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Old 02-17-2017, 08:36 AM   #1
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Where you splashin' in this year? When you starting?
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Boat House Chicago is starting this coming Saturday.

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as soon as we see consistent temps in the 50's i'm going to cut a door in my boat shrink wrap and get to work. I want to have as much as possible done before the season starts. Going to give myself until monday to make up my mind whether to put the boat in Chicago or keep it where it's at. I'll just apply for a slip at that point.

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-fix the soft deck spot on the bow, this might turn into a nightmare but needs to be addressed at some point sooner than later
-shitty port windows. the frames are trashed and i can't get them to seal probably going to be stuck having custom windows made for big bucks.

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Old 02-17-2017, 09:14 AM   #5
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as soon as we see consistent temps in the 50's i'm going to cut a door in my boat shrink wrap and get to work. I want to have as much as possible done before the season starts. Going to give myself until monday to make up my mind whether to put the boat in Chicago or keep it where it's at. I'll just apply for a slip at that point.

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-replace exhaust risers
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-binnacle handle replacement and troubleshoot trailer switch

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-fix non working trim tabs
-fix the soft deck spot on the bow, this might turn into a nightmare but needs to be addressed at some point sooner than later
-shitty port windows. the frames are trashed and i can't get them to seal probably going to be stuck having custom windows made for big bucks.

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i miiiiight have a roll of shrink wrap tape at my house if you want to cut it open sooner than later and just tape it back up

but i can't remember for sure...
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if you never gave it back, you should have it! i'm not worried about a small part of the transom getting wet, it's only going to be wrapped up until early-mid april-ish anyways.
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ive got some 4" wide duck tape that'll suffice for that short time period
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if you never gave it back, you should have it! i'm not worried about a small part of the transom getting wet, it's only going to be wrapped up until early-mid april-ish anyways.
oh snap that's what i did with it
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Let me know if you need help Jared.
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I will be staying put where Im at for another season. Going to take a ride up this wknd to check on my upholstery work, excited to see how it turns out. Also will be repainting front half of boat to change colors, that may be a tall order and that may have to wait till next year.
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ALOT of boats on the river this weekend. Not just winter toons either. Even waverunners.
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I was up at my marina paying for my slip, and BS'n with my neighbors. Made a stop at Captains and I could not believe how low the water is!! Can't say I ever remember being up at the chain in Feb and it not having snow and ice so maybe this is normal?

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I spent from 2pm until midnight Saturday and 8am to 5pm sunday working on the boat upholstery. i got everything built and foam glued up to the structures, all that's left is making the covers for it all. my back is killing me from being jumped over a pair of saw horses all weekend
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I was up at my marina paying for my slip, and BS'n with my neighbors. Made a stop at Captains and I could not believe how low the water is!! Can't say I ever remember being up at the chain in Feb and it not having snow and ice so maybe this is normal?

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put my deposit down with 1st choice harbor being Diversey and second choice of Burnham. Asked for a port side dock with the boat backed in but willing to take anything. If i don't get what i want i'll immediately get on the transfer list
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I was up at my marina paying for my slip, and BS'n with my neighbors. Made a stop at Captains and I could not believe how low the water is!! Can't say I ever remember being up at the chain in Feb and it not having snow and ice so maybe this is normal?

yeah that's the norm.

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ALOT of boats on the river this weekend. Not just winter toons either. Even waverunners.
upper had a bass boat buzz by me. levels are just way too low right now. and some ice bergs floatin' down the middle.
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I was up at my marina paying for my slip, and BS'n with my neighbors. Made a stop at Captains and I could not believe how low the water is!! Can't say I ever remember being up at the chain in Feb and it not having snow and ice so maybe this is normal?

River is low at my house also. I really do not know what the DNR is trying to accomplish but they are discharging a ton of water. We are not going to have any spring flooding this season not sure why the lakes this this much storage.
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Are we going to set a TCG Boating Day?
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panda goin' on about levels already

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there's a lot of water coming in it looks like.

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lower does look a touch low though @PANDA like you said.

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