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About Vikingstaff

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  1. Inexpensive Refueling Options

    Thanks Michiman! That is good advice for my first gas tank, and very helpful to know my anticipated mark up for convenient fueling on the lake. I will have to put some serious thought in fueling that baby up after delivery. I had frankly planned on using the marina. It was one of our cottage buying search requirements: marina on the lake to fill up at instead of carrying fuel. However, I can see saving a tremendous amount over time. I may have to consider some of the ideas and options listed by you and others up above in this thread.
  2. Winter over yet in Michigan...?

    It looks to be pulliverizing the sheds, docks and lifts people have in their yards. Also, I know a lot of these cottages are not very far from the lake itself, so it wouldn't need to get pushed very far inland to really destroy decks or potentiallly impact actual homes/cottages.
  3. Inexpensive Refueling Options

    As I am not getting any younger, I have no interest in lugging gas down to the dock to refill. I like I can see eating up some gas quickly on some occasions with a 200hp engine. That means more refueling, more often. I am hopeful that fuel costs wont be too bad at the marina. Since the cottage is new to us, and we closed this past fall, we just don't know. It will be interesting to learn what the average mark up is on Houghton Lake, as opposed to the gas stations just down the street. you know the generalcosts per gallon on Houghton Lake?
  4. Winter over yet in Michigan...?

    And an onlinearticle with some pictures and a video of the ice pile up:
  5. Winter over yet in Michigan...?

    This is a picture of end of season ice on Houghton Lake in Michigan where our cottage is at. We are lucky this is NOT our cottage.
  6. Boat name voting

    Wow is that song a blast from the past. That said, I voted Summer Daze. FYI, if you go with another name, we may take that one for ours.
  7. Golf Carts Nev's

    They look nice, but how well do they tow your Bennington?
  8. Its here

    Congratulations on the arrival of your new Bennington. It looks sharp!
  9. Mid America Trailer Good Choice?

    The dealer may not have realzed how backlogged Bennington was with orders,or they did, but wanted to try to lock you into a purchase;hopingyou would be willing to wait. If they deal with a lot of Bennington's, then I'd be surprised they didn't know there was no way of getting a new order by then. If they don't push carry or sell many Bennington's thenmaybe it was an honest mistake. That said, Bennington is certainly backlogged. As for Mid-American trailer, they have a good reputation from what I am aware of with them. I have had twolandscaping and hauling trailersfrom them over the years, and they are/werevery well constructed. As a matter of fact, when I had to get a new one (long story involving lessons in not letting one's mother "loan" talk you into loaning your trailer to another irresponsible family member...), I went out of my way to order from them. That's not the same as buying a pontoon trailer from them, but its enough for me to have confidence in them. Thus, I have a lot of confidence in the quality of their product, but not first hand experience with them in regards to any kind of boat or pontoon trailers.
  10. Maiden Voyage

    Congratulations on the new boat. How exciting! Looking forward to seeing some pictures of it.
  11. Not boating related

    Great! I hope it works as well for you. Side note...just read your entire signature. The ending is fantastic! "...and other fascinating options chosen by my dealer."
  12. Electric water hose

    It's a good thing you guys warned me about winter draining and storage. I KNOW I would have not given it a second thought, and probably left it in the boat come next winter. Of course, here's the thing...will I remember to do this in another 8-9 months when the end of fall rolls around? That's the challenge for me!
  13. Bennington owners cribs

    Thanks! It will likely be our future retirement home as well.
  14. Electric water hose

    Older thread, but I am going to give that TRAC portable washer a try with our new boat. Looks very portable, durable, and flexible. Has it worked well over time for those of you above that have it?