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Klub Marcus

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  1. I don't use the lanyard kill switch because I don't want my mobility restricted and I don't want to inadvertently shut the engine down. I don't drive the boat like a maniac or boat alone, either.
  2. I'm going to keep a Magic Eraser handy. I have several in the house, but never took one to the boat.
  3. Thanks. I'm looking for a 2nd anchor for picnics during the crowded boating season.
  4. The staff at Top Rack Marina handle the customer's boats really well and I noticed that their forklift padding is a rubber material. The wash racks have hollow rubber too instead of carpet so no marks so far. Boatel storage is worth it for me because I'm on salt water. They can take up to a 40 foot vessel up to 27,000 lbs. Top Rack has to hail vessels that violate the No-Wake Zone for the marina and the adjacent bridge. They even have a train horn for the really hard headed ones. Big wakes shake up everyone tied up to their floating docks and is very dangerous for those who are re-fueling or pumping out the black water tank. I took an hour this weekend for practice so I can now pull in backwards into their slips and tie up single-handed. You can't pull in bow first because of the forklift and you don't have to wait in line if you tie up on your own.
  5. Klub Marcus

    SunCoast vs H2O

    Thank you. The kids love the boat and they don't stay young for long! We went to see the battleship Wisconsin. Y'all were right that the 210 SunCoast doesn't have an anchor locker drain which means that water from the anchor rode and water splashing into the bow ladder opening ends up in the bilge. We were cruising towards Great Bridge Locks in the previous video. It's the section of the InterCoastal Waterway leading to the Chesepeake-Albemarle Canal.
  6. My wife is paying for dry "boatel" storage because we can't control other boats and neither of us wants to sail to sheltered water during a hurricane. We thought it was worth it to sign a 1 year contract. You call ahead if you want to get underway and they give you four moves each day between the warehouse, water, and wash racks.
  7. Microsoft is so bad the last few years that I switched to a used MacBook Pro for responsible tasks and bought a Playstation for not-so-responsible tasks.
  8. I agree with you and Phillbo. Docking lights are for looks and for derelict docks with insufficient lighting that you wouldn't want to tie up to anyway. My boat came with them, but I wouldn't order them if they were an option because it's just another hull penetration / electrical component to deal with.
  9. I wouldn't take a SunCoast or bowriders in general offshore. They just aren't designed for it: only 1 bilge pump, insufficient reserve floatation, easy to take water over the bow and stern and swamping the cockpit / bilge, single engine, single battery, no built in VHF radio with tall antenna, no radar/AIS, etc. I'd stick to inland waters or remain in sight of the beach on a calm day. If your boat gets shoved around by the wakes of large boats in inland waters, then ocean conditions are going to murder you. The real offshore boats are noticeably heavier, sturdier built, bigger engines, beefier batteries, higher freeboards, taller windshields, and a ton more convenience and lifesaving equipment in case the p00p hits the fan.
  10. Yep, the manuals have specifications for what battery to buy in order to match alternator output, cranking amps, expected electrical load, etc.
  11. I can't tell so far, but you're right that it looks like an Airmar B60. I'm going to need a selfie stick for my phone to look for manufacturer markings.
  12. Klub Marcus

    SunCoast vs H2O

    You are right about that. I remember paddling on an outrigger canoe with my brother when I was really young and boating with my family on the parent's wooden hulled sportfisher catching plenty of catfish instead of billfish. Ha Ha! Enjoy the weather as much as you can because you have real winters up there. I spent a few years in NH when I worked out of the MA tech corridor and digging an entire car out of snow was an eye opening experience. Outside Chesapeake Bay there are times of the year where you can see whales close to shore. I'm sure there are sharks out there, but they aren't an attraction. Just make sure your boat doesn't turn into a Shark Week episode! I told my dealer that this boat is the most expensive GoPro accessory I ever bought.
  13. If gas is leaking out, then the ShopVac isn't the problem. If boats are so dangerous that you can't use a ShopVac, then boating manufacturers are retards and need to go out of business or get replaced by better ones. Customers shouldn't be paying to worry about gasoline leaks because boat engineers aren't up to par.
  14. I already updated the software and downloaded new charts this past weekend. It was simple and I used an old 2 Gb microSD card that I had laying around. The hardest part was waiting for all the data to transfer from my phone to the chartplotter. I'm still using split screen because it looks cooler and I can see bottom details. ActiveCaptain also has updates from boaters that can be cross checked by other boaters in order to make up for chart errors. I appreciate the advice and inputs, gents.
  15. Klub Marcus

    SunCoast vs H2O

    Thank you for the compliment and thank you for your contributions to the forum. It helps shoppers who are looking around on owner's boards. My kids like to ham it up when the camera is rolling. The forklift was new to me since I was only familiar with owners keeping a boat on the water or using trailers to launch and retrieve on boat ramps. The Yamaha F150XB has been trouble free the few times it's been used. It starts every time, keeps everything charged, and the layout beneath the cowl is straightforward. The Mercury 3L 150hp would've been the alternative. The only drawback is the space lost on the swim platform in exchange for ease of maintenance.
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