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azray007 last won the day on October 10 2016

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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. Yes, I'm afraid there's not an easy fix. Has any priced having a new rub rail installed?
  7. Sweet boat! I had to change props and the mounting hole initially selected on mine. It definitely made a difference. Good luck and have fun! I would suggest you find the sweet spot during breakin. Personally, I would suggest breaking the engine in with its ideal position and prop. You can exceed the breakin speeds...just be sure to do it for short bursts. That should be enough to tell what's right for your Benni.
  8. Keep the 150 and don't think anymore about it. Your cost will just keep going up. ...that said the 200 is very nice...and I'm sure anything above that would be even better. For us, I cruise around at 3000 RPM. I really don't check the speedometer very much...but when we need to get up or downriver quick. The 200 makes it much easier...and it is fun passing some fiberglass boats.
  9. Good day everyone! I purchased a new Bennington last year and I used the heck out of it. While I was out having fun, I was not diligent protecting my anodized aluminum rub rails. My boat still looks great, but my rub rails show some serious age. Does anyone have any suggestions for removing scratches from the anodized aluminum? I'm a bit OCD and those scratches are really starting to get to me. Thank you in advance for your advice!! Alan
  10. From old to new... It looks great BK!
  11. I went from a 17 to a 15. For mine, the 17 just didn't feel right nor did the motor. I put the 15 on and it sounded better and rode better. The 17 was faster, but it just didn't feel right. Hopefully your dealer will let you test ride them. I switched pops out on the lake which helped me determine the one I wanted. That's one nice motor! I'm sure your going to enjoy it! ...and the boat isn't too bad either!
  12. Hi AliceDream, Try this link to a Yamaha service bulletin that is very close to your build. I used these bulletins for my prop selection and it turned out great. The dealer was dead set on one that Yamaha recommends, only to find out that Yamaha had changed the prop size. I did some testing and found the one recommended in the service bulletin was the right one for my boat. Good luck! Service Bulletin: Service Bulletin Selector: (In case you want to see what else is available.)
  13. Good luck! I've decided to do mine as well. I got on Amazon and ordered everything. I'll have the Sharkhide on Tuesday so hopefully by the weekend I'll have this job completed. It sounds like we're in for a serious workout, both mentally and physically. I hope yours turn out fantastic!
  14. Congratulations PonTuna Salad! Switching over to a pontoon was the best decision we've ever made. The second was buying Bennington. Welcome to the club!
  15. Yep. I didn't sleep well last night and was browsing the forums...I think I'm going to visit my dealer today and take a look at a few consoles. My wife gave me a hard deadline to buy the boat. I tried to get one extra day and it was, buy today or no new boat for us. ...I bought the boat. The console on my boat isn't laid out as nice as on the 2017. I might see if I can order a new console so I can have a new look and better placement for my GPS. Stupid forums...