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    A retirement future of lake side camp living for 6 months per year, traveling warmer climate in the winter. Also collect, restore, admire and shoot US military small arms, the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine in particular.

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  1. I'm planning on toting an AR, being in a very remote area where law enforcement response time would likely be measured in hours. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!
  2. I recently took delivery of a new 21SFX with a 115, I got a 14x13 Talon SS SDS. I haven't had it in the water yet but once properly broken in, I'll post my findings. I also bought an aluminum (non SDS) 13-5/8x14 so I'd have a spare for whichever prop works out best. I suspect I'll use the aluminum in unfamiliar areas of the lake.
  3. I get your drift. A full-face helmet it is!
  4. Does Bennington offer a taller windshield? The one that's coming with my 21SFX is very short, almost looks useless. I don't expect I'll be doing a lot of WOT boating at night here in Maine but it sure is nice to have some protection at times!
  5. I bought a NMEA2000 starter kit here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BBFE98/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Yamaha NMEA2000 Interface cable: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012R2PHG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I haven't installed the system because I have yet to tak delivery of my boat, but it looks quite easy, and this foming from a pipefitter! This thread contains a lot of useful info regarding NMEA2000 installation, especially with regard tp connecting a multifunction device. Props to Jacob & Amanda Hope this helps!
  6. I'm definitely chafing at the bit! Going to get my Benny come Saturday, will post pictures and specs after that. Its going to seem like an eternity until the maiden voyage in late May/early June
  7. Did your friend get his Princecraft at Hamlins? They offered me the demo cruise and also to deliver it. Hey, we're still nearly 2 months shy of summer, give it a chance! When you say Indian, are you referring to Big Indian in St. Albans & Hartland? That's just North of where I live.
  8. Yes, up in Hampden. I've arranged to pick it up on Saturday, they're going to put it in the river and take me for a demo cruise. I swung through the marina today to see if I could spot my boat. There were many more 'toons around, both sitting in the parking lot and inside the fenced area. Mine was nowhere to be seen, they're likely installing the motor & prepping it. Of the at least 2 dozen boats in sight, there was only one other that had ellipticals. Hope we didn't mess up! tcpip95, I read the thread you posted about hoisting ellipticals improperly and took note, although I haven't mentioned it to my dealer. I would think that Bennington would have put out a bulletin on that to all their dealers as it would be an expensive mistake for them to repeatedly make. Yay! A month ago we were drilling holes in the ice right up to the motor but today when I went to camp, it's ice out and yodeling loons!
  9. I'm in western Washington County, in the Downeast Lakes region. It was spitting snow here in Central Maine last night, I'm way past being sick of this extended mud season. Are you planning to run your Benny in the salt or fresh? Did you get strakes? It'll be interesting to see what your 22 will top out at. According to a Yamaha performance bulletin 22SSX_F115LB_2014-10-28 (available on the Yamaha website) they saw 36.1 mph with a 22SSX with ellipticals, saltwater performance package, & 115LB spinning a 14x13 Yamaha Pontoon Performance stainless steel prop. I'm hoping to see 35 MPH with my strakeless 21SFX I'm taking delivery of my Benny on the 29th, but not going to launch until Memorial Day weekend, provided the ice is out of the lake.
  10. Lakeliving, do you recall what type, diameter & pitch prop you used on your 22-SSLX 115 to achieve 35mph? I have yet to choose a prop for my yet-to-be-delivered 2017 21SFX, 115 Vmax SHO (elliptical toons) no strakes. When the day finally arrives that the ice goes out on my lake and I can get my new Benny launched, I'll be sure to publish it's actual performance numbers. mnlakeboy, have you chosen a prop for your 115 yet? I was going to go with a 90 on my new Benny but was convinced by my salesman to go with the 115. I'm not as interested in watersports as I am in fishing & cruising so I didn't order strakes & thought the 115 would be the best balance between straight-line performance (to get off the lake quickly if needed), fuel economy and the ability to troll when fishing. You did well to join this forum and consult the regulars here, their advice can save a lot of future regrets! If I'd joined a little sooner, I might not already be thinking I'd have gotten a different model!
  11. Sweet looking ride right there! I'm so jealous, wish I had that kind of storage right now! Bet you family builds a lot of great memories on your Benny while they're growing up. Enjoy!
  12. Well, the wait wasn't too bad since it would just be sitting outside like it is now. At the rate the supposed thaw is going, I'll be lucky to be able to drive in to my camp by May, being that its 6 miles of dirt road that also serves as a snowmobile trail. I guess the best part of boating in the frozen North is that our crafts aren't in the water for more than 6 months per year in most cases so it's less wear and tear. And every Spring, it's like getting a new toy I never really gave the retirement plan much thought until the past year, but it's a natural for me. My late stepfather was a local who was a hunter, fisherman, trapper, and Maine Guide who took me everywhere with him when I was a pre-teen into high school. It's going to be fun to hang out with friends and do things I used to do before I had to go work in the world!
  13. Getting my Maine Guide License is key to legally doing the tours, although the boat will have all USCG required items and then some. Keeping the Guides license requires maintaining Red cross first aid certification, which I've been doing for years. I was amazed at how inexpensive it was to insure my boat but my agent informed me to contact them before I start doing business.
  14. Never heard of a USCG 6 pack license. The Coast Guard has nothing to do with the areas I'll be operating. The State of Maine also has Saltwater guides licenses and Tidewater guides licenses ($100 each every 3 years) but I don't intend to try to obtain them.
  15. Although I will definitely try it out at speed, it isn't my intent to use my Benny as a sport boat. Besides personal use, I'm planning to start a pontoon boat tour service on my lake and later, offer fishing trips as well. Towards that end, I'm on vacation this week so I can attend classes to get the required Maine Guide's licenses to legally do this. This may morph to include water taxi service, ferrying construction supplies to islands or remote sites not accessible by road as well as camping trips on my home lake and an extensive local lake system. The stability of the elliptical pontoons would be a plus for folks not accustomed to being on a boat, and being able to keep them as dry as possible is a plus as well. But the main reason I settled on the 115 is I'm hoping I can get it to run slow enough to troll, but be able to get speed to outrun an approaching storm, or at least be able to run to a lee shore. I'll also offer my services to local game warden services for search and rescue, especially once I get set up with radar. I've been a member of the emergency response team at my workplace for 20+ years so I have training and experience in HAZMAT, firefighting, high-angle rescue, first aid and related matters. My area is very remote (no cell service in many places) & not many resources available. The closest hospital from camp is 33 miles away. I'm hoping these endeavors will keep me occupied when I retire in 2 years. The beauty of the boat service is I can take reservations only when I want because this more about keeping busy than making $. Definitely have plans to relax and entertain friends on a regular basis too!