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  • Birthday 01/08/1962

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    Flying. Boating including chasing lake freighters. Exploring historical infrastructure especially current and historical railroads.

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  1. pictures/IMG_18401_zpsguqgwvlq.jpg.html?sort=3&o=13
  2. I did that. Then they only allowed me to post one picture per day. Something to do with a change of domain. I have just read on another forum that Photobucket is now back in action. I checked, and my photos have been reposted.
  3. I find that entering a slip with a headwind [which changes to a crosswind as you make the turn into the slip] offers better control of the boat than trying to enter with a tailwind. With my new slip and once the neighbor shows up, I will have to go past my slip and turn around so I have the headwind. As the headwind changes to a crosswind, this will help keep the bow from hitting the other guy as it pushes my bow towards the dock and away from the other boat. Under the same wind conditions, if I tried to enter the slip with a tail wind and the other boat is there, there isn't enough space to get the boat turned into the slip and track straight. To get it to track straight into the slip will cause such a crab angle that I may either hit the other boat with the bow, or hit the dock on the opposite side of the boat. No win. If you can keep control of your boat going backwards until you pass your slip, I would recommend that.
  4. I learned how to dock long ago when I was a kid while at Disney World. We'd take the ferry from Fort Wilderness to Magic Kingdom and I'd watch how the pulled up to the dock/pier. I watched the guy steering the boat and how he manipulated the throttle to cause the boat to swing into the dock. I use the same technique I learned from observing what they did. Works every time. I've had people come up to me and compliment me on my docking. Boy does that make me feel good owning a boat. I normally enter the area to dock at about 25 degrees from the pier. Most circumstances, I arrive with the pier on the starboard side. I aim the bow were I want it to end up and keep a straight line to that point. And slow! As the bow comes within 1 foot of the pier, I steer hard right to the stop and enter into reverse. This causes the outdrive to stop the boats forward movement and pulls the stern parallel to the pier simultaneously. I then shut off the engine, climb out and tie up. No help required. If I have people with me, I only let them hold onto the pier while I climb out and tie up. I don't have the luxury of having the same person with me every time who therefore learns and is in sync with me. That's why I agree with Cyclops2....."Do Not Toss the Bow Line to Anyone Else!"
  5. One point of water entry that took me awhile to find was rain coming in the engine compartment vents. My vents are slightly angled upward so there is a bit of collection that eventually makes its way to the bilge area under the engine. Not enough to pump out but enough that a wet vac is needed. To curb this annoyance I cut two rectangular pieces of pool cover and snapped them under the boat cover which therefore covers the vents. It doesn't stop all the water but it reduces it enough that I don't need to wet vac it. Simple and didn't cost me a cent.
  6. My boat is in the new slip. I too will have too practice a bit to adjust to this narrow slip. The neighbor hasn't arrived yet. Tonight, I was sitting on the boat watching others. Several of them made such radical moves it scares the heck out of me as to how my neighbor will be. I am truly worried about getting hit. I have bumpers on both sides...….there just isn't anything else I can do but hope they don't want to scratch theirs anymore than I want to scratch mine. But I do like the floating dock. With easterly winds means the water level drops. At the other marina, I'd have to watch the level constantly to make sure the dock lines weren't stressed or to much slack when the level rises again. I guess I'll just have to mal-adjust.
  7. Yesterday was a nice day so I used the 303 in areas that I didn't treat with silicone. The forecast called for moderate rain and thunderstorms this morning so I slept onboard again. I missed the first round of rain but I didn't see any puddles or wet areas on the carpet so I thought all was good. A second round of heavy rain arrived shortly after. Water was getting in along the stitch line where 303 was used. The amount of water that was getting in wasn't too bad. Much less than before so 303 may have reduced the amount but didn't stop it. I would guess that the stitch holes are too big for 303 to plug. it. I will put more silicone down on the stitches in critical areas. We are good to launch.
  8. My Alpha One does not tolerate shifting of any kind every two seconds. Many times I've had to hit the big red panic button and shut off the engine to prevent plowing into the dock because the shift wouldn't go back into neutral. The other quirk is that since I had the engine rebuilt several years ago, the exhaust is so strong that it will push the boat up to 1.5 mph while in neutral. This makes getting into a slip difficult. With the exhaust pushing the boat, and the boats momentum, the outdrive simply cannot override the momentum and I end up bumping the pole between me and the other guy. I use to be very good at docking. But since its repair, I look like a newbie. My new slip is even tighter than the previous one. I had several yards of space between me and the other boat [a pole between us]. Now, only 2 feet depending on the neighbor. i haven't seen the new guy yet but I'm also worried about his ability to dock and my nice looking gelcoat.
  10. My 31 year old boats gelcoat was in terrible condition when I received it. After taking much advice on this subject from this forum, I finally got it back to where I like it. Just a tiny bit short of factory fresh. Its now at the point where all I have to do is a little rubbing compound and a good wax at the beginning of the season, and a waxing during the season. I don't bother at the end because it goes into a barn for six month with no sun. The apron thing will eventually annoy you having to deal with it every time you want to go boating. A waxing or two during the season is much more "Zenful." It will cause you to smile while looking at it shine.
  11. My boat is a pain in the butt in reverse. I'm going into a new slip this week and I am not certain how this will go. Like you, I'll have to practice. A twin would make all the difference in the year. I'm not even certain how much clearance I'll have between me and the other boat. The floating dock has rub rails on them but I have two that maybe I can attach to decrease the potential for scratches. We'll find out this week.
  12. Maybe 5 years ago, while having repairs made to cushions a Chap 23 footer was also there. Just had a new cover put on.... Nice work. From stern to the bottom of the windshield frame.....$900. I assume it will be more 5 years later. As far as I know, this is the original cover. I had just lightly brushed off the cover and applied 303 although not heavily in the stitch area. It is working well. It is currently beading up and rolling off the cover. Yesterday, while checking radar, I see that a line of moderate rain was headed my way. With no other options, I applied two layers of silicone sealant to the stitched areas along the window frame. The first layer I rubbed into the holes and around the stitches. The second later to cover the first layer. Then I did the same thing between the stern end of the window frame and the step into the boat. This was a really bad area. Both sides of the boat. Then.....prayed for dry weather as long as possible so the sealant would dry. Fortunately, it didn't begin to rain until around midnight last night with the heaviest just a few hours ago. I crawled into the boat and then crawled around.....not a drop to be found. The driest the boat has been in years.
  13. Your probably right. It just annoys me to no end because 95% of the cover is flawless. No leaks.....just the part that was fixed... I guess I'll take it over to the canvas guy on Broadway and see what might be done.
  14. I have an old Road Runner trailer that is in need of rust proofing and painting. You have inspired me to get this done.....this year. The trailer will sit home without the boat on it until October. Looks great!
  15. After the rain ended and the sun came out, I climbed around to look things over. Now I can see why this is happening. I took a photo and tried to load it into the gallery but it won't allow it. Figures. Anyways, I can see the water is coming through where the stitches are. It appears that the stitches, while still holding, are loose and therefore creating a hole[hundreds] for the water to enter. By the time the water creeps up and over the strip, its to far inside the boat and therefore drips into the boat, not over the side. I had just sprayed the cover with 303 although not specifically focused along the stitches. Focusing the spray along the stitches might work. Over the years, there have been a couple of very tiny tears in the cover. Too small to patch so I rubbed a small patch of silicone sealant to plug the hole. Still holding. I'm wondering, as a cheap way out of this, is apply the sealant to the cover along the stitches. At this point, can't see it damaging it any more than it already is. The difference I mentioned in WM cover vs new cover was the cost.