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About Roady68

  • Birthday 07/28/1968

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    East Aurora, NY
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    60s Muscle cars, motorcycles, fire arms and boating.

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  1. I would think the cruiser has some pretty good hull rash too. Maybe some out drive damage?
  2. Yep, that's the way our society works now days. Sad but true.
  3. Always a concern for me, but had Storage place do it the past two years. This winter will certainly be a test. I am not sure how it works if the Marina screws up and I have a cracked block. Do they replace it? Is it going to get messy, will I need a lawyer? I am not going to borrow trouble. I'll find out in four more months.
  4. I was a die hard Mopar guy (always had Dodge or Plymouth cars, even my 60s muscle cars). My last Dodge pickup had so much go wrong I sold it and bought an F-150. Multiple wheel bearings, ball joints, steering couplings, etc.. And I only kept it for 110,000 miles. Catalytic converter also went at 70k miles, but was a warranty. I would get all kinds of exhaust leaks at the block/manifold interface. Every time it was repaired it was major as the stud would snap. Finally went with special stainless locking header bolts I got from speed shop. My friend had a recent new Dodge Ram, bought it new. It was a nice truck and all, but he had some issues and decided to get a Chevy
  5. Although our plans of taking our Sig overnight to another Marina fell through, our plan was to unplug and take the cord. Otherwise we just leave it coiled up on the dock while we are out for the day. We also have various adapters that may be necessary depending on what power outlet a certain Marina might have. Previous owner left them with the boat. Our slip does not have a local switch/Breaker at the outlet. Its at a junction box a few slips down (I think, I need to verify next year, lol).
  6. Here is my opinion, for what its worth. To me (and I am new to cruiser as of last year) it sounds like you are not ready to take the plunge and get a larger boat. It sounds like to me you want the large boat with all the area (volume?) but don't plan on using it as such yet. Maybe you are getting a really good deal, and that makes sense. But re-reading your first few sentences it sounds like you want a 31' that acts like a 21'. Baby it at home? Why can't it be babied at a slip? Can't spend time there? Then maybe a 31' isn't the right move yet. Trailering a large boat like a 310 is not a " hook it up and run to the lake" task. As others have mentioned, the weight and dimensions get you into permitted loads. I also think you expose the boat to just as much damage going back and forth that just leaving it in the slip. My opinion is to get a slip and leave it. Make the time to spend it on the water. Otherwise I'd live with the 21' until ready. And believe me, I had the same argument with myself. We sold our 21' cuddy a few years back. We were originally looking to replace it in kind and decided to go to a 30'. Trailer versus slip was a question. In the end, we have a slip, and we found ourselves on the boat a helluva lot more than we thought this past summer. Good luck in your decision.
  7. Some things I learned when having shore power: Always unplug at the dock first when unhooking and plug into the dock last when hooking up. The idea is to prevent a live cable from falling into the water. We use those Velcro cable holders to keep the power line attached to the side rails. Before connecting we make sure all the 110V switches are off. Connect the cord at the boat, then at the dock and come back and turn the main on. Then we turn on the loads we are use regularly which is the battery charger and refrigerator and any of the outlets that we use to charge phones or ipads. Our boat has air conditioning and has a second main switch for the A/C. If you have A/C the condensate probably drains to a sump. Make sure that sump pump is on (usually a 12V switch at the helm). We flip on the water heater, microwave and various outlets only as needed, then turn them off. I am not sure that is right, but that is what we do. I am concerned that doing this puts wear and tear on the breakers. I am not sure if marine breakers are designed to be used as switches too. Maybe someone here can chime in on that one. When we leave the boat for extended time, we leave the shore power hooked up and the refrigerator and battery charger on. We shut everything else off. If we are gone for just the day, or a few hours, we will leave the outlets and A/C on. But as Cyclops indicated, if you have a picture, we can walk you through the panel.
  8. The 747 is a pretty cool plane. I was one one for my trips to China and back. Got to sit business class which was pretty nice. I think the only plane that felt as large was the Lockheed L-1011 which was also a wide body jet.
  9. I'm thinking wine chiller for shore power only. Usually only drink when on the hook or docked. We only have the one refrigerator on the boat down in the galley.
  10. It would have been a site to see when they returned. Assuming they had same plane on the return. There was quite a crowd welcoming them back to Buffalo due to squeaking into the playoffs.
  11. Our boat is tucked up in a rack for winter storage so I don't have access. I had a friend of mine give us a small wine bottle chiller that can go 110v or 12V. Our 2000 Sig 300 does not have the cockpit refrigerator option, just a storage locker. Does anyone here have access to their Sig 300 that could measure the opening? I'd like to install the chiller on the boat as opposed to in the house (we already have two refrigerators in the house). I am curious if it will fit. Thanks.
  12. Hey guys (and gals). As the boat is all cuddled into winter storage, its time to think of projects for the spring. One of them is a possible upgrade to the audio system. We currently have a Kenwood installed. The original system was a JVC and had two remote panels. One back by the sink in the cockpit, and the other at the helm. Neither are functional as the original radio that worked with is long gone (boat is a 2000 Sig 300). Based on how we use the boat, I am thinking I would like to upgrade the audio. Requirements are at least one remote panel at the helm. The radio is mounted down in the cabin and its a pain to run back and forth. We have a remote (or I should say had) for the current unit. I am currently looking to find a replacement. But if its isn't available, a new system may be in order. Bluetooth connectivity to iPhone or Android would be very nice. We currently have three pairs of speaker. Though a receiver that supports only two pair (a pair in cabin, and pair in cockpit) would work. We don't need super duper power, so looking for a receiver with built in power. I really don't want to add an amplifier. I have looked at Crutchfield, and see Clarion and Fusion. But I am looking for other recommendations and experiences. Thanks all.
  13. I am in the same boat (pun intended). All our 401ks are maxed out (and both wife and I have pensions), additional savings for retirement are set, and college fund for daughter is set up. Financing a used boat (actually only financed half) allowed us to get on the water a year or two sooner. We are just not in a position in our lives to buy a new boat. I really wish we were.
  14. When we were looking for our boat I surveyed dozens of sites including boat trader, iboats, yacht world, ebay, craigslist, etc. I collected asking prices for every 28' to 31' Signature I could find that was model year 1990 and newer. I plotted the curve to get an idea of range of prices. It helped me determine if an asking price on a boat I was interested was a good price or not. I did a curve fit for a 3th order polynomial (exponential and power didn't handle the steep depreciation on newer boats). It looks like boats loose about 15% in the first year, and another 15% or so in the second. By year 5, you are at 50%. The knee of the curve is around 10 years. From that point on, the value drops much slower, leveling out about 10% at year 20. I did a similar search for Sea Rays and found about the same. There is a decent amount of scatter (probably due to options and condition). There is also a fewer points in for 2008 to 2010 model year boats (recession most likely). And there are some steps in the data most likely due to model year changes. But overall a pretty good estimate. Cars have a more linear depreciation in the early years. So its harder to upside down on the loan. The amortization of a boat loan probably shows the value of the boat exceeding loan balance around year 17. So a 20 year loan isn't necessarily a risk for lender. The issue is the steep depreciation in years 1 through 5 that are where you will be way upside down on a loan. But if income is steady and payment easy to make AND interest rates are low, borrowing money may not be the worse thing. Millennials are not at a point in their careers where they can afford a toy like a new boat. And probably don't have credit history or income to get low rates if they wanted to borrow. I have seen a stronger marketing campaign locally for boat rentals and boat clubs. Maybe boat makers need to look into partnering or supporting boat clubs? Don't know.
  15. I agree. I really like the 350 Coupe, so I am always looking for them to see what the pricing is. My guess is they made about 30 of them in 2017. And probably didn't sell too many. I think I may have seen one or two sold on Marine Max. Not a good indicator of the whole product line, but only barometer I can find. So figure a handful of $400k boats, with a lot of $40k to $80k boats on the other end. The 30' and 40' SLXs are pricey too, I did see one new one in the water at our marina, so probably a handful of those too. Only one equation and too many unknowns to calculate. As an engineer and new business development person, I would live to see break downs of fixed and variable costs, product slate, balance sheet, etc. I should give the annual report for Marine Products (Chaparral and Robalo parent) to see if they break down the production. I haven't read the third quarter earnings report yet on them either. If the boat shows are any indicators though, I would think the market is really hot on pontoon boats. About 40% of floor space was dedicated to those at the last boat show I was at. Another third on wake/ski boats. I think cruisers could be counted on one hand. Maybe two hands. Fishing boats had the rest. Sea Ray's offering the SLX with the drop down side panel is attempting to capture pontoon boat use and still provide water sports activities. They are newer though, so market may not have caught up to see those offerings. And the Sundancer 320 is like a deck boat I guess, I may not be up on terminology. Basically a large bow rider with a functional head, galley and berths below. And comes with outboards. Chaparral's product seem a bit dated compared to that. though that may not be a bad thing if the concept doesn't catch on. I am not sure what the advantage of the outboards are though. Yes, easy to winterize, but some of these outboards are pretty large and heavy. So not practical to just put it the back of the truck and store in the garage. And you still have the on board water systems to deal with. Could be just a perception that customers will have that they are less maintenance. Should keep marinas in business still. Provided new boats sell.