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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. :-)
  5. Very sweet. I'll always be a Ford guy, though.
  6. 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.
  7. Really nice video. Beautiful family, boat, puppy everything.
  8. 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.
  9. I've faced a similar situation and the void was too much to fill, even with thickened epoxy. I'm guessing the toggle bolts didn't work because the screw's pan head is too bulbous and doesn't allow the opposite side of the piano hinge to flush together when you close the door. It makes it even worst when you add a washer to the screw head. There's hardly any play room between the 2 hinge leafs when they're shut together. A better solution for you might be to fill in the current holes in the jamb/frame side and sand them down as best as possible, prime just enough to protect the worked surface and then re-drill new (correct sized) holes for new screws an inch or inch and a half (up or down) away from the current ones in the piano hinge. Then use a countersink drill bit to create a countersink in those holes for the screw heads to countersink into the hinge and be flush with it. That way you don't get any binding when you close it (which is probably the problem). Then line up the hinge and door on the frame, mark the new holes you just drilled in the hinge onto the jamb/frame and drill the correct size hole at the new locations and refasten the door. It looks like you have enough room to even add a couple more holes and screws for good measure. This way you're not drilling into the repaired holes that might not hold. Make sure you get the right, stainless steel screws and know the size of holes & countersink before you proceed. This should work nicely.
  10. Looks great, Rip. Keeps water out in general.
  11. Indeed. A lot of surface area to buff out on that monster. Also a pretty deep, swim platform. You can put chairs and a dining table on that thing, and fish quite comfortably off it at the same time. Is there also a lower helm in that model, or just the one on the flybridge? What about joystick for docking? Not sure that was available in 2007. That's a perfect candidate for one of those stern joysticks. I can't imagine backing into a tight slip with my skills and that thing! I think these SR's are better looking than the Meridians, but that's just me. Hopefully one of many boats that gets to escape Irma. Good luck to all the folks in FLA.
  12. That is beautiful! Looks like it got that nice buff job and looks brand new. Everything you need for a great time on the water with friends and family. Congratz!
  13. Wow. Labor day is tomorrow, I hope this beauty is in your slip?
  14. Brilliant. No wonder your boat is so clean.
  15. Keep us posted on this thread if you do end up purchasing and installing one of these. I'd be curious to see how you make out with the installation and then using it next summer. Cheers.