BMarkey added a topic in Boating and Fishing DiscussionNo More Alcohol on Peanut Island, But Where Does PI Begin?http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/will-a-new-alcohol-ban-tame-the-boats-2360155.html?876
This story still doesn't answer the question: What constitutes land in terms of the drinking law? If my feet are wet, am I off the island?
The law should be consistent, regardless of whether I am a "jerk". Can I only come so many feet from the shore with a drink? What is the actual shore (because it changes greatly with the tides)? Is ankle, knee or waist deep drinking lawful?
Who is going to deal with the huge amount of trash that gets dumped on the sandbar (to later float away or cut people walking in the water) by the same irresponsible drinkers who caused this problem in the first place (the young people and under-age partiers)? More people will now stay out in the water and party, make a mess with their grills and trash.
Say goodbye to the recently improved starfish and conch populations.
I usually bring a trash bag and fill it with other persons' cans and bottles when I go to the sandbar. Will I need three bags now?
This is yet another Palm Beach County law (like the double-taxation boat ramp fee) that was not in any way thought out. The police said they needed help. All they had to do was enforce the legal-age drinking and public intoxication laws, as well as common boating regulations, and the problem would have been solved.
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BMarkey added a topic in Boating and Fishing DiscussionSunFest (Wednesday through Sunday) makes it easier on boatersSunFest (Wednesday through Sunday) makes it easier on boaters
The weather is supposed to clear by late week, almost in time for SunFest, which is set for Wednesday through Sunday on the Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront.
This is the second year SunFest has made the massive event a bit more accessible to boaters. No, we still can't use the nice docks West Palm Beach built just for events like this, but for the second year, captains may drop off their passengers at the southernmost dock at the Waterfront, then anchor in the Intracoastal Waterway and take a water taxi in. Boat/US is handling the water taxi duties, charging a reasonable $5 per person round trip. That fee used to be much higher.
Also, "BoatU.S. Members with Unlimited or Unlimited Gold on-the-water towing service will receive free round trip transportation via water taxi courtesy of TowBoatU.S. Palm Beach. Members must present a valid Membership card to the captain to receive free transportation. Only the person listed on the Membership card will receive free water taxi transportation. Members should hail TowBoatU.S. on VHF 10 for pick up and drop off."
Founded in 1982, SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida the first week in May, SunFest attracts more than 270,000 visitors. The festival and the patrons that it attracts have a very positive impact on the community.
I'm looking forward to seeing The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, Foreigner, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Creed, All American Rejects, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Snoop Dogg and a bunch of other music.
So, who's going? Maybe we can get another flotilla going for the fireworks Sunday.
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BMarkey added a topic in Boating and Fishing DiscussionNeed to find source of constant water-in-gasI finally got my fuel starvation issue solved (I think), after rebuilding the Johnson year 2000 115 VRO pump, tightening the fuel hose clamps and adding a new primer bulb (probably the problem the whole time).
But now my original problem (started last year) is back - water in the gas. It ruined the Fourth of July. The engine ran great, but as the bow rose sharply as I hit the throttle hard, I assume the water build-up went to the lower rear of the gas tank and right up the pick-up tube. The Wellcraft 190 Fisherman was dead in the water.
So, I really need to identify the source of water and need your help. Last year, I assumed the water was leaking through a deck plate right above the gas tank behind my captain's chairs. The top of the plastic tank is sunken in a bit where the sending unit is screwed in and I assumed water was pooling on top of the tank and leaking into the tank through the old unit. I replaced the unit, better sealed the deck plate with 5200 and left an old rag wrapped around the new sending unit to check for water.
It's a closed transom boat, so water will build up on the deck briefly as it rains and I wash the boat. Two drains in the rear corners allow the water to flow out via through-hulls. I assume water also gets under the deck from the live well area, anchor locker and the storage compartments under the front casting platform and bow area.
Possible sources of the water:
Deck plate, still? - The rag I left under there on top of the tank is dry. That should indicate the top of the tank is no longer the problem, right?
Gas cap? - It's old, a self-venting model that sits on the side of the rear. Water cannot build up around the cap and the cap is tightly screwed on but its O-ring is old and brittle. But could this result in a half-gallon or more of water intrusion? BTW, I can't find a replacement (stainless type) round cap.
Tank - Could water, below deck, be entering the gas tank through a crack? I would tend to doubt that because gas does not leak out and I do not smell a gas leak. But if the crack is near the front of the glassed in tank and I rarely fill the tank, maybe water can get in without gas leaking out?
Fuel hoses soaking in water inside the transom? - That doesn't seem likely because the water seems to be in the tank.
The tank was almost dry yesterday and the engine ran well. I added 10-11 gallons of "cheap" E-10 just before launching.
That's it. I hope some of you can enlighten me as to how to solve this excruciatingly frustrating problem. Thanks.
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