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  1. 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 items on board that you'll actually use and things your passengers will enjoy and appreciate. Sunscreen, chapstick, an extra hat or two, extra sunglasses. Nice, big fluffy towels (everybody loves nice towels!!), some waterproof bags. I also tell my passengers not to bring anything with them. No big duffel or beach bags, no coolers, no nothing. Bring your wallet or purse, I'll handle the rest. I always ask them about their preferred beverages, too. I'd rather buy those in advance and have the cooler packed when they get there and not have to try to figure out places to store 4 coolers of varying sizes that everyone wants to bring. Most people want to bring stuff, but it just takes up room and they end up hauling most of it back home. Remember, we're going to be out for an afternoon (or maybe even an entire day). This isn't a 7 day cruise!!
  2. 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.. Obviously, it can help them with cash flow, too!
  3. 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.
  4. 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 quickly.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. I leave it all connected because I have an outboard and if there's a nice day in the winter (I'm in Virginia), I can take it out on the lake! Today is a perfect example. It's 68 degrees, no wind and no clouds. I'll be on the boat in an hour or two having an adult beverage and smoking a cigar!!
  11. Very true! In my case, I don't even worry about a charger. My 4 year old standard wet cell batteries had not problem lasting through the winter last year, so I certainly don't expect the new AGM's to have an issue either. I just leave my batteries on the boat, with the battery switch off, so there's nothing to drain them. Sometimes I think boaters worry too much about keeping their batteries charged!! Batteries hold a charge longer than many people think!
  12. I opted for a pair of Interstate AGM batteries on my new boat. Never having to check water levels and the slightly smaller size made it easier to have them installed in a more remote spot than if I would have had to worry about regular water checks, etc.
  13. If you're interested in a very slightly used Mavic Pro (less than 3 hours total flight time) let me know. I'd sell mine because I just don't really use it!
  14. That's too bad. I think the vast majority of boat dealers are small family businesses. I've read somewhere that few businesses survive to the 2nd generation, and even less to the 3rd gen. The last two boats I've purchased have come from dealers that had at least two generations of family working there.
  15. I always say "pick your dealer, then pick your boat", so I'd agree with CRVTT's comment. As far as engine size, I think they are like TV's. You can never have one that's too big!!