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"The boat is in" 2017 Thread!

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  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 4,552Member, Moderator mod
    Looks good @bry1429 - but where is the name?

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • bry1429bry1429 Southern Lake Michigan Posts: 241Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2017
    Dream; name will hopefully be on by mid summer. Last summer I admit was a bit more stressful than I anticipated. You would think getting a new boat was going to be all fun and games but learning all the systems, making sure all maintenance needed was not overlooked throughout the summer on my part, couple hiccups here an there, trying to keep it clean, etc....... a ton more work than my previous boat! this summer my plan is just to enjoy it !!!!!!! 

    shawnmjr; hopefully MT and his Admiral come to Chicago for a long weekend this summer. He will Captain the 360 downtown on a sunny day (I will be his crew) . There is no better view of the skyline than from out on the lake. then the river is chaotic but the scenery is 2nd to none, awesome to see all the buildings. (if your puddle isn't drool you should have that looked at by a Dr , you may need a prescription,  HA ! )
     
    randy; thank you .   MT has been to busy taking care of his health and combing tropical beaches around the globe. His drooling probably was only that of the thongs lined up on those tropical beaches (and his admiral of course B) )
    they are 2 very special people!

    zaverin1; thank you. I admire you being able to manage a full day tinkering on the boat without tipping a few celibitory drinks back!
    But, it's going to be a HOTTTT summer and I'm betting you for sure will have your fair share.

    skennelly; yeah, crappy forecast this coming wknd. I store in St.Joe Mich and moor in Hammond In. I splashed yesterday, it was absolutely gorgeous out!  was planning to cruise the beautiful shoreline this Sat or Sun to Hammond but I will wait for a sunny calm day, don't want to rush and start season off with a cold choppy messy cruise. (NO FUN) 
  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 972Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2017
    @bry1429  I store and splash in at Waukegan and have to cruise to Burnham, bout hour and a half trip...it's a nice cruise but not when the weather is nasty.  I'm flexible with my schedule, but the admiral is limited to weekends unfortunately.  Last year we were in on April 15th on the dot.  This year feels so late already. :(
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • zaverin1zaverin1 Saint Clair Shores,MIPosts: 1,282Member ✭✭✭
    Well had to call my lsc friend in to dive after my truck key
    i dropped the sucker last week lol
    he found it and it works 
     
  • shawnmjrshawnmjr Detroit MIPosts: 1,052Member ✭✭✭
    That's awesome @zaverin1 your marina looks pretty nice. Do they supply the dock boxes? I wouldn't think so but the reason I ask is they all look similar and at the three marinas I have been at not very many people have them. 
  • zaverin1zaverin1 Saint Clair Shores,MIPosts: 1,282Member ✭✭✭
    You supply your own
    marina next to me provides them with summer rent
    I was there for few months last year until I moved the boat after my motorcycle accident 


  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 1,992Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2017
    A friend of ours was washing his boat down and his wedding ring slipped off. Myself and my father in law jumped in with goggles and water proof flashlights and had no luck. One week later he hired a diver and he found it! We couldn't believe it because the water is rough and the tide is strong by his slip.
  • Lake_BumLake_Bum Flagstaff, AZ Posts: 271Member ✭✭✭
    Real quick sea-trial splash at a local lake here last weekend. Lake Powell is where my boat will get its first real splash. 

    2000 Captiva 232 
  • zaverin1zaverin1 Saint Clair Shores,MIPosts: 1,282Member ✭✭✭
    Always best to leave it to a pro
  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 2,152Member ✭✭✭✭
    Those kids are going to love that big swim platform this summer.
    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • reneechris14reneechris14 Pawcatuck river CTPosts: 1,501Member ✭✭✭✭
    That is one sweet ride,I have a bib on so my shirt stays dry.
    2005 Rinker FV342  Pawcatuck river,Ct
  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 1,992Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2017
    Not in yet but started her up today and flushed the antifreeze out of the cabin water lines! I noticed my trim tab reservoir was low, I looked for leaks inside and out found nothing. When the engine was running I operated the tabs and the starboard hydraulic line right at the actuator was leaking like crazy. There was a 1/4 cut in the line. Luckily when I replaced the lines a couple of years ago I left some slack. I just cut the damaged area off and reattached. Better to find it now then when it's in the water!
  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,384Member ✭✭✭✭✭

    @randy56. MT is drooling like an old geezer asleep in his chair at the nursing home.

    @shawnmjr. That too. There's times I can't believe I sold that boat. I had more fun on Mike's (@GTYEE) 310 and Bryan and Jessicas (@bry1429) 360 than I can count.

    Man, I love those boats. I get chills whenever I remember driving them.

    We were at a party last weekend and a couple spoke-up and said the most exciting ride they ever had in a boat was the half hour or so (in Bryan and Jessica's 360) when we slalomed the boat through the really twisting channel markers on the River STYX on plane at 35 mph in the summer 2015.

    I ran that river six times in total I wish I had Mike's drone or just used a phone camera - it would have been a awesome video.

    What did the Greatful Dead say? "Don't look back you can never look back"?

    I do!

    I love seeing you guys posting the awesome pics of your shiny new rigs with their Winter mods and know you are going to have the Summer of a lifetime this year!

    GO RINKER!

  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,384Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    @bry1429 thanks for the pictures. GREAT memories brought back!!!!! 
  • luvinlifeluvinlife Portsmouth RIPosts: 239Member ✭✭✭
  • luvinlifeluvinlife Portsmouth RIPosts: 239Member ✭✭✭
    We are in! First season with the new to us 270. 
  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,384Member ✭✭✭✭✭

    Obviously when you sell a boat it's no longer yours and it is not really any of your business what the new owner doers with it. That said, I have seen guys sell beautifully looked-after boats and seen the new owner run them into the ground - which I found painful to watch.

    I'm so lucky in my case; My EC 310 went to a goof for a very short time and he only put about 10 hours on it and let it sit. @GTYEE rescued it and now it's better than factory. @BRY1429 bought my 2014 EC 360 directly from me - just "broken-in" and like @GTYEE treats the boat with respect!

    Every time I see those two boats they look awesome!!!!!

    BTW a whole bunch of new Rinker owners and new Rinker boats on the forum. How Cool?!!




  • craigswardmtbcraigswardmtb Mystic, CTPosts: 991Member ✭✭✭
    Agree, lots of great new contributors to the forum. Good to see!
    Nice boat @luvinlife. I still miss certain things about my 270. 
  • minnesotaminnesota Barrie, OntarioPosts: 61Member ✭✭
    Have a great season everyone!

    2008 280 EC
  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 1,992Member ✭✭✭✭
    @minnesota, your boat looks great! I also like the knight on the horse decal!!!!
  • reneechris14reneechris14 Pawcatuck river CTPosts: 1,501Member ✭✭✭✭
    @luvinlife looks like you picked a nice marina for your 1st time ever being in a slip.Time to rub some elbows A. :)
    2005 Rinker FV342  Pawcatuck river,Ct
  • Lake_BumLake_Bum Flagstaff, AZ Posts: 271Member ✭✭✭
    I guess I fit into the "new contributor" category haha.  My 232 is my first Rinker, but I've owned lots of boats over the years. I would put this boat, right up there in quality with my Chapparal I had......I LOVE the Rinker!!!!!!  Gonna be one heckuva great summer  B)
    2000 Captiva 232 
  • gackgack Long Island, NYPosts: 298Member ✭✭✭
    I'm in!
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 4,552Member, Moderator mod
    Gack, I like the colors in your name!  Looks great!

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • brianflhrcibrianflhrci Posts: 56Member ✭✭
    edited May 2017
    Just dropped in Monday and backed in a few minutes before this shot, getting used to the new slip.  Always fun getting ropes the right length and securing things.  
  • shawnmjrshawnmjr Detroit MIPosts: 1,052Member ✭✭✭
    edited May 2017
    @brianflhrci I bet your boat is faster than 90% of the boats at your marina. 
  • gtyeegtyee chicago illinoisPosts: 168Member ✭✭✭
    My boat is not in yet due to crappy weather. Spent 3 days polishing and waxing from top to bottom. Buffed outdrives and XR props to look new. 152 hours on her now and changed oil and filters at 79, 108 and 150 hrs. Both motors  new impellers and belts, fuel filters, zincs,gear oil,  removed and greased the props, generator (18 hrs) oil, filter, impeller and anode. Last thing is sea deck I'm  installing  next week. Planning on a big year traveling on the boat and taking time off to play.. Waxed with Trewax again which kept the hull clean all last year. @Michael T here are some picks and w ill post when floor is done. mi

  • gtyeegtyee chicago illinoisPosts: 168Member ✭✭✭
    Also all new fleece fender covers
  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,292Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Splashed today here!  

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 4,552Member, Moderator mod
    I'm finally in!!!  (well, technically I've been in since February)  Boat is running fantastic and finally back on her lift!  She's gotten a little dirty uncovered the last couple months (yes I've cleaned her a couple times over that duration), so another cleaning will have to happen when this rain stops.

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

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