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Re: Stupid questions about launch day

Blueman, I'm now on Barnegat Bay. The marina is pretty, but over priced for how we use the boat, and I really haven't been all that thrilled with the owners so far. Now, in their defense, I wasn't there much of the season. But from what I've seen they are out to make a buck, rather than keep a happy customer. I know Jim has had a different experience, and I will admit that my perception may be colored by other events. But we've decided to move.

Jim, I thought about Ted's; you'll have to let me know what you think of them. I liked the location! We're moving up to Lanoka Harbour this year. It's a "no frills" marina, but the bathrooms are clean, the people seem nice, and we got a slip that should work well for us.
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Re: Stupid questions about launch day

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Mistakes can happen especially in the spring and fall when they're hauling/launching a lot of boats. For that reason I'm always there for haul/launch. Since garboard plugs are rare, I'd hang a sign off the binacle "Install Garboard Plug Before Launch" just to play it safe..
I agree...I saw a boat get dropped hard once, resulting in significant hidden damage. I doubt the owner would have ever known about it had he not been there.

Yeah...mistakes happen, but leaving the oil cap off AND splashing the boat without the plug is a definite indication somebody is not paying attention.
If I was the yard, I'd hang the sign from the Garboard hole!
Why would you leave the plug out anyway? Once the bilge is drained, it's drained, right (unless you have a very leaky boat)? Forgive my ignorance...I'm in California where we don't have to deal with such issues!

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Re: Stupid questions about launch day

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Blueman, I'm now on Barnegat Bay. The marina is pretty, but over priced for how we use the boat, and I really haven't been all that thrilled with the owners so far. Now, in their defense, I wasn't there much of the season. But from what I've seen they are out to make a buck, rather than keep a happy customer. I know Jim has had a different experience, and I will admit that my perception may be colored by other events. But we've decided to move.
I hear you. I try to go by my personal experience, but I know the owner has rubbed some people the wrong way. But then every marina I've been in the owners have been quirky.

I really liked where we were and we have a lot of friends there. It was a great location and we had a dock with really good people. But there was drama every year over the owners finances and marina repairs. This year it reached a point where the electric scared the hell out of me so it was time to go.

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Jim, I thought about Ted's; you'll have to let me know what you think of them. I liked the location!
Someone suggested we take a look at Ted's and it was a really pleasant surprise. It looks kind of run down from the street because of some old boats, but when you get inside it's all new docks, new electric, new bathrooms, etc. We'll see what our dockmates are like. I figure if we don't like it we'll move on.

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We're moving up to Lanoka Harbour this year. It's a "no frills" marina, but the bathrooms are clean, the people seem nice, and we got a slip that should work well for us.
Let me know how you like Cedar Creek and how you like the marina.
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Re: Stupid questions about launch day

We're going to Laurel Harbour Marina and Yacht Club. The marina itself is kind of junky, but it's in a very protected location. Plus, there is a huge playground right across the street where our kids can burn off some energy, which is good. No pool, but at this point that has gotten knocked down on the priority list.

I tried to get into Cedar Creek last year, but they were booked. I didn't bother calling them again this year.

I will be very curious to hear what you think of Ted's. I liked being on Forked River, and Ted's docks started (literally) about 100 feet from where Dragon Wing was at the end of the season.
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Success! After about 3 hours last weekend and another roughly 4 hours today, I managed to get the flange off, and without damaging the shaft. I used an angle grinder and a cut-off wheel. The cutting was done in less than 30 minutes. It still took me another 3 hours to get the thing off. But it's off!! Unfortunately I missed the window when the prop shop is open. Now I need to figure out whether I'm going to take a day off this week and have it done near the boat, or take it to a shop in my area, if I can find one.
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Jim - my BF keeps his boat at Haven Harbour also- been there for about 8 years, after they totally screwed up almost every project he gave them, he's been taking his boat to Annapolis for any work that needs to be done - from engine, gelcoat to rigging!

Maybe I'll see you down there some time. Good luck!
Haven Harbor is one of the most reputable places to have work done on the Chesapeake. Especially Yanmar work. Their customer service is excellent and the stand by their repairs.

I have never had an issue with them and have taken my boat there quite a few times
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Success! After about 3 hours last weekend and another roughly 4 hours today, I managed to get the flange off, and without damaging the shaft. I used an angle grinder and a cut-off wheel. The cutting was done in less than 30 minutes. It still took me another 3 hours to get the thing off. But it's off!! Unfortunately I missed the window when the prop shop is open. Now I need to figure out whether I'm going to take a day off this week and have it done near the boat, or take it to a shop in my area, if I can find one.
Gotta love cutting wheels! Good Job Jim!
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Re: Stupid questions about launch day

While you are in there check you engine mount nuts and bolts for tightness.
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Re: Stupid questions about launch day

I just read your other post, Dave. I'll be sure to do that next weekend!
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