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  1. Sounds like a lot of work just to get "A Deal". My time no longer matters but in other parts of my life my time had a value. I would just look at some of the other million boats for sale advertised locally and online. Lot's of boats out there for sale without these issues that can be had in the similar condition/price range. KISS= Keep It Simple Stupid A very effective way to approach life and business. Just my 2c Joe
  2. The only times we avoid going out is just before and during one of the fishing tournaments. The fish for money guys are just too rude. That is about the only time we see the parking areas full and ramps busy. The "locals" here are generally very pleasant, helpful and friendly at the ramps and on the water. Also just like in your area there is a lot of waterfront property and most every one has at least one boat lift so the ramps are not normally that busy. Joe
  3. No offense taken but not a single word applies here on our local lake SO FAR. I have NEVER waited for a launch lane more than 2 or 3 minutes and that was on one of the many single lane ramps around here. On any one of the several multi lane ramps I have never had to wait for a lane. Yes, in some ways lucky but in other ways not so lucky. This is a sportsman lake, mainly a fishing and waterfowl hunting lake. Easy to get into the water but a lot of areas with submerged timber so larger boats are restricted to the main lake and river channels. Can't have everything I guess. Joe
  4. Normally start ours before we leave the house if it has been awhile since we have run it. However we are only dealing with an 18ft and it is easy to pull around and get reloaded. We never power onto the trailer, we always winch the boat on. On a larger boat I can see not unhooking until you are sure it will start today. Like I said, this is just what works for us. Also we don't have a hundred boats at our launches so if you take a minute it is not that big a deal. Joe
  5. We pull to the launch prep area. I walk from the drivers door and stop at the hitch, disconnect the lights, unhook the winch from the bow eye and leave the safety chain. Continue down the drivers side of the truck/trailer to rear of boat, open engine hatch and "Sniff", continue to rear of boat and remove the transom strap, check bilge drain plug, inspect drive, remove passenger side transom strap, walk up passenger side of boat, step up on trailer fender and turn on blowers. Continue on to tow vehicle and load the supplies/BS into boat. This whole process is a practiced smooth walk around the vehicle/boat in a counter clockwise rotation that takes me from one important pre-launch check item to the next. ie, on mine it unplugs trailer, checks hull for damage, removes transom tie downs, verifies bilge plug, checks for fuel smell and ensures adequate blower run time. Then I get in line (if there is one that day) and back down the ramp until the trailer wheels hit the water. I stop and my wife walks over and unhooks the safety chain from the bow eye and takes the bow line and walks over to the dock beside the launch ramp. When she is ready I just back into the water, stop to slide the boat off the bunks and pull back out and park the truck/trailer. Kind of a one move "Dipping" action. I walk over to the dock, help my wife into the boat, climb in and go. I keep the drive trimmed all the way up until I get into the boat and ready to start it before I lower the drive. Just what works for us. Thing is do it the same way every time no matter what routine you choose. Less chance of missing something if you have a practiced pattern. With ours, if I get around to the truck passenger door then I know I have hit everything. Joe
  6. Yep, also out of my area of interest. After a lot of thought about a live on we decided it's not for us. Hope it works out well for this purchase. That size boat would take me out farther than I would want to go. Joe
  7. So obvious, AFTER someone smarter says it. Joe
  8. 20 to 25 feet there bouts. He used enough to keep from being run over but it was way too short for my comfort. Guess it had to be in that narrow space. Joe
  9. +1. Each ramp on our lake is different. On one I don't even get my feet wet standing by the winch because the ramp is so steep and on another I have to get the truck in to almost the drivers door to float the boat off. I have found that on MINE if I keep about two inches of the very front of the forward most bunk dry it seems to work out just fine. On some ramps that puts the fenders well underwater and on others the fenders are not all the way under. Depends on how steep the ramp is. Joe
  10. Update: Tow went OK. A gust of wind blew the big boat into the shallows once and it scrapped the edge of the canal but he corrected and powered it off before it got stuck. That was the only drama. Interesting process. Glad I did not try to pilot down that narrow canal. Joe PS: He picked up his new project. A 1992 Chap 2300Sx (if my memory is correct) Nice interior, fresh rebuild on the 5.7 with a 4bbl. Starts and sounds good. Needs outdrive (Alpha 1 Gen 2) replaced/rebuilt. Upper gearbox locked up. Going to be a nice boat. He does good work and this is a good looking platform to start with. Joe
  11. Thank God media does not matter. I really don't care what he says. I see what he is doing and trying to do. Problem is most only see what shows up on that tv thing. Joe
  12. I'm not Iggy but. I would go against my lack of skill or comfort in a life threatening situation. If it is just a disabled 50ft full of people drinking I would offer to ferry the passengers to the dock, start with the best looking/most intoxicated females and work my way through the ones I feel like helping. LoL. Back to serious. If in open water I could be convinced to aid someone depending on their actions and the danger level. In the case I was discussing there is no danger to life, this is a convenience issue. This is not open water, this is a narrow canal lined with docks and boats (read targets) and I feel this risk and situation is above my pay grade. Hence my decision earlier. Don't worry, if you are broke down on the lake and in danger I will do my best to help. Joe
  13. Hence my dilemma. NOT comfortable piloting the tow boat. I do not have anywhere near the experience for these complications, NOT comfortable declining to help when asked knowing that at some point in the future I will need these people. Think I am going to offer my help with lines and offer my boat to him to pilot. Like I said before, I bought the boat from him so he knows it well and I trust him with it. Besides, it's well insured. Joe
  14. P.S. We do not have a marina nearby that has a boat lift large enough to hoist his cruiser and dry store it for a few days. He would have to trailer it to the other side of the main lake, about 70 miles by road to a marina large enough to hoist and dry slip this boat. He would prefer to not spend this much time and money if it can be avoided. He and I both have tow ins but we don't have a tow service on our lake. Joe