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  1. Yea, that would work too. I was able to get a socket in to remove the anode, it just could be easier if the bolt pattern was vertical. Is there a tool needed to rotate the end cap to get the bolts vertical?
  2. How does one rotate the ram so that there is better access to change the anodes? My port drive has the bolts oriented horizontally so the bolt next to the drive is a real bugger to get to. The starboard drive has them oriented vertically.
  3. Roy- The advice I've read is that the used oil from the season contains acids that will damage the engine if left over the winter.
  4. Richard- Is the gelcoat transition straight? I figure one of the purposes of the boot stripe is to cover any variances in the line between the gelcoat colors. I take it you like it better without the stripe?
  5. Anyone have a colored hull that has taken the boot stripe off and not replaced it? I am concerned that the stripe covers any sins between the blue and white on my hull. The stripe is chipped up from the marina lifting straps and I need to do something about it. I'd like to see any before and after shots if you did this. Come on spring...not sure I can take this much longer!
  6. If you will anchor in 40' of water, 5-7X the depth from your deck to the bottom is recommended for the length of your anchor rode. Practically however in my experience that length is really only needed in heavy conditions. Also, depending upon the marina, they may or may not have a special water hose for back flushing your holding tank. That means the only hose to use to fill your water tank may be the same one that is used to back flush the holding tank. BE careful there! I also recommend back flushing your holding tank each time you pump out to get it "clean". I usually do it 3X when I pump out. If the pump out water isn't clear, it isn't clean. Regarding "stuff" in the tank....be sure to always use a treatment for holding tanks. We use the Thetford dry powder pouch. It is inexpensive and it smells pretty good. You can get it at Wally World. I will usually only pump out every 3 weeks or so depending on the use. In the hot times, I will add another pouch to keep the smells down. We also have a rule on board...if it is #2 you go to the land head, emergencies excepted of course. Finally, if it didn't go in your mouth it doesn't go in the head.
  7. Hi Duncan- Welcome to the US and powerboating. Since you have sailing experience, it is a big advantage compared to those new to boating altogether. Lots of good advice above. I urge you to not be intimidated by a 28 footer. Like Supranut having upgraded from a 24 foot Four Winns Vista to a 310 Sig then I wondered why I started at 24'. It was an experience of getting caught on a run from Milwaukee to Michigan City that forced the upgrade. Erie, as all of the Great Lakes can turn into a snotty mess in a matter of minutes. You and your family will be happier with the larger boat under you. Take the operation/running the boat slowly. Learn how she behaves under different conditions. Talk with your dock neighbors, if they are like mine they always have advice and a helping hand. Don't be upset or embarrassed when you pull into your slip banging off the post and the pier. We've all done it. Just takes practice. Twins make it easier to dock though. The Coast Guard class is a must. Have your family take it with you. It is better to have all of them understanding the ins and outs of safe boating. Have fun! Let us know what you decide.
  8. Happy Birthday. Many more to you.
  9. Philbo is right. But most of all think about how you want to use it. My boat year / model will come close to your budget. If you can find it during the winter ( survey and sea trial contingent) it is a great time to buy. Sellers tend to be extra motivated to be free. We love ours and spend most weekends on her in a slip. We've not overnighted on the hook because we don't have protected anchorages within a reasonable distance so the lack of a gennie was not a deal buster. Longest we've spent is 10 days, and the only reason it wasn't longer is I'm not independently wealthy. Water usage is not really an issue for us. We take water conserving showers so I doubt we use more than about 2 gallons to do the job. Wet, lather, rinse. Normally though we shower at the land head. Good luck.
  10. If something goes bad with this move and the boat dumps, you're going to have a hard time collecting any insurance.
  11. Thanks for the link!
  12. Life is getting in the way of finishing the removal. I'll report back when I get back to it in a week or so.
  13. For weather, I use Weatherunderground and Storm by Weatherunderground. They have excellent radar graphics on storms that you can use to predict storm arrival at your location. I've found it to be very accurate....at least as much as can be with the weather
  14. My filter is just ahead of the pump. It is kind of bowl shaped, with the supply line coming into the bottom of the bowl.
  15. So I started the project on Sunday. It wasn't too bad thanks to Supranut's guidance, however 13 year old water lines are tough to remove from the spuds. I was planning on adding a little blow dryer heat to soften them up. Is there any issue with that?