Steve J

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  1. That's what kept me from pulling the trigger for a while, too. But I paid for it with my American Express, which gives me 90 days of "theft/loss/damage" coverage. So I figured I'd take lots of risks while learning for those first 90 days... because if I drop it in the drink it will be covered by Amex.
  2. I have played with it a bit, but am focusing on becoming more smooth in manual operation. The Point of Interest feature is awesome, tho, and I'll take some boat shots with that next time!
  3. Thanks! We're anchored pretty much directly in front of our cabin/lakehouse. This portion of the river is called Lake Entiat, and is about 5 miles upstream of Rocky Reach Dam, which is why the river is so wide there. There's a public boat launch at Lincoln Rock State Park near the damn, but the "parkies" generally hang around the park area and rarely come farther upriver than Turtle Rock. The next public boat launch is another 10 miles upriver from us at Daroga State Park, and those who launch there seldom venture the 10 miles downstream. So it's effectively a "locals only" area for a few miles of river. Even on a holiday weekend, if I see 4+ boats in a day, that's a busy day! Nearby Lake Chelan gets most of the tourist boating traffic, as does the area downstream of Rock Reach Dam. We're "dam" lucky to be on this spot of river, with a side benefit being that the "dam" electricity only costs 2.5 cents per Kw/hour.
  4. I recently picked up a DJI Mavic Pro drone and have been enjoying learning to fly and shoot footage with it. I'm actually considering putting a vinyl circle-H on my top deck, since it's a perfect drone launch pad for river shots! The cinematography is beginner level, but I really enjoy playing with this drone from my 'toon! My wife and I spent last week at our place on the Columbia River outside Wenatchee, WA. I was lucky enough to get some footage before all the smoke from the BC wildfires drifted in the next day.
  5. My new (to me) Bennington 2575 RLTD will be ready for pick-up tomorrow. The dealer was doing some final service and punch-list items for me before I pick it up for a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. The dealer told me they wanted an extra day so they could install all the previous owner's canvas to make sure it's aired out well. I thought they were referring to a bimini top only, but when I went down today to check it out, nope -- it's FULL canvas. Looks like the previous owner never used it! I plan to when the fishing gets good.
  6. With a better look, yes - there is under-skinning that goes runs fore and aft across metal "ribs" running cross-wise (port to starbord). Those aluminum ribs seem more than strong enough to hold up 2,500 lbs. But now I'm thinking about what @Scott1 just wrote: Are they saying it's bad to have the toons hanging?
  7. I noticed that also, but didn't want to say anything.
  8. @Porsche Please tell me more about your racing sim? I've been thinking of building one myself!
  9. I see nothing wrong with someone legally carrying on a boat. But for times where the wearer might want to jump in the water, a small combo safe like this one might be a good idea: I made a video review of that safe a while back, and bought a bunch (when a clone of them showed up at Costco) for my gun-toting family members (Dad, Dad-in-Law, wife).
  10. I'm considering options to increase grip on the swim platform on a 2006 2375. Has anyone tried Gator Step? Any other options I should consider?
  11. Keep in mind it could be a question of amperage, not voltage. First generation iPhones only needed 1.0 amps to charge. Newer generation iPhones (and all iPads) need at least 2.1 amps. Check to make sure the 12V to USB adapter you're using puts out enough amperage for your device. Current gen Samsungs and other Android phones also like the higher amperage. P(ower) = I(current)V(voltage) If the 12V outlet is working, but you're still not getting enough "power" to charge your phone, then I'd bet you need a better adapter. The $5 ones at the gas station won't cut it. Something like this (around $12) should do the trick if you want to have a dedicated port with two USB charging outlets: Or you can just plug in something like this (also around $12) to a standard cig adapter to charge up to three devices at a time: Lots of options for both approaches. I just ordered one of the hard-wired ones.
  12. Sounds both fun and prudent. Thanks.
  13. Good to know. So you're saying make sure everyone is holding on tight before I crank it hard?
  14. I saw a few double-decker Bennys when I was doing pre-purchase Googling. If the boat has "TD" in the designation, that stands for "Top Deck." So mine is a 2375 RLTD. Engine is the Mercruiser 5.0L EFI. I/O is the Bravo-3 with twin 3-props.
  15. I thought the same thing! Engine is only one year old (was replaced when prev owner cracked the block) so it's running strong. I wondered if the large top deck acted as a sort of wing, helping lift the boat out of the water at speed, thereby reducing drag in the water. Or maybe it's just decent HP + light weight (only two people on board) = surprising speed.