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  1. sburke91

    Why is Your HP laptop not responding?

    And quick identity theft service as a bonus!
  2. sburke91

    Did you drain or use a light bulb this winter ?

    Even though ours spends its winter in a heated garage, at around 55 degrees, I always drain completely, just in case there'd ever be an extended power outage.
  3. sburke91

    It is official.

    Same here w/ the ice. I could launch, but can't find an icebreaker attachment for the 225.
  4. sburke91

    It is official.

    Got my dock lease paperwork just last week and can put the boat at the dock as early as April 1. That said, it was a whopping 8 degrees (F) this morning, so mother nature has a long way to go in a month.
  5. sburke91

    Marine Battery Sale

    I've run a pair of West Marine Dual Purpose AGM's for 2 seasons now--have a Group 24 used predominantly for starting and a 27 on the hook. No problems at all with either, including the Group 27 running a small dual power Dometic fridge when on the hook. When at the dock or in the garage they're on a ProMariner ProTournament charger just about continuously.
  6. sburke91

    Just ordered my first drone

    For small, uncontrolled airports (assuming they even answer), it's usually enough to speak with them and let them know you'll be flying periodically in the area, and that you'll be under 400 feet. The "sUAV Rules and Regulations" forum on mavicpilots.com is a great resource for airport notification, both from knowledgeable people, and real-world experience with various airports and heliports.
  7. sburke91

    Just ordered my first drone

    DJI does have geofencing for the true restricted zones, but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of small airports in the FAA database that technically you need to notify (or make an attempt to notify) the operator that you'll be flying a drone within 5 miles of them. I have two that overlap my house, but got either a fast busy or a disconnect message when I tried to call the contact numbers on the FAA site. That constituted a 'best effort to notify', so now I just fly from the house.
  8. sburke91

    Can a TACO pull my 244 Sunesta?

    I weighed in at 5640, boat and trailer, with about 1/2 a tank of fuel. That extra 1000-1400 lbs does make a big difference.
  9. sburke91

    How I envy you guys with large garages....

    I love mine too!
  10. sburke91

    Can a TACO pull my 244 Sunesta?

    Interesting, as while I can feel the boat when towing my 225, the truck's still definitely in charge. Is your trailer aluminium or steel? It looks like there's only about 700 lbs difference in dry weight between the 224 and 256 SSI (I didn't look at engines, fuel, etc.), but my trailer's light enough that I can move it by hand in and out of the garage when the boat's at the dock.
  11. sburke91

    Can a TACO pull my 244 Sunesta?

    I know everyone's situation is unique, but in '16, before I bought my Tundra (had a smaller boat then), I speced out both Tacos and Tundras. Pricing, and fuel economy weren't massively different between the two, so I ended up going with the Tundra, which was fortunate, as 4 months later we were driving it down to the FL gulf coast to pick up our 225ssi.
  12. sburke91

    Chicago Boat Show

    If I had the coin laying around, aside from the lack of cooking/sink space, this would be perfect for our use--day boat with lots of deck space, but also overnight capability for a couple people. I'll bet that thing moves too, with that power combo.
  13. sburke91

    Can a TACO pull my 244 Sunesta?

    I think you'll be stretching it with the Tacoma, but would have no problems at all if you go up to a Tundra instead. Many many years ago, I towed a relative's 27' Sea Ray (which we later found was over 9000 lbs boat and trailer) with my first gen Tundra (significantly smaller/lower towing rating than the current gen). The distances were usually only a couple miles ,and no more than 10, but each trip was a bit of a white-knuckle experience, and nothing I'd care to repeat. The truck had plenty of pulling power, but you could definitely tell that the boat would be in charge in a fast stop.
  14. sburke91

    Getting your boat anything this winter?

    My big push was last year (grill, shore power, dual power fridge, a few misc. items. This winter should be a bit lower-key: Possibly a 12V TV in the cabin (~21"--not much room in there) NMEA 2000 gateway Possibly a new head unit and a small amp
  15. It's amazing how much work we all put into those little outlets. I swapped the 12V one in the cabin for a dual USB and voltage meter, then, after putting a Bluetooth unit on the radio above it, swapped the first one back to 12v, pulled the radio's aux and USB port, and move the dual USB over there. I can't find anything fun to rotate in this year