Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Quick checklist and maintenance for stern drive units.

Stern drive lower unit maintenance checklist

1.       Inspect for lower unit for chips, leakage, anode and propeller.
2.       Make sure lower unit is in the down position for at least ½ hours before draining gear lube.
3.       Remove bottom drain plug first, the slower draining makes it easy to inspect the used lubricant.
4.       Remove the top drain plug.
5.       Fill with correct gear lube from the bottom up. 
6.       Replace top drain plug when lube overfills then replace lower plug quickly.
7.       Remove propeller and check for fishing line, wire or other items that will damage the seal around the prop shaft.
8.       Repair or replace propeller as needed. If it’s painted, rough the surface with sand paper or abrasive cloth, clean with thinner or acetone to remove grease and repaint propeller before installation.
9.       Remove or sand corrosion and scratches on the lower unit. Clean with thinner or acetone and repaint with appropriate paint.  Some minor corrosion can be removes with the abrasive cloth and a cola product.

10.     Lubricate the tilt hinge and clean the polished struts on the hydraulic tilt unit.  Dirt and scratches can damage the seals in the hydraulic cylinders. If you don’t have a high quality metal polish you can always use a little Crest toothpaste. 

And don't forget to winterize if you live in the cold weather states.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


This sounds like great news for the industry and the show!

This was excerpted from a SEMA press release. Contact SEMA for more details.

-- Highest Number of Exhibitors in Show’s 47-Year History –
Diamond Bar, CA  (October 23, 2013) – The SEMA Show, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, is shaping up this year to be one of the strongest in the event’s 47-year history, a good sign the business of vehicle personalization, customization and preservation is rebounding.

Some 130,000 professionals from more than 130 countries are expected to attend the 2013 SEMA Show (www.semashow.com) at the Las Vegas Convention Center this November 5-8, to see the newest products, keep up on the latest trends and learn the best business practices the $31B automotive specialty equipment industry has to offer.

More than 2,500 exhibitors will cover more than 1 million square-feet of floor space. The vast majority of SEMA Show exhibitors and attendees are small business owners looking to network and find new opportunities to help them increase sales and profitability.

“We expect to fill every nook and cranny at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA VP of events and communications. “We’ve even contracted for exhibitor space at the LVH (Hotel) next door,” MacGillivray says, noting that the association makes every effort to accommodate new exhibitors who typically bring new, innovative products to the industry.

The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org

Monday, October 21, 2013

Getting the most out of a boat show.

First you have to ask yourself why you are attending a boat show (or any show for that matter).  Are you attending as new buyer looking for a new boat?  On the other hand, are you attending as an owner looking to upgrade what you already have or just add on to your equipment?  Maybe you are a manufacturer or dealer…. that is a completely different reason.

I am always looking for a location that I like to visit.  I like the local shows but that is not the same as taking a trip to a distant location and using it like a working vacation.  (Just don’t tell my wife how much fun these shows are!)

Probably best to decide why you are at the show and establish an agenda for the time you will be attending.   Reviewing or looking at a boat can take a significant amount of time.  Plan your time accordingly.  In most cases you will want to look over the boat, listen to the sales pitch and, if possible, try it out on the water.

Because it will be a time consuming experience, do a little research ahead of time.  Review models and manufacturers that you have an interest in, on the manufacturers website or at a local dealer.  Go to the website for the show or event you will be attending and get a copy of the exhibitors list.  Review the exhibitor list and rank the manufacturers or dealers by your interest.  It sounds like a lot of work but if you prioritize the models you want to see, you can spend less time wandering the exhibit hall and more time shopping.  You will also find that you will probably have more time to leisurely enjoy the show once you have achieved your “requirements”.

If you are looking at products or upgrades to your existing boat, it is a variation of the same agenda.  Look through the exhibitor lists and develop a plan and route through the exhibit hall.  It is also important to keep track of other things that might be of interested as you are looking at the exhibitor list or walking around.  You can always come back to a booth or visit the company’s website later (or back in your hotel room!).

If you are attending a show that is or has an in-water portion, check the weather reports.  I hate attending a show with the intent of getting an in-water demo and have the weather be cool, windy or raining.  Although, if you want to check the rough water capabilities of a few of the boats look for a day that can provide you with the right experience.

It is also important to go to shows that have what you want.  Why waste precious shopping time at a Strictly Sail Show if you are looking for a new powerboat?  Save the other areas for that extra time, after you have completed your visits to the required list of vendors.

If you are interested in education (seminars, forums, certification classes) make sure that you get the newest schedule of events right when you get to the show.  I have attended a number of shows that have had last minute changes due to weather, speaker schedules and room availability.  Last minute adjustments are not unusual.

One thing to remember about boat shows, you only have a limited amount of time to attend the show.  You might not be able to see everything in detail, even if you go every day the event is open.  However, if you follow a schedule to see the things you want, you should have extra time to see the rest of the show.  Once you have covered your list you can wander through the rest of the exhibits.  Prioritize, write up an agenda, follow it and enjoy the show.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 18, 2013

BERINGER AERO Calendar 2014:

I think every pilot (or maybe just everyone) ought to buy one of these. Its a great calender and it also shows real pilots and real aircraft.

BERINGER AERO Calendar 2014:

It will be a "Grand Cru Calendar" this year:  12 pictures of enthusiast and skilled women pilots taken at Oshkosh, also in France by Véronique Béringer, who is a pilot too. 

Through their portraits you will discover their passion for flying and for their airplane. 

The calendar will be available in November; you can order now.

Please contact us for higher quantities.

Best regards
Claire Béringer

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New Cigar Humidor.

I finally gave in and ordered a new humidor. The cats...or one cat (not naming cat names here) knocked the old humidor off the cabinet twice.  First time broke the lid in pieces.  Glued together but not looking to good. Second time it stayed together but bent the hinges and minor wood damage.  The fall is not only hard on the humidor but also the cigars.

Shopping Thompson Cigars, I ordered a combo package with a generic house brand supply of cigars. Probably more cigars than I will smoke in a year, but the humidor is bigger and would look bad if it was almost empty.

I've ordered from Thompson before, good service, decent house brands and reasonable prices.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wisconsin Bill to Ease Restrictions on Collector Cars and Historic Military Vehicles Moves to Governor for Signature | Specialty Equipment Market Association

Wisconsin Bill to Ease Restrictions on Collector Cars and Historic Military Vehicles Moves to Governor for Signature | Specialty Equipment Market Association

UPS Announces Winner of “Ride Your Hauler to SEMA” Contest | Specialty Equipment Market Association

UPS Announces Winner of “Ride Your Hauler to SEMA” Contest | Specialty Equipment Market Association

Know This and Manifest More Quickly By Christopher Westra

Three simple steps we should all consider.  I often think I want something, but in the end I really didn't want it at all. Whats up with that.

Step One:

Step One is to identify WHY you are desiring certain things in your life.  Remember that your basic or foundational “WHY” is always an emotion.

Step Two:

Step Two is to start feeling your desired emotions now. Yes, right now, before you manifest anything!

Step Three:

After engaging in step two for a couple weeks, move on to step three.

In step three, you ask yourself whether you still want to manifest what you thought you wanted in step one!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Indian Larry Disc Brake Rotors

I really like the use of Indian Larry's question mark on his bikes.  Its nice to see that carried on at Indian Larry Motorcycles.  http://indianlarry.com/.

So I really like this idea.  I am now shopping for blank rotors so that I can have a friend plasma cut my own logo design in the rotors for my Sportster.