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Old 06-09-2015, 04:30 AM   #481
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Seems to me the kids ought to be paying for your travel. You're the only reason they're even here. So they owe you big time, right?
I know if they could, they would.
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:26 AM   #482
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When all 10 kids and grandkids came walking down the dock towards the boat someone on the dock told me, "Ah yes. I love my children too. I love it when they come see me and then I love to see em go!"

We're at the latter stage now. God bless em.

Let me include a quick update on my prop situation. The estimate for repair of both props is just over $800. This is in addition to thee $300 to get them off and back on. Still keeping my pride in my pocket where my wallet used to go.

For the other new captains out there that might be following this thread, I offer these items for viewing so that you might avoid my mistakes:

1) These big boats are not your Daddy's pontoon boat.
2) Stay in marked channels and pay attention to the depth sounder.
3) Know your draft
4) even the smallest mistakes are costly when the item has "Marine" anywhere in the title!

Fair seas and God Bless.
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When all 10 kids and grandkids came walking down the dock towards the boat someone on the dock told me, "Ah yes. I love my children too. I love it when they come see me and then I love to see em go!"

We're at the latter stage now. God bless em.

Let me include a quick update on my prop situation. The estimate for repair of both props is just over $800. This is in addition to thee $300 to get them off and back on. Still keeping my pride in my pocket where my wallet used to go.

For the other new captains out there that might be following this thread, I offer these items for viewing so that you might avoid my mistakes:

1) These big boats are not your Daddy's pontoon boat.
2) Stay in marked channels and pay attention to the depth sounder.
3) Know your draft
4) even the smallest mistakes are costly when the item has "Marine" anywhere in the title!

Fair seas and God Bless.
Hey Father, I find it quite impressive your fast climb in the boat learning curve! From student to teacher in 2 months!!!! Really have enjoyed your shared journey from dirt to water! I will have all grandkids/kids on board for the 4th..looking forward to having them.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:18 AM   #484
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Mr. frg. I'll second Mr. rc's sentiments. If I may be so bold to add 1 additional "heads up" item to your list: 5) Do not leave the helm unattended whilst underway.
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Mr. frg. I'll second Mr. rc's sentiments. If I may be so bold to add 1 additional "heads up" item to your list: 5) Do not leave the helm unattended whilst underway.

Absolutely!
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:34 PM   #486
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If you want to polish your props it is better to do it off the boat, then in the sand at low tide!


Do you think you may have damaged the shafts? If after installing your spares, you still have a vibration, check the shafts and couplings.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:29 PM   #487
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If you want to polish your props it is better to do it off the boat, then in the sand at low tide!


Do you think you may have damaged the shafts? If after installing your spares, you still have a vibration, check the shafts and couplings.

I am praying the shafts are ok. Diver said cutless bearings seemed fine but, as you said, I can't be sure until props are back on. I sure do not want to have to haul her out.
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:04 AM   #488
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God! George... We should have had further phone about what ta do after you close da deal! You are learning well (but somewhat costly) on your own personal up-curve boating-experience graph.


Another IMPORTANT item about boating is the "punch list" of things to do (or keep track-of / record on) when coming aboard, while aboard, when going off board.


Reason for this is to keep all boat items in best condition and to minimize chances for unexpected problems or even (God forbid) severe, costly problems such as major mechanical breakdown or ultra-catastrophes such as fire.


Wish I had time to list the basics. Search feature in TF will provide previous threads dealing with such.


Perhaps others will chime in here to clarify / list what I just began.


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God! George... We should have had further phone about what ta do after you close da deal! You are learning well (but somewhat costly) on your own personal up-curve boating-experience graph.


Another IMPORTANT item about boating is the "punch list" of things to do (or keep track-of / record on) when coming aboard, while aboard, when going off board.


Reason for this is to keep all boat items in best condition and to minimize chances for unexpected problems or even (God forbid) severe, costly problems such as major mechanical breakdown or ultra-catastrophes such as fire.


Wish I had time to list the basics. Search feature in TF will provide previous threads dealing with such.


Perhaps others will chime in here to clarify / list what I just began.


Happy Boating Daze! - Art

Thanks Art my friend!
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Props not back today. Feels so strange to be on a boat that can't move. Me no Rikey!
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Props not back today. Feels so strange to be on a boat that can't move. Me no Rikey!
FrG, at least no-one's called you a sirry irriot...
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I`ve never seen anyone go from not boating to full on boating so fast, an "indiscretion" or two were more or less inevitable. Think how well you coped in that challenging slip.
A highly experienced and competent former diesel guy, lured by $ from marine to fixing engines on land, said he hated leaving a boat in an inoperable condition. He had a point, maybe you are experiencing something similar, it just feels wrong.
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I`ve never seen anyone go from not boating to full on boating so fast, an "indiscretion" or two were more or less inevitable. Think how well you coped in that challenging slip.
A highly experienced and competent former diesel guy, lured by $ from marine to fixing engines on land, said he hated leaving a boat in an inoperable condition. He had a point, maybe you are experiencing something similar, it just feels wrong.
""" I`ve never seen anyone go from not boating to full on boating so fast, """ Agreed x 10!

May I suggest Gentle, Gentle / Patience, Patience are operative words in most cases of boat handling. If a problem arises and there is not likelihood of sinking, immediate oncoming, damaging crash, or loss of life and limb... tis better to think things over than to too quickly react. That method might save dollars and could keep bigger smiles on all aboard.

BTW, Dear Friar George - When way in the future you get into Heaven... Remember that going from full on Earth living to eternity kickback might result in certain indiscretion's too. If you ever get grounded up there... just remember the tide will rise! "..., thy will be done."
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""" I`ve never seen anyone go from not boating to full on boating so fast, """ Agreed x 10!

May I suggest Gentle, Gentle / Patience, Patience are operative words in most cases of boat handling. If a problem arises and there is not likelihood of sinking, immediate oncoming, damaging crash, or loss of life and limb... tis better to think things over than to too quickly react. That method might save dollars and could keep bigger smiles on all aboard.

BTW, Dear Friar George - When way in the future you get into Heaven... Remember that going from full on Earth living to eternity kickback might result in certain indiscretion's too. If you ever get grounded up there... just remember the tide will rise! "..., thy will be done."

Gentle and steady as she goes. Aye aye Sir! And thank you for the kind words.
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"Take the plunge", expect to get wet. Some "know alls" will disagree, but we are all learning, always.
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Props coming back tomorrow. Can't wait. We have had to just sit here and watch everyone else head to the Bahamas! Never again....I hope!
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Props coming back tomorrow. Can't wait. We have had to just sit here and watch everyone else head to the Bahamas! Never again....I hope!
Friar G - Never is a BIG word! But, I bet cha in this case and context it may be possible to attain... due to your recent learning experience. Always keep an eye on the depth sounder... too!
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