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  1. I've found this approach to be highly dependent on trailer design and ramp angle. It used to work well with my old boat and trailer, but with my current combo, it takes a lot of throttle (almost a scary amount) to get the boat all the way up to the bow roller if the bunks grab at all.
  2. More than anything, I use mine to ensure the boat is perfectly centered on the bunks as it comes out of the water on the trailer. The right wave or wind gust can cause the boat to sit slightly on one of the chines, which is annoying. I stand in the boat and keep it centered by holding onto one of the guides while the trailer and boat come up the ramp. My trailer's a Magic Tilt, and the guides are from them. They've been very sturdy--have been smacked by both the boat and low-hanging vegetation a few times and are none the worse for wear. The covers on my guides are just PVC pipe with caps, so easy to replace if one finally succumbs.
  3. I looks like this is it:
  4. I love mine, largely for balancing side to side (especially since the seating layout on the 225 SSI is port-heavy) when I have multiple people on the boat. They are nice when towing and once in a while in rough water.
  5. Yep--VP with the flush port. I forgot about the thermostat being closed. Next time I pull the boat out of the garage I'll get it up to temp and then flush the AF through. Again, this is more a nice-to-have, since the boat has a nice, warm place to live over the winter.
  6. Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. So basically they can either not put out the fire at all, and/or blow apart.
  7. Thanks for posting this! Both of my units on the boat (bought last year) and a big one I have in the house are covered under the recall.
  8. What engine make/model?
  9. I'm fortunate to have a heated garage big enough to hold my boat, so winterizing's more of a preventative maintenance activity than a must do--the boat never gets below 55 degrees all winter. Last year I put antifreeze in the water system and pulled all the blue plugs on the engine, just in case we had an extended power outage, or the heater in the garage went down. I did the same this year, but also wanted to get some AF in the block, just for corrosion protection over the off season. As I was looking at the best way to get the AF into the block, I remembered that I had a drill-powered pump floating around. A short hose on the inbound side, dropped into a gallon of AF, a longer hose on the outbound side, connected to the engine flush in the boat, and in short order AF was flowing into the block. I haven't pulled the flow diagram to see what areas the flush fitting doesn't reach, but was curious as to what the pitfalls of this approach would be. I know the drive doesn't get any AF run through it using this approach but was curious as to any other risks for a normal outside storage, as it was a pretty easy way to get AF into the block on a raw water cooled boat.
  10. I've had good results with Star Brite deck cleaner:
  11. That thing looks like a joke (the mirror finish, giant knob, etc). I don't think I'd risk $5k-$10k of motor with it, to get a couple of MPH on the top end.
  12. Since the V-P 5.0's oil can only be changed via vacuum extraction, I need to buy a vacuum extractor. Mityvac is the gold standard in this space, but this EWK model looks interesting, especially given the compressor hookup. Anyone have any thoughts/experience?
  13. Here's a good picture:
  14. But if you do, replace (preferred, given how cheap it is), or at least clean, the strainer!
  15. Most of our boating is on a local lake--we have a dock lease (floating dock, at the state marina), and our spot has shore power and water. Right now I just use the shore power, with the onboard charger/conditioner I put in last year, to keep the batteries topped off while the boat is at the dock. My thinking is that a dual power fridge, with a small shore power setup, would allow us to keep drinks/etc. in the fridge all the time, and just replenish when needed, as well as use it when we take the boat on longer trips to Lake Erie, etc. No major need, just convenience, and something interesting to build out over the winter I'm still trying to figure out how to upgrade the boat to transform into a Sig 310 in the summer and then shrink back to the size of a 225SSI in the winter when it lives in the garage!