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Salty Dog II
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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Salty Dog II » Sun May 17, 2020 5:21 pm

Hey Starscream,

Point well taken, can't miss your vessels " BEAR HUNT " especially as you say going thru locks and such. I happen to notice you don't have to display any type of registration number or province location? Is that the way they do things in Canada? Are you going to be able to make our celebration of superstition? Only kidding! But your always welcome!

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Cabo a few years back

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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Tomfoolery » Mon May 18, 2020 4:40 am

Salty Dog II wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:21 pm
I happen to notice you don't have to display any type of registration number or province location? Is that the way they do things in Canada?
Lots of Canadian boats with names near the bow. Can't do that here, though. I have mine on the stern, but it's too small to be of much value.



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Shoulda put it on the sides. Like on its predecessor.


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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Starscream » Mon May 18, 2020 5:01 am

Salty Dog II wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:21 pm
Hey Starscream,

Point well taken, can't miss your vessels " BEAR HUNT " especially as you say going thru locks and such. I happen to notice you don't have to display any type of registration number or province location? Is that the way they do things in Canada? Are you going to be able to make our celebration of superstition? Only kidding! But your always welcome!

Salty Dog II

Cabo a few years back
At the time of the photo, our boat licence number is posted up on the bow in small outline font, you can just make it out if you zoom in. Its a different topic, but we have since registered the boat federally and that comes with the requirement of posting more visible registration numbers on the sides and the interior of the boat, and displaying its home port on the stern.

I won't make the celebration this year, in fact I probably l won't get into the US at all.

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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Bobglas » Mon May 18, 2020 5:18 am

Put our name on the sides of the cockpit.
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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Salty Dog II » Mon May 18, 2020 5:24 am

Starscream,

Thanks for the explanation of Canadian registration, I saw what you talking about from your photo of your bow. Sorry your not going south of your boarder next year, keep in mind the invitation is always open. Fair winds to you & yours

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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Salty Dog II » Mon May 18, 2020 5:28 am

Bobglas,

Nice placement above the rub rail near cockpit! Have not seen any with that position, great font...

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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by WinSome » Mon May 18, 2020 6:01 am

Here’s a pic of boat name and registration. Ontario
Canada. Also have small block letters on transom.

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Agreed about the rubrail location. Hmmm!

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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Russ » Mon May 18, 2020 6:24 am

I did the boat lettering myself. Super easy and the online designer lets you choose all kinds of fonts, colors, shadows, etc. Got them from
https://www.boatus.com/products-and-ser ... -lettering

After years of owning the boat, I just added the "home port" lettering.

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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Todd » Sat May 23, 2020 7:49 pm

Congratulations on the boat. I think at that price you got a great deal especially if it came with a trailer. My 2007 came with a dual axle trailer and I paid just over 18. I often think that I could probably get that for it today 4 years later because these boats hold their value so well. Congrats on the planned to move to Florida that is something I daydream about quite often.
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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by ris » Sun May 24, 2020 4:24 pm

We usually travel as a motor boat so we usually have our enclosure on so my wife made a name banner that hangs on the stern wall of the enclosure. She used the same sunbrella as the enclosure and she has sewn it to the top of the enclosure. If you look close you can see it in this photo. This way boats see it for a long way off and can call us on the radio. I think this pic is from our 2019 great loop trip. We were on Lake Erie at Middle Bass Island at the state park marina.

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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Salty Dog II » Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:19 pm

Todd & Ris,

Thanks for the responses, I'm a traditionalist and even tho I've seen many Mac's with the name port & starboard, fore & aft I've got to say the transom is all about us. Plan to split Salty Dog II both sides of motor well, with our home port under the the well at the water line.

Another question: I only need my trailer to pick up the boat, and drop it in the drink 3 hours later. In looking at the construction of the trailer, I plan on disassembling it and store it in my attic! Anyone know if anyone has done this? Were going to have a canal home and probably won't be trailing it at all. I just can't see paying to store it and don't want to sell it if the occasion ever rises to need the trailer. Your thoughts?

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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Russ » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:51 pm

Salty Dog II wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:19 pm
Todd & Ris,
I plan on disassembling it and store it in my attic! Anyone know if anyone has done this? Were going to have a canal home and probably won't be trailing it at all. I just can't see paying to store it and don't want to sell it if the occasion ever rises to need the trailer. Your thoughts?

Salty Dog II
Our marina allows for trailer storage on their lot for all slipped boats. I can't imagine disassembling the trailer. Or placing the parts in my attic. No, that doesn't seem reasonable.
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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Jimmyt » Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:01 am

Sounds like you got a really nice boat!

You will probably want to have your trailer at the ready throughout hurricane season. Leaving a boat out in even 50-60 mph wind doesn't always work out well. Typical tropical storm winds can easily reach this level. Storm surge makes securing boats at dock a bit of a challenge, also. A lift won't guarantee the boats survival either. We lost a 16 ft inboard during Camille off of a lift that was about 5 ft above the high tide line. A good hurricane will almost certainly severely damage or destroy a boat that's left out. Even if you do a good job of securing your boat, there will likely be large debris and other loose boats in the water during a storm. Now, if you're one of those folks that gets insurance and doesn't worry about losing a boat, you can disregard this post.

If you have the late model aluminum trailer, you could certainly take it apart. However, unless your attic has a very large access door, or a lifting beam and gable door, I don't see how you could get the pieces into the attic.

You will have several days notice that a storm is headed your way. You won't want to spend a day or two of that prep time getting your trailer out of the attic and back together so you can get your boat to a safe spot.

I looked for quite awhile before finding a boat that had a lot of the upgrades I wanted. I've added a few things since, and have more planned. I would not leave it outside during a tropical storm - much less in/over the water.

I'm with Russ. You might be able to take the trailer apart. It is not likely, but possible, that there is a way to get it into your attic. It's not something I would do in the south east, though. I'm a mechanical engineer, with pneumatic tools. I could probably disassemble the trailer in an hour or two - marking and bagging the small bits so I could put it back together quickly. Lifting the large heavy pieces, by myself, into the attic without damaging the house would be another story.

If you get a house on the water in Florida, there's a good chance that it will be built on piling, 8-10 feet above grade. Generally trailers, and other such items are stored under the house.

Interesting idea, though.
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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Russ » Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:12 am

Jimmyt wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:01 am
If you have the late model aluminum trailer, you could certainly take it apart. However, unless your attic has a very large access door, or a lifting beam and gable door, I don't see how you could get the pieces into the attic.
I added a second axle to my aluminum trailer. Yes, the trailer is a simple design with a few bolts holding most of it together, but it's not easy to deal with.

My second axle was HEAVY. That's without the wheels attached. Then there are the brake lines. I broke one simply moving the axle.

Nope, not me. I wouldn't do it.
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Re: New Owner / Member With Questions

Post by Tomfoolery » Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:09 am

Salty Dog II wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:19 pm
Another question: I only need my trailer to pick up the boat, and drop it in the drink 3 hours later. In looking at the construction of the trailer, I plan on disassembling it and store it in my attic! Anyone know if anyone has done this? Were going to have a canal home and probably won't be trailing it at all. I just can't see paying to store it and don't want to sell it if the occasion ever rises to need the trailer. Your thoughts?
Pull the wheels, fenders, goal posts (if any), and bow winch tower, and hang it otherwise complete from the garage ceiling. Use a pair of electric winches, and some safety chains for backup, and use load rated hardware throughout (not cheesy aluminium carabiners). Assuming you have access to the attic floor structure, reinforcement should be easy.
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