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Roady68

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  • 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 had a pet snake once. That woman is a bad a$$. I love it.
  2. If there are any Gander Mountains in your area, check to see if they are closing. I picked up a spare water pump for 20 cents on the dollar. I also picked up a ton of other items like LED bulb upgrades, fiberglass work supplies, etc. I also saw chart plotter and VHF radios at around half price. I didn't need either, but wish I'd grab the chart plotter. Oh well. The close outs start at 20% off, but as the stores get close to final days, its up to 90% off.
  3. @Hatem the interesting thing about this plane (well, not sure if its this exact model, or something similar) is that one of the PhD candidates in my lab, how had same professor, was working on some vehicle dynamic issues. He was from China and his tuition was covered by an aerospace company there. He was a quite guy and brilliant. Most of the stealth planes and new planes are inherently unstable. So the control system is critical to keep these things stable. His work was also on controlling the various control surfaces to improve maneuverability and stability. Who know, he may have had a hand in this one.
  4. Well, yes, it was an F-18 Hornet. I can probably share a bit more because some of this stuff is common knowledge, but planes that are fly by wire, can sometimes have software installed that make them act like another plane. The control systems we worked on had to do with the control of the elevators. The F-18 was set up to mimic another, to be developed, plane. This plane is actually out now. Its been about 26 years since Grad school (puts me in very early 50s).
  5. Back in grad school my professor was working on some dynamic controls for fighter jets. He was part of the certification process and had to join the manufacturer of the jet on a carrier to prove out the control system. Anyway, the top speed that is given is very conservative. The numbers he was designing to we at least 30% higher than the top speed that was in the current issue of Jane's reference books at the time (yes, being geeky engineers we looked it up). And they had to prove out that design point. He said it was an interesting experience being on something that large moving closer to 40 to 45 knots. He also said the carrier did a reverse run for something too. He said they go go surprisingly fast backwards, not full forward speed, but fast considering they basically have a barn door for a rear end.
  6. I come up to fuel dock, tie off per where the attendant wants me to. All doors, hatches and port lights closed (always closed when we are underway). I actually turn on blower prior to tying off. Have everyone off boat (usually they go buy soda or something anyway). Remove fuel cap, filler up, then replace fuel cap. I do a smell test at the vent where blower discharges. No fuel smell, then OK for everyone to get back on board. Wait another minute or two, then start engines. Untie, push off and away we go. Turn blower off once up to speed. Unless refueling on canal, then usually leave blowers on until we get to the river.
  7. We mix it up. Wife love No Shoes Radio on Sirrius. I will also mellow out with Yacht Rock on occasion (reminds both myself and my wife of our AM clock radio alarms and the music that we woke up to). My daughter and I like to listen to Alt Nation on Sirrius and I'll often go to 1st Wave. This past summer Sirrius also had Dave Matthews channel which got a lot of airplay too. When I was alone and doing chores on the boat like washing and waxing, some Turbo hard rock would be blasting. It all depended on our mood and what we were doing.
  8. Coke-Cola and steel 0000 steel wool.
  9. There is a recommended formula for calculating number of people on a boat. Length times width divided by 15. So using that formula, you get the number of 14 you see. And seriously, I struggle to see how 21 people could fit on my Signature 30. I had six guys up in the cockpit, and we were tight. Maybe another 4 to 6 down in cabin. Say maybe 8 to push it if mid berth set up as dinette. So that would be 14. And I think we'd be tight all hanging out. I wonder if the number of people may be calculated similar to elevator capacity rating. You see weight of 2200 lbs or 24 people. Note that to squeeze 24 people into an elevator, you are probably talking about kids or really skinny adults who like to be intimate with each other. You could get close to the weight rating by having a few big people fit, but they'd be so big you couldn't get 24 people their size to fit. So the limit sort of self regulates. But on a boat, you start stacking people up into places they probably shouldn't be to get the maximum number stated on the placard. Lastly, I think its a law that you need a life jacket for each person on board, so how much room does that take?!? I only have eight life jackets so I can be assured we'd have some breathing room.
  10. Yacht certification is based on a set of standards set by the American Boats and Yachts Council. The standards dictate galley function, flotation requirements, systems standards for dock power, DC systems, people capacity, etc. There is an inspection of the vessel at the manufacturer (design and fabrication stages I believe). There is also a fee to maintain. Since there is a certain amount of additional work in certifying a vessel, it is a certification usually reserved for larger more expensive boats. I also think there is a minimum length (26' perhaps) to qualify. Just because the boat is over 26' doesn't mean its automatically yacht certified. If your boat has a USCG Capacity placard that says 14 people, the you are probably not yacht certified. You will have a different certification plaque that says yacht certified.
  11. I respect @Wingnut tremendously, but I'm also an engineer who has spent the last few years really digging into understanding these systems. Here is my thoughts, and let me clarify that this is based on my experience with 5.7l raw water system (open) from both a early 90s vintage and 2000 vintage. Can't see this happening. First of all, the antifreeze isn't any colder than the supply water to the cooling system. So I cant see it slamming shut. If the supply water is colder than thermostat should never open. Now, if I follow the flow (and its tough up at the thermostat housing), there are two circuits. First circuit is the circulating system. This is the front of engine water pump (the normal Chevy pump) that circulates water from the housing head assembly through the engine. When the engine is cold, the thermostat sensor side is seeing cold water, so the flow is just closed loop (I see there is actually a small bleed passage in the housing casting, but lets call it full circulation). When engine gets warm, the thermostat opens and allows some flow from the raw water system to go into the block circuit, and then flow out to the manifolds. If I understand the system further, there is a distribution block that splits some flow to the manifolds and out the risers at all times. So eventually all water will come out of the exhaust. Its just what path does it take. So back to the comment that it'll slam shut, if,lets say my antifreeze was 32 degrees when introduced to the system, the thermostat would still be open since its sensing the warm water from the block. Yes, its possible that super cold antifreeze could shut the thermostat some once it went through, but as I said, if you are using a hose, you are running 45 degree water through the system (at least up here in northeast). My antifreeze was in the back of my truck baking in the sun this weekend, so it was much warmer than the hose water I was using. I will say, it is very important that the engine is totally up to operating temperature, where the water supply to the block is necessary to cool the engine. This required that I run it for almost half hour and varying engine speeds up to 2500 rpm to get some heat into the engine. Once totally warmed up, I have a diverter valve and just switch from water to antifreeze. Usually take about four gallons before totally pink fluid comes out of exhaust. I'll run another two gallons through. Any water pockets will also get mixed with antifreeze from simple diffusion. The polypropylene glycol is usually mixed with alcohol which makes a mixture that has a high affinity for water. So any pur water pockets will diffuse with antifreeze once sitting for a little bit. I've run this method of winterization on our old boat for 7 years and never had an issue. The marina does the same thing, but they use a large tank to drop out drives into instead of muffs. Of course, I use sea water pumps so that resulted in wiped sea water pump, but I digress (see other post I have for that fiasco). Or, I am completely wrong and will need new blocks in the spring.
  12. This certainly will cover the block. Not sure about the nooks and crannies of the other castings such as the heads and manifolds.
  13. Cool video. Rack storage is pretty sweet deal. Of course, things can go wrong there too. This year we saw a 19-20' Sea Ray get dropped. Forks were set for larger boat. Also saw a lift operator rip the Volvo drive off a Cobalt. And there are the occasional scratches and marks. Also, if you have trim tabs make sure one of your last things to do is make sure they are lifted all the way up. DAMHIK. But for us, our Signature 300 is a bit big to have rack storage option. We like to sleep on the boat and often come and go when there isn't rack service. There is no excuse for a new boater to blast though a marina on plane.
  14. Don't take my man card for watching "Below Deck - Mediterranean" but it is on a boat. Captain Sandy brought in Sirocco, a 154' yacht, backing in between two other large yachts with less than 3' on either side. She was operating a control station back near the stern. Looked like a joystick type control. Pretty cool to see. I'll have to rely on re-runs through winter to get my yacht fix.
  15. @Hatem we have those floating tiki huts up around here. I have seen at least two of them. There maybe another one too. I think they are pontoon boats under neat. At least the ones I saw. The one in your picture has a wooden deck that hangs down a lot more.
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