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    Senior Member Amelia's Avatar
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    Beat it up on the Albemarle Sound.

    We looked out at the near-calm out our front window, took note of the NE 5-10 forecast and headed across the Albemarle Sound for a delightful lunch at Mackey's Marina. Halfway there, the ride got bouncy with 2.5' seas. No worries. Docked without incident in lovely Mackeys Creek as if we knew what we were doing, chatted with some fun locals, and aimed northbound by mid afternoon. Oh, my. The waves were now white capped, and we rolled alarmingly from side to side, as waves broke over the bow, and poured into the two forward hatches, filling them. The little bilge pumps did their best, but no match for the onslaught. Good news: Boat floats adequately and is easily-enough controlled in that condition, though its nose-down appearance must have looked funny. Got to rethink those forwardmost hatches. Suggestions welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GJSmith View Post
    That is so nice looking is it throughout the boat? I would be interested to know how you did it, just the same as in a house?
    GJ. What post are you responding to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    .............. Got to rethink those forwardmost hatches. Suggestions welcome.
    Amelia, are your forward hatches leaking? or were they just open?
    Also do you have bilge pumps in each compartment of the hulls?
    Bilge pumps and float switches are not the place to cheap-out. I use the electronic switches and have been using them for about 8 years on various boats. The regular float switches are not that reliable. At least for me they weren't . Lots of failures with them.
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    Ordered new exhaust manifolds. Lost the drain plug last night and thought we were going down for the count. I don't need to chance it a 3rd time.

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    I thought I was replying to a post about hardwood put in a boat. I can't even find the post....ooops so I deleted my previous post

    Quote Originally Posted by DitchRider View Post
    GJ. What post are you responding to?

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    Amelia

    Do you have latches on the hatches? They will float open in head seas.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Replaced the sending units on all three gas tanks.

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    today, we woke up on the boat and it was 52 degrees outside so we had coffee and watched the today show. now, shortly it will be time to change all the fuids and filters on both boats and winterize them. were pulling one out when we get back from vegas next week, then the other sometime in november. where did summer go?

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    Sunday morning, it was 38 degrees on Lake Cumberland. Hot coffee and watched the steam rise through our marina. I love fall, but I'm not looking to the pre-winter chores.

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    Have 2 of 4 exhaust manifolds replaced. Have to wait on some parts to finish up the other two.

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