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About azray007

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  • Location Charlotte, NC
  1. Friday the 13th

    Yes. It was so warm, at low speeds, that I ended up in just my swim shorts. I did jump in the water and got out really quick! I checked my gauges and found the water temperature to be a busty 42 degrees. I will say, that one day on the water really lifted my winter blues and made me very happy I purchased a Bennington and sold the Sea Ray!
  2. Friday the 13th

    Tomorrow is Friday the 13th...but around Charlotte it's going to be a sunny 69-74 degree day. It's a lucky day for us. I'm taking a half day tomorrow and getting a little sunshine. You've got to love January boating in NC! I can't wait for another ride on our Bennington!
  3. Floating Water Pads or Mats - Any Suggestions?

    We have one. It's a4 inch pad. It works great, but one big drawback is taking it out on the boat. The pad takes up a lot of space and wants to blow out while underway. Sure you can strap it down and find somewhere to store it; however, after taking it out about five times, even with us liking it, it sits beside the boat house.
  4. Boater safety quiz.......

    I missed the fire extinguisher and the alcohol one.
  5. Getting Big Kahuna wrapped.....

    Sounds awesome! In my opinion, I would go with the reg and boat name in the wrap and then buy a nice set of the Benni chrome logo names. That would look really nice. Good luck on your wrap and like everyone else, I can't wait to see the results. I'm sure it's going to be awesome!
  6. Loss mph under full load of stuff.

    Very happy to see you got your boat back! Lake Norman is beautiful. I boat on Mtn. Island, which is where the Neck Road boat landing is. I read your post this morning and my heart happy to keep reading and find your boat made it back to you intact. Enjoy the boating season isn't over yet. I'm going out later this morning!
  7. End of Season

    Wow...NC folks, I can't believe you're giving up on boating. I actually took a day off tomorrow to go boating. I LOVE this weather!!
  8. Caution: Whatever your budget is...double it!
  9. Winter Storage - What would you do?

    Please get rid of it! I miss the snow...a little. I like it here because it falls and melts. Up in North Dakota and Alaska, it fell and then we had to wait months for it to go away. ...that's why I moved back home to North Carolina. Fishing and boating all year round!
  10. Winter Storage - What would you do? used to when I was a kid. With the temperatures we've had this fall, one never knows. Our weather is just weird...but our boating season is very long!
  11. Winter Storage - What would you do?

    I had a Sea Ray earlier this year and had to tear down and rebuild a carport (boatport) for new Benni. I started out with just a roof and after seeing my height at 14', I knew I had to do something about wind, rain, and sun...maybe a little snow. Anyway, I did not fully enclose the boatport, I dropped the sides down 4 feet and that was enough to take care of my concerns. I hope this helps!
  12. Boatport almost complete

    From the album New Home for my Benni

  13. Jack Plate-yes or ne

    There's a few shallow areas that lead to deeper areas and I cringe at risking any damage to my new outboard. If I had a way to navigate through those areas safely that would be awesome! Pontoon boatsfloat pretty shallow soI would like to take advantage of that so I canexploreareasthat are less accessible to other boaters.
  14. Jack Plate-yes or ne

    Thanks everyone! I guess it's back to looking at a trolling motor.