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  1. But if you sit, doesn't that make the head a cock-pit??? Now I'm confused!
  2. The head unit does NOT get it's power from the remote wire. When the head unit is turned on, it uses the remote wire to send 12v to the amp. That remote wire is connected to a relay in the amp which turns on the amp power.
  3. Bryant was purchased by Correct Craft about a year ago.
  4. Here you go! http://marineledshop.com/
  5. Boats will actually run faster if there is a slight chop rather than smooth as glass. The glassy flat surface creates more surface tension (friction), which has to be overcome. A very slight chop reduces that surface tension!
  6. You sound like you'll do a thorough and detailed inspection at delivery, but resist the urge to take the boat and "bring it back later" for any repairs/adjustments that are discovered during your initial inspection. The dealer is much more likely to get those fixes made quickly so he can collect the final $$ and get that boat of his lot. If you wait and bring it back later, you'll be at the mercy of the service department and how busy they are.
  7. Lots of good suggestions here, but you don't really tell us much about the lake you'll be on. That will make a big difference as to what you need to carry. On my lake, I'm almost never out of sight of the shore, so I'm not likely to get "stranded". For tools, I carry two screwdrivers, a crescent wrench and extra oil and gear lube. That's it and I've never used anything other than the screwdrivers. Of course I carry lines ,fenders, lifejackets, and required safety equipment, too. And a cell phone, With a new boat, you're likelihood of a breakdown is relatively low. Focus on having the it
  8. Dealers typically have to place initial orders for the new model year shortly after they return from the annual manufacturer shows. Most of these seem to happen Sept - October. Dealers order then to ensure they will have inventory (and favorable pricing/incentives) in the spring and for boat shows or soon thereafter. If you go to the dealer in the fall right before or after they go to the manufacturer shows, they can get very aggressive on pricing. It's one less boat they'll have to sell (and inventory and floorplan) later, so it helps them meet manufacturer minimums for incentives, etc.
  9. I installed Rockford Fosgate in my last two boats and was very happy. PMX-5 with a PMX-1R remote in my Sea Ray. My Sweetwater has a PMX-3 because the space I had on the helm dash was limited. Both have Pandora built-in (although they do need to phone for connectivity) and SiriusXM capability, too.
  10. That's the same reason I do 10 years on my boat loan. A significant part of my income comes from commissions. It would be highly unlikely for me to have a long period without earning commissions (I'd probably get fired!!!), but I base my entire budget on being able to pay my bills using only my base salary. That keeps my spending in check, and make sure I wouldn't have more required expenses than income if I hit a bad sales period. The 10 year loan lets me stay with in my budgeting "rules". However, since my income is typically much higher, it's easy for me to pay down the balance of a loan
  11. One of the things that needs to happen is interest rates need to go up. Everybody thinks it's great because they can borrow money so cheap, but low rates kill savings growth, too.
  12. Yep, we've become a subscription based society with monthly payments for everything from cell phones, to cable TV, to Netflix, etc. etc. Ask any car dealer their favorite customer and they'll tell you it's the guy who wants to know how much the monthly payment is and not the cash price of the car. I will admit that the last two boats I've bought have been on 10 year loans. I sold the first one after two years and I'd already paid 75% of the loan balance. I've had my new pontoon for 4 months and made about a years worth of payments already.
  13. I agree, that's a nice looking boat. I'd be curious to see how that center seat on the port side moves into the three different positions shown in the gallery. Sure seems to be a lot of the seat hanging unsupported in the middle configuration, but maybe it's not meant to be left there. That boat does have a lot of the Crownline or Cobalt look to it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
  14. Yes, trees certainly lose their leaves around here. I'm in Richmond, less than an hour from Ft. Lee. Our leaves are late to fall this year, but are about 75% gone. Maybe I'll wait a week or two and head that direction to see what I can see!
  15. What you need to do is create an NMEA 2000 network. You're motor and your Garmin need to have NMEA connectors. Google NMEA 2000 and you'll find plenty of info.
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