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  1. Specialk9991

    Jump Starter

    I worked in car sales for a long time when I was younger, cars in dealerships die ALL the time, so jump boxes are a necessity, we had three or four on hand all the time. The strongest ones seemed to be the blue ones, I can't remember the brand but it was an acronym. J-something maybe? They're all going to do the same job for what you will use it for. Find one that isn't cheap knockoff chinese junk and buy it.
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    Cabin Hatch Caulking

    Are you referring to the escape hatch to the bow? A leak in one of mine was remedied by merely tightening the screws that hold the handles tight to the lexan, start with the easy fixes!
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    Toyota Tacoma for Towing

    I would definitely NOT recommend a Tacoma for a boat of that size. Prior to the new boat last year, I was hauling around a 22' Sea-Doo that listed a dry weight of 3,500lbs. One year, I had to re-register the trailer and in Ohio, in order to do that, you need to have it weighed. Because I didn't have a place to leave the boat while I had the trailer weighed alone, so I ran them through together as the difference could only amount to a few dollars. Boy was I surprised when the scale came back at more than 5,000lbs! I towed it fine around town with a Silverado and never really had a problem, but that truck was rated for almost 10,000lbs. When I traded the truck for a Yukon Denali, it towed just fine but you could definitely tell it was back there... A Tacoma is no Yukon Denali. That just sounds like a recipe for disaster.
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    New here. Looking at 2003 350 sig

    Corey, just for the counterpoint, we were also looking at 320/330 vs 350 and settled on the 320 last year (it's an identical boat to the 330, just a name change). The layout is absolutely spectacular, and we couldn't be happier with the choice we made. I think it really comes down to every boater being different- you really need to analyze how you will use the boat in order to get the most out of it. To me, the 350 is a much more conventional "cruiser" design. Your cabin has a big V-berth forward, wide conversational area with no headroom aft, small galley and settee in the middle. I honestly believe you can buy the same layout in just about any other cabin cruiser on the planet. The cockpit is more of the same, with a pretty typical layout comparable to most midsized express cruisers. The 320/330 is practically a revolution. The cabin is flipped around with your conversational area taking up the bow, a second dining table for three immediately behind it, a more private head that doesn't feel like an afterthought and a "master" cabin that offers far more privacy than anything else in this size class. Move upstairs and the cockpit also feels more conversational and is better suited to entertaining. We've regularly hosted 8-12 people on our boat and everyone has a great time, partially because you're all more or less on the same level. I think the 350 adds barriers to conversation and "flow" that don't need to be there. Don't get me wrong, both vessels are fantastic options (and a nice, low-hour example with 8.1s at a good price is an awesome find!), but it is really important to understand how you are going to use the boat. I think the beginning of TidalPotomac's video hit the nail on the head... the 320/330 is better for entertaining, the 350 may be a better cruiser for one couple. In my experience, most people spend a lot more time using their boat to entertain vs. as a floating vacation home for two. Still, you cannot go wrong with any Chap. Good luck with the search!
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    Battery Chargers

    I know I want to keep both starting batteries the same size- they work fine and I don't want to have to change out the factory battery boxes. I haven't run the numbers on exactly what house batteries will go in but I'm leaning towards maintaining the same group size for the same reason. I'm planning to switch everything to AGM. With more appropriate wiring and a proper charger this should make a difference in total capacity and peace of mind.
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    Offseason work

    That looks great!
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    Battery Chargers

    See the post above first... the motivation for the new charger is mostly to fix someone else's errors. "ability to run anything and everything" just stems from my compulsive need to cover every possibility so I'm only upgrading once. I would rather spend the extra $60 now (as long as it will work), than have to chuck an almost new charger if I decide to add a huge stereo and 12v TV in a few years.
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    Battery Chargers

    Good advice! This upgrade is actually just a part of a larger electrical system upgrade to increase overall capacity on the 12v side. New charger, all new batteries, and upsized wiring. I need to undo some evils perpetrated by the previous owner, and am throwing some upgrades in the mix at the same time.
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    Battery Chargers

    You're my hero. That happens to be the exact unit I settled on. Thank you for clarifying.
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    Battery Chargers

    So I have a question that I think is probably going to fall under the "stupid question" umbrella, but I can't find the exact answer I'm looking for. Next season, I am going to need to replace the 120v, 40-amp battery charger that came on my boat when it was new. I would like to upgrade to a slightly higher capacity 50-amp charger for quicker recovery times and the ability to run anything and everything I want while on shorepower. My [stupid] question is: Will upgrading to the 50-amp charger cause problems since my factory shorepower is providing only 30-amp service? I'm pretty sure I am missing an obvious answer here, but a heavy clap on the back to whomever can set me straight first. Thanks!
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    Western Lake Erie Islands/Cedar Point

    I wouldn't say you need to avoid any particular area or channel, just use caution when entering congested areas, mind the buoys and channel markers (there's a couple around PIB that depict the safe passage around the shoals). The nice thing about Erie is it's a big lake, there's plenty of room for all the pleasure boats and all the freighters and all the cops and everyone is really good about making room for all to have a good time/do their jobs. there's just a few key pieces of advice to have a great time on Erie: -Follow the rules of the road always, every jurisdiction has a boat, does patrol regularly and won't hesitate to write tickets to keep us all safe. -watch your charts for the reasons we talked about. Also keep an eye on the Canadian border, you don't want to cross into another country by accident, US and/or Canadian border patrol will stop you for that. -it's a big lake, there's plenty of room for all the pleasure boaters, all the freighters, all the cops and everyone else to all have The space they need. Be a part of that effort and "drive defensively". You'll always have enough room to put plenty of water between yourself and other contacts. -last but maybe most important, do not ever bet on the weather, it's not worth it. I have personally seen beautiful days turn into terrifying ordeals and twice I was sure I wasn't going to make it back to shore alive because I didn't pay close enough attention to what the weatherman was saying. When it happened with my infant son on board, that was it. I never, ever, leave the harbor without a full understanding of exactly what the forecast holds for the particular area I plan to be boating in (that last part is important because it very easily could be bright sunny and call on one end of the lake while a portal to #$^% is opening on the other end.) Just like any other body of water, be careful, follow the rules and you are going to have a great time. Have fun!!!
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    Where is the house?

    I'm sorry, but I own a 32' boat and I enjoy working on my own toys. The OP joined an online forum so he could ask questions and get help when he needed it- who cares if he can pay to have it done or not? Honestly, why does it even matter to you? At some point in your life phillbo, you couldn't have figured that out on your own either, so someone taught you. Now pay it forward and help someone else learn. Stay classy.
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    Western Lake Erie Islands/Cedar Point

    That is a perfect location! Be careful around Catawba and all the other islands. Study a recent chart of the Erie islands before you leave, and pay close attention to your depth finder if you have one. Every one of those islands, and even Catawba, Sandusky, Marblehead and Cedar Point... they're all surrounded by shallow shoals and sandbars just waiting to shred a prop or pull a drive off. You can be cruising along at 30-40' depth and it drops off to two in the span of a few yards. Be careful and have a great time!
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    Our insurance policy is a kind of hybrid of the two I suppose... They gave me a range of market value for my boat, then we selected an agreed value within that range. The policy specifically states that the agreed value has to remain within market value. If value changes, we just need to adjust the agreed value and rates will be altered accordingly. A more entertaining side note, has anyone actually read their policy? I was rolling on the floor laughing when I read that my boat would not be covered in the event of any intentional or accidental nuclear detonation.
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    Questions about Canvas!

    Great tips! Thanks, I'll make sure I do that to the new ones!