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  1. Pontoon boats are just fun!

    Thanks to my mom and dad, I've been hooked on boating my whole life. There is no place I'd rather be than on our boat. Thankfully, my wife "mostly" agrees but come the middle of July, she and my daughter seem ready for a different kind of weekend. Me? If I can possibly be on the boat, then that's where you can find me.
  2. 6.2 Mercruiser I/O

    The majority of my 50 or so years of boating experience has been with an I/O set-up but I'm in love with my Verado outboard! Much quieter and a lot less maintenance and no winterizing to speak of compared with my previous engine. That said, if what you found fits your budget, then I'm sure it will work just fine for you. Welcome to the "club"!
  3. Standard Gauge Cluster

    I have two Merc Smart gauges, one RPM and one MPH. Both have digital insets that show a variety of additional engine information (oil, temp, etc.). Although mine also have air and water temp, neither is functional on my set-up. I do have a cheap fish finder that provides depth and water temp that came with the boat.
  4. F300 vs. 250 SHO

    Sounds like you've got a pretty impressive build coming. Enjoy!
  5. VF150 vs. F150

    I agree with Lakeliving that the elliptical set-up seems to be for a more narrow market. If it comes down to the SPS or swingback, go for the SPS! Based upon your comments, I personally don't think you'd be happy with ellipticals.
  6. The Windshield Fiasco of 2016

    Coming from a bowrider, I too, can confess that what I miss most is that windshield! That said, IMO with a toon you get a lot more that quickly makes up for the lack of a windshield. You learn to adapt by cruising at a slower speed and bringing along jackets and blankets for those cool evenings. Two years ago, I could have never dreamed I'd own one, but now I wish I'd have switched years ago. Some lessons are more difficultly learned than others, but I think you'll find this one worth every penny.
  7. Things I would change (formerly Regrets)

    Don't beat yourself up! You are going to really love your new boat just as it comes.
  8. Wow!That sounds like it could get incredibly hairy. Not sure anything can really help in such conditions other than a prayer.
  9. I was in your exact same situation! However, docking turned out to be fairly easy because of three things I do: 1) Lower the bimini-top if windy. 2) Proceed at a very slow speed. 3) When close, put the engine in neutral and guide it in under my own power. Works for me anyway!
  10. She's here!

    Congratulations! Getting closer...
  11. What model do you own (or want to)

    When I found out it was going to cost me a couple hundred for the 20 hour service, not to mention the hassle of getting there and back, I threw caution to the wind. I ended the season with around 80 hours and it didn't seize up. Guess I should have read my warranty to see if I voided it, but my oil looked just fine all season. I know I'm in the minority on this subject.
  12. Looks like I'm upgrading

    Welcome! It sounds great but IMO I'd skip the ski pylon without the power steering.
  13. New member with new benny on order

    Welcome to the "Club"! You are going to absolutely love that configuration!
  14. New boat on order

    Too funny!
  15. What model do you own (or want to)

    Welcome Maniac! Good luck sleeping until you take delivery. Pictures when you can...