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Old 04-08-2015, 09:22 PM   #21
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Yes, hopefully hit Tarpon on the way back. It's a great town. Love the Greek food. We also want to get up to Crystal River, Cedar Key, etc. The prevailing southerlies ought to be working by then so we'll see a little more water.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:03 PM   #22
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Have a great trip, good luck with the shaft fix. Reminds me to check the bolts on mine!
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:13 PM   #23
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Steve,

It wasn't the exposed flange bolts that came loose. This is internal and on the output flange of the reduction gear. You have to separate the shaft flange from the transmission flange to expose the nut. - I can't fit in there to see it, just feel it. And since it sits against the seal and bearing, if the seal wears, the nut looses torque. ( My guess). Sure wish it was drilled!

Of course, now I have to worry or replace the Stbd. ....

Darn boats.., :-)
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:10 AM   #24
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Now I see which one it is, If I remember right it needs to be torqued to preload the trans. bearings, on Ag. equipment anyway, maybe that 225# number you mentioned. Oh well, Clearwater is not a bad place.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:31 PM   #25
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Successful test. Should depart for somewhere south maņana.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:06 AM   #26
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Sitting in Marco Island WOW. All is good.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:19 AM   #27
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Hope the weather is better than here LOTS of rain!
Have a great time.
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Tango,

How was the trip over to the Keys? I'm planning a June trip, and I'm dithering on whether to shoot straight across at Marco, or follow the coast down the Everglades to Marathon then Hawk Channel to the Keys.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:12 AM   #30
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An easy run from Marco. Winds were a little higher than predicted resulting in a swell that was a little uncomfortable and we altered course about 10 degrees to improve the ride for our two dogs, cat and two parrots. :-). Would have been a perfect reach in our ketch.

Only problem was crab pots. PITA. Requires constant watch and maneuvering. I think the pots have a magnetic attraction to fiberglass.

Fuel is only $0.13 higher than Clearwater.
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So pots were a problem the entire time or did they clear out in deeper water?
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Straight shot from Marco to Key West is 60' max depth. So we had them most of the trip. Not as congested as I've seen but a pain none the less.
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Keys are behind us now. Ran the bayside ICW for the first time. Now in Stuart provisioning for the Okeechobee run back to the left coast.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:27 AM   #34
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Chris


I just noticed this post.


I'm glad to hear you, Eileen and the 'family' are on the go. We finally left Joe Wheeler this past Monday.


We don't plan on heading south this coming winter, but we will be there for the winter of 2016/2017. Hope to catch up to you guys again.


Have a safe journey.


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