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  1. when I bought mine new, the dealer warned me that for the first few uses, I would have to add gear oil. They even gave me a qt of oil. They were right. No oil in bilge, no oil in water, but level drops a bit. And every time I change the gear oil, I have to add oil for the first few uses. And I am aware of Wingnuts drain and fill procedure, I wanted to do it last year but didnt have the time, as it takes the oil longer to drain. But hope to use his method next year, his advise is always the best.
  2. I have that exact boat. 14 19' H2O sport. Only my wife and I and dog in the boat 95% of the time. Plenty of power for us, 4.3 Merc. We really like it. I have a small parking area to park it in, so couldnt go bigger than 19, but prob wouldnt have anyway. Hopefully its a deluxe with the extra storage space. Our internal cooler will keep ice almost all day, a lot of folks complain about it melting the ice fast. If you have a lot of peeps and or coolers in the boat, it gets crowded fast. I think all 14's have the Karavan trailer, not the Coyote, the Karavans may be better. I immediately got rid
  3. back in the early 80's, they had one of these on the portland slough by waddles restaurant that my dad used to use on his 26 foot sea ray. They charged by the foot and it did an ok job, better than nothing and better than pulling the boat out just to clean the bottom. Maybe technology has gotten better...
  4. those 425's are something like 40 to 45 grand each.
  5. I would like to clarify, I believe this is only an issue on certain H2O's where the vent is near the water line. Like the 21 footers. The 19 footers, like mine, have the vent located way above the water line near the fuel filler. Just dont want everyone to think its ALL H2O's. Dont want to fuel the negative fires against H2O's, a lot of peeps already look down on them. Mine is a great boat!
  6. I happen to be very lucky that all my close friends, and have been for years, all have motor homes and boats. We have a great group. Very lucky!
  7. thats why I have a motor home, to tow my boat and also go camping, best of both worlds. Hard to do that with a travel trailer...
  8. I tow my 19 footer H2O with my Taco. My 19 footer is roughly 2550 dry, lets say trailer 800, lets say battery, gas, gear, cooler, etc. another 500. Thats 4000 or so. I dont think I'd want to pull that much more weight. Maybe another thousand. Not another 2 thousand. I dont think the HP is the problem, especially on flat ground, I think its the brakes. Even though my trailer surge brakes work great. If you've ever driven a Taco, although if you look at the braking stats, the stats arent horrible, but they dont feel like they have the strongest brakes. They still have drum rear brakes, which by
  9. I know that when I was shopping for boats, every boat that I looked at through a broker had a significantly higher price than private party boats, with no better or longer guarantees or warranty or the like.
  10. nice, I have the same letters and almost the same guide rails. Sure has helped my wife trailer the boat in the wind. They have gotten slightly bent from time to time due to the current and wind and I have had to straighten them back but glad I have them. If you do have to bend them back, its easiest to do when the boat is off the trailer. Can just bend them back by hand.
  11. do you know your outdrive ratio and prop pitch? Thanks! I also have a 19 H2O with 220 hp...
  12. thats why I always try and perform my own maintenance!
  13. I put a front hitch on my truck to turn my boat around the corner of my house to get the boat in my backyard carport/boatport, money well spent. Can nail it first time every time when looking through the windshield.
  14. Thanks for your input Wingnut, it always seems to be right on!
  15. My buddys new tritoon has the Luxury Woven Vinyl on the floor. When we were loading it at the dock recently in 80 deg weather, we were all dancing around looking for the shaded spots to stand on. None of us could stand on it, it was too hot with dry feet. If your feet were wet, it was fine. Dry feet, no way. It is tan in color.
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