Boating season 2017, v1.0: playing with my dinghy

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We're about due for a fresh boat thread to get some new faces in on the discussion.

What's everyone got going on for the 2017 season?
 

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I got up to my boat yesterday for the first time.



I've got a laundry list of crap to get done, mostly odds and ends. I wanted to get into the boat, knock a few things out and figure out what supplies in need to come back with next time for some of the bigger projects.

Yesterday I got my exhaust risers replaced, threw new v belts on everything, pulled the carb off the motor to take home and rebuild, and yanked the prop off the boat to get repaired at a shop. I had planned on doing my drive lube while I was out there but the harbor was all closed up. I had nowhere to clean myself up if I got all oily and made a mess.
 

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The Illinois river with the toon keeping it at spring brook marina again, planning on upgrading the stereo first, and trips to Clinton lake and lake shelbyville with the powerplay probably a couple week days on the river with it also
 

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Will be going to drag my lund out of the woods soon, will be doing trailer maint. and maybe painting the boat. the red has seen better days
anyone [MENTION=19]Yaj Yak[/MENTION] know any one local to mchenry who's good with old Johnson outboards. we used halings in the past
 

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hmmm ill ask around if i know of anyone
 

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Still looking for a chain beater, but, probably a bridge to cross next season. Want to get the deck done and some other house mods first.

I'll still be Lake Michigan boating though.
 

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I miss having a trailerable boat a little bit. Early/late season trips down to the IL river and or the chain. One thing I regret not doing when I had the velocity is actually taking it somewhere far on vacation.
 

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I miss having a trailerable boat a little bit. Early/late season trips down to the IL river and or the chain. One thing I regret not doing when I had the velocity is actually taking it somewhere far on vacation.
I'm considering Ozarks this year. Never been, always wanted to go.
 

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Correct. I'd have to go through the trailer before that though. It's gone like 40 miles in the last 8 years.
 

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Anxiously awaiting my Bennington delivery date! Got a spot locked in over in Fox Lake... Gotta get a gear box moved over there. Also need to get to [MENTION=19]Yaj Yak[/MENTION] to get some starter water sports gear!

Never owned a boat before, so this should be interesting!
 

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Anxiously awaiting my Bennington delivery date! Got a spot locked in over in Fox Lake... Gotta get a gear box moved over there. Also need to get to [MENTION=19]Yaj Yak[/MENTION] to get some starter water sports gear!

Never owned a boat before, so this should be interesting!
we are going to take a solid day to go on a teach-dan-all-the-things adventure. like start early at like 730-8am. eventually get to your dock and set it up so that you can leave your ropes on the dock too.
 

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also [MENTION=340]Eagle[/MENTION], youll probably want to go on a costco adventure for some watersports-style pfd's for the famdamily.

https://www.costco.com/Hyperlite-Men's-Life-Vest.product.100322800.html

stuff like that. they will probably have "deals" in store cuz i remember them being 20-30$ before.

much more inexpensive to get those there than from a shop, for similar quality.
 

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I like this plan. Lord knows I've got a lot to learn! Speaking of, anyone know the best online place to take the boat test so I can send it to my kids?

Tried to get Peter to throw me a delivery date or an order number... He sort of blew me off and said he would send me something as the time got closer. Makes me nervous a bit.
 

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I like this plan. Lord knows I've got a lot to learn! Speaking of, anyone know the best online place to take the boat test so I can send it to my kids?

Tried to get Peter to throw me a delivery date or an order number... He sort of blew me off and said he would send me something as the time got closer. Makes me nervous a bit.
I'm unsure of best online test... i took mine at CLC back in the day.

Don't be nervous, there is a lot of variables with regards to that order date which is why he's probably not cementing something in stone. The boat could beat the engine to the shop, or vice versa, and then the boat still needs to get rigged & pre-delivery inspected.
 

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I'm unsure of best online test... i took mine at CLC back in the day.

Don't be nervous, there is a lot of variables with regards to that order date which is why he's probably not cementing something in stone. The boat could beat the engine to the shop, or vice versa, and then the boat still needs to get rigged & pre-delivery inspected.
Those merc 400r's take a while to show up from the factory. Hand made.

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Will be going to drag my lund out of the woods soon, will be doing trailer maint. and maybe painting the boat. the red has seen better days
anyone [MENTION=19]Yaj Yak[/MENTION] know any one local to mchenry who's good with old Johnson outboards. we used halings in the past
Never knew you had a boat. Deets?
 

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[MENTION=2616]Chester Copperpot[/MENTION], hope you got your glorious balding dome polished up for some pontoon cruising days this summer! That is... if you're not going to hermit away another year?
 

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There were reasons for hermit last year. All those reasons don't exist anymore.

I have already purchased silkies one size too small.
 

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I'm both oddly excited yet mostly uncomfortably disturbed by this news.
 

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