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azray007 last won the day on October 10 2016

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  1. I'm still jealous. I have the tools, but after hearing how much pain is involved with the work, both during, and the after effects, I'm still procrastinating. ...but just looking at those is an inspiration. I wish it wasn't close to 100 degrees here...but then again, what's good procrastination without better excuses?
  2. Howdy! We live around Charlotte, NC and have been hearing tells of this secret lake paradise called Lake Jocassee in SC. I believe the boat access is in Devil's Fork state park. It's not a bad drive for us to do a day trip; however, I would like to make a weekend of it. I've heard of folks camping on the lake and I've looked at staying in the state park in a cabin. Right now, finding lodging is an issue. Does anyone in the area have any lodging recommendations and most importantly, how is the lake and is there any must destinations while on the lake? Since I'm pulling my boat, staying overnight at a Holiday Inn and leaving my boat and Yeti's on the boat is something I would like to avoid. Ideally, I would like to find a house or cabin that is close to the lake boat ramp. I'm even up for doing a two - three day trip during the week. Thank you for any recommendations or advice!
  3. I used to float it on, but that was because I have a wonderful boat ramp. At night by myself, pushing the boat from the dock and running to catch it at the launch wasn't the smoothest operation. I finally bit the bullet and bought a loader from 4C Innovations. Not cheap, but MUCH nicer than anything else I could find and has really made loading the boat a lot of fun. It works great in calm or windy conditions. Here's a link. I worked with them on a tritoon package and they drove from Kentucky to the Charlotte area of NC to custom install it. (That was part of the updated design and instructions.) This is by far the best thing I have ever done for my trailer and the safety and care of loading/unloading my boat.
  4. That's what we use and everyone at our lake spots always compliment us on it. Besides the look and build, it even cooks great! My only regret is I bought the bigger size. It works fantastic, but when we have floats and tubes, the smaller profile Q would be a better fit. I also suggest getting one with the temperature gauge. Good luck on your choice!
  5. I agree, biggest issue is making sure to leave the access open when in storage. We've not had to run out bilge much; however, I've opened the door to some major stinkage. (I caused that by throwing wet floats and life jackets in and forgetting about them.) By simply leaving the door open when stored, those smell issues have gone away. One other bit of advice, when I first got my boat, I threw a bunch of the cheap life jackets in the in-toon storage. The issue I had was I left the paper manuals on the life jackets. Eventually they got damp and the paper disintegrated below the plastic floor covering. It coated the inside of the toon with fragments of paper and clogged the bilge. It was ZERO fun getting my adult body in there to scrape and clean all those paper fragments out. I hope this is one lesson you don't have to learn! Other than that, the in-toon storage is worth it's weight in gold to us! Enjoy your new Benni!
  6. We had to tow a friend last year. I hooked up to the ski bar and pulled him along just fine. No damage to the ski bar, but I can honestly say I wasn't thinking about damaging my boat at the time. My concern was getting his family out of the middle of the lake. The ski bar did fine. I liked having the line out of the water and away from the engine. His boat is a 24ft pontoon and it pulled nicely with a boat packed full of gear and people. Note: I'm not endorsing this method, just stating it worked the one time I tried it. As for paddles, we don't carry any. Lucky for us we have lots of friend with boats and I'm not sure how well you can paddle a tritoon????
  7. Sorry to hear about your bad luck with the hole. For something new and all the positive words on the quality of a Bennington, I feel your pain. Know this, Bennington stands by their work. They are great to work with. Get the hole fixed and the fun you have on the boat will help you forget any issues you had. Welcome to the forum!
  8. Beware!!!! Thankfully I was fishing late and not camping, but once it gets dark, you might find your boat gets wet with condensation. Mine was soaked after a few hours. You definitely want something to keep the moisture and bugs out.
  9. That looks awesome! I still have all the tools for the job in my mancave. It warmed up here, so my free time has been spent boating. Hopefully I'll have some pics of mine soon!
  10. We absolutely adore our loungers! It looks like you pup enjoys them as much as my wife and dachshunds!
  11. BK - I would love to; however, if I have any trace of alcohol in my system and I'm in posession of a firearm, I lose my conceal carry. Did you know that only folks like yourself and other conceal carry permit holders are allowed to have a weapon on board in NC?
  12. If I look at my Bimini fabric closely I can see sunlight through it. It is not water proof by design from what I understand. I catch myself wondering why it's not and why the material is not a thicker heaver material like sunbrella.
  13. We test drove both and we were sold on the tritoon. I imagine both will be around for a long time. There is a decent amount of cost for upgrading to a tritoon and if your not going to put a larger motor on it, a pontoon boat is still awesome!
  14. Thank you everyone! I'm going to reach out to my dealer and get a replacement cost quote. I took another look and the sides aren't too bad; I will, at a minimum, replace the the front and rear. Also, I'll go with the stainless rub rail. Thank you everyone for your advice!
  15. Thank you MrG. I wonder what the cost of new parts would be? That's an awesome job, but for me, I don't have the time to do all that work. I sure wish there was an easier solution. My sides look just as bad as the front...even my rear is scratched from loading up my large Yeti. Maybe I deal with it one more summer and over the winter see what my dealer can do for me.