robbo8199

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  1. It was pretty tough down here and it looks like Irma is going to make things difficult out there. As of Monday we were still unable to walk out into our marina as the water level was still too high to get out there. From the parking lot we could see our boat was still on the lift but there are some signs that it may have come loose at some point. I should be able to check it out this weekend and hope that it didn't get banged around too much. I'm optimistic it will be ok ... but given our luck with this boat this year....
  2. I'm down in Houston and Harvey certainly ruined many boaters day at our lake. When on the lift I have always kept the plug in and while in theory our lake is pretty constant that was not the case during Harvey. Lake Conroe where we keep our boat had boats and jet skis floating all over the lake as the water came up much higher than ever before. Many boats from our marina sustained plenty of damage including several boats that floated out of their slips (they were in lifts) and I imagine many boats also staying in the slip but were pushed up into the roof of the marina. Obviously those boats would be at the bottom of the lake had they not had their plug in. As far as having the plug in when on the trailer that is an interesting question. As you stated keeping the plug out would keep the boat from filling with water but if the boat does float away the damage it would sustain would be pretty immense.
  3. I have a 220 with the 5.0 and a Volvo DP. Thus far it has had plenty of power for us. Much of this would depend on how you plan to boat but for most situations I imagine Bricks description of "acceptable power" would be accurate.
  4. yellowstone

    That looks like an amazing trip. Video turned out great...Thanks for posting!
  5. At the end of the day the boat is probably in better shape than it was. Certainly wasn't worth the stress or loss of the season but it is nice to know it is in good working order now. Given the situation this could have turned out much worse.
  6. I agree with you Duane. I have always been a do it myself kind of guy and now after this experience (my fist time ever taking a boat to a mechanic) I can assure you I will remain that way. Sounds like you run a great business and take pride in it. In my business trust and reputation are everything so I know exactly where you are coming from.
  7. Well, our ordeal has finally come to an end so I figured I'd put a bow on this topic with a couple updates. Clearly I was very optimistic on my timeline as we were finally able to get it back on the water for the first time a couple weeks ago. We missed the bulk of our typical boating season when the kids are out of school so we will have to make the most of it over the next few months. The highlights on what work was done through the process: - Lower unit shipped off and rebuilt with all new parts outside of the case. - New (to me) F5 props - Upper unit pulled inspected and resealed - SmartTabs installed (this was done the day before the prop issue came up) Some final thoughts on the experience.... - We ended up having the lower unit rebuilt by US Boatworks and they were fantastic to deal with. They had a quick turn around and so far everything is working great. - Through the process I ended up with a great deal on a set of F5 props (dropping down from the F7's), In addition to that change I had also installed a set of Smartabs before all this started but never got them on the water. The combination of the F5s and the SmartTabs was an amazing difference when we had it out last week. It shot out of the hole with 4 people, gear, and a full tank. It truly just shot right out of the water so fast it felt as if it was always on plane. I wish I could have seen the difference each of those changes made individualy but never got the chance. I did not run WOT so I'm not sure what the loss on the top end will be at this point but our lake is not conducive to running that fast anyway. Looks like Harvey wants to keep us from getting it back out there this weekend but we hope to get back out there again soon. Thanks to all for the suggestions and help.
  8. Glad to hear everyone was alright. Over the last few years we have had several fatal wrecks at our lake and they have each involved a bass boat running WOT at night. It always surprises me that when I see the guys in the bass boats around the marina they are often the most prepared, safe, and efficient guys when docking, trailering, anchoring, etc. Then all that preparation and safety seems to go out the window when they run WOT at night. I realize each incident may not be their fault (as someone may be sitting out there with no lights on when they hit them) but I just can't imagine running that fast a night.
  9. I'm excited to get your thoughts on how everything sounds once installed. A question for Futzin and Brick - I'm still a couple weeks away from installing my amps and sub but wanted to get your thoughts on location. The port storage area seems to be the most ideal location however last year I noticed we used that storage area a lot. One area of storage we found that was plentiful but we didn't use as much was under the seat of the "L" bench on the port side. Having someone get up and then removing that seat to grab bags, buoys, etc. was a bit of a hassle so I found we simply stuffed that area with things we did not use often. Any thoughts on utilizing that location as a place to mount the amps and sub? Clearly the potential for things get wet is much higher there. My cup holder above has a hole and drains directly into that storage compartment for example. When looking at it though it does seems as though creating a dry space under there would not be too difficult of a task. Would like to get your thoughts though as you have both had your 220's much longer than I.
  10. My guess is it's something like this. Hard to tell in the picture but could it be some growth from sitting in the water. Down here I have seen people leave their boats in the water until the hull gets some nasty growth on it. Then when they put it on the trailer they clean everywhere they can which leaves the dried up growth just under the trailer bunks. That can feel rough almost like sandpaper.
  11. I went with 2 Optima blue tops a few years ago and they have worked well. At the time I wanted 2 dual purpose and I had some size restrictions where I was adding the second battery. These were a little shorter than others with the same specs and were easy to find. Probably a little overpriced but they did the job well enough I brought them with me when I upgraded to a new boat last year. They also have a handy (probably overpriced) matching charger that I use to maintain them when needed.
  12. That looks like an incredible trip! Thanks for sharing the video. Blue water near Houston ... I wish.
  13. I agree with these guys. No harm in at least calling the other shop and exploring that option.
  14. My default would also be to go for the V8 but this does raise an interesting question. Clearly the V8 would have more power but in theory the DP should have a benefit over the SX drive. I doubt the addition of the DP would make the V6 equal the performance of the V8 but how much added benefit do you get from a DP vs single pros SX (if any)?
  15. That's interesting Roy. Have you ever had any other props on your boat other than the F4's to compare to? I was considering F5 or F6 but assumed an F4 would be going a bit too far the other direction. Hole shot is way more important to me than top speed as my lake is usually pretty choppy and we don't run that fast with 2 small kids anyway.