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  1. Seeking input from those with paddle board experience. I currently have a tower adventurer 2 paddle board. I had read some positive reviews from others on this site a while back. It has been a fun addition to the lake toys. We plan to add a second paddle board and I wanted to get some input from those who have other boards. The default plan is to get another adventurer 2 - so that two of us can go out at the same time. We mostly just paddle around on the lake frequently with the dog. Kids use the board too. Does anyone have thoughts on a rigid board vs the inflatables? Hala makes a high end inflatable SUP. Has anyone tried one of those? Look nice, but not sure it is worth the 2-3X cost of the Tower.
  2. Been very cold in Va in Jan - Feb - that's the main problem. I set the heat pump thermo at 50 and turn the water off when not home. No where near as efficient as gas furnace in these conditions.
  3. Any reason the F250 diesel did not make your list?
  4. I believe renting at SML will put you on the Bedford County side of the lake. That is fine, but probably not where I would want to purchase (to each their own on that). My suggestion would be finding a relatively flat lot. Having an easy walk to the dock is huge. Easy to keep tabs on the kids, etc... Also would make sure that you have reasonably deep water access to get the boat in /out (currently the lake is down a few feet). Good luck on your search. You will have a great summer and perhaps can decide if you want to purchase for a long term investment.
  5. An eternity. Trust me. Most docs are far below the cited 300K. Try dividing by 2.
  6. Probably depends how well insured you are - no?
  7. Not sure why it is happening, but at the risk of more bad news, I share this with you; I had an old car that did this one time - the digital odometer froze. I traded the car in to a dealer with full disclosure. He thought it would be easy to repair / sell and was probably just happy to sell me a new car. Apparently it was a disaster to sell. He later tracked me down and had me sign an affidavit certifying the miles on the car. I think it is a real red flag for re-sell.
  8. In Virginia it seems that people are dropping 100K on wake boats left and right. (or maybe they are just signing 10 yr loans?). You are right that the SUVs have hit "peak auto", but they will continue to sell for a good while.
  9. I wonder if spinning off the Vortex into its own brand would let some of the Chap dealers off the hook to sell and service them? It also would make it easier to sell off as a discrete unit if you desired to raise some capital. I'm sure there is a certain quanta of energy and dollars that goes into educating the sales and service staff with jet engines and medallion electronics. Not to mention unique parts, etc...
  10. Interesting - it appears the website has been updated to reflect the changes. It looks like they have trimmed some of the overlap. I would have thought that fiscally they would be doing pretty well in the current environment. This looks like they are pulling the purse strings tighter. Most notable to me was the absence of the Vortex line on their website today. Perhaps I am ready too much into that???
  11. When Trump looks at the eclipse the sun has to wear glasses! Now that is power.
  12. Remember the JL tower speakers require additional bolt on clamps that are not cheap - so factor that in. I have the MX650's in the bow and some garbage speakers in the tower - so I will probably be swapping out for the 7.7's in the not too distant future.
  13. I think you should have written a new Chappy Sig into your employment contract! You know what they say - if you don't ask...
  14. Pretty basic, but something I have fallen victim to before - the kill switch. If the mechanic did not get any engine codes - consider that you have tripped the kill switch. Simple, but its a new boat, so thought I would throw that out there.
  15. Enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for your military service as well! We appreciate the sacrifices you and your family make for us!