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  • Birthday 02/07/1966

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  1. Hatem

    Had A Few Friends Drop In While Fishing

    Well, I'm glad you got with the times, Denny! :-) I was at the Rhode Island air show this past Saturday and I tested my new Cannon 70D with the first sighting of the F-35A Lightning II making its first appearance at the Quonset show, and what a show it put on! Got some great pics of it, especially doing that classic, low altitude takeoff and suddenly it goes vertical. The 70D actually takes incredible videos also which I will try next time.
  2. #%^$&%$ you, Dennis! Always right. I should've never doubted you as I know better but since I had luck with plugging the chord in and after charging it for a day and then had plenty of power 5 days later to open the hatch and lower the drive and even crank the tunes, I figured I just might prove you wrong! Even when I put the twiggies on the batteries today before cranking it up for the first time to warm the oil so I can extract it easily, I got 10.9vt on the starting battery and 11.7 on the 2 houses, so I figured I was golden! Turned the key, got my three usual beeps, said a prayer and then...........pffft. Nothing! I was pissed cuz now I had to come here and confess, lol. Oh well, I was planning on changing the batteries anyway since they are 4 years old now and have been dead through 2 winters. But I changed the oil and the old stuff looked nice and golden so I was happy with that. Changed the fuel filter and pulled the F-450 up to the hatch and jumped the batteries off the truck and cranked her and temp went up to 160 and hovered between that and 159 so that's good. Got a bunch of other odds and ends I'm adding this year I'll keep updating the thread.
  3. Nothing wrong with that, looks awesome. Tell him I said hi when you see him again. So guess what? I plugged the extension chord into the charger plug and I got full power! Raised the dive and popped the hatch and even cranked the tunes. Left it plugged in for the day and when I got home later, batteries were fully charged. Couldn't believe it. I thought that once those things die out, they're finished, especially if they've been in the boat for a very long time. BTW, do you update your 741xs? I usually have the dealer do it but this year I'm gonna try it myself, just need to find out how.
  4. Ok, sounds like a plan, thanks a lot. I'm gonna try the chord first just to satisfy my curiosity and if it doesn't work, PlanColdOne. If you never hear from me again you'll know what happened lol. Appreciate it very much. Have you talked to Bill at all, recently? Wonder how our old buddy is doing? Hope all is well with him. That is ridiculously brilliant! What a great idea for some shade, especially at the bow seats. Maybe when you get some time, you can show us how you set up the shore power panel. That looks great, but I hope those marks in between the two panels are just pencil marks?! That is just outstanding! I like the way you made the mounting plate with a little left over at the ends but I'm surprised you were able to get in there to screw it down?! Looks like you can barely fit a few fingers in there.
  5. Thanks, man. I forgot I do have a powerpack kicking around somewhere. I need to also lift the drive first in order to pull the boat out of it's tent storage, so I need enough power to do that as well as open the hatch. You think the powerpack will have enough for both those functions? Good to see you too, TP. I wasn't sure if the shore power connection will only trickle power to the batteries through the charger or if it will do that while at the same time provide a constant 12 vt to the rest of the electrical components. I was hoping for the latter. Gonna try it this week and let you guys know what happens. I guess I'll pop the hatch first, then try to raise the drive if I have enough power to do both. If not, then at least I can change the batteries. Cheers.
  6. Not sure if you were referring to my question or something else, I apologize I'm not sure what you mean by using an ap in this case. I just needed to know if it's basically ok to just plug in my shore power outlet (which is 110vt) with 3, completely dead deep cycle batteries just to get enough power to open the hatch so I can access them and change them among other things I need to do. I know it's probably a silly question but I've never had to deal with this before and I do have a full tank of gas and I'm basically de-winterizing it, so to speak. Just want to be sure that's the way to go and if there's a potential risk or it should be ok and should work. I don't think there's another way to pop the hatch off without powering it.
  7. Got a battery question for anyone who might know the answer can kindly reply here without having to open a new thread just for that. I don't remember the procedure but I'm pretty sure all 3 deep cycle batteries are kaput, dead as can be and I need to get the hatch opened to access them and install the new ones. I have the 1 starter and the other two whatever they're called but should I just plug my 110vt chord into the outlet I have that runs to the transformer/transducer whatever and to the battery and get enough power to open the hatch? Or is there another trick anyone knows? Any help would be appreciated.
  8. Hatem

    Had A Few Friends Drop In While Fishing

    Couple of bold ones that came up close on top of the windshield, very cool. Reminds me of the migrating warblers that visited us in Maryland when we were out about 20 miles offshore. Those were tired and needed a rest, but these here look like they were just curious. You wouldn't think this but bluejays are part of the Corvids, which include black crows, ravens and magpies.
  9. Hatem

    2017 337 SSX

    Yeah you don't want to be plowing into docks with other boats and people with a boat like that. That's a crazy problem. With all the new technology in all these motors, you would think there is a failsafe mechanism to not allow something like that to happen. Must be super frustrating to be in a superb boat like that and run into that kind of problem, especially a brand new one and of the caliber of Formula.
  10. Hatem

    2017 337 SSX

    Wow, that is crazy scary. I hope no one was hurt. It's very stressful as it is pulling into a tight slip in a crowded marina let lone try doing it with a motor that's stuck in forward gear. That must've been very frightening. I'm not surprised by the reaction you're getting TBH. And if they fixed it the first time, what's preventing them from fixing it again and fixing it right, this time? Is the warranty expired? For a boat that size and that costly, you'd think they would be doing whatever it takes to fix a dangerous problem like that. That shifter is also not exactly a simple piece of technology, and a lot of it is digital from what I vaguely know, so the problem is probably a lot more complicated than a simple, stuck linkage/cable or wedged mechanism. Hope you get it taken care of and keep us posted.
  11. Hatem

    Keys Trip

    Not this time since it's snowing up here. Maybe another time during summer and when it's not mostly a fishing trip. Hopefully you guys will do this again. It'll happen one day, my friend. :-)
  12. Very sweet. I'll always be a Ford guy, though.
  13. Hatem

    F-150 question

    My 2005 F-350 lasted 10 years & 230K miles on it up here in NE weather, and I used it for heavy construction. You should be fine if you take care of it. One thing I did frequently in the winter was run it through the car wash and get the undercarriage wash. That probably helped quite a bit.
  14. Hatem

    Florida Keys - Video

    Really nice video. Beautiful family, boat, puppy everything.
  15. Hatem

    Keys Trip

    Too bad you have to wait until then, TP. Coming down with some buddies in January or February and meeting up with a friend for a week of fishing and boating. Need that winter getaway.