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    F150 going electric?

    I just read an article that Ford is going electric with the F150. I can see it for local activity but I can't see driving my truck with a 6000lb boat in tow at 70mph at night with all the lights on. Then sitting in traffic at the border with the air conditioning running. Is this really possible? The cost to the buyer? Hahaha....not me. https://electrek.co/2019/01/16/ford-all-electric-f150-pickup-truck/
  2. While I'm surprised that this reply shows a negative narrative towards Ethanol, it clearly doesn't say what he's going to do about it. Another local politician, Brian Higgins, also electronically responded a while ago but it was so generalized you couldn't tell if he was for it or against it. The corn holers ASSociation clearly has Washington by the husk! I wonder when Alexandria Cortez will receive her "grant" and what she'll do with it. Read on: " Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). I share your concerns about the potential negative effects ethanol and the RFS could have on our environment. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2005 created the RFS, which mandated biofuels be blended into gasoline. This was an attempt to promote a shift toward energy independence and the use of alternative fuels and under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) management, greater amounts of ethanol have been required to be added to gasoline over time. Ethanol has been sold to the public as a panacea — as a “green” source of energy, and one that will secure America’s future by finally making us “energy independent.” Unfortunately, the rosy picture painted of corn ethanol by Midwestern corn conglomerates is not accurate. Rather than being environmentally friendly, the production of corn ethanol releases as much carbon into the atmosphere as traditional petroleum fuels. Furthermore, ethanol is far from promoting energy independence, as the shipping and manufacturing requires as much petroleum as it takes to make the ethanol itself. Additionally, higher ethanol blends are not compatible with all motor vehicles and, finally, our rush to produce ethanol has diverted corn away from other important uses. The unfortunate truth is that corn ethanol provides no environmental, economic, or security benefit over petroleum, and it raises serious ethical concerns about our obligations towards our neighbors. Again, thank you for contacting me. Please keep in touch with your thoughts and opinions."
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    It never changes.

    God save the Queen?
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    Uncle Chuck Schumer reponds to Ethanol

    That was a pretty stylish outfit she was wearing at the speech. I sat and wondered, is it manufactured by recycled waste products? And, how much did she spend or are we going to "pay for it" indirectly via itemized deductions? If she itemizes deductions or uses the standard deduction, doesn't that make her a Republican? By using deductions that reduce your taxes, you directly or indirectly support the Republican ideology. REDUCE TAXATION! Which would also make her a failure to financially support her own agenda. I think she might mean, "Let everybody else pay for it."
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    It never changes.

    I couldn't agree more. When he said that, I too jumped up and yelled, "YEAH!" I was getting so worried that nobody was paying attention. Its like they want to take us back before we left Europe. We left Europe because we wanted something different. We booted Great Britain because we didn't like their way. We are Americans. We do it different.
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    Uncle Chuck Schumer reponds to Ethanol

    The reason the DC10 had engine pylon issues is due to the way the engine was taken off the wing and put back on. In short and very simplified, if you nicked the metal at the attach point, eventually the metal became stressed. The method for removing the engines I don't think was authorized but was done to speed up the process. They found a short cut. After the AA crash, the NTSB found several other DC-10's among other airlines with the same metal fatigue. Copied from the NTSB: Probable Cause The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the asymmetrical stall and the ensuing roll of the aircraft because of the uncommanded retraction of the left wing outboard leading edge slats and the loss of stall warning and slat disagreement indication systems resulting from maintenance-induced damage leading to the separation of the No. 1 engine and pylon assembly at a critical point during takeoff. The separation resulted from damage by improper maintenance procedures which led to failure of the pylon structure.
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    Uncle Chuck Schumer reponds to Ethanol

    If you want to see Particulate in action.....check out this video and watch the older planes depart. Cough!
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    NY Boat Show

    Count me in.
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    NY Boat Show

    The discussion on price is why I keep fixin', cleanin' and polishin' mine. At least I have real wood! Our boat show comes up soon as well. I'll look, but that's it.
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    Uncle Chuck Schumer reponds to Ethanol

    With your comment, I'm wondering if ethanol in jet fuel will have the same effect as autogas. 50,000lbs of regular kerosene to fly to Japan or 60,000lbs with ethanol to get to Japan. 10,000lb increase will either eliminate a percentage of passengers carried or reduced cargo down below. Kill the profit and you kill the route let alone the airline. The corn growers got the auto industry to capitulate.....will the jet engine manufacturers do the same?
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    Dragging Fuel...

    Having a tank that holds 80gal [302L] I understand your need to save some cash. I occasionally take the boat out of the water when the tank is low and other work is necessary. The cost savings in gasoline can be as high as 100USD depending on the gas station and commercial dock prices. But mostly, I do the commercial dock of for no other reason than its just easier. I believe the marina that I'm at and the one previous prohibit portable gas. But I think some boaters sneak it in at night. I agree with Cyclops when you pull up to the dock and you get a cute attendant.....makes for a better "user experience" even after signing the receipt.
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    Uncle Chuck Schumer reponds to Ethanol

    This was not meant to be a political attack......well, maybe a little bit. But, "his" response is merely an electronic response to the electronic letter created by BoatUS to send to your congressmen about the negative effects of Ethanol. The same with Higgins....just an electronic response. Somebody in the back office probably sat down one evening and created this general response and everybody gets one via email who sent the BoatUS letter in the first place. Won't likely have any effect on the outcome. How many of you actually sent the BoatUS electronic letter late last year?
  13. I guess my big question to solar power is this: If I have 3 months of continuous sunshine, and then the weather turns ugly and no sunshine for weeks how long does the supply last before returning to the grid to turn your lights on?
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    Ever witness a boating accident?

    Floating objects? What's that? In regards to LEDs on boats...I couldn't agree more! They confuse the ability to determine which direction they are moving if they are moving at all. I don't mind the stern underwater lights. They are not intrusive on the visual environment and they also help seeing it at night. I have noticed that some boats have such a huge dead rise and wake directly behind the boat, that the stern light goes below the crest of the wake and can't be seen by boaters behind it. Sometimes the underwater lighting will help. But the decretive LEDs stink [the word I wanted to use begins with S and rhymes with truck]. One night, while entering into the Buffalo River this huge cruiser is in the channel. He's got the weirdest lighting set up. Really mysterious. Something out of Close Encounters. I couldn't tell which direction he was going. I could not locate either the stern light or the green/red nav lights. He kinda looked like a mini car ferry. I love cruising at night. Its like a whole different world. This past year was great because the sky was full of all the visible planets at the same time except for Mercury. I too have waypoints plugged into my GPS and stick to familiar areas. Of course, that doesn't always help as I found that submerged object. But even if it were daylight, I would have likely hit it anyways. Just be careful
  15. 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
  16. I was a good boy. Did what I was told to do. Drained and in the barn. Boy did we get clobbered the past couple of days. I think my snow plow contractor has blown me off. Haven't seen him in two days even though the house 2 over has been plowed. Good thing my snowblower is working.
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    A worrying time during a storm...

    Well at least you did a check-up on yours. At the end of last season, we had a wind storm pass through. Most of the boats were out of the marina but some left them in. One boaters canapy was shredded. Looked like a shredded flag on a pole just blowing in the wind. I don't think this boater ever checked up on it until it was actually pulled out.
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    F150 going electric?

    I have always said we should reduce our production of oil, and use up Middle Eastern oil until its nearly depleted. Then increase our production again and sell it to the ME. They won't have the money to spend on terrorist. But if they are going all electric, it kinda kills the plan. Will the manufacturers take this into account when designing and building these electric vehicles? How dangerous will this get?
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    Just ordered my first drone

    Scotty?
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    F150 going electric?

    Saudi oil won't last forever. Perhaps they are more forward thinking than the rest of us. Can you imagine, instead of buying oil from them we'll have to buy vehicles etc from them. Hahaha.
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    Just ordered my first drone

    Look at it this way. Those of you who own and operate a drone are simulating on a small scale whats coming in 20 years or so. You're the pilot on the ground commanding what the plane will do without you in the cockpit. Can't wait to see when an airport does a ground stop and all planes have to divert. The good side is that there is no crew time out. Robots will fill the plane on arrival which is calculated by a computer at a airline contractor facility.
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    exploding Window

    I remember in my Bronco, there was a small crack in the lower passenger side of the front window. Been there for years. One day while waiting for the light to change, BOOM, the crack raced across the entire window faster than bolt of lightning. Crazy. Good luck with the repair.
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    Just ordered my first drone

    Just read this article about Boeing. I was kinda surprised that they are getting involved in this area. Stretching this into the furture, I wonder when Boeing will announce an autonomous B-797x. Cargo crews will be first to disappear, if the plane crashes, no people onboard will parish. Once they get the bugs out, commercial would be next. A dispatcher sitting in an office far far away will take control of the plane if necessary. https://www.aviationpros.com/news/12440901/boeing-autonomous-passenger-air-vehicle-completes-first-flight
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    Ever witness a boating accident?

    An interesting video-I feel sorry for the tug boat dragged under by the current generated by the ship.
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    F150 going electric?

    I have always wondered how many truck owners own a truck for business vs having one because its the latest fad or cool thing. I love watching the news when the gas prices go up. They all start fitchin", whining and crying about how they can't keep up with the cost. I just laugh. I bought mine based on necessity and the best fit for what I need, not popularity. While I don't like gas prices going up either, I know it will be inevitable.
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