Had to pull the old girl out of mothballs.

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  1. Sierra Clean Care
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    I know this is off topic Damon.... the new van looks WAY BETTER.... great job. I loved the headroom when I had a chance to crawl into it to check it out in Oakland.... you did good with the wrap. Ryan Kettering(sp?) did a great job....
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    Hey thanks! And don’t sweat it. I’m the king of off topic.
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    Look ... squirrel!!!!!!!
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    Stop flattering yourself
    You’re not even close to being in Tacos league
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    Holy crap was this thing dirty. I had no idea. I have been cleaning this pig-boat for hours. Finally got dark and had to stop. The vinyl is very dirty but seems to be cleaning up nice with a lot of leather cleaner and elbow grease. Any of you Gurus know how to get the little black specks out, especially from the turquoise parts? @Jim Pemberton?



    Seat before cleaning

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    Seat After Cleaning

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    A little cleaned spot

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  7. Sierra Clean Care
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    After you clean all the shyte out of it... and getting it looking like you want your wife and kids in it, in their bathing suits, find a product called Aerospace 303.... and go over ANYTHING that’s not metal or glass with it.... SPF 40..... you’ll thank me later.....
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    The stories I could tell you about my dad's "free boat".... 1988 Chris Craft bowrider.

    His "free boat" sat outside, uncovered for about 5 years in Michigan. I have spent hundreds of hours working on it. Started with redoing all the vinyl including the upholstery, engine cowling and padded sides. Most of it we had to replace the backer panels as well. Ungunked the fuel tank, installed new fuel pickup and pump, rebuilt the carb, redid the electrical system including battery and on and on and on.....

    My wife and I did all the vinyl work and my dad and I worked on the mechanical stuff. It was a good experience working with the vinyl for my wife and me. Also nice bonding time with my dad who was in his early 80's at the time. It certainly turned out to be a HUGE money pit though.

    All that time and energy fixing that boat could have been spent out on the water in a boat that could have been purchased for half what we put into it. A few hundred here, a few hundred there.

    Boat- a hole in the water in which to pour money.
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    (chuckles some more in CoastGuardese)
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    depends, you can get a 75hp for not that much.. inboards or inboard/outboards will cost you thousands upon thousands over the years to keep running

    buy 1 brand new 4 stroke outboard and your done for a long time.
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    Okay Stephen, having nothing but the most respect for Coasties, why the snickering? What's the inside joke? :biggrin:
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    @Old Coastie , tell us your Shallow-Shore-Navy stories.

    BTW, I love my life. My wife just called me to find out when I’m coming home. The dog threw up.
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    If you have a pressure washer wand that you can hook up to your truckmount. Set the PSI to about 1000 , Spray the seats with a good upholstery cleaner / carpet prespray, rinse off with the pressure washer wand. Worried about overwetting, it is a boat! Since this is for Damon , pull the plug so the water can drain and DON'T FORGET TO PUT IT BACK IN BEFORE YOU PUT IT IN THE WATER. Ps. Do not try to start the motor without water hooked up you will burn out the water pump in 5 seconds.
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    Thanks. This ain’t my first rodeo. I need to get myself a Fake-A-Lake suction cup thing today.
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    Didn't know, thought I would say just in case.
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    You can't be too careful :)

    So I just got done cleaning up the dog mess. Turns out my little 110 lb German Shepherd ate a maxi pad out of the trash last night. Good thing it was absorbent.
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    As in, sanitary napkin.... yuckers....
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    75hp won't be enough for a boat that size. You need minimum 150. The engine in there already is at least 200hp. Those 4.3's are very reliable if maintained properly.
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    the extra cost to buy a 4 stroke pretty much negates any fuel saving plus the extra weight

    If you want "economy" in a boat its an inboard diesel
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    Jesus, I'm not turning this into a crab boat.
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