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Old 10-26-2019, 06:32 AM   #21
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Welcome aboard TF from another happy Mainship owner.
Please tell us more and include some pics
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Old 10-27-2019, 09:35 PM   #22
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Canít believe Iím actually here.
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Old 10-27-2019, 09:43 PM   #23
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Iíll post a few pics when I figure out how to paste them here. Iím not so familiar with forums.
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Old 10-27-2019, 10:29 PM   #24
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Weíre certainly impressed with the thoughtful layout and sturdiness of the boat. As far as enjoyment goes, I think by this time next year after much practice moving into and out of tight slips, checking fuel levels, filling tanks, figuring out which sounds are okay and which might be ďissuesĒ, connecting and disconnecting to shore power and gosh, we havenít even set our (is it too small) anchor yet...so much to learn...and why is our vaccuflush head pump cycling? Yes give us a year and I bet you Iíll without notice, realize Iím not panicking, apprehensive or scrambling for the manual...Iím actually having fun.

Our engine is a well maintained single Catapillar. We just had hoses, clamps,heat exchangers, impellers, packing gland, generator, zincs, wiring and so much else serviced.

We will retire in a few years and are slowly getting the boat ready for exploring the islands. Wish we could start now but things like boat dollars and health insurance are motivation for working.🤑

Iím looking forward to being part of this group and one day contributing knowledge and experience....one day.
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Old 10-28-2019, 09:13 AM   #25
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Welcome aboard! Nice choice in boats.

Did you ever notice that 390 owners never call it a 350/390, that phenomenon seems to be exclusive to the 350 owners. Trust me, you'll never call it a 390 when you're renting transient slips by the foot LOL!!!!
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Old 10-28-2019, 12:21 PM   #26
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My sympathies.

Open up a secret checking account with no statements. Never discuss cost of anything with your wife. Every time you walk in the house with a box or USPS drops a package off, just say "It's for the boat"

If she pins you down just explain how the new depth finder is so much safer and provides much more information the the one you just bought 6 months ago. Use a lot of words like beam shifting and trilateral frequencies. Should derail any questions about cost. Deflection is way more important skill than docking in gale force winds.

Don't let anyone sidetrack you from the 2 most important things on any boat. A cold fridge and a comfortable chair on the aft deck.
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Old 10-28-2019, 02:03 PM   #27
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Welcome aboard! Nice choice in boats.

Did you ever notice that 390 owners never call it a 350/390, that phenomenon seems to be exclusive to the 350 owners. Trust me, you'll never call it a 390 when you're renting transient slips by the foot LOL!!!!
true, my 390 becomes a 350 every year when im paying my wet storage and whenever i pull into a marina when travelling. Good choice in boats. BTW my buddy has a vacuflush that cycles and he had to look for the vacuum leak. Also they will cycle if the seal in the bowl is not clean. a quick wipe with a damp sponge might be all you need.
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Old 10-28-2019, 08:19 PM   #28
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I am the wife.
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Old 10-28-2019, 09:52 PM   #29
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Well, by all means, don't tell your husband about your secret checking account to pay for boat things!
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:47 PM   #30
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I sort of thought it may never really happen, this dream of owning a boat weíve had for so many years. Then, just a few months ago (June) it all came together. Mainship 1999, 350/390. Our first boat! Three years before planned but everything fell into place. We bought it! So Hi everyone, yes we are absolutely newbies. Thanks for having us here on Trawlerforum. We have so much to learn.
super duper!! you'll either have fun or a divorce
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:10 AM   #31
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And all those Amazon boxes...��
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:16 AM   #32
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We'll go with fun for now, though when I’m at the helm and docking I need no spousal “back seat” chatter or I can get a little testy.
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:09 AM   #33
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Open up a secret checking account with no statements. Never discuss cost of anything with your wife. Every time you walk in the house with a box or USPS drops a package off, just say "It's for the boat"

If she pins you down just explain how the new depth finder is so much safer and provides much more information the the one you just bought 6 months ago. Use a lot of words like beam shifting and trilateral frequencies. Should derail any questions about cost. Deflection is way more important skill than docking in gale force winds.
I feel like this is sentiment only shared when a spouse is a 'reluctant boater'. For that, and the need for subterfuge I have the upmost sympathy.
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I donít remember where I copied this from, but it works for me...
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OMG, thats just funny!
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Old 10-29-2019, 02:29 PM   #36
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I am the wife.
Wifey B: The smart professor.

Now, as I'm pretty sure unless it's rained a lot recently, there's no ocean in Chapel Hill, where are you keeping your boat?

You mentioned islands. Again, you have me curious. Bahamas? I didn't figure you had your sights set on Bermuda. Or are you referring to some of the Outer Banks?

Welcome aboard. Always makes me happy to have another woman here.
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Old 10-29-2019, 02:33 PM   #37
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Cheese it bro, she found you out.

Has she picked out the curtain colors? LOL
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Old 10-29-2019, 02:46 PM   #38
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Your vacuumflush is cycling because the seal and the clam shell are leaking.

You can try one of the new and improved round toilet brushes, hold the foot valve and use the brush to scour both the edges of the clam shell and the gasket.

If you have a green build up, pour some CP, actually stands for clean potty (west marine or amazon)into the blow with minimal water, let is set for more than a few hours and then scrub the clam shell edges again. Watch the gre en stain on the clam shell disappear.

If that doesn't work, time to get the parts to rebuild it. Take the collar off at the base of the bowl and you will find the necessary model number to you can order the proper parts. Once you have the necessary parts, you can either try to do it yourself or have a knowledgable boating friend show you the "how".
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Welcome aboard and congratulations on your new trawler. I'm still looking to replace my Egg Harbor so I envy you. Looks like I may be seriously looking for a Mainship 350/390 hmmm?

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