gr8lakes

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  1. Who makes these tables? (either the square or rectangular ones) They look great and I'd love to upgrade the cockpit table in my 05 290.
  2. Found my 290 on YachtWorld.
  3. Sounds like you dont need radar, so many choices then. For my 290 on the great lakes, Im trying to decide between Simrad and Raymarine packages with digital, low power radar (4g/3g vs Quantum) and the rest (sounder, GPS). Latest Ray software not fully done yet but units seem great, vs Simrad integration opportunities (Mercury, fwd sounder). However, Im no expert so this comparison doesnt count.
  4. Great video! Some stunning scenes. I've been wondering how well drone Follow Me modes would work to chase a boat. My understanding is that battery life and sometimes top speed is limited. On YouTube, there's a whole genre of boating "video logs", or vlogs. They're 10-15 minute serials of narrated boating adventure, with drone and GoPro footage and music, some highly produced . Great to watch while sidelined by Winter. One such vlog is Searching for C-Shels, and they have some TI videos, as they are based nearby. Other vlogs Ive seen are Sailing Ruby Rose, Gone with the Wynns, and a few others but there are ones for all tastes. My favorites are the ones in the TI or Virgin Islands. These vlogs are introducing millenials to cruising, may help save boating in some regards, as boomers continue to age.
  5. In case this helps anyone: Most of the vinyl in the picture above is Spradling Beluga Whitecap, which is still available new from Spradling distributors, by the yard. Original vendor was G&T Industries, but they sold the business. Its a good quality vinyl with an easy clean finish layer on top. On my boat, the prior owner must have used the wrong cleaner and burned a seat bottom. I'll recover it. The faux performated tan vinyl looks like Spradling Polaris. The color appears to be discontinued from Spradling (guessing), but is still available online from other vendors. I found a vendor and bought a sample last week. I havent yet identified the chocolate colored vinyl in the middle of the seatbacks.
  6. The PDF parts guides do not seem to have part numbers for the seat skins for my Sig 290. Mine is a 2005 Signature 290 (made between 2004-2009 with same cockpit seats, or 2002-2003 Signature 280). Anyone have a list of cockpit seat skin part numbers for my boat? If I had the part numbers, I could search for new old stock on Ebay or Google. Are skins available for the 2009s? Who made the skins for Chap, that they might still have the patterns? Finally, if nothing else, does anyone know the part numbers for the vinyl used in this color scheme, as I see that some Chap vinyls are advertised on the web (Great Lakes Skipper closeouts).
  7. I'm with you. This winter is taking forever, and its too cold in the warehouse to do much maintainance.
  8. Thanks for the good info in this thread!
  9. Last week, I got the name of a local expert to have my FB inspected. I do see the inspection and weighing instructions. How do you know how many years they are good for? Does the clean agent go bad?
  10. Last week I saw a new Sea Ray 260 and 280 at a boat show. My first thought was how cheap and flimsy they looked! The new Chaps still looked good.
  11. Lots of of good advice re the dealer and mechanics in the replies above. > "lost power" Not a lot of tech detail shared .... got me curious. Could it be restarted? Did the dealer check fuel filters and fuel pressure? No beeps or computer codes? What model engines? Everything should be under warranty, including engines.
  12. So you didn't talk about cost ... Northstar, Lifeline, and Trojan are top AGM brands for deep cycle. Gel batteries (e.g. Deka Gel) best for deep discharge, can last many years, but you need a special charger. I'll need to replace my house battery this spring ... leaning towards Lifeline, but not now undecided. I also have two Deka-built Sears Die Hard Gold AGM for starting batteries, holding up well so far. Sears no longer carries the rebranded Optima Platinums. Measure your battery tray, go biggest group size you can fit. Maybe it will fit a group 27. The Chap part guides might say what group size will fit. Better yet, measure the tray and see if any of the manufacturers Group 31 will fit the tray. You might get 100+ ah. If the stereo is the big draw, switch to a class D amplifier, much less draw. (edits)
  13. If its out of the water, use the product called On Off. Its really wipe on and wipe off. Magic. I used it to clean my water line a few months back.
  14. So it sounds like your battery meets minimum specs. I always buy the biggest battery that will fit in the existing battery tray, car or especially boat. The battery tray size is given in the part guides on this site. 1000 MCA comes in both group 24 and group 27.
  15. Thanks for the follow up on your issue, I learned something. My 2005 5.0 MPI's are Smartcraft capable. The bluetooth VesselView Mobile setup looks really attractive for the minimal deer even just for code pulling for engine diagnostics-just plug the transmiiter into the engine plug, then read the code on your phone. I may try to go VesselView 4, as some in another thread recently provided really good info on it. I dont know if your 6.2 is SC capable, but doesnt matter as you fixed it, and a code might not have been helpful anyway.
  16. A friend at our marina has a 300, great boat, has been restored to look like new, amazing. I can't offer advice on how to test or diagnose, but if you or someone open them up and just have it replaced, you wont worry about it further. Same as impellers, etc.
  17. I have a 2005 Sig 290, great boat. Very well designed. This model was 2005 boat of the year on some magazine. More interior room than comparable other manufacturers, and has a walk thru windshield for safety. Im not an expert on the 310s. Go in a 290 and see where you and the Admiral would like to sleep. If you like the aft berth, great, its huge. If you prefer the forward V berth, lay down and see how comfortable it is. The 310 has a different forward berth I think, more of a bed, though you lose that big forward table from the 290 for cards, etc. Get a slip. 1500 is a no go for towing. However, you may have a friend with a bigger truck for those times you need to move it. Or you may be able to rent a 3/4 ton truck from Enterprise Commercial, Ive done this. Call Boat US for free permit advice for your state. Check your insurance.
  18. Uninformed guess: good batts? Alternator?
  19. Please post which engine and what model year engine.
  20. That's a great tip. I've tried to fix this with more rubber weather stripping foam, but the foam rips off due to the cord moving back and forth. I also tried to buy U-channel edge weather stripping (like for car door edges), but it's hard to install because the edge is so bendy. The clear silicone should stay put. Thanks.
  21. In my Signature 290, I have Die Hard Gold AGM group 27s, which I believe are Deka made. I looked hard at the North Star, looks like great batteries, but price was higher. Almost went with them.
  22. I did some reaearch recently after removing some zebra mussel clusters after pulling my Sig from Lake Ontario. There are some new controls. The Zequanox story is interesting: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/08/14/researchers-enlist-new-tool-against-invasive-zebra-quagga-mussels/88481078/ A dead, local land bacteria is toxic to nonlocal invasive species, but safe to everthing else. Also saw some other stories about inorganic powders to use.
  23. Made me laugh. For those who havent see one: Outside the Ithaca NY airport FBO (service center for general aviation aircraft), where I had flown a Cessna 172, I saw a rock on the end of a chain hanging from the wall. A nearby plaque said: "This is a weather rock. If the rock is wet, it's raining. If the rock is white, its snowing. If the rock is sideways, it's windy ..." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_rock
  24. Yeah ... I suspect water trickles down and gets in the hatch lid. Water enters the cutout for the wire hole. I think this is fizable with addl weatherstripping of the cutout part.
  25. My comments here are not directed at any one post above. If you have continuing issues with a boat, used or especially new, consider that the dealer may be a factor. First off, the quality of the service staff matters. IMO this is really important so that things are done right and other things dont get broken or dinged up. I once had a car that always had something go wrong sometime after being serviced by a certain car dealer. Went elsewhere for service and suddenly everything was reliable. In my area, I've heard someone say that they suspect a rural boat dealer/marina of using their boat for parts in a pinch. The fixes were under warranty but there were too many things that broke for a lightly used new boat. The dealer does have a bit of a reputation in this case. They are known to take parts off their used boats for sale on jackstands in their lot.