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  1. EricGT

    Dockmaster/Handler training

    It may be easier for me just to buy a marina. lol
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    Dockmaster/Handler training

    No degree. Area of education is in original post.
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    Dockmaster/Handler training

    In searching over the past several months I do see dockmaster and dockhand positions open throughout the Keys. There are many marinas and resorts throughout the area requiring such positions. Im sure it sounds crazy to start over. However we do have the funds to survive off of for some time. I could just go and buy a business. But as I am sure many of you know, business ownership becomes as taxing mentally as some jobs requiring physical labor.
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    Dockmaster/Handler training

    This is going to be a pretty vague/naïve question. So I figured I would come in here first to take my lumps. The wife and I are looking to move to the Florida Keys in 2020 to begin the second half of our lives. My wife's degree is in education and mine in business management. She loves her line of work; I do not. So my life goal is to start over at 50 years of age and train towards becoming a dockmaster. If moving to the Florida Keys, I want to be near the water and boats. Makes sense, eh? Question is- Where should I start? Are there online course I may take to at least start with some sort of basic knowledge prior to stepping foot on a dock as a dockhand? This looked like an excellent resource until I realized it is based out of the UK. https://maritimetrainingacademy.com/ Perhaps this is not an issue. Has anyone chosen this path? If so, what were the early lines of direction? It is very difficult to obtain any type of on the job training when one lives in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania.
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    Out w/ the V Hull - In with the Pontoon

    Congrats! I understand the pontoon trend. We frequent Lake Anna annually and can see where a pontoon would be a blast on the lake. We always go with another family who has a toon and they carry everything and tie up at the volleyball net while we do watersports off my boat. But when it comes time to hit Tim's or Anna Cabanas, we all hop on the toon and get the party started.
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    A novice question about winterizing.

    Thanks for the replies guys! This obviously shows I need to do some more research. However, I do like the 'pink' antifreeze via kit method. It costs less than $40 and seems fairly easy and foolproof. So let the engine idle for 5 minutes (temp gauge 160*), open the shut off so the antifreeze mixes, and run until the 5 gallons is gone. Sounds easy, unless I am over-simplifying it.
  7. Hopefully this post will assist another novice and I am not the only idiot in here about what appears to be a simple practice. I have a heated storage unit, but want to add antifreeze due to it's simplicity and low cost. Peace of mind is another reason too. So I see these two kits: https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine--engine-winterizing-kit--520411?recordNum=7 https://jet.com/product/detail/c4d648b8f498443ea87432c3a00d7068?jcmp=pla:ggl:NJ_dur_Gen_Sporting_Goods_a2:Sporting_Goods_Boating_Boat_Parts_Accessories_a2:na:PLA_783891037_42653331018_pla-302540231690:na:na:na:2&code=PLA15&pid=kenshoo_int&c=783891037&is_retargeting=true&clickid=0ade2504-4b7a-4c75-84e5-1b821b26e081 Both appear to hold 5 gallons of anti-freeze and are powered by the pressure of a garden hose. It is my ASSumption I hook this kit to the muffs I use to flush my engine and follow the same process of running the engine for 5 minutes. Is this correct? Also, is there any concern with the anti-freeze mixture running down the driveway? I have two dogs in which I am aware anti-freeze can be toxic. I guess what would be left after this is oil and filter change and fuel filter/separator. Anyone in South central PA want to stop by for a case of beer and an hour of instruction? This is all new to me. But I hate to spend another $400 this year to have my boat winterized for a process that seems to be pretty basic in nature.
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    Trim Tabs on 236SSX??

    I have the 1212E. They do change the wake if in full down position. On my boat, this is not necessary if people are placed throughout the boat. I always try to sit two up front if someone is in the first mate's seat next to me and everything works great with minimal trim and a full wake. If only two are on the boat, no issues at 17 mph. Switch is placed to the right of the steering wheel. More importantly is our boat always lists to the starboard side. Dropping the port trim tab for merely just a second pops the starboard side right up and perfectly levels the boat.
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    265 ssi 6,2 va 8,1

    You see the yellow 2004 on boat trader with the 496 and 140 hours for 36k? That's a nice boat!
  10. I asked this question on the BOU page on facebook and received 0 feedback. The racks on my tower are taking a beating from dock posts when tying up which makes me feel I should have gone with spinning racks. I was quoted 450 in parts to turn my current racks into spinning...per side. Another 900 on top of the 720 I spent for the stationary mounts. Are there any cheaper, quality alternatives out there? I know Samson makes a quality product, but... Would you guys even try these out? The price is amazing! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reborn-Pro-Quick-Release-Kneeboard-Wakeboard-Combo-Tower-Rack-Shining-Polished/251907469443?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D41451%26meid%3Da27b702d5bb8499daf092caeb550a62d%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D2%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D251907469443&_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042
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    Load Rite vs Venture

    Unfortunately I can't offer a whole lot of advice other than when trailer shopping earlier this year my shop recommended the Load Rite Elite over Venture. He mentioned about the way they manufactured the frame rails was better on the Elites. FWIW, he sells both trailers.
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    Best TOWING SUV?

    My Yukon Denali XL tows our boat with no issues whatsoever. It has anti-sway and rear air leveling. The 6.2 is the same engine as in the Stingray...it's strong! My next vehicle will be a used F250. New SUV's are getting ridiculous!
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    Trim tab Installation

    I shouldn't chime in but I will. Search my story with what Bennett stated with our transoms. I love the tabs and they are effective. But I think I went overkill by 1000 deer having someone mount these tabs with custom spacers.
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    Reverse Arch Tower for 226 SSI

    If you get an aftermarket tower I'd recommend one that is spec built for your boat. No adjustment bolts or slides. It will be as good imo as OE.
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    Driver shower for VP so?

    Man, that's a clean looking Merc!