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  • Birthday 07/17/1976

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    Monticello, MN
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    Boating, Snowmobiling. That about Covers it...
    2007 Signature 270 - Up for sale!!

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  1. Always wondered if there was a good replacement... Well done!
  2. If you have the AC unit on your boat, I would close the water intake valve for that during your initial launch. Ours has had the tendency to leak a little from the canister seal early in the season. I like to perform all of my checking and then after a few minutes look for a dry bilge. Leaving the boat on the trailer during this initial run is a good idea.
  3. Brick, there's a good explanation as to why your new battery seems to start the engine faster - With computers and fuel injection and all of the electronics required to run an engine, the lower ampacity of the smaller battery shows its true shortfall - The starter draws a very high load, as you are aware. That load could be easily effecting the available power to any other electrical devices. I learned that when they installed the new stereo and amplifiers and all of the other gadgets on our old 220ssi. Unbeknownst to me, they swapped out a power lead to the engine with a wire of a smaller size - from a 00 to a 4ga if I remember right. That had a very similar effect to a smaller battery - lower ampacity, lower performance, sometimes we couldn't even get the boat to start. There is only so much available power in a battery - that's the ampacity. When you are cranking an engine, starting the process requires more power than maintaining the process - electric motors draw less power when they are spinning. That's the reason why you might notice a delayed start. Simply stated, you added more available amps to the mix - so the computers, injectors, starter, etc. all have more power to operate at peak efficiency. If the starter doesn't use all of the available amps to get spinning, then there's enough power for the computer to fire the engine right away.
  4. I read all the time that hull cleaners are basically acid. An old friend suggested that I use acid to clean my boat one or twice a year and I have been doing it for almost 10 years now on each of my boats. Every cleaning is immediately followed by a rinse, wipe, final wash with soap and then a wax job. Jug of Muriatic Acid - less than 10 deers - 2-3 cleanings Yard pressure sprayer - 20 deers or so. If you rinse and flush after use, they last quite a while. No scrubbing, AT ALL to remove river scum? - priceless. I originally worried that I was damaging the hull, gelcoat, etc. But after this much time, I haven't witnessed any adverse effects, other than what the acid will do to an aluminum trailer. But that's another story...
  5. What he said... The Sig 270 isn't really a shallow water boat, although it's draft isn't outrageous either. We occasionally run (very carefully and slowly) in 3ft. of water in ours in order to navigate some backwaters. Not ideal, but with a larger, heavier cruiser we would not be able to get in to some of those tighter locations.
  6. We ran some through our arch last year. I would describe it as moderately difficult, but nowhere near impossible. The difficult part was maintaining patience when trying to get our wires to round the corner in the arch and continue down. Once you get everything you need to make the corner, it's a pretty easy run to the helm. An electricians fish tape would have made the job easier and faster. Good luck!
  7. +1 on the 220! It's a great boat. But I'm hardy an unbiased opinion, having had one for a few years....
  8. Planning to do the same, however I lack the time, energy or motivation to make the table from scratch, so that's been a major roadblock! Your pictures give me a little inspiration to get moving. Looks great and I can't wait to see the final product!
  9. I use 6 fenders, 3 per side and I specifically copied the storage setup on CJ-Orca's boat. On the Sig it's very functional, especially considering there is NO storage space for them on the boat anywhere else. If the water is rough, I've put out 5 on one side, but usually 3 does the trick.
  10. The sandbar does show up on the chart, about 200ft to the east of where we hit (towards shore). The place where we hit was charted as a navigational channel. According to the locals, there have been a lot of boats pulled off that sandbar over the years. The river is a constantly changing body and I'm learning with each passing trip, but there's always that one situation that knocks you down a bit to keep you humble, right? Mechanic will look over the boat more over the winter, bellows and u-joints are being replaced, along with the gimbal and the check of the motor alignment. I'm going to have him thoroughly check the transom seal as suggested earlier.
  11. Yes, just south of Lake City on the Pepin side of the lake there is a sandbar. When I told the guys at the store where I hit, I got a knowing nod and a few stories that make me feel a little less foolish. I wish they'd mark that one...
  12. Here is a cool one from a couple that left in September from our marina to travel the great loop. Thought you might enjoy! beckywes.BlogSpot.com
  13. Is there such thing as 20-foot itis? I think I may have caught it...
  14. I did the same - LED retrofit - I bought a brand called Weanas off of Amazon. Very slightly larger diameter but they do fit in the existing fixtures. The reduction in heat and energy consumption is very profound.
  15. Wing, it's a Volvo 8.1 DP - Gxi I think? Cyclops - The block was drained while the boat was on the trailer so the garboard plug was out and not reinstalled until we relaunched.
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