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  • Birthday 08/18/1972

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    Cheat Lake WV

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  1. bhutch

    2013 206 SSI-getting to top end

    I found two things out when having similar questions about performance last year on a 09 216 5.0 carb, 130 hours. 1. Plugs needed changed. No typical signs of underperforming plugs, at least to me. My Merc. mechanic even said they boat was performing as it should and a plug change wasn’t necessary. But he doesn’t operate it and I knew it was off. I insisted on the plug change and it blew my mind the difference. There wasn’t any missing or hard starting. Smooth acceleration. But hole shot was suffering as well as wot. Felt like it was new again. 2. I always knew a dirty bottom affected performance but underestimated how much. I wet slip so the hull gets very dirty. As the season goes on, performance definitely drops off. I estimate 5-7 mph at wot from the beginning to the end of the season.
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    pro's and con's of uncovered slip

    Now a raised, covered slip is utopia!
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    pro's and con's of uncovered slip

    The convenience of a slip isn’t debatable, imo. Now the work on the boat in the off season to keep it nice, definitely is! Lol
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    pro's and con's of uncovered slip

    I have had a uncovered slip since my first season in 2010. No doubt about the exposure is worse being uncovered. I bought new and struggled putting it in a fresh water wet, uncovered slip. What I have found out is as long as you are willing to put in the work in each off season to keep it up, the effects are greatly minimized. Only use bow and cockpit covers. I use Overton’s hull cleaner on the bottom. Then collinite cleaner followed by their wax over the entire boat, hull included. My bottom is not painted. I treat the covers every other year with 303 fabric guard. Still haven’t had to touch the outdrive yet but probably will down the road. Clean the vinyl with Spray Nine and then treat with 303 vinyl. Pleasantly surprised how well the boat has held up. It takes work but it is possible to keep it nice. I do keep in my garage in the off season. I think that has helped out tremendously as well. Would it be nice to have a covered slip? You bet. But if it’s uncovered for part of a season you will fine.
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    Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headset

    Sorry no suggestions but I’m looking to buy a pair as well. Interested to hear what others have to say.
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    Purchased 1st chaparral 226ssi

    Boat looks goid. Seems that you did really well with the purchase price. Good luck and enjoy!
  7. Couldn’t agree more. 100% wheat I see.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  12. 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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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