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    Got to get up and personal with the new bowrider model at the boat show this week - my observations and photos inside

    There was an R-series bowrider at my boat show and I was able to spend some time looking it over. All in all, it's a very nice boat. The interior (this one in two-tone grey) was very nicely done. I really like it. I crawled under the bow best I could to see the understructure. It's hard to see...
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    We've previously discussed the Bennington center console fishing model. Here are some photos...

    I wasn't sure if anyone has posted photos of this model yet. Here are a couple for your viewing pleasure.
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    I'd love a black Corvette with red interior. But on a Bennington? Hmm...

    I found these photos on Facebook. Looks to be a 2020 QX. Thoughts on the color combo?
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    WOW! I sure love this red and white interior

    This was on Bennington's Facebook page today. I'm a huge fan of red. Glad to see bright colors coming back to Bennington. I am in love.
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    New for 2020... Integrated V-Hull™Performance Package

    Originally, I found reference to this at Bennington's Facebook page and found the following details at their website. Looks promising. "But there's more to the R-Series Bowrider than just an entirely redesigned interior space. We wanted a boat that would also deliver uncompromising performance...
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    I created a new Vessel View discussion, details inside

    Mercury had a sale going in Spring 2019 for the Vessel View module. I assume there are people here who bought it at a great price (45% off). So far, I have been less than impressed. I set up a specific discussion area here at the club to discuss this device, pros and cons. Feel free to post...
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    Mercury Vessel View discussion thread

    I thought I would start a separate thread about the Vessel View device and software. I assume lots of folks bought this when it was on sale in the spring of 2019. Thus far, I have been less than impressed. I figured we can discuss this device here and maybe help each other out. My biggest beef...
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    Reminder: Here's the link to our comprehensive power-assisted steering wiki

    This topic comes up a lot. There is a new contribution today. Please note: This is NOT a conversational topic. Please contribute technical information ONLY. The general topic an be discussed at the "Pontoon" or the "Technical" sub-forums...
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    Good Samaritan towing thread; have you towed or been towed off the lake?

    Our boating adventure yesterday ended with towing some folks off the lake as their older pontoon wouldn't start. It was nearing sundown and they had a full boat, including a very fresh newborn. Our boat, too, was full, but fortunately, the kids on board our boat had been, and continued to be...
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    Anyone else having trouble getting used to white Mercury outboards?

    These play tricks with my mind. I love the QX Sport model, however.
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    Flashback to 3 years ago this month. A new boat for me!

    In May of 2016, I had already visited the factory to see my boat being built. I got teased as "a weakling" by the guy installing the power steering pump as he remarked that I was the first to order power steering on a 21' boat! A couple weeks later, I was cruising past the dealer's lot daily...
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    New Verado for me... which one?

    Anyone care to weigh in?
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    I saw this bad boy hanging off the stern of a Benny yesterday

    It was at the Grand Rapids, Michigan boat show. Mmm...
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    Do we have anything in the Bennington line that is rated for 425 HP?

    New Yammi! 425 hp., 5.6L V8 - close to 1000 lbs. - costs around $48k. My drooling team has a boating problem!
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    So this happened yesterday...

    I'm no Derrick, but I certainly ought to be using it more than I am. 100 hours and I am at the mid-way point of my 3rd season. I thought retirement would be easier than this!
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    Mercury introduces new V6 175-225 models I found this interesting: "Other Innovation - Idle charge battery-management capability that protects against consumers draining batteries while operating multiple...
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    Pontoon Basics: Introduction to steering systems for pontoons, including hydraulic and power assist

    I'm gonna do this like a wiki. If you have a contribution to this topic that contributes to the knowledge base, please add it. If you have questions about steering (like what is right for your application), go elsewhere in the club forum. I will monitor and delete all posts that do not add to...
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    What was hot 12 years ago at Bennington?

    BM posted this shot of the 2006 R-Series boat on their FB page.
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    There are few things more satisfying than.....

    ..... spraying a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar on any part of the boat that's water-spotted? Spray it on and watch the spots melt away. I use it on the side panels, anodized trim, rub rails, ladder, tow pylon and of course, the black shiny motor. If you are not doing this, start right...
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    Finally got out onto Lake Michigan!

    I've had a Bennie since 2011 and the ramp into Lake Michigan is 2 blocks from my house, but it's just not ever been feasible. Lots of folks ask me if I boat on the Big Lake and until today, my answer has been "nope." But, I can no longer answer that way. Today, the bay was mirror-flat, so I...