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#573045 - 12/11/19 08:49 PM Tootin' my own horn a bit  
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OK, maybe more than just a tiny bit. We had our annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade this past weekend. We spent a few days (a couple hours per day) decorating the boat and getting things ready for two nights' of fun. Friday night we had 18 guests on board, Saturday night 17. A good time was had by all.

Especially GW and I. We wont the contest for best decorated boat. Woooooooooo Hoooooooooooo!

[Linked Image]


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#573046 - 12/11/19 11:49 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Looks like a blast. Definitely jealous here, I won't see my boat for at least 4 more months.


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#573047 - 12/12/19 09:44 AM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Looking good. Congrats on the win.


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#573048 - 12/12/19 01:46 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: casualboater]  
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Originally Posted by casualboater
Looks like a blast. Definitely jealous here, I won't see my boat for at least 4 more months.

The boat parade is usually our last cruise of the year. There won't be any more boating until January 1 when we're doing a family outing. GW and I, four kids, four grand kids. It'll be hectic but a fun time.


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#573049 - 12/12/19 03:28 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Looks and sounds like a wonderful time!!


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#573051 - 12/12/19 04:28 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I see my boat every day in the garage.


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#573052 - 12/12/19 09:29 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I must be getting too old. I’ve been staring at that picture for quite awhile. I just can’t make out what I’m looking at. Can’t put an orientation on what direction your boat is pointing to. I’m a mess.


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#573053 - 12/13/19 12:05 AM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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"I must be getting too old. I’ve been staring at that picture for quite awhile. I just can’t make out what I’m looking at."
It's a well-kept secret. I doubt it has anything to do with the nation's capitol or anything to do with Chicago. But, only GFC knows for sure.

BTW, GFC. Congratulations. Great job.


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#573054 - 12/13/19 08:06 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Think Seattle Seahawks.
Front of the boat (bow) is to the left on your screen.

Sounds like a great time and I'm sure a few horns were tooting on the shore.


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#573055 - 12/14/19 11:54 AM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: WaterWing]  
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Originally Posted by WaterWing
I must be getting too old. I’ve been staring at that picture for quite awhile. I just can’t make out what I’m looking at. Can’t put an orientation on what direction your boat is pointing to. I’m a mess.


Wing, this pic might help you orient how the picture in my OP is oriented.
[Linked Image]

The white lights fore and aft of the Seahawk are 2 layers of white blanket lights. We put two layers on because one layer just looked kind of sparse.


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#573057 - 12/15/19 03:25 AM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Looks good, even in the daytime.

How many tie-wraps did you use? Were you running low voltage or the 120V output of the invertor?


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#573058 - 12/15/19 01:27 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Jack, thanks for the compliment. I built the thing in the garage thinking I'd figure out later how to get it to the boat. Here's the original thread... from where I built it and got some friends to help get it to the boat.

That transporting issue got a lot easier when a new neighbor moved into the 'hood. He owns an autobody shop and has a couple of tilt-bed wreckers We used one of those and some friends helped walk it out of the garage and onto the tilt bed. Then they helped walk it off the truck, down the dock and hang it on the bow


This year's parade was a lot of fun, mostly due to the assortment of friends and neighbors we had on board. Each night I let someone else drive which allows me to move around the bridge area but I still am watching like a hawk everything that's going on. It's a little more relaxing but not much more.

This may be the last parade we participated in. When we bought the boat we bought it with the intent of doing a summer long cruise up into Canada after Tina's mom passes. She just turned 104 on 12/12 and is in a LTC facility. Neither of us expects her to live long but we won't be going on any lengthy trips while she's still living. But assuming we do this Canada trip next summer, Beachcomber will be for sale in the fall after the trip is over. I'll be sad to see her go but we have other ventures in mind that we want to do.

Merry Christmas all.

Mike


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#573060 - 12/16/19 11:10 AM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Would be hard to imagine you with out Beachcomber but i can definitely understand.


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#573061 - 12/16/19 07:16 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I agree. I've tossed this over in my mind for the past year or so and we've discussed it to no end. Both of us agree that there's a LOT to see in this country and we'll likely buy a motor home to see it in. We'll keep that for a few years until we've seen most of the US then sell it. Hell, by then I'll be too old to drive a motor home. I'll be that stereotypical joke about the little old man who can barely see over the steering wheel piloting a big motorhome.

Or maybe the other way around...
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#573066 - 12/17/19 02:39 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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If i was going the rv route I'd do what Al did and get a 3500 pickup & a fifth wheel to travel in. Might check out his website for information & suggestions.


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#573068 - 12/17/19 10:53 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Kevin, I've used both (truck & FW and MH) and we both feel a MH fits out needs best.

Now, I want to share a photo with you. The ones I had above were low resolution and, while they were OK, wait till you see this one.

[Linked Image]

Go ahead and enlarge it. It's pretty amazing.


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#573069 - 12/18/19 08:35 AM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I can make that out now! Nice!


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#573070 - 12/18/19 10:41 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Here's one with the blinking eye "on".

[Linked Image]


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#573071 - 12/19/19 05:07 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Very nice!

My brother recently bought a different motor home, a Winnebago built on a diesel Mercedes Sprinter chassis. Its pretty nice inside and he likes it a lot better than the gas one he had before.


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#573072 - 12/19/19 09:41 PM Re: Tootin' my own horn a bit [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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WWG, the guy across the street from us has one of those. It's nice, but not something I'd want to spend weeks in. It's just too small for my 6'1", 225 pounds. I want something about 35'-36', probably diesel but we're not locked into that. Diesels get better mileage but unless you're driving it a lot and keeping it for several years you're not likely to recoup the additional cost of the diesel. True, you'll get some of that back when you sell it due to its higher resale, but that's an "iffy" proposition..

BTW, I still like the lines of your Trojan!


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