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  1. How dinged up are we talking on the prop? Maybe post a pic. Is it a 4 barrel carb? Are the secondaries opening up? maybe verify the drive ratio. Perhaps it was changed out with the wrong ratio at some point. Just a few ideas
  2. We're going to visit some friends in Buford GA next week and are taking the boat. I'm looking for some recommendations on ramps, or anything else for that matter. Our friends haven't been there long and don't have a boat (yet), but we're looking forward to getting back on the lake with them.
  3. I personally cant stand looking at anything on photobucket because of the ads. Mine are hosted on this sites gallery.
  4. I'm pretty sure all of us here use our boats exclusively for our enjoyment. So my answer would be that if breakdowns, fear of breaking down, or any other concern is keeping you from enjoying your time on the water, then it's time to make a change. Maybe a new(er) boat, maybe a new mechanic, maybe just some much wanted or needed upgrade. You should be having fun, not worrying.
  5. We have a large flat round tube. It gets filled once we're out on the water, usually when we anchor, as the kids like to play on it. I added a small loop of rope to the tow point of the tube just long enough to hook it to the ski eye. That leaves it about 2/3 in the water. It's very stable there even at higher speeds. When wake boarding I move it over to one of the stern cleats, and it's out of the way. It gets deflated again and stored in the engine compartment storage for the ride home. Once I'm home I inflate it again and stand it up against the wall to dry out. I get pretty serious about getting everything wet off the boat to dry out quickly. All the wet life jackets and wet lines get hung up, and every hatch gets left open for a day or two.
  6. Its done. I'm very happy with how it turned out. I had one issue that I noticed doing the ski locker lid. I could see the bird head telegraphing through. I have to catch it at just the right angle to see it. I'm not terribly worried about this one, but I didn't want it for the swim platform. My first idea was bondo, but after talking with TJ at Gatorstep I decided against it. I decided to use epoxy to get rid of the logo on the swim platform. Its just some Loctite 5 minute epoxy. I spread it out with a 6" putty knife, and let it cure for a couple hours. There's no trace of it left. Just some other shots The install was really pretty easy. I spent about half as much time installing it as I did templating it.
  7. Awesome. Post some pics, every body loves pics.
  8. Its been a while since, and I haven't messed with a carb that much, but I'll try to help. I believe you would want to connect the linkage to the coil in an unloaded state with the choke closed, and then rotate the coil to adjust when the choke opens in response to heat.
  9. That's kind of tough question. It's just not thick enough to give a ton of cushion. It's only about 3/8" thick. Maybe you should try to find a boat dealer that has a boat with it and put your hands on it. It comes from the factory on lots of wakeboard boats. But I feel your pain, I hate snaps.
  10. Congrats on the new truck. I think you'll definitely feel a lot more stable going down the road. On the other hand, and I'm not trying to be a downer here, did you ever weigh the old set up? Its just that it sounded like you had more going on than an undersized tow rig. If there was something wrong in the setup of the trailer before, there's still something wrong. You may have just masked the problem with a bigger truck. I'm not saying there's necessarily some thing wrong, but I would want to check. I tow my 21 H2O with a 2500 suburban, but there's no reason a relatively modern F150 shouldn't be able to safely, and comfortably tow a boat that size.
  11. Very cool. Was it more of a gathering of trawler owners than a show for those looking to get into that? This is something I'm very interested in, albeit several years from now. I would like to get to one of these shows, maybe next year.
  12. Take it to a truck stop and get it weighed. Weigh it first with truck and trailer together, then unhook the trailer, and weigh the truck alone. They should give you weights for each axle group(front axle, rear axle, and trailer axles). That will tell the whole story. Report back with the numbers, and I'm sure we can help get it all sorted out. The other question I have is what type of tires are you running on the truck? If you're running P series tires, they are going to be less stable while towing than LT series in load range D or E.
  13. I don't have any pics of the cover, but it does fit pretty well around the tower. If any water gets in there, its not really enough to worry about. I like to use the cover for the longer road trips, as the boat seems to collect bugs and road dirt. It doesn't move around at all at interstate speed. I give credit to the ratchet strap system, that cinches the cover to the boat below the rub rail. I've read that the snap in bow and cockpit covers have a habit of flying off on some boats on the highway. Making the template took me about 10 hours, and was pretty tedious, but I kind of like that stuff. Here's a few pics of a project I finished up last week at my day job. Its at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. The last image is the vinyl paint mask that was put down in about a dozen pieces. As far as the trailer goes, I've been very happy with it as well. I think its a very well built trailer, and well fitted for the boat. I've done several long road trips with it and had no issues. The wheels are kind of plain and ugly, but the are just basic galvanized boat trailer wheels. Some day, I'll replace them with something nicer, but that's pretty low on my list right now. The fenders are pretty solid, and I stand on them all the time when getting in and out of the boat. The fold away tongue is nice too, if you need it. In my old garage the lower unit had to be lowered, the tower folded, and the tongue folded to fit it in. To go along with what Stretch said, I feel like the 21 H2O is really the biggest bang for your buck right now by a pretty good margin.
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  18. Here's a link to some more pics of the GatorStep. I had to template the entire boat because mine was the first one. But now that they have it, you can just order it up. The pieces are all CNC cut. Do a search on here for "GatorStep" and "SeaDek". Its been discussed quite a bit around here. When I said 49-50 mph, what I mean is, 49 is pretty easy to hit, and when things are perfect 50. Obviously, if you load it down with 10 people you're not going to hit those speeds, but so what. I haven't played with props yet, because I've been happy, but I plan to try out some different ones in the future, just to see. As far as canvas I just have a factory mooring cover and the bimini. I didn't want the bow and cockpit covers, because I didn't want a bunch of snaps screwed all over the boat. The mooring cover fits extremely well. I use it sometimes when towing, and it is rock solid at interstate speeds. I didn't order the cover with the boat as it seemed over priced at the time. I tried using a cheaper universal cover, but was pretty disappointed, and ended up buying the factory one. The bimini is pretty simple once you know how. It takes me less than a minute to do by myself. I usually do it while my wife is driving the boat through the no wake zone. The factory ESP (extended swim platform) is a little odd looking in my opinion. Its not the full width of the integrated platform, just the center. It wasn't even considered for me originally as it would have kept the boat from fitting in the garage at my old house. I've not felt a need for more space back there, but its an option.
  19. Mine is a 2016 with the 250hp 4.5. I absolutely love it. Its a very well mannered combo. It will do 49 or 50 mph WOT, and pull my 250lb self right up on a wakeboard running the stock 3 blade aluminum prop. I had run several boats in the past with the 5.0 mercruiser, and I feel the 4.5 is a definite improvement. The only recommendation I would make with regards to power choices would be to go with a Non-Catalyst version if possible. The only issue I've had so far was a failed stereo head unit that as replaced under warranty. As far as mods go, the biggest I did was putting GatorStep throughout the boat, and the swim platform. I knew I was going to do that from the beginning, and did not order the boat with carpet. I have been extremely happy with it, and would recommend it to anyone. I also had the dealer add a transom trim switch with the stereo remote. If I had it to do over again, I would order the exact same boat again.
  20. I'm starting to shop for a new truck. Well, new to me anyway. I'm looking for a '16 or '17 with 20k miles or less. I'm looking at both Chevy and Ram in either 2500 or 3500 srw, must be 4x4, and still shopping both gas and Diesel. I'm very familiar with the Chevy offerings, but I have zero experience with the Rams. The only reason I'm looking at the Ram is that I really like the way they look, and they seem to be considerably cheaper compared to the Chevy. This would mainly be used for work as well as pulling my boat, so I will be towing upwards of 12k from time to time, and hauling 3k lbs in the bed at times. I'm currently doing this with '13 Chevy 2500 with 6.0 gas. I know the Rams have had problems with transmissions over the years, and I'm curious about others experiences with the coil spring rear suspension.
  21. Or get some new push on trim, and widen that opening a bit. It looks like the console door covers that entire recessed area, is that correct?
  22. That's a pretty good smoking gun right there. Why the fuel pump too then?
  23. I meant no disrespect. I think the New Dimension Towers look good. But there are other after market towers that look not good at all. The New Dimension towers are $2395, plus shipping and installation. The factory tower is a $2370 option.
  24. Go with the tower. If you're going out with the family, the bimini will be up most of the time in the summer. The tower is less obtrusive than the standard bimini, and rock solid by comparison. Also, the higher towpoint will be a huge plus with the outboard. Personally, I would rather have the tower added at the factory if that's an option versus adding an aftermarket one later.
  25. I feel your pain. I have a heat pump as well. January was colder for us this year compared to last. My Jan '18 electric usage was 73% higher than Jan '17. I knew it had been cold, but opening the bill surprised me a bit.