Slick470

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  1. Slick470

    Firewood

    I hope so given the cost, but we have only used ours a handful of times so far and it is a bit discolored, but otherwise fine. We also keep a cover on it. There is a facebook owners group and I've seen some pictures of some heavily used ones that are pretty dented up and look really rough, but are still intact. That gives me some hope. Ours sustained a couple very minor dents in shipping and they offered to replace it or give me some of the accessories. The dents are barely noticeable, so I went with the accessories. Customer service was great.
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    Firewood

    I got the big one from the family for fathers day. It's really nice. Lights really easy and burns hot so minimal smoke... but also goes through wood pretty well too.
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    Firewood

    Oh, it's a very well engineered and thought out death machine. but... but...
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    Firewood

    I could watch the first one all day... but that second guy who is in the picture above, what the hell? Not only does that seem insane and I'm surprised he's not dead yet, he's also wearing crocs.
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    MERCURY mountaneer 2008,80k MILES

    Seems like you ruled it out... but I'll add my late two cents. I had a 2007 Explorer Eddie Bauer with the 4.0L V6 that I bought from an older friend at around 50K on the clock. It had been babied, and taken care of and I tried to do the same. I liked how it drove and It was comfortable, but a bit underpowered and didn't have great gas mileage. Somewhere around 105k it just started giving up. I replaced all a bunch of age related maintenance stuff, but then the thermostat housing exploded on a road trip (made of plastic and apparently common failure), then the radiator cracked (also plastic, but also a common issue due to poor initial quality and higher than standard cooling system pressure), then the transmission started to slip, clunk, stutter, and pause between shifts, so had that rebuilt, (also apparently common). I thought great, I should be able to get a decent amount of additional life out of this thing, and then it started popping misfire codes. I did a bunch of research and apparently also a common problem, but it could be caused by a bunch of things. So, I replaced the usual suspects, no joy. Took it to a couple trusted shops, they couldn't figure it out and re-replaced the most common suspect (coil pack). No joy, and now I have two perfectly good coil packs sitting in my shop.. So, I start hunting for small chafed wires in the wiring harness bundles because that is another "common" potential cause. No joy. I'm now getting to the point where I can't pass inspection to get my registration renewed. A few weeks later I finally figured out I had a very small head gasket leak. a little bit of coolant would get into a cylinder once the engine cooled, but it once it warmed up the problem would go away. I fixed that with a liquid headgasket coolant system product, but eventually it would have needed new head gaskets. That was the final straw and we traded it in on a new Subaru Ascent. Anyway, It was nice up until it wasn't and then it went downhill fast....
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    Old Cordage

    Maybe find a boat in your club who is just starting out and/or running a lower budget program and see if they could use them.
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    The watch of a yachtsman? Which one...

    The altimeter seems to be one thing that is goofy about the Garmin watches. I had read that before I bought my Fenix 5 and I just try to remember to calibrate it with GPS before I do anything where it might be useful. I don't know if other brands loose calibration so easily, but it's not that big of a deal. Love the watch though. It does a lot of things well.
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    What Have You Done Today?

    Congrat's IB. Enjoy the party. We'll raise a glass to you guys tonight... after we get the kids to bed.
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    What Have You Done Today?

    Nice bumper! Although I'm not sure how I feel about that truck being an antique already...
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    Fire - Hinckley Yard Stamford

    Good on em for at least trying, but does anyone else see an issue with trying to do any of that with an inflatable? Seems like it could get sorta melty if it got close enough to let the guys do anything productive.
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    CS36, C&C 33-2, Ericson 35-3, Cal 33-2...

    must have been hauling ass if that is the case... still sucks though.
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    Where to move?

    It's ok to be scared of Florida but it is a nice place to visit. We have some friends who live in the Tampa area and we went to visit them over spring break a few years back. The whole way there my wife was asking about the potential of moving there someday. On our last day at around 9am, I'm loading the car and come back into the house dripping with sweat. Once she realized that it was 90 degrees with 100% humidity in early April, she was much less interested. There is a good reason that many of the houses have backyard pools with bug screen enclosures too.
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    Cockpit Instrument Configuration

    I'd probably look at pictures of other Catalina 315's on Yachtworld for ideas. Poking around it looks like the engine controls are also on the binnacle, but several have a chartplotter and at least one display on the instrument pod there. Some also have displays on the coamings. VHF remote is often mounted to the side of the binnacle. For instance, https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2015/catalina-315-3591841/ this one seems to have the AP control head and a w/s/d display beneath the chartplotter and w/s/d displays on each coaming...
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    tools/tool storage

    I ended up buying one of those starter mechanic's type sets where everything snaps into a plastic case. I took out the stuff that is too big for our boat. It lives on the boat full time. It's not great to store, but I know that I have enough tools onboard to do pretty much anything. Currently it resides in the quarterberth, but it needs a "real home" For the odds and ends that I need for various projects, I have a soft tool bag that goes back and forth between home and the boat. I also bought a couple Stanley briefcase style parts organizers for hardware, fasteners, electrical bits and the like. They also go back and forth, but only because I keep a few specialized electrical tools in one of them that I'm too cheap to buy copies of. The stuff that travels back and forth gets put in a consistent place in my workshop at home so I can grab them quickly when I'm heading to the boat.
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    CS36, C&C 33-2, Ericson 35-3, Cal 33-2...

    OUCH! that sucks. Sorry to see that. Any news on how that happened?