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NEW CATEGORY - Please add your best tip!

Postby Rivertown » Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:00 pm

We need to pump some new life into this forum!!! Please use this NEW category to share any time-saving or money-saving tips you have learned through trial and error that might help other Caravelle boaters. Even if you have been on the forum for while and have already posted them before, please re-post here to keep things current. How about everyone who visits the forum post at least one tip here? One tip found here may save someone hundreds of hours and/or thousands of dollars!
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Postby AndrewT » Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:58 pm

Sounds good,need to put my thinking hat on.
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Postby jfair32 » Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:22 pm

Because of my bad luck with freshwater pump impellers I replace mine every other year and always have an extra on hand. An impeller that goes bad is a 2-3hour job and that's if you've done it before. Not having one on hand can ruin a weekend. :cry:
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Postby buyfire » Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:18 am

If you back down the ramp and your trailer starts to float, the first thing you should check is your trailer straps. They may still be attached. Or you possibly mistakenly used Gorilla Glue as bunk lube.
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Postby jfair32 » Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:35 am

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Postby Swerve » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:26 pm

Swerve Tips
1- Always check your boat will start before getting to the ramp
2- When stopping for a short stop in some shallow sand, drop your skeg for a quick anchor, I minimize this as paranoid about damaging the skeg, but handy in still water
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Postby youmansjason01 » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:15 pm

If you frequently pull your boat up on a sandbar or any other shallow area (less than a couple of feet deep), buy a screw in dog anchor to secure your boat with. You can find these at your local Wal-Mart or Pet Smart for around $5. They work great and are super cheap. I have 2 of them now and use one off the port side and one off starboard to help secure the boat while beached at the local sand bar.

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Postby Swerve » Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:16 pm

youmansjason01 wrote:If you frequently pull your boat up on a sandbar or any other shallow area (less than a couple of feet deep), buy a screw in dog anchor to secure your boat with. You can find these at your local Wal-Mart or Pet Smart for around $5. They work great and are super cheap. I have 2 of them now and use one off the port side and one off starboard to help secure the boat while beached at the local sand bar.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/46529220?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227034048226&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=88147283448&wl4=pla-122345628768&wl5=9011015&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=46529220&wl13=&veh=sem


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Postby buyfire » Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:11 am

Swerve wrote:Swerve Tips
1- Always check your boat will start before getting to the ramp
2- When stopping for a short stop in some shallow sand, drop your skeg for a quick anchor, I minimize this as paranoid about damaging the skeg, but handy in still water



2- Just make sure to raise your drive before you start your engine. You wouldn't want to suck any sand into the lower water pickup. I'm not sure an Alpha drive has this, but it could definitely be an issue on a Bravo. It may also put unnecessary stress on the gimbal if you're in a high wake area.
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