H2GO

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  1. What a great day yesterday on the lake......................well until I notice a burn in the Seagrass flooring on our new Benny. We had another boat tied up to us for a while and one of the guys in the back was a smoker. We didn't notice until after they left but the theory is he flicked a cigarette and the wind carried on to the front of our Benny. We found a dime size burn mark in the Seagrass but just on the surface. Does anyone know if there is a way to cover over the burn mark with a touch up marker of some kind or is there a better way to fix this? Ugh!
  2. When I was looking at new trailers for fresh water I was very impressed with Mid America and Phoenix brands when you compare side by side with the cheaper brands. I really liked the swing away tongue feature on the Mid America. Both have the heavy duty axles with disc brakes. I ended up with a Phoenix tandem with brakes and really like it on the long trips. Wasn't cheap but it pulls really nice and my 4' 11" wife can walk right up the front ladder. Must haves for me: Brakes, tandem axles, spare tire, LED lights, brake interlock for reversing, aluminum wheels.
  3. It looks like you have in the neighborhood of 32% slippage which seems really high. Maybe you have a excessive cavitation caused by motor height issues or similar. Maybe some of the experts can chime in here for some things to try.
  4. Dave, We went with this one as it fits nicely between the rails of the curtain frame when the Swingback is closed. You need to have the head in a specific area but not a big deal. Works good for the wife. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00194F0CE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  5. Nice work lakeliving!
  6. Always happy to help Lakeliving and you are always welcome to come over and use my machine too. Most important is to top stitch once you get your seams put together. Adds significant strength to it. Bonded Polyester thread will outlast the fabric.
  7. Yes! that was us out on Crane's Cove! Too nice out to stay home.
  8. I've worked on vehicle antennas for over 30 years and unfortunately the boating industry has not kept up with automotive. In the US the FM signal is circularly polarized meaning the signal is via line of site and arrives at the receiving antenna generally at a 45 degree angle. The old mast antennas use in cars for years were a 1/4 wave antenna which means it needed a ground plane in equal diameter as the length of the mast to work well. Also the vertical orientation of the mast is complimentary to the signal polarization. When cars started to hide the antenna in the rear glass, the car makers added vertical elements in the glass to give it a circular polarization to give it any hope of working. The junk they are using in boats is not much better than a piece of wire stuck in the back of the antenna jack. To complicate things the pseudo antenna hidden under the helm is commonly tied back to the harness which significantly reduces it's ability to do anything. On all of my boats in the past I've added a collapsible mast antenna and also lined the helm with copper foil where it was grounded to the antenna base. Significant improvement! What Cwag911 did to his is an absolute requirement to improve reception. Also keep the hidden antenna away from other wires as things like the fish finder will couple noise to the antenna and kill your reception. AM reception forget about it unless you are near a very strong station. If you don't want to add a mast antenna at lease give what Cwag911 did a shot.
  9. This issue seems strange to me. The high pressure pump is inside a reservoir that has a float, under the engine cover. If it's starving for fuel immediately upon starting the fuel tank must be siphoning fuel back out which seems like an opposite affect that heat would have. I thought these all had check valves in them so maybe that has gone bad. Keep us posted.............this is intriguing.
  10. Pure water is actually a very poor conductor but what does allow electricity to flow through the water is the junk and chemicals in the water, including salt. So it depends on the water quality and what the water contains. The human body is a significantly better conductor of electricity than water which is why a human will get electrocuted so easy when mixed with water/electricity. Path of least resistance.
  11. I do this for a hobby. I recommend diamond tip needles for surlast, at least that's what I use on my Singer 111W. Standard needles seems to puncture it more but I use size 20. Definitely top stitch everything once you get it together. Fun project!
  12. Oh man that sucks! Just yesterday I told my wife that anyone can buy a boat and legally get behind the wheel without any demonstration of the knowledge of basic boat laws. I usually stop as well but that could have happened to anyone so don't be so hard on your self. On our lake we see clockwise boaters pulling wake boarders and tubes all the time and some of those ski boats have the bow so high I know the driver can't see where they are going without standing up.
  13. From the album Sunday Afternoon on Lake Fenton

    Wife soaking up some sunshine
  14. Maniac did you get the Seastar hydraulic steering or cable steering? Just curious of your thoughts on the choice of steering you chose paired with the 115.