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  1. A good friend of mine's daughter graduated from Georgetown Med School. Walked away with her anesthesiology degree and $600k of student loans!
  2. Luckily, my daughter (only child) is out of college and totally self sufficient. She did have some student loans which served as a good start to her credit history and helped her understand responsibility of "real life" after college. I'm fortunate that I was able to help her with college, and when she was finished I told her I'd help her pay her loans. As of today, her totally student loan balance is about $8k and will be fully paid in a year or so.
  3. Exactly! At this point in my life, I choose to spend a large part of my entertainment "budget" on boating. Five years ago I spent it on golfing and belonging to the country club. Years before that I spent it in bars chasing women! Yes, I could "save" that money and choose to sit home and do nothing or something else cheaper, but this is the activity that I enjoy now. I pay my bills, have nice a nice home and cars, have a few bucks in the bank, a good credit score, and feel reasonably comfortable that I have enough money to lead a decent life when it comes time to retire. That's all the "justifying" I need to do!!!!
  4. I looked at Cobalts seriously before I pulled the trigger on my new Tritoon. They have several models "value priced" from the mid 40's to lower 50's, so they are mucy closer to the H2O lineup in price than they are to the SSI line.
  5. Sorry, but I beg to differ. I just spend the first weekend with my new pontoon boat, and it rides MUCH, MUCH smoother on our choppy lake, then any of the smallish (25' or less) bowriders I've been in on the same lake in the same conditions.. Considering this was one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year, there was plenty of chop to give it a good test. I really agonized about going from a "real" boat to a pontoon boat, but all it took was 7 people on my boat yesterday, with plenty of room to stretch out and relax and the admiral never telling me to "slow down, it's too rough", to convince me it was the right choice. I have learned over the last few weeks that that tritoons ride much better than pontoons, so you may have been seeing some of the pontoons getting knocked around.
  6. I was reading an marine industry blog somewhere and supposedly the tan interior color scheme that has become available on so many different boats is now last years news. They say the next big color trend is slate and gray colored interiors.
  7. I use this
  8. I also wonder what Sea Ray will do. Obviously the entry level boats sell very well for both brands. Sea Ray has the SPX line to compete with the H20 line. I know Sea Ray is adding a 23' to their SPX line in 2018. It will be interesting to see what else they do. I also agree that it seems like the watersports/wakeboats are selling no matter what the price point. I've just decided to get rid of my bowrider and get a pontoon. It's my way of gaining some more room, and being able to avoid the rough ride I get as a result of all the watersport boats on our lake, especially on weekends.
  9. And to top it all off he had his ladder down!
  10. Welcome to the forum! This type of question gets asked here often. In my eyes It's the same type of question as "can I pull my big boat with my not so big tow vehicle?". The answer to both questions is basically the same.......... You'll be fine IF THE CONDITIONS ARE PERFECT. The problem is you are not in control of the conditions. The weather can change in an instant. Wind, waves, wakes from large boats, etc. can change your boating experience from being like a cork in a sink to a cork in a blender.
  11. My boat has two cranking batteries and a battery switch. I turn off the switch when I'm not in the boat. Whenever I use the switch to pick one battery or the other. I try to alternate, but it's not an exact science because I'm never 100% sure which battery I used last time out. Some weeks I'm on my boat 3-4 times a week, other times I may go 2+ weeks between uses. In the winter, my batteries stay in the boat, stay connected (switch off), and the boat stays outside during the Virginia winter (covered on a lift). From November to late March when I typically fire it up for the first time. I've never used a charger, and my boat starts fine every time, even after the winter. I check my batteries and add water if necessary 1-2 a year. The batteries are now 4 years old. Sometimes I think we worry two much about our batteries and keep them on a charger for no reason. Without a drain, they'll stay charged a lot longer than you think.
  12. I agree. Just now sure how the quality would be since they are now part of the Bayliner lineup. Previously they were being built by Bryant.
  13. I agree. It really takes very little oil to make an oily mess when it mixes with water. And since the gear lube is pretty thick anyway, when it mixes with water, you'll think the water has a higher concentration of oil than it really does. To see how much oil is in the ski locker water, take sample of it and put it in a clear container and let it separate out.
  14. I hate it when life gets in the way of boating! I've had just the opposite last few days. The weather has been unseasonably cool with low humidity the past few days. Friday morning I made a solo run for a few hours in the morning. Saturday it rained, but Sunday was a perfect afternoon with just the Admiral and I. Yesterday was an after work cigar and cocktail cruise with a buddy of mine, and today I'm repeating that again with another buddy or two! Life is good on the lake!
  15. Spun hubs????