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  1. Good afternoon everyone, We took the new (to us) boat out saturday and sunday, spending the night at St. Pete YC. We had a fantastic time, and are continuing to get more confident with the boat and her systems. We went to Egmont Key for lunch on Saturday and anchored briefly while we prepared and enjoyed our meal. We also ran the genset just to make sure we had our startup and shutdown procedures down. As I suspect will be the case for the next few outings, we came back from the trip with a couple more questions! 1) Do you guys attempt to pump out the holding tank after each outing? We've managed to only use the head for #1/liquids to date, and there are only two of us, so the tank level indicator is still showing nothing. No bad smells or anything so far. 2) We're still getting used to the throttle, trim tabs and engine trim on the boat. It seems like there is very much a sweet spot around 3200-3300 RPM where I get up onto plane and can maintain a steady speed and just cruise along at between 19 and 21 GPH and about 30 mph. If I decrease the throttle much below that, the boat feels like it gradually comes down off of plane, and the speed continues to decrease to about 20-23 mph mushing along. There doesn't really seem to be anything in between? Is this a case of me needing to get a more nuanced feel for the throttle? My old 23' outboard had a very broad speed and rpm range on which the boat would stay on plane. For example, I could get on plane and cruise along at 23-25 mph / 3400 rpm / 6gph, or I could haul $^& at 45 mph / 4500 RPM / 10 GPH, or anything in between. Thank you again, Mike
  2. The joystick totally feels like cheating compared to docking a single engine outboard or an inboard sailboat. I'm just scared of the repair bill if it ever breaks.
  3. We're newbies to owning a boat like this. We've owned an outboard bowrider (Suncoast 230), and have some experience sailing other people's boats. This is our first IO, and the first time we've owned a boat with most of the systems found on her, including AC power, generator, vacuflush head, windlass, etc.
  4. That gauge for the tank itself is interesting. I'll talk to a shop about cost to install. My chart (navionics on my phone at work right now :)) shows Marco Island to Key West at about 95nm. If I conservatively assume 22 gph and 25 mph, we're at 3.8 hours and 84 gallons of fuel. That is getting really close to the longest run I would ever feel comfortable making in this boat. In this case, the midway point is really far offshore, so the consequences for failure are high.
  5. The smartcraft display shows GPH while running. I'm just paranoid that I don't know how many gallons I'm starting with if I can never be sure that the tank is full.
  6. Thanks guys. I think I'll keep using the boat in it's current configuration for a few more months, and keep this in my pocket for future consideration. I'm sure I have alot of gains to be made based on my own skill driving the boat for now.
  7. Thank you. Where would I look to see this?
  8. Thanks for all of the feedback. The fuel tank on the boat is metal, so can't watch for it to be 2" from the top. I'll figure out where the vent is next time I'm at the boat, and check that out. I'll also check out the filler hoses for twists, pinches or other obstructions. The tank is 118 gallons. I've been listening for the sound to change to indicate that the fuel is starting to back up the hose, which gives me confidence that I'm not going to back up into my face. The problem with this is that I have no confidence in how much fuel is in the tank. I'd like to know so that I can do a long run from Marco Island to Key West, and not run out of gas in the gulf.
  9. That's interesting. Is there a procedure thats easy to follow for someone who has never put a wrench on a boat before?
  10. Happy Monday everyone. Wife and I just picked up our 2014 310 Signature on Friday. Being the excited children that we are, we took her directly to our club and spent the weekend aboard. Some questions that we have: 1) We took her to the fuel dock and have a couple of questions about fuel generally. The dash gauge seems to be not worth much. The gauge was reading just below 1/2 before fueling, and after pumping 50 gals into the tank, read just above 1/2. In an airplane, I'd use a dowel rod to measure the fuel. The position of the tank in the boat doesn't seem to allow for that. How do you guys get yourselves confident that you know how much gas is in the tank? 2) Also on the topic of fueling... The tank wouldn't take fuel at the same rate that the pump would deliver. I had to hold the pump handle about halfway depressed to get fuel into the tank. Is this normal? This made me paranoid about the filler hose backing up, and me wearing a shower of fuel, or getting a bunch of fuel on the transom or in the water. Do you guys trust the pump shutoff? I basically listened for the sound to change, and when it did, I assumed that meant the fuel was backing up the fill hose. I'd appreciate some thoughts on this. 3) We have the 5.0 Mercs w/ Bravo 3 drives on our boat. In our old 230 Suncoast outboard, we'd trim the engine up quite a bit to get to that happy place on plane where you're trimmed up efficiently, but not porpoising. In this boat, it took very little trim up before loss of power started (deceleration / coming down off of plane) happening, which I assume means I'm trimmed up enough to have cavitation. I ended up using the trim tabs more to get the bow down, and *barely* trimming up with the drives. Sound right? Thanks in advance to everyone. The generosity of time that people put into this forum is amazing. I must have read 150 forum threads in the week and half since we made and offer on this boat. The accumulated knowledge has been invaluable. -- Mike
  11. Equinox

    Our Upcoming First Weekend on the Hook

    Assume you'll swing 360 degrees around the anchor unless you also deploy a stern anchor. Make sure you have enough water all the way around that anchor point so you don't swing into a shallow. Also make sure the shoreline and other boats are clear of that full radius. Deploy enough scope to get a 7:1 ratio of rode to depth. For example: you're in 7' of water, and it's 3' from the waterline to your cleat, you'll want to deploy a minimum of 70' of rode (line+chain).
  12. Longtime Lurker, first post. Wife and I are about to take delivery on a new to us 2014 310 Signature. We've chosen a name, and are trying to figure out where to put the name and hailing port. She's USCG documented, so letters have to be 4". We'd prefer to put the name on the stern. Do any of you have photos of your sterns that we can use as inspiration? Thanks in advance. -- Mike