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  1. Report the situation to the marina management. They are sitting on a time bomb, too.
  2. What got you started into Boating?

    Well, I grew up in the suburbs south of San Francisco. In the early 1950's we had a neighbor who would go out fishing in the bay. He would come back from an outing and put his little outboard (seemed big to me at the time) on a big barrel of water to flush it out. That seemed way too cool to me. So, the spark happened. Years later, when I could afford it, I got a 30 ft. sailboat. When the children got interested in other things (members of the opposite sex), I sold it and got seriously into fishing. Went through several power boats until I retired and settled on the current boat. I try to get out fishing at least once a week or more. But I often think of the neighbor who flushed out his motor in a barrel. And I try to remember that when there is an annoying little kid bothering me at the marina.
  3. Never! I enjoy the solitude and peacefulness of being on the water too much. The only sound I really want to hear out there is the drag on my reel screaming at me.
  4. Sea Hunt 202 vs. 207?

    I have the 202 also and a friend has the 207. Both great boats with a nice ride in a chop. However, I strongly recommend adding trim tabs. Virtually all boats should come that way from the factory, in my opinion.
  5. MIAMI BOAT SHOW - SIGN IN

    Arriving Thursday and leaving Sunday. Intend to do a lot of tire kicking and drooling in between. But I'm particularly interested in electronics and some other accessories.
  6. Problems with LED Trailer lights

    I agree with ChrisF. Don't waste money on the stuff sold at West Marine. I watched the LED's die off, one after another in 2 sets before I wised up. Optronics LED lights cost a bit more, but are worth the difference and then some. The other things I have learned about trailer wiring are: 1. Don't use the trailer body for the ground connection. Instead run a dedicated ground wire - that will solve over half the grief associated with trailer lights. 2. Solder all wire connections using rosin core solder and cover with a coat of liquid electric tape and then put on some shrink tubing. 3. Where you do have to make a connection through one of the light mounting bolts, be sure to coat the connecting parts with dielectric grease before you cinch up the bolts. Then hope for the best!
  7. Sea Hunt boats

    For what it's worth, I've owned a Sea Hunt Triton 202 for the last 5 years and love it! Much better handling than the Wellcraft I had before. If I ever upgrade, it will be to the new Gamefisher series. Sea Hunt builds a great boat for the money. That's why they are doing well in a down economy.
  8. Air in fuel line to gas tank

    My guess is that the problem is "airlock" in the fill line. If the fuel goes in too fast, the tank can't take it in that fast and the fuel belches back up at you. I have that problem with my boat and dealt with it by putting gas in 5 gallon cans at the station and then putting the cans on the gunwale and siphoning the fuel from the cans into the tank. The fuel goes in at a slow rate and the problem is solved. A real PITA, but I love the boat anyway!
  9. Trailer upgrade

    I investigated adding a second axle to a trailer frame once and the manufacturer went ballistic and would not provide the additional parts. Liability was the issue (their legal liability, that is). Their position was that everything else about the trailer was not designed for the change from single to dual axle, so they would not have any part of it. If I wanted a dual axle trailer, I should buy a dual axle trailer. After thinking about it, it seemed like reasonable advice, particularly since I didn't really need dual axles at the time.
  10. Sea School vs. Mariners School

    Capt. Bud - The Captain's License expires every five years. It appears to me that the easiest way to get the license renewed is to go through a one day long refresher course from Sea School or one of the other CG approved learning operations (I assume they all operate about the same). The course is really an alternative to documenting at least 360 days of sea time. The day winds up with a test, which you are almost guaranteed to pass. A physical exam is usually available during the day for a fee ($45, as I remember). Check to make sure about this, otherwise you will have to get the physical exam report done on your own. You then get a completion certificate which you send to the CG along with the rest of the paperwork. As far as the drug test is concerned, I am enrolled in the Sea School random drug testing program, so all I needed was a recent certificate of compliance. Otherwise, you need a recent drug test - within six months, I think. To me, the bottom line is that the refresher course, especially if it includes a physical at the same time, is by far the easiest way to renew. And yes, the CG office overseeing all of this has moved to Martinsburg, West Virginia. Your paperwork is sent to one of the regional CG offices where it is reviewed and sent to WV if complete. The renewed license comes out of WV. Hope this helps!
  11. Sea School vs. Mariners School

    The TWIC (Transport Workers Identification Credential - only the gov't could come up with that mouthful) is a credit card size piece of plastic that does not need to be laminated. The old CG licenses were printed on 8-1/2 X 11 paper with the instruction that it is illegal to laminate them. As a result, there was no practical way to carry them on a small boat. The flak the CG took from that is likely part of the reason they have gone to the new passport type booklet.
  12. Sea School vs. Mariners School

    OK - here's a little different view. I went through the Sea School course in Brunswick, GA five years ago. The instructor was both very knowledgeable and entertaining. Passed the test on the first try. Of course, I studied pretty darn hard. No problem with the physical, which was done during the course by an experienced Physician's Assistant. I put the paperwork together on my own, sent it to CG Charleston, SC and had the license in about 3 weeks. Last winter I went through the TWIC process, which seems to be little more than a way to lighten your wallet. This summer I took the license renewal course in Jacksonville, FL again through Sea School. Again no problem. Put the paperwork together myself and had the new license in less than 3 weeks. I'm good for another five years. By the way, the new licenses are NOT an 8-1/2 X 11 piece of paper. They are a booklet the size of a passport, but with an orange cover. Fits in a ziplock bag and stays in the electronics box on my boat. The old license is framed on the wall at home.
  13. Welcome to the ReelBoating Forum Leon