overheat last summer, came to the conclusion this would be a wise idea... Last thing I want to do when the trailer's on fire is climb on board the boat to get the extinguisher... that boat also contains 60 gallons of high explosive (aka gasoline). We also carry a cheap handheld infrared thermometer device to measure temps of the rims and bearing caps when we stop for fuel, restrooms, etc. About $20 on Amazon.
  7. Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, July 7th 2017 2008 Chaparral 244 Xtreme 2017 DJI Mavic Pro
  8. Costco has Interstate batteries. Don't overthink things, especially if you have a dual battery (eg, backup) setup. Save the $$ and invest in a decent Lithium jump box like the Noco Genius GB70 or GB150.
  9. You'll like it. I found it very easy to fly. The hardest part about it is understanding the menu structure and all the options; once you get the hang of it, it will make sense but a bit convoluted to begin with.
  10. I'm surprised that your insurance company is even accepting the claim -- it wasn't an accident. It was a mechanical failure, made worse by incompetency of the mechanic. Get it fixed, whatever the cost, and then present them with the bill. You can't tender it to their insurance -- they have to do that (unless I'm unaware of a law specific to your area). Yes, your insurer will invoke "betterment" in dealing with your claim. If it is covered by your insurance, their responsibility is likely limited to restoring to the same condition as before; a new drive would clearly "better" the situation for you, thus "betterment" -- where you pay for getting something in better condition than it was prior to the claim. How do I know this stuff? The school of hard knocks (and too many toys).
  11. Not sure this is any help, but I have a similar setup on our 244 Xtreme and I just started turning dials until I got the sound that I wanted. Not sure if it's correct, balanced, etc., but we're happy. If your boat's on a trailer, any automotive sound shop can likely tune the sound. What drives me crazy is that the left side drives our bow speakers, with the right driving the cabin speakers. What were they thinking? And, it's too tight at the amp to easily correct this mixup.
  12. In my example, the old table saws weren't grandfathered in. It wasn't a code mandate, it was the fear of litigation (actually, losing litigation) that forced shops to upgrade equipment. More of a civil mandate rather than a regulatory mandate.
  13. A few years ago, an inventor developed and patented a table saw that would immediately stop when coming in contact with flesh. Just an amazing tool, but expensive. The SawStop. Now, every single woodshop operator out there (and more importantly, their insurance company) now lives in fear of these words from an employee's attorney: "Were you aware of the SawStop, a product that would have saved my client's fingers?" I'm amazed that every dock doesn't have a safety device installed that shuts down power when transient voltage is detected in the water (or a fault exists with the sensing system itself).
  14. Seems like all marinas should have a warning system in place to detect/warn of transient voltage? I can't believe it hasn't been mandated by either the government or insurance companies...
  15. I bought the Mavic Pro earlier in the year and am very pleased with it. Haven't yet used it on the boat, but will shortly. I have one thing to recommend: read the manual and watch as many "how to" videos as you can while you wait for delivery. They are very easy to fly, but have many, many settings that can get a bit overwhelming at times. Automated flight modes on the Mavic are great.