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  1. SST

    Rode chain needed-How much

    In early June, I was anchored in Lake Erie just off the former Bethlehem Steel plant. I've anchored in this area before and have never had a problem On this particular day, the anchor hooked up with something and no matter what I did I couldn't get the anchor to come loose. I had to cut the line. The line I was using was 100 feet long with 2 to 3 feet of chain. Now that the boat is back in the water, I've been looking for a new chain and line. West Marine shows an option for 15 feet of chain and 150 feet of line for over 200 deer! For me and where I usually anchor that is ridiculous. The other end of the spectrum is Home Deport that shows a 3/16's @ 4 feet for 18 deer. I don't think thats good either. Can somebody recommend something in between?
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    Rode chain needed-How much

    Thanks for all of your replies. I read on one website that the length of your boat X 8 gives you the line needed. That would make mine 184 feet of line. The couple of sites that I did read had the chain about 15 feet. The usual places that I anchor [for the past 11 years] are only 2 to 5 feet deep and usually surrounded by many many boats. To have that much line extended off the boat would actually cause a hazard due to the fact that most boaters I see, come awfully close and would likely get tangled in the line. Many boaters don't observe the buoy I tie on the anchor which establishes where the anchor line is. They just cruise right between the buoy and the boat. The deepest water I'm usually anchoring in is maybe 40 feet on a calm day or with a light wind. I probably let out around 70 feet. But if I were like some of these fishing guys who go out in 30kt winds and 5 foots waves...…..THEN I could see the need for a much longer chain and line. So, currently, my new chain is 5 feet long [increase from 3] and the remaining rope [3 strand] is 70 feet. I will play with this and see how it works out and I'll increase the line back to 100 feet if necessary. Thanks again.
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    Rode chain needed-How much

    length of boat is 23.5 feet. EDIT: I may have just found my own answer. I plugged in a different search word. Instead of "Rode Chain" I just plugged in "Chain." Many more options. Looks like I can get a custom length of chain cut rather than a huge package.
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    Idiot me....anchor line caught on prop

    While cruising at 30mph, I had a dock line that was still tied to the boats cleat. The wind grabbed the line and blew it overboard and the prop grabbed it. It would have been great if the prop had cut the line but it didn't and ended up stalling the engine. Fortunately, I was able to unwind it and get the engine restarted.
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    This is for Hatem

    I have pretty much mastered my arrivals into my slip or docking along a wall. But once in a while, I'm immediately reminded that I'm human and I can screw up just like everybody else. The amount of embarrassment is in direct relation as to how many saw what I did. Practice, practice, practice.
  6. I decided to start my own thread instead of hogging it away from another. The other day while approaching the marina I felt an unusual vibration. My little voice said change the lower unit oil. So, today [absolutely gorgous!] I pulled it out, brought it home and pulled the plugs. No metal shavings. The O-rings remained attached to the drive. But the oil came out light blue and milky. I opened a new bottle of oil and put a teaspoon of oil next to the outpouring of old. The new stuff is dark blue and clear. Now what? I have no mechanic as he quit. The company that repaired the drive last year is gone and another company is there. So my guess they won't honor any warranty work or any connection to the drive. Should I discuss this with my insurance company first or the new mechanic? This sucks! AGAIN! EDIT: Or am I over reacting and [deep breath] this is normal? Pic of oil dripping [skeg on the left:
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    Looks like water in my lower unit oil

    Yeah there is a post I made about it. I went looking for it but its buried in a thread that isn't obvious. Perhaps @Hatemor @Denny knows which post its under.
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    Looks like water in my lower unit oil

    I am officially back in the water. I took it for a short spin around the outer harbor. The winds were high and waves were lightly spilling over the outer wall. I just stayed at 25mph. The vibrations coming up through the throttle and steering wheel seemed a lot smoother. Kinda like a "quiet" humming. Lets hope it stays that way for a long time! I'm still pretty banged up so I won't be taking the boat out on my own for a little while yet. I am dependent on others to grab the dock and get it tied up. I could operate the boat but if something were to go haywire I physically can't move fast enough or strong enough to "man handle" the boat if something goes wrong while docking. So, for the time being, I'll just be sitting on my boat in my slip. Its better than sitting on a trailer! After arriving at my slip, I got some take-out, cranked up the tv and just hung out for a bit. When I left the repair shop [2 miles away] I put the flag up for two reasons. One was to just fly the flag and add a little bravado to "I have returned" but also to see if I would catch your attention. I will stick with my stick for the moment. I saw your work that you did for Denny and therefore if I decide to make the switch, I will definitely give you a call.
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    Looks like water in my lower unit oil

    After 26 days out of the water, I have returned. It's been a heck of a ride.
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    Alpha 1 Trim Issue

    It was suppose to be repaired last year. But then, it was repaired by the same mechanic who put different plugs without gapping them into my engine. I'm launching today so I'll check it out to verify.
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    Alpha 1 Trim Issue

    Does his boat have a travel button? My drive will not rise for traveling using the trim switch. Not that this helps your situation.
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    This is for Hatem

    At the previous dock, the people next to me tried to help me into my slip. But eventually it got so bad I'd refuse help from them. Half the time they were trashed and one women ended half on the dock and half on my boat. I'd rather crash my boat into the steal beam than allow them to help me. But the current slip/marina I'm in, my neighbors are fantastic. They come out of nowhere to help. The most recent entrance is that I slightly misjudged the dock, and bounced off of it and somebody, from somewhere [never saw him before] came and grabbed the bow railing and connected the deck line with the bow cleat. I was so appreciative. I really like where I'm at.
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    This is for Hatem

    I have never been able to master my boat in regards to backing in. At my previous fixed dock, backing in would have been great as it would have put me up against the slips finger. But my Alpha 1 does not behave well when shifting in and out of neutral. If the wind catches the boat while fighting with the drive, time to give up. So, I drove straight in. Basically I was fighting a barge going in reverse. The wave action in the former marina was usually perpendicular to the wind. The boat was moving in all directions. A fixed dock. The cleats on the boat and the dock weren't really lined up well, so crossing lines didn't work out well for me. My current floating dock only requires 2 lines. One short line for the bow and one long line for the stern and middle cleat. Boat just sits there so calm even in 50 mph winds. Winds like this in the former marina was like watching a fox trying to get out of a trap. Looks like my boat will "Return to Service" over this coming weekend. I woke up this morning feeling better such that I could drive down to the shop, pay the bill and get a tarp over the boat before the storm arrives. This way, no water entry anywhere. This relieves a ton of stress and will help me heal up faster for weekend activities.
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    Looks like water in my lower unit oil

    Well, I paid the bill this morning. He noticed a leak in the upper unit seal, installed a new upper seal kit. He made adjustments to the shift cables also. So, hopefully this takes care of the outdrive. But he found that the engine had two sets of spark plugs not even gapped properly. Can I tell you how annoying that is? How do you place your boat into the trust of a mechanic only to find out after he quits and that your boat is in worse shape than when you gave it to him in the first place. When I look back to that night my little voice whispered to me "change the outdrive oil' it potentially saved me not just money but me. Worse case scenario could have been the engine died where the East and West branches of the Niagara River come back together only a mile or two above Niagara Falls at night. I travel this area at night several times a season. Well, I guess I'll find out how well this new guy does over time. Boat is still sitting at the shop due to my own recovery. This weekend looks good for launch. EDIT addition: On 6/22/2019 at 9:01 AM, Wingnut said: "The typical moisture test at the Lube Plant is known as the hot plate test. The lab crew takes what is basically a hot frying pan and drops a teaspoon of oil on to a very hot surface. If it smokes, it's oil. If it sizzles and flashed to steam, then there is water in the oil. W" I've been meaning to reply to this earlier. I emptied the pan with both motor oil and gear oil into an empty 1 gallon jug. One day I noticed that the gear oil had separated from the motor oil. The motor oil was on top and the gear oil was on the bottom.
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    This is for Hatem

    I forgot about sharks in the water. That certainly would inhibit my desire to clean my prop. I usually give the boat a bottom cleaning out in the lake or if I'm beached somewhere. Either with a scrub brush or the back side of a sponge. Never an On/Off cleaning until I get it home. Truth be told I am not aware of a restriction at my marina but I will check. Last year I did scrub the bottom before pulling it out. I did it at the launch ramp around 11pm so as not to $%&# other boaters off. Nice as quiet that late at night. My frien has a boat that is shared with his family. They don't treat the bottom at all. When they pulled it out last year I just could not comprehend the enormity of muscle and slime coverage on the hull. I could barely locate the intakes even though I knew where they are. For years I've tried to tell them how to handle the bottom but they don't listen and I get the entertainment.
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    This is for Hatem

    Do you have some goggles? Wet suit perhaps? When you head to the beach, jump in the water while its anchored and do an up close inspection. I don't usually jump in until the lake is warm but if I really need to jump, I have a partial wetsuit. That's how I found out about all the damage on the drive last year.
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    This is for Hatem

    The submarine is The Croaker. Still in pretty good shape. These picks were on dry land. I just received word that my boat is ready for pick up. They repaired the leak in the drive [no specific details at the moment], replaced the oil sending unit and spark plugs. BUT..... Due to a 3rd "crash" with my bike I am out of service for a while. Heavily bruised and lots of pain. Surprisingly nothing broken. The ground wasn't forgiving in any way as compared to the railroad tunnel weeks before. I can only imagine how bad I'd be if I hadn't worn my helmet this time. My goal is to get the boat in by the next full moon.
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    This is for Hatem

    Here are a couple of pics from the Tall Ships event here in Buffalo. Turns out to be very crowded and as I predicted, the "security fence" blocked the view. To me, it was more like a corral. Herding the animals to the ticket booth. Which is why I didn't go. But following the big event, and thinking everybody left, I was able to catch a couple of ships up close as the "security fences' were removed. There were a couple of others....but this is my favorite "Tall Ship" The Little Rock.
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    Alleghany River boating

    With my boat OTS, it frees up time to do other things. So I drove down to Clarion, Pa to bike ride north to Leeper, Rt66 @ Rt36. A really nice ride and stopped at St Josephs Cathedral built in 1893. There were also two abandoned boxcars along the way and hundreds and hundreds of rail road ties piled up along the way. Still a couple of telegraph pols standing. I love riding old RR''s and looking for anything historical. You should see this during sunset! Its probably a good thing I "west to church" because of what happened later in the day. I'm lucky to be here even typing this. On the Alleghany Valley river trail north of Emlenton, Pa is a tunnel. I believe it is 3300 feet long with a slight curve. It was DARK! My light wasn't bright enough to light up the reflective markers. I shouldn't have gone in. But everybody else was and I didn't want to be "left behind" {I was on my own}. So I went in and it became so dark I could no long see anything. I mean nothing. Talk about special disorientation! I lost control of the bike and crashed to the ground. Landed on my right shoulder which took most of the hit. Felt my spine move around a little bit but fortunately nothing broken. I landed next to the paved surface and it was pretty soft. Its probably why I survived. Anyways, I walked the rest of the way. Now I'm on the sunny side of the ridge and the tunnel was easy to see with light coming from behind. So I got on the bike. But it got dark darn quick and I hit the brakes before I lose it. I hit the front brake so hard, I flipped over the handle bars and watched the bike come down on me from behind. Again I landed on my right but head first. Thank God for the soft dirt and no rocks. Again I walked the rest of the way out which I should have done in the first place. Nothing broken but got a few aching ribs and muscles. Like Dirty Harry said, "A mans got to know his limitations" and now I do. The trail north of Clarion really gets you out into farmland and wide open places. Makes it worth while. The reporting marks for these two boxcars were Mountain Lumber. Been sitting there a long time. After I finished this ride, I headed over to Emlenton, Pa [about 25 miles west of Clarion] and started riding the former railway on the un-improved section. It was pretty muddy and clearly ruled by ATV and motorcycles. Wasn't really a great ride but as I was watching the river, I motorboat came cruising by. The river level was pretty high as there wasn't any embankment and various areas of trees were under water. And the water was muddy! Not sure I would want to put my boat into that sediment. Gotta be some "objetct" in that type of rushing water. But it was deep and a strong current. The bridge is I-80. Time to take some Advil! haha EDIT: The closet ramp that I saw on google was in Franklin, Pa.
  20. The power of a tornado. I was amazed to see the extensive destruction of this marina. Said day for many boaters. https://www.kulr8.com/oklahoma-tornado/image_29f8eb4e-f5d2-11e8-8295-3f8be51f0005.html
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    Ever witness a boating accident?

    How do you explain this to your insurance company?
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    Ever witness a boating accident?

    I presume we've seen this? https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=lightning+strikes+sailboat&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dlightning%2bstrikes%2bsailboat%26form%3dEDNTHT%26mkt%3den-us%26httpsmsn%3d1%26plvar%3d0%26refig%3d7f9950be62b0444df1c615e8438fe376%26PC%3dDCTS%26sp%3d-1%26pq%3dlightning%2bstrikes%2bsailboa%26sc%3d4-25%26qs%3dn%26sk%3d%26cvid%3d7f9950be62b0444df1c615e8438fe376&mmscn=vwrc&view=detail&mid=6E8CCC51FD429199E6BC6E8CCC51FD429199E6BC&rvsmid=C95749070828CD9F3476C95749070828CD9F3476&FORM=VDQVAP
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    This is for Hatem

    Buffalo has about 12 tall ships here this weekend. Not sure I'll get down there. They plan on a security fence 75 feet away from the ships. Plus no boat to chase them. although I'm next in line for repairs.
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    My Tow Vehicle was DESTROYED! (Video and Photos)

    Check out this freak hail storm! https://www.foxnews.com/world/freak-hailstorm-in-mexico-buries-cars-swamps-streets-in-feet-of-ice
  25. He may have given you the idea as I don't recall posting the Craftsman purchase. Not a problem. My friends have a boat but no electricity at their slip. Big sponge! I tried that for awhile but that became excessively annoying while trying to get under the engine at the drain plug.
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