Dennis A

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  1. It has been a while. My trailer still has most of it's red paint, but thanks for the offer:)
  2. As Shep said, my primary concern would be the wood in the structure if the floor, stringers and transom. You literally need to dig into what you cannot see. If you are not careful you could end up with a rotten boat. Happens to the best of us.
  3. Rotary buffer with twisted wool pad.
  4. Cruizin, I like your idea, but its not original. Do a google image search for "boat cover with skirt" and you will get plenty of results. Keeping the sun off the gelcoat is the best way to keep if from oxidizing, but i can see where the cover would get annoying and possibly do some damage in storms. Waxing. doesn't completely eliminate the oxidation, but dramatically slows it down. In a situation where the boat is slipped for the season, waxing could be a real pain and the skirted cover could be a real advantage.
  5. Looks good Tom!
  6. To each his own. For me, I will buy the 100k boat when its 12 years old for $25k cash and make just as great memories with my family all the while investing the difference over the next 20 years.
  7. +1. Having the cash, but choosing to not use it is a very different situation. At the very least you need to have the difference between the loan amount and the resell value of the boat on hand for a rainy day situation.
  8. Yep, same with 7 year notes on vehicles and 30 year notes on student loans. If i can pay the monthly payment then i can afford it!
  9. +1. The interest charge on a financed new boat is not the only cost, add the 20%, 15%, 14%, etc depreciation in years 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. A boat or just about any other toy never makes pure financial sense.
  10. So borrow money from a bank at some interest rate to spend it on a depreciating asset versus buying a comparatively depreciated asset that is only a few years old
  11. Another reminder why i buy used and definately don't finance toys.
  12. Was thinking the same thing so I looked.....30k deer minimum to replace my fully functional 1992 1900 SLC. I paid 1/10 of that for it 5 years ago from a family member.
  13. Those batteries are rated at 1370 MCA (32 degF) and 1150 CCA (0 degF). At what temp are you testing the CA at? If you are testing at 70 degF then I would expect CA to be ~1847 on a new fully charged battery rated for 1150 CCA. The devil is in the details and you have to be careful how you are testing.
  14. The manufacturer of brand name batteries can be region specific. http://jgdarden.com/batteryfaq/batbrand.htm