AndrewG

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About AndrewG

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  1. Bennington Owners Age

    48
  2. 2014 2575RCWB Bimini problem. request photos?

    We have a 2014 2550 QCB with dual Bimini, but the straight as opposed to curved, Bimini frame. My boat is currently in the shop because of the same/similar problem. The second Bimini support bar actually sags downward, pulling the cover down into a "V" at that spot. My dealer is working with Bennington to resolve. I don't have photos, as it's still there now.
  3. Earlier this year, my dealer was also having problem setting the SWS stainless props from Yamaha. I was told March, then April, then June, etc.. then, I was reading Pontoon & Deckboat Magazine and they had an article on Yamaha outboards and how great their SWS props were. So, I wrote to the editor, Brady Kay, and told him that while I appreciated the article and the talk about the props, that they appeared to be very difficult to actually obtain due to and everlasting back order. Brady said he would check with people at Yamaha, since he knew lots of them through the magazine. Well, not sure if it was a coincidence or the "squeaky wheel", but my dealer got BOTH apropos I wanted to try (two different sizes) about 2 weeks later...just sayin' And everyone else is correct in saying it's a Yamaha and/or dealer thing, not a Bennington thing. Good luck...
  4. Estimated cost to add wave shield

    I did this on my previous boat. It was a tritoon and I just got aluminum sheets (.025 I think). I got 4 sheets. One set of 2 for the port side (between the port pontoon and the center pontoon) and one set of 2 for the starboard side. Each sheet was about 10' long and about 30" wide. The boat was 22' long. We used self tapping screws and screwed it all into place. The boat was on the trailer when we did this, and it was a tight squeeze under there, but we got it done in a couple hours. The sheets weren't expensive either.
  5. 2550 GSR & Yamaha 250 SHO

    cwag911...15x15 Enertia for me, or for MH663?
  6. 2550 GSR & Yamaha 250 SHO

    Update....(this was posted in the LIST YOUR SPECS thread, but I had mentioned updating here too) While I was driving up to our lake home on Friday evening, I received an email from my dealer saying my props were in! I had two props I wanted to try. The first was the 15.75" x 15 pitch SWS II SDS prop, and the second was the 15.5" x 17 pitch SWS II SDS prop. Boat Model--------- 2550 QCB Model Year--------- 2014 Tube Option-------- ESP Power Option----- Yamaha VF250 SHO Prop Specs---------- 3 Blade YamahaSWS II SDS 15.75" x 15 pitch Performance------ 40mph @ 5600rpm on GPS and the other prop Prop Specs---------- 3 Blade YamahaSWS II SDS 15.5" x 17pitch Performance------ 40mph @ 5200rpm on GPS and the one I had been using for the past 3 months Prop Specs---------- 3 Blade PowerTech SS 14.25" x 15 pitch Performance------ 40mph @ 6000rpm on GPS So, of course, the question is, what the hell? My boat is a big boat (27' LOA) and heavy. It seems that 40 MPH is about the top end for me, but I am getting about 40 MPH at three very different points. The Yamaha 17 pitch prop won't go past 5200 RPMs, the Yamaha 15 pitch won't go past 5600 RPMs, and the PowerTech got me the full 6000 RPMs...but with the same top speed. All of these tests were done with a full (or near full) tank of gas and 2-3 people on board. One thing I did notice, is that with the Yamaha 15 pitch prop with about 10 people on board, I was still able to hit about 36 MPH. With the PowerTech 15 pitch prop, a boat load of people kept me in the low 30s. I haven't tested the Yamaha 17 pitch prop with a boat load of people yet. My question to MH663 is what prop are you using to get 42MPH? Thanks!
  7. LIST YOUR SPECS HERE

    UPDATE (2016-06-19) While I was driving up to our lake home on Friday evening, I received an email from my dealer saying my props were in! I had two props I wanted to try. The first was the 15.75" x 15 pitch SWS II SDS prop, and the second was the 15.5" x 17 pitch SWS II SDS prop. Boat Model--------- 2550 QCB Model Year--------- 2014 Tube Option-------- ESP Power Option----- Yamaha VF250 SHO Prop Specs---------- 3 Blade YamahaSWS II SDS 15.75" x 15 pitch Performance------ 40mph @ 5600rpm on GPS and the other prop Prop Specs---------- 3 Blade YamahaSWS II SDS 15.5" x 17pitch Performance------ 40mph @ 5200rpm on GPS and the one I had been using for the past 3 months Prop Specs---------- 3 Blade PowerTech SS 14.25" x 15 pitch Performance------ 40mph @ 6000rpm on GPS So, of course, the question is, what the hell? My boat is a big boat (27' LOA) and heavy. It seems that 40 MPH is about the top end for me, but I am getting about 40 MPH at three very different points. The Yamaha 17 pitch prop won't go past 5200 RPMs, the Yamaha 15 pitch won't go past 5600 RPMs, and the PowerTech got me the full 6000 RPMs...but with the same top speed. All of these tests were done with a full (or near full) tank of gas and 2-3 people on board. One thing I did notice, is that with the Yamaha 15 pitch prop with about 10 people on board, I was still able to hit about 36 MPH. With the PowerTech 15 pitch prop, a boat load of people kept me in the low 30s. I haven't tested the Yamaha 17 pitch prop with a boat load of people yet. I would think I would want the engine to rev higher than 5200 RPMs. I guess it's more fuel efficient, but I don't know if that is good or not. Anyway, any experience, expertise, or guidance would be great. I'm also talking to my dealer. Thanks!
  8. Designer Vinyl Flooring

    We have the seagrass. We LOVE it for cleanup, and staying new looking no matter what hits it. BUT, there is a period in the day when the sun is directly overhead that the floor gets very hot, so hot that I usually put my flip-flops on to walk on it. It's only for a couple of hours at the sunniest part of the day... ...and like others have said...when I had my other pontoon with carpet, it was also very hot during these same times. I'm not sure what surface would be cool to walk on after direct sunlight like on the water... I would never have carpet (maybe snap-in over vinyl) in my boat again.mmjust my point of view.
  9. We do the exact same thing that TCPIP does. Been doing it for three years now. Started with a different brand, but now use that exact floating cooler holder. We use a 24-can AO cooler, and throw it in there. It's smaller than the hole in the float, so it leaves plenty of room for trash and such. It even has a zipper side pocket for things like a cigar lighter, wireless stereo remote, etc.. We anchor it with a small mushroom PWC anchor on a bungee dock line. Works great for relaxin' in the water...
  10. I had one of these on the boat I had before my Bennington (Sweetwater). I liked it a lot and used it all the time. There were drawbacks to Sweetwater's design though. It had a plastic cooler insert in the table, and the cup holders were part of the lid, so when you lifted the lid, you had to remove the drinks. When I saw the Bennington table, I figured I would definitely get it, since I had it on the old boat. I did like the design of the Bennington one, since it put a real cooler inside of the table, and the drink holders are off to the side of the lid. Then as I looked further, I saw that there wasn't as much room in the front middle of my Bennington as there was on my Sweetwater. Most of the Benningtons have the seats that are deeper seating, which makes them stick out further (which is very comfortable). You don't notice it that much when there is nothing in the middle, but couple of inches of less room, on each side of the cooler-table makes it a lot more crowded up front. So, I guess what I'm saying is that if you have the smaller seats, then the cooler-table can be a great add-on. If you have the deeper seats, you may end up with not a whole lot of room up there if you put a cooler-table there. Something to consider. Good luck!
  11. What did you name your boat?

    The Thirsty Dragon
  12. 2550 GSR & Yamaha 250 SHO

    I have a 2550 QCB with the 25" 250 SHO engine. I currently have a PowerTech stainless steel prop (14.25" x 15), but I am still awaiting the Yamaha prop that I really want. Apparently, the SS Yamaha props have been on back order for months. They should be in about now, but I haven't heard yet. I am waiting for the SWS 15.75" x 15 and the SWS 15.25" x 17 props. I have them both on order to test out and see which one I want to keep. That is probably the prop you want to shoot for. Once I have it, I will update the group here.
  13. Used Benny

    Yeah, we're pretty happy with out setup with the bar. We day boat frequently (never overnight) and my wife likes to spread out all the fixins' when we eat, but those small removable tables that most boats have just didn't cut it. We needed a place to mix drinks, set out food, and cook. This bar setup is almost perfect. Adding in the (for us) three seats we get by having the bar here, and we actually gain seating over having the longer lounge in the back. It's not as comfortable as a longer lounger, but no one seems to mind. I do miss not having a comfortable chair for my wife to sit next to me on, but we get through that. I've actually talked to my dealer about whether the mounting plate for the stools was the same as for the fold down fishing chairs. One thought I had to make that seat more comfortable is to put one of those there instead. I'm still working that one out. As for your questions, I have never drank any water from that faucet yet. I use it to clean hands and utensils and for the splash down hose, but have not tried drinking from it yet. I don't imagine there is any more taste than any other drinking water safe system. We drink a lot of bottled water. The idea of putting mixed drink(s) in there is interesting. The only issue I see with that is that you would need to put enough in there to get the pump to work, and depending what your poison is, there might be some waste (which could get expensive). Other issue there is that you wouldn't be able to use your splash down hose...well, you COULD use it, but then it would be shooting mixed drinks (which could be interesting). I've had a number of spills on my boat and that splash down hose has come in handy...and the Seagrass floor is AWESOME for being easy to clean. That grill is EXPENSIVE. I want to say in the neighborhood of $700. I probably wouldn't have gotten it if I wasn't saving other money on the boat, and also just adding it to the overall finance cost. I have it in it's case now in a bin. I don't take it with us if we're not grilling. You could add it later. It's simply those two holes that are drilled in the top and the two chromed sleeves that fill the holes. You could also mount whatever you want on the rail there too (and save money). The counter tops are nothing you have to worry about. They are durable and smooth. Like you said, just use a cutting board, I'm sure. Let me know if you have any other questions!!