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  1. haneyrm
    11-08-2016 04:15 PM
    Osprey/Nokomis area is very nice. Venice inlet would probably be your closest pass to get out into the Gulf. Otherwise, you would have to run north to Sarasota and use Big Pass. It's a long run with lots of no-wake zones so I would lean towards the south and as close to Venice as I could get. Stump pass is the next inlet to the south but is a good ways from Venice with more no-wake areas.
  2. haneyrm
    11-08-2016 04:12 PM
    You are right, there were many nights where I came home from work and decided not to take the boat for a spin due to the hassle of the lock. With that said, there are several canals at the Inlets that are salt water and do not have locks. I wanted to be further south so I could be closer to Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island, etc. and ended up in Boca Grande. It's a very nice area with what I feel is the best water on the west coast. I live on the intracoastal so I'm on plane in about 3 minutes and my place is about 1 mile from one of the passes so I can be in the Gulf in less than 10 minutes. With a neighborhood like Tidewater or the Inlets, the Gulf is 30 minutes minimum depending on how rough Tampa Bay is. There was several days that by the time we go out of the Manatee River and into the bay, it was so rough we just turned around. The bay can be very, very rough.
  3. Rnaltd
    11-08-2016 02:26 PM
    Thank you very much, very helpful. Did you find any issues with waiting at the lift due to boat traffic? I'm also looking at some of the salt water canals which might work out better. Seems like the lock takes the spontaneity out of just jumping in the boat and going for a ride, especially if you alone.

    I'm also looking in the Osprey/Nakomis area, have you had any dealing with these areas from a boating standpoint?

    Great help, Thank you.

    Bob
  4. Rnaltd
    11-08-2016 01:24 PM
    Hi,

    I read your thread about living in the Inlets and Tidewater Preserve and I have a question about the canals that have freshwater locks. How much of a hassle is this taking your boat in and out? I was hoping that someone would have published a YouTube video of the process but there is nothing that I can find. I am considering homes in the Bradenton area and these look promising. Any issues or lookouts you might share for these areas?

    Thanks and Kind Regards,

    Bob
  5. haneyrm
    11-24-2014 04:29 PM
    Had to break this message into 2 parts since the first was over the limit.

    We are fully moved and I recently bought a 25' Contender. I'm really enjoying the boat but I really miss the Bluewater. That boat has an amazing amount of space for 21' and you just can't beat the ride. The batteries belong in the console. I knew when I first sea trialed the boat at the factory that it was stern heavy but was an easy fix. Plus, I never liked the batteries buried in the bilge where they were difficult to inspect and corrosion would likely be an issue. Anyways, glad you're enjoying the boat and I hope all is well.

    Thanks.
    Mike
  6. haneyrm
    11-24-2014 04:28 PM
    Hey Terry - Great to hear from you. Glad to hear the boat is doing well. The battery charger is all automatic. All you have to do is plug it in and it will charge until the batteries are fully charged then the charger will drop back to a trickle charge and maintain the batteries at full charge. The charger is wired directly to both batteries so the position of the battery switch doesn't matter and you don't need to flip any switches on the console. Just plug it in and leave it that way until you're ready to use the boat. The charger is mounted to the rear transom bulkhead just inside the hatch on the rear vertical transom wall. The plug is by the transom door.

    Thanks.
    Mike
  7. tk32952
    11-24-2014 02:16 PM
    Hi Mike,
    I hope all is well with you and your move was problem free. I need to use the battery charger on the boat and have never had one before. Do I just plug in ? Do I need to turn on the electronics switch on the console? I've been watching the blog on the rear end weight of the 2150. Thanks for moving the batteries to the console. It needs it. Thanks for your help and take care. Terry Kennedy

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