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Everything posted by Scrambler

  1. IPad is great in the shade. I have a Bimini and it’s terrific. Without the shade it’d be lousy.
  2. Until they bring enough beer to last me well after they leave, they can buy their own shirt. Gifts? I’m not sure what you are paying to give free rides, but it costs me a mighty amount. If they painted my boat bottom I might feel differently about that. But no gifts for rides.
  3. My CQR was a very good plow. My Rocna is better.
  4. While there are tons of speculative posts here, it’s mostly opinions with no experience with the product. The First Watch radar dome is a fine product. I hope it lasts many years. I don’t regret buying it, never have. If you have Apple phones or an IPad and want to punt on the MFD this is a great way to go. Furuno does make two MFDs for the unit. I’ll get the 7” if I ever see it on sale. You can spend more to see the same stuff. But when the fog came and stayed, I kept cruising.
  5. It’s a wage shortage. If the man wants restaurants and tenants he is going to have to pony up. It’s an awesome time to be a compensation professional. That’s for sure.
  6. I don’t think the open cpn will work with Furuno. All the apps are IOS. I’m assuming. B&G and some other pricier units seem to have this feature. It cannot join a network, it only broadcasts. Perhaps a third party device would solve this requirement.
  7. Half time crew with an attitude? I don’t need help like that at all. I don’t care what you offer. I’d rather teach a novice that’s enthusiastic rather than entitled.
  8. Wifi switching is not a problem. The biggest issue with this unit is keeping the ipad charged.
  9. I’m running a 9” IPad brightness is on full, the gps and wifi are on (connection to Furuno radar, works great) and it is a battery hog. I might go to an IPad mini and perhaps a bad elf to use less power. I assume a mini is less power dependent. We had a lot of fog on our June cruise and wouldn’t of cruised on schedule without this stuff.
  10. Do you notice the using the bad elf that the iPad battery lasts longer?
  11. I’ve only encountered USCGA once at the dock. He offered to do a safety equipment inventory and gave me a sticker when I passed. It was nice.
  12. I’ve used mine for two years. No complaints at all. It saved my butt one foggy week.
  13. If you have Boat US through WestMarine Gold, it’s a $50 coupon when you’ll have a $500+ bill. It’s crap. Unllmited coverage from BoatUs is the better deal.
  14. Garage sale weekend and I should be on the boat. People better come and buy this crap. It does serve moving out of a shitty strip-mall blue-collar Illinois suburb to a home very close to shore.
  15. The fuel sender and gauge from Catalina direct aren’t that expensive. If pee comes out of the stanchion-vent when you heel, it’s full.
  16. Defender and Hodges have been good to me. As said Defender’s checkout process sucks. I call them on the phone.
  17. Catalina factory support: Have an obscure question? You can call or email Catalina, and an engineer might just be the person to respond. Need a part? Having trouble with installation? Catalina Direct has a service tech for that. My rigger is independent. He worked for a Catalina dealer, these folks are around. It’s too practical.
  18. I bought a 2.3 hp Honda. It actually fits in the lazerette. Also ratchet straps. I’ll replace that one davit eventually but managed to get it sorted enough for my summer trip. The Tohatsu 9.8 is great, idles super quite and with patience gets two people on a plane and will maintain it at 3/4 throttle. The 2.3 Honda is super light, simple, compact and louder, like a small modern motorcycle. The Honda is easier to start and perkier than expected.
  19. Slips are available in SW Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Although the northern Illinois harbors are huge and the towns don’t offer much. Reports are Kenosha was more crowded last year. About 3500 usd for a 40’ slip is normal.
  20. Thank you all. I’ve learned a lot. I can upgrade my bent davits and score a 3-5 hp used two stroke for around 1000-1500usd. The little motor will go on the rail. The big motor will stay at home. Cheers to Garhauer for great support. Don’t underestimate shock load
  21. Thanks all. Investigating davit options. After I talk to some davit folks, I’m still considering the engine swap.
  22. The rib was empty except for fuel and the motor, and oars. But point taken on the 25-30 lbs of fuel tank. They are indeed 1” tubes. There is a cross bar. The davit bent underway in about four foot waves, which I call Lake Michigan moguls. Random nasty things. No votes for smaller motor? I’m calling Garhauer about my installation and options on Monday. Other brands to consider?
  23. Thanks Istream, I will discuss with Garhauer, but since I bent one, either the davit or prior owner’s install were not up to the job I assigned.
  24. I have a rib 275 (105 lb) and a tohatsu 9.8 hp motor (115 lb with fuel tank). I hoped to hang it off my garhauer dd 6-1 davits, but it’s too much load in waves. I’m not really interested in an engine lift. I’d hate to store the motor aboard. I have an option to swap for a 6 hp Mercury which would weigh half as much as the 9.8 and can. Or I can consider dd 6-2 or other davits. Maybe I need bigger davits either way? I’d hate to lose the power, I’d be happy to lose the weight. Davits are pricy. Wisdom is appreciated.
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