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PendO
04-23-2006, 01:20 AM
Well, went to Newman Lake (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=newman+lake,+wa&om=1&ll=47.751328,-117.066193&spn=0.149117,0.798569) today (got lost trying to find a public launch at Liberty Lake) all in all it went well, they have no docks at their launch so it was interesting trying to unload and load the boat with my wife and kids, gonna post a few pics. (Mt. Spokane in the Background)

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:21 AM
had to get the kids new life jackets ... it was either that or drive 3 hours to where theirs are in storage ... it is soooo much easier with neoprene jackets ... funny thing is the MC dealer didn't have any, so I went to the dealer who sold Ranger fishing boats.

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:23 AM
My daughter loves crawling around.

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:24 AM
my son scored some digits on the water, had to make a call for the post boating hook up.

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:24 AM
hopefully there will be more hours on it this year:)

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:26 AM
this was the wake at 20, I didn't want to take one at 36 as it would make Rod feel bad

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:27 AM
time to go home

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:27 AM
...........................

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:28 AM
putting it away

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:30 AM
my wife drove the boat onto the trailer .. we have some practice left to do, but no scratches, it would have been easier if there had been docks

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:31 AM
The mini tower does not fit in an 8' garage :( I wish I had a 9' garage, but oh well

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:33 AM
Take a 2X6 stud 104 5/8 and drill a hole with a 2 1/4 inch hole saw in the middle, cut the stud in the middle and use it to brace the tower ... then put it in the garage.


[feel free to add pictures of your own first day / or any day out to this thread - I don't have a camera icon, so I am just going to use threads for my pictures]

erkoehler
04-23-2006, 01:33 AM
Looks good Pendo....everybody stay dry? How were the water temps?

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:35 AM
Looks good Pendo....everybody stay dry? How were the water temps?

water temp at the launch 56 degrees (it is a relatively shallow lake, I never found a spot over 30' deep, and most was around 20') at the other end of the lake the temp was 48, as that is where the snowmelt feeds the lake ...

erkoehler
04-23-2006, 01:37 AM
water temp at the launch 56 degrees (it is a relatively shallow lake, I never found a spot over 30' deep, and most was around 20') at the other end of the lake the temp was 48, as that is where the snowmelt feeds the lake ...


Thats not bad at all :)


What are the red things on your wheels?

PendO
04-23-2006, 01:38 AM
Thats not bad at all :)


What are the red things on your wheels?

some label that comes on them from the factory ... later man.

Doug G
04-23-2006, 08:01 AM
Those are warning labels to tighten the lugs after a few hours that are there from new. They just hang on the valve stem.So after my first trip and checking the lug nuts, they came off. I imagine they would not do nice things to the wheels over time. I saved one for the torque spec.

Looks like a great day and an awesome family. That's what it's all about for me!

vdrive
04-23-2006, 10:12 AM
Well finally made it to the lake yesterday with boat that I purchased last October. What a relief to know that it runs great, floats and all else I was expecting it to do. I don't have a water temp gauge, but it felt like 50-60 degrees. My 8 year old just had to wakeboard, so we got him all dressed in a full length wet suit, hood, and cold water gloves. It doesn't take much throttle with the Maristar 200 VRS and the 340hp LT1 to pull him right up. After he got up he didn't want to stop.
I am very pleased with the ride, power and everything else I was expecting this boat to do.

The only thing I noticed was that the steering is very stiff, especially turning to the left. I called the nearest dealer on the drive home and he said to grease up the steering cable and rudder pivot point and if that doesn't help he said that it probably needs a new cable. Does a cable wear out after only 49.5 hours on the boat? Admittedly the boat has been sitting for about 1 1/2 years, but still what can cause the cable to need replacing after so few hours?

The dealer said a new cable is 150.00 and 2-3 hours for them to install. Does this mean it will take me 10 hours?

Any ideas on the hard steering?

Hoosier Bob
04-23-2006, 11:01 AM
That is a bad boat Casey! Great shots of the family as well. :D

PendO
04-23-2006, 11:18 AM
normally we are up on the Pend Oreille River - there is a dam at the stateline, we are above the dam so we can go to the end of the lake ... it is only 1:15 to our place on the river, but the water is too cold and too low to get on ... newman (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=newman+lake,+wa&om=1&ll=47.751328,-117.066193&spn=0.149117,0.798569) is a nice lake for the pre-season

Farmer Ted
04-23-2006, 12:14 PM
awesome shots!

Feels good to be back on the water doesn't it!

Maristar210
04-23-2006, 04:58 PM
Pendo,

Thans for the pic's. I like your idea about the 2x6's. Does it do anything to the carpet after sitting a while?

Steve

east tx skier
04-23-2006, 08:48 PM
Nice shots, Pendo.

PendO
04-23-2006, 11:26 PM
Pendo,

Thans for the pic's. I like your idea about the 2x6's. Does it do anything to the carpet after sitting a while?

Steve

I put some 2X6's under the studs today (upside down T) to disperse the weight ... nothing from last night though

PendO
04-23-2006, 11:27 PM
awesome shots!

Feels good to be back on the water doesn't it!

yeah, and a little rubbing compound and you will never know my wife drove it on the trailer:)

*just kidding

Yeah, it is always nice to drive it around and not hear any alarms going off.

Farmer Ted
04-23-2006, 11:39 PM
yeah, and a little rubbing compound and you will never know my wife drove it on the trailer:)

*just kidding

Yeah, it is always nice to drive it around and not hear any alarms going off.


did she get the boat buddy? just dab some acetone on it and it will come right off. don't forget to wax it up.

next time I've got the boat in the water and I remember to....I'm going to carpet mine

east tx skier
04-24-2006, 10:46 AM
did she get the boat buddy? just dab some acetone on it and it will come right off. don't forget to wax it up.

next time I've got the boat in the water and I remember to....I'm going to carpet mine

Probably goes without saying, but just use glue to put that carpet on. I had a staple or two in there while the glue dried. Figured they were located where there was no way the boat would hit them. Long story short, while the scratch was wet sanded to near perfection, I will be paying Hector at G&B glass a visit for a quick spray.

I'm back to the yellow bow roller. Bbuddy is in the trash for good.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
04-24-2006, 10:49 AM
Farmer, your new Avatar rules! :toast: :dance: :D