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  1. Will do!
  2. Popping rivets is probably out for me for a while. The next time I see my boat to do the work, I'll be camped out in the desert doing it with whatever I have on me and that's probably not a good time to figure out rivet drilling and replacing. Hopefully I can get it there somehow with fish tape.
  3. That's a bummer that the wires are secured under the deck. I broke my transducer on some driftwood on a trip last week. Looks like I'll be going fishing (wires)! Has anyone has luck doing that with an ESP hull with the aluminum sheets between the tubes?
  4. GCW all the way. I don't get why the swing back seems to be so popular. It's like having a whole area that is unusable when another area is in use. And yeah, Having a gap between you and the other person on the lounger is sometimes a very good thing.
  5. I used a fair amount of hot sauce on my sharkhide before switching to just 50/50 vinegar water (cheaper and just as good, IMO). I'm on my third year of use and the sharkhide still looks great. I don't keep my boat in the water, so it could go longer, but I plan to re-apply next year.
  6. I store my toilet under the helm. It's the only place on the boat that it will fit without being out in the open. Mine is a G elevated helm and the Thetford Curve fits perfectly. Link: http://amzn.to/2sx9tSZ
  7. Dang it! I forgot that method didn't work again. Here we go: Sunset from near our campsite on Friday night. A friend and I paddled into this place that we called the 'arch room', not so much for the arch shaped roof, but because there was a large natural arch just to the left of this photo. I just couldn't get it all in frame! The view of our camp, as seen from the kayak after paddling back from a nice hike further up canyon. My wife is up there napping on the beach.
  8. Just got back from our first pontoon trip of the year. Deciding not to sell it this spring made every minute that much better, especially after the crazy stressful year we've had to this point (bought and sold a home, lost our oldest pup, etc.). Anyway, it was so nice to be back out there. We found a campsite in a deep, narrow canyon that was in the shade 24/7, which was awesome with it pushing 100 degrees out. It would just get to the point that the ends of the loungers would get sunny - perfect for swimming. Anyway, here's a couple of pics. Sunset from near our campsite on Friday night. A friend and I paddled into this place that we called the 'arch room', not so much for the arch shaped roof, but because there was a large natural arch just to the left of this photo. I just couldn't get it all in frame! The view of our camp, as seen from the kayak after paddling back from a nice hike further up canyon. My wife is up there napping on the beach.
  9. Thanks for posting this. I picked up a trolling motor earlier this year and I went to mount it last week and I got frustrated and gave up. I like how you have it setup off the side like that. I think I'll give that a shot.
  10. Well, I did it. I took down the 'for sale' ads late last week. I still have one potential buyer that is looking into it, but barring some incredible offer and a major change in how I'm feeling about it, I'm keeping my Bennington for a long, long time. I've never been more excited to get her out on the water. I have some huge work projects that wrap up at the end of May and then we'll be back to once a month, 5-6 day Lake Powell trips into Fall. I can't wait to get back out there.
  11. Should be visible now.
  12. Going from a 200hp luxury tritoon to an 18hp rubber boat is hard. I took my new rubber boat out for the first time last weekend. It is far from what I would consider ready but some friends needed some help that weekend so I scrapped it together enough to work. We launched it on the Colorado River and floated on 25k CFS into Lake Powell. It was pretty scary dodging sand bars in chocolate milk muddy water, and even scarier wondering if we'd have enough horsepower to drive back up the river to where the truck was. It all worked out pretty good, but I'm starting to feel pretty happy that no one has bought my Bennington yet. I might be having a change of mind about selling. I just need to convince my wife. Here's a pic of the new boat at our last campsite of the trip. We motored halfway back up the Colorado River and camped on the shore near a big eddy. This area would normally be under about 95 feet of water if the reservoir were full.
  13. Good call on building the waterproof storage in. I finally got my new boat setup last weekend and I'm taking it out this weekend. I'm still months from having it decked out to be even a little comfortable but at least I'll get an idea of how it will move on the water. So far I'm secretly happy that my Bennington hasn't sold yet. If it's still around in June I'll get another trip or two to Lake Powell out of it while I work on the new one.
  14. This actually crossed my mind! But then I figured how cheap it would be to just build my own pontoon deck and features on top of the rubber tubes! I even downloaded some 3D CAD software so I can get better communicate what I want to the welder. Here's the first draft of my aluminum helm. Yes, it's missing a cup holder, speakers and a couple other things. Damn G series helm mixing me up!
  15. Not yet. I'm going to list it in January once I can get down to a warmer climate and get her ready to sell. I don't suspect I'll sell it to anyone in Utah. Having no Bennington dealer now is a downside, and for some reason they just haven't caught on much here. I'm hoping I'll have better luck in the Las Vegas/Mead/Havasu area. I can totally see towing this thing with the Benny. Crack that whip! I've been going crazy designing all of the improvements I want to make to it. It's a ton of fun to be able to start from scratch. I'm getting a custom aluminum helm made with a captain's chair that raises and lowers. I might position it as a center console at first. The nice thing is, I can move it around! And I'm super excited about having the Mercury MercMonitor on the dash. Seems a little silly for a small motor (I'm up to 40hp), but I feel pretty confident it'll move me almost as fast as my 200 on the GCW. I'm also planning a 17' long double bimini for super shade and to help make it easier to quickly enclose the whole thing. I can't wait!