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The No Wake Zone / Baja signing off...
« on: April 05, 2010, 11:29:31 am »
Hey fellas, Well, I have court in two hours.   :banghead:  There's a good chance I might be missing the next four months (or so) of this boating season.   :banghead:  Wish me luck!

 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Yeah, basically I just feel like banging my head against a wall...

Cars / Automobiles For Sale / 01 Yukon XL, SCJB price
« on: March 31, 2010, 07:26:27 pm »
Well, selling my Yukon XL, it's been a good truck but need to go back to a pickup.  Here's the ad copied over from Craigslist...

2001 GMC Yukon XL. 106,500 ORIGINAL OWNER MILES. 4x4/AWD, 5.3 liter V-8, Auto/Overdrive transmission with tow/haul mode, SLT trim package, rear entry lift gate (not cargo doors), every single option minus rear captain's chairs. Sunroof, front and rear A/C, premium 10 speaker plus subwoofer CD sound system with rear headphone controls, 8 passenger third row seating, front heated power seats with memory settings, Onstar, cruise control, tow package, auto levelling suspension, running boards.

Originally purchased 07/01 from GMC truck center Oakland with the California Concepts package, including custom American Racing wheels, 285/75 R16 BFG A/T tires (current set has 80% tread life), stainless steel flowmaster exhaust, billet grill, torsion key leveled front suspension, removed body moldings and emblems.

Also added by aftermarket is a K&N polished cold air intake and filter, B&M transmission shift kit, and a 3:73 Eaton Posi-traction rear differential.

This truck has always been meticulously and professionally maintained. Taking it to proper places for oil changes every 3K miles, fluid changes per scheduled replacement, and any non scheduled maintenance or repairs has been performed at the dealership. It runs PERFECT, absolutely zero mechanical defects or flaws. It has been an excellent family vehicle, never letting us down. A few minor dings or scratches after 106K loved miles, interior has very minor wear but no rips, tears or burns.

Special SCJB price of $9,500 CASH OFFERS...  advertised on CL for $11k

Vehicle is available for viewing in Walnut Creek.

Give a call and talk to me about this truck. You will not be dissapointed!

Contact Ken via telephone or Email.

Central Valley / First trip of the season, Delta lunch run
« on: March 30, 2010, 12:17:09 pm »
So...  We had our first trip out on Sunday.   ;D  :thumbup:  :P

Weather was mid to high seventies.  Hardly any boats on the water.  After a little timing issue got sorted out, we ran the Mellow Yellow hard for about three hours.  Made a couple stops at the watering holes and raced the wind back to the marina...  We won!

I still have a shyt eating grin on my face from knowing it's the start of another great boating season.  Hope to meet some SCJB'rs this year, unlike last.

Windmill Cove

a drawbridge, one of hundreds

bundled up for the ride home

almost home

The end of a fantastic day

Central Valley / CA Delta, Memorial Day weekend
« on: May 23, 2009, 08:47:20 pm »
So...  Took the Southwind out for the first time today.  Went to the Delta, it's the closest to my house (bout 45 minutes to launch out of Discovery Bay).  Had a blast, just me and the fiance for our maiden voyage.   ;) 

Cruised around for 'bout an hour, anchored for a couple more hours and cruised again for a couple hours.  Had a blast!  Boat ran great, handled great, all in all it was the perfect day for the first day out...  Aside from all the wahoo wake barges and high dollar prop boats, the Delta was a zoo.  Good thing about it though, is you can always find flat water and always find a place to post up and not be bothered by other crowds.

Was going to be heading up to the boss' houseboat on New Melones for tomorrow and Monday, now we're thinking of just sticking to the Delta again for both days...  Have a buddy who just bought a '76 Hawaiian mini day, rebuilt the motor and wants to take it out for his first time tomorrow.  Two other jet boat "acquaintances" too who will also be out there, so Memorial Day weekend is off to a great start!

Here's some pics of her on the water, or should I say, her and her?

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / A few engine questions...
« on: May 10, 2009, 06:51:11 pm »
This may seem a bit novice but I'm only asking because I would like to educate myself.  You guys are such a good plethora of knowledge I know my questions will be answered here.  Thanks in advance.

First - What is the difference between a marine and non marine carburetor and intake manifold?  Also for a distributor.

Second - I heard of using spark plugs with a lower heat range due to the lower operating temperature of our motors...  Is there any truth to that?  Any recomendations on a good set of hi-po plugs to use?

Third - The Edelbrock carb on my boat has an electric choke and the previous owner did not have it connected.  Is this due to the lower operating temperature on our boats would have the choke always on?

Fourth - Any good threads going on all this kind of stuff already?  Point me in the right direction?  I did a search and rifled through the existing tech ones and nothing caught my eye.

Thanks again for the answers/suggestions/references.  You guys rock!

The No Wake Zone / There aint nothin like a good hard...
« on: May 07, 2009, 10:19:31 pm »
Has anybody ever heard this song before?  I know it's not themed like the "I'm on a boat" song but I had to share it.  Been on a big country kick lately and found this when doing a CA Delta search on YouTube the other day.  Hilarious!   :D :D :D

This is a 1999 GMC Sierra SLE, Stepside bed with the Z71 suspension package. It has some body damage but can be easily repaired. I have all the parts priced out and comes to a total of around $800. The truck has 156,000 miles and still runs very well. Just passed smog last week. Registration good through April of 2010.

Power steering, A/C, power doors and windows, cruise control, tow package, 5.3L V8, tinted sliding rear window, flowmaster exhaust, K&N air filter, good tread left on 285/75 R16 BFG mud terrains, rubber bed mat. New water pump and newer Auburn Posi-Traction differential (the only two things that have ever gone bad on this truck were the water pump and rear dif).

Has a clean title (no accidents on record). Kelley Blue Book LOW TRADE-IN VALUE IN THIS CONDITION (fair) is $5,995. With body repairs done you can have a "good condition" vehicle for much less than that. Was originally owned by my father, I am the second owner. Other than cosmetic damage it has always been regularly serviced and well maintained.

$4000.  No sucker punching low-ballers please!!  No trades.  Only reasonable offers considered.

Call Ken @ 510-301-3012 If I can't answer please leave a message and I'll call back A.S.A.P.

The No Wake Zone / Anchoring questions
« on: April 28, 2009, 05:58:48 pm »
A couple of questions for you guys:

What is the significance of using an anchor buoy?

Also, when using a spring line for anchoring and tying the back of your boat to the shore...  Is it best to use the spring line from the back of the boat to the shore?  I've also seen them used on the anchor line instead.

Suggestions appreciated.

Thanks, Ken

Boat Showcase / Another SOUTHWIND for the group!
« on: April 20, 2009, 08:39:46 pm »
Just got home from picking up my new float..    ;D ;D ;D

It's a 1980 Southwind Mini Day Cruiser (yet another one on the site), BBC 454, Berkeley (someone educate me on the model), pretty basic.  In nice shape for being nearly thirty years old.  Newer wood and carpet, the vinyl could use to be redone soon (maybe next winter).  Wet tested it at Black Butte Lake near Chico, it's a runner!  I'm stoked!

Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics, tried to take some digi's but my battery was dead   :banghead: :mad:  Will get some better quality pics up in the next day or two.

The No Wake Zone / Journeyman Carpenter for hire
« on: March 04, 2009, 06:39:32 pm »
Hello all!  I'm moving to Orange County (Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley) in late May/early June and am currently looking for new work.  The job market is not very strong right now, especially in job classifieds for my career field so I figured I'd put the word out any way I know how.  The best references always come from word of mouth anyway.  The reason for my move is my mother recently passed away and my sixteen year old sister needs a good and responsible guardian.  It is important to me that she finishes the rest of her high school without transition so I will be moving there instead.  So... With that said...

I am a journeyman level residential carpenter, well versed in all aspects of home construction.  Been in the business since a young teenager, minus a four year stint with the US Air Force (I'm 30yo now).  I am motivated, hard working, independent, loyal, highly skilled with good communication and learning abilities.  My experience includes new custom home construction (first rate, up to 10,000sq ft projects), existing full home remodels and additions, to kitchen or bath remodels.  Mostly rough framing and finish carpentry, but also know foundations, plumbing, electrical and everything in between.  Also have done some very beautiful and extensive deck work, including pool decks and elevated, multiple level decks.

If anyone knows of a good General Contractor looking for a good employee, please keep me in mind.  I would also be interested in cash/side jobs if anyone wants to remodel their kitchens or bathrooms.  Or if you want doors or windows replaced.  Perhaps new trim or crown molding without having to hire an expensive contractor to get the job done.

Resume, references and photo portfolio available upon request.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

Ken Hunter

The No Wake Zone / My introduction message
« on: February 15, 2009, 12:24:40 pm »
Hey all, nice to meet you.  I've been browsing this site for about two weeks now and finally decided to jump in the fun.  I dig your message boards and instantly get a good feeling of comraderie, and see a willingness to help others out.  Brad, you've got a good thing going here.  I'm looking forward to finding my new summer toy and moving to O.C. in May, hopefully will be making it to many SCJB events this summer and many more to come.

I'm Ken...

This is my fiancee, Erin...

We look forward to meeting you all!

Boat Showcase / '73 Kona Jet, looking for advice...
« on: February 14, 2009, 02:43:49 pm »
A friend of mine has owned this '73 Kona Jet with a berkeley pump, 468 olds (done right) for the past six years.  He's interested in selling it and I'm interested in buying it.  Would be my first jet boat and am looking for input from you experienced jetters on whether or not it's a good deal.  I'm a seasoned wrencher and grew up jet boating so know it's something I'm wanting to get into.  I live in the SF Bay right now but am moving to OC in June and want a new toy for the summer.  Please let me know what you all think, the more input the merrier.  Thanks!

'73 Kona jet, 468 olds with a 550 cam and 750 holley, keith black 10:1 flat top pistons, stainless big valve K heads, basset water cooled headers with CA legal baffles.  The motor was rebuilt in '03 and only has five trips on it since.  The berkeley pump was rebuilt at the same time, nothing too fancy (don't know the specs on it).  The fuel tank is in the bow on this boat, don't know if that's good or bad, never really seen that on other jets.  It sits on a single axle trailer.  He bought it in '03 for $6800 and will sell it to me for $4,000....

Someone tell me whether or not I should jump on this deal or not.  I appreciate your input.  ~Ken~

Boats For Sale / Here's a few more from SF Craigslist...
« on: February 14, 2009, 11:54:05 am »

Boats For Sale / '71 Kona Jet, 18', nice and clean
« on: February 14, 2009, 11:45:29 am »
How does the price for this boat seem?  Looks pretty clean and taken care of.

Boats For Sale / '78 Tahiti Jet
« on: February 14, 2009, 11:41:05 am »
This one doesn't seem that bad.  Like the add-ons.

Boats For Sale / '74 22' Kona Day
« on: February 14, 2009, 11:38:31 am »
I think this guy's asking a little too much.  What do you all think?

Boats For Sale / '73 Avenger Jet, fresh resto
« on: February 14, 2009, 11:35:18 am »
Hey all, I'm pulling a few adds from the SF Bay Area Craigslist, thought some of you might be interested at what's available up here in the bay.  Here's the first one...

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