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  • Birthday 08/18/1972

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    Cheat Lake WV

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  1. bhutch

    Purchased 1st chaparral 226ssi

    Boat looks goid. Seems that you did really well with the purchase price. Good luck and enjoy!
  2. Couldn’t agree more. 100% wheat I see.
  3. bhutch


    I get your rationale. I used to do the per trip cost and got smart enough to stop. Lol Took the fun out of it boating. So I understand your math. But the longer I keep my boat and the more trips I get out of it in its lifetime, or as long as I own it, the per trip cost come down. The longer you keep it, the numbers get better. At least that’s how I do the math lol
  4. bhutch


    I kinda agree, kinda don’t. To your point, everybody’s situation is different. I definitely see your point though. I purchase most things to keep for a long time. In my experience I bought new, a leftover 2009 in 2010. I admit I was very apprehensive in doing so, especially being my first boat purchase. Depreciation is a big factor. I do everything I can to keep the boat in the best shape possible. I like to think my boat is still in incredible shape as far as appearance and mechanics are concerned. But what I think I’m seeing is that as the price of buying new is skyrocketing, it’s helping hold the value of well care for used boats. Has my boat depreciated? Most definitely. But I think it’s still is holding a decent value. Maybe even better than I anticipated. In my experience I don’t regret buying new. As you said, to each his own.
  5. bhutch

    Rudeness on the lake -- How to handle it?

    A@@holes at all lakes! Last year I was pulling my 8 year old daughter and a friend on a tube and I had a boat in front of us launching water balloons at them with some sort of sling shot mechanism. Needless to say once I approached them they quickly realized they picked the wrong boat to screw with. If they didn’t handle my reaction correctly, somebody was going to be in need of medical attention and I was going to have problems with the law. And these two adults couples looked to be late thirties or early forties. Not young kids by any means. On the 4th, my friend had a wave runner speed up beside them and quickly turn to drench them with water. I assume alcohol played a factor in both instances.
  6. bhutch

    Norris Lake, TN Trip

    Have fun and be safe. That water in the pic super clear! Just how I like it. Unfortunately, Cheat Lake, WV rarely looks like that.
  7. Happy belated Birthday!! I don’t post much but I do check in almost daily. I enjoy your posts and your sense of humor. For eighty years young, it appears you still have a awesome zest for life that a lot of people your age has lost. IMO
  8. bhutch

    Boat beeping

    My issue doesn’t sound like yours but I just returned from the dealer for a mysterious beep that occurred only while underway with no sequence. Just a random, intermittent beep. Of course when the service tech got in the boat we initially had trouble getting it to sound although it happened every time we went out this year. We finally got it to sound after making a throttle adjustment and again after hitting a wake. The tech found a loose 90 amp fuse block on the starter that led to the dash/ignition switch. He tightened it by hand and it didn’t return. So we pulled the boat and he replaced it. Put back in the water and still never sounded again. Tech feels confident that we got it. I’m sure hoping!! I have a 5.0 tks so no computer plug in help.
  9. bhutch

    Is 488 Hours too much on a 1-2 year old boat?

    I'm not a typical example but I have 113 hours on its 8th season in SW PA/WV. It's used regularly during the boating season so it's not from sitting for prolonged periods. We just spend the vast majority of the time anchored and swimming. As my daughter is getting older she is getting more into tubing and such which will start putting more hours on the meter. Sounds like it could be a rental.
  10. bhutch

    Virginia to Tampa Bay on the ICW

    Wow what an adventure to share with your daughter! Memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks for your service
  11. 2009 216ssi 5.0 tsk mercruiser alpha one
  12. Two outings ago I noticed when trying to trim down that it was hesitating to go down but eventually would. Also, same outing, I started to get a very intermittent warning beep while cruising. It would come and go and with no sequence. No alarm on digital gauge display and boat ran normally. Next outing, trim up fine, down nothing at all. Could hear the click but outdrive didn't move. Eventually started to work and at times throughout the day I was getting those intermittent alarms. At first I didn't put the two situations together. Now as I start to research I'm thinking the two are related. Is the alarm sensing a intermittently failing trim sensor and giving a warning beep? Don't know if this could be related but Cheat Lake was hit by a tornado and caused a lot of damage to the marina I'm in and the marina next door. It appeared that I luckily went unharmed but maybe these issues could be a result of the boat bouncing around in the slip. Any thoughts are appreciated!
  13. bhutch

    Bimini Video

    Seems like an awesome adventure. Love the video
  14. bhutch

    New Boathouse

    Looks to be the perfect setup. Really impressed. I don't know what others around you do with their docks but I'm thinking your the envy of the neighborhood!
  15. bhutch

    Drying Carpet

    I got tired of pulling it out to dry most every trip in just the first season. I do agree it feels better on the feet but has been stored in the garage after season one. Salesman tried taliking me out of adding it at purchase. The way I look at it is I have nearly new carpet to put in to show prospective buyers if/when I got to upgrade.