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    Simrad turn by turn navigation?

    Do these new Simrad 5 and 7 units I'm seeing on new boats lately do turn by turn nav out of the box or with an optional upgrade? My 2013 Benny had a Garmin 53DV. That had the capability but only with an additional outlay ($150 or so for a mini SD card). It was great, especially for zipping...
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    Best fenders (or "bumpers" if you must)?

    Hi. I tried searching (with both names) and I was surprised not to find anything. What are the best fenders for our toons? I'd be willing to bet most dealers will provide adequate, competent fenders but I'd be willing to bet MORE that many of you know of better ones. What's the best size...
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    The Windshield Fiasco of 2016

    A real sob story.  Get your tissues ready.  I'm writing all of this in hopes to prevent another from suffering the same tragedy.  If I can spare just ONE boat owner . . . There were a couple of things I didn't like about my 2013 22RLCP.  I liked the floorplan on paper but not after a few...
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    For those of you with rear facing lounger models

    I wasn't crazy about the floor plan on my former boat - 2375 RLCP.  I did like the L shaped area to my left, wrapping around behind me.  It made for a very social "pit" area, even while underway.  I love the look of the RCW line.  I love the way they taper down the side walls to the rear and the...
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    You can never go back . . . but can you?

    I was so close to pulling the plug, at least for a  while, on selling my boat (2013 2275RLCP loaded w/Yam 250) when a buyer finally stepped up.  Had the guy been local I might have cancelled the deal but once he was on his way from GA with a rented trailer I just followed through.  I was going...
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    FINALLY LAUNCHED!

    I finally moved to the house on Lake Norman I've owned for a couple of years and finally got to launch and use the boat I've owned for a few months. Any locals care to give me a where's where on the lake (in person preferred!)? http://club.benningtonmarine.com/index.php?/gallery/album/830-general/
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    Chartplotter fishfinder GPS - about to pull the trigger on . . .

    A Garmin 53DV. The RLCP I'm buying has a stock Lowrance 50 something or other on it.  I started researching better units.  I told people I wanted something with a decent screen where I can mark Carl's house (and the rest of you when I meet you) as a waypoint and navigate directly to places on...
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    Options & more options. Which ones matter and are WORTH it?

    I would be surprised if this exact question hasn't come up many times before but I spent 20 minutes searching and could not find anything close. A lot of things have to happen before I am actually driving my first boat. I might end up buying a leftover, another brand or I might even end up with...
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    What is the "real world" difference between R and G class Bennys?

    I tried the search feature as I'm sure this has been asked and answered already but it's not that great. It's not easy to tell from the pictures and descriptions so I'm going to ask here . . . what is the REAL differences between the R and G class? I'm looking not for a salesman's perspective...
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