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About NCTribute

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    Pathfinder Owner
  • Birthday 10/28/1959


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    Proud owner of 7 patents, 8th on the way<br />Georgia Dawgs fan
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    Archery, Fishing
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    Oriental, NC
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  1. Stripping Bucket

    Been using the lawn version of those collapsing bins with same weight system for about 7 years. The lawn version has a hard plastic bottom.
  2. Back rest repair advise

    Wondering if you will have to cut the cushion to get to the bolt head, the threaded portion I believe is in the tube flange and sure looks like it has red Loctite on it. I would contact the factory, that could be a real issue if it gives out under way. Might just be removing the metal strip on the back of the cushion will get to the bolt head, after a second look?
  3. 2018 Pathfinder 23 HPS

    The Pathfinder site has a “build yours” button, which will be the MSRP for the configuration you want.
  4. Nizpro Tune // 250 SHO

    Question I have is if you buy the the $1400 tuner, can you tune to 200, 225, 250, 300 and 323 hp? What I read was you can tune to 323 hp and it saves the original tune and then you can reinstall the original tune. But are other hp tunes already on the tuner, other than 323 hp?
  5. Nizpro Tune // 250 SHO

    Think that he explained earlier that tuning to 323 hp is not a huge gain, since the engines are already tuned to 300 hp by the OEM. They are just giving you the option of buying a 200hp engine and re-tuning to a higher hp. I have worked closely with several diesel engine manufacturers, both internally and externally. It is common knowledge that engines are sold on power rating, so higher power ratings command more money, even though the engine supplier cost is the same. Part of this is obviously marketing, but there is some method to the madness. Warranty costs on the higher power engines can be higher, so a higher price supports this. The other is that the lower rated engines are essentially subsidized by the higher rated engines, helping them be more competitive in their power range. So they are not ripping you off, just pricing them to support their business plan. The reason the manufacturers will not honor third party tunes is that they are outside of their control and it screws up their marketing plan and associated profitability.
  6. Hard Water Mineral Residue on Chart Plotter Screen

    I would try vinegar, might want to ask Garmin or research first how vinegar reacts with plastics. Biggest concern might be scratching when trying to wipe the residue off.
  7. Boat Covers

    Carver covers have worked well for me, sunbrella is more expensive but pays for itself in the long run. I get the lightest color possible, had a light grey cover, now have a white one (natural) and can definitely tell the difference in how hot it gets. Not sure why people get dark colors, but to each their own. Carver customer service is also very good, they have treated me well. Several retailers discount and run sales events, if you do not have an immediate need wait for the sales.
  8. Trailer fail

    Polliwog, exactly what I was thinking, the torque on the wheel is only rolling resistance. Even if it locked up the tire would show signs of being dragged. Sounds more like the lugs were either brittle (thru hardened) or were over torqued (Neanderthal torque wrench - More is better).
  9. If it is a Blue Seas m series 6011 with a red plastic back, they are junk. It will crack and fail, mine did. Contact Blue Seas, they will send you a new one for free. The new ones have a black plastic back.
  10. Expired Flares

    Maybe try contacting the manufacturer, see what they recommend. Found this, https://gatewaysafetyflare.com/faq-items/how-do-you-dispose-of-unused-old-expired-flares/ Not much different than what you have already done.
  11. PFD Re-arming cartridge

    Even high humidity over time will set them off. So best not to store them in a confined space. Ask me how I know this.
  12. 08 2200TE Nav Lights LED upgrade Question

    These seem to be close to exact replacement. Perko is hot and cold on quality and reliability, but these look to be pretty solid. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/perko--side-mount-led-navigation-lights--2099091?recordNum=7
  13. Cobia 21 Bay - Feedback

    I had the 19Bay, was a great boat, really wish I just repowered from a 115 to a 150 instead of going to the 2200. Think the materials and less features are the biggest difference. The Cobia boats are heavier, but that can actually be a plus in choppy water. The 21 will do everything you need it to do and would not have any quality concerns.
  14. All new Pathfinder 2005

    There are things I like about the design (overall package, narrow console, lots of features) and some things that am not too thrilled about (rear deck, probably the price). But think until I get a chance to see it in person is difficult to really have an opinion. Hoping it is a really nice, probably will want a smaller boat in about 5 years as age makes a larger boat not so fun to deal with.
  15. NEW red tide and water condition report

    The USA internally has some of the highest priced sugar in the world, because a minimum price is set by the gov’t. So would think that big sugar is selling as much as possible in the US. But they are being subsidized by the consumers as it stands, by artificially raising the price. This in affect allows them to export at lower prices, so if we just remove the minimum price locally the export price would go up. Most confectioners have moved out of the US, due to the high cost of sugar. Then you wonder why you see corn syrup sweeteners in so many products, but it has even uglier health consequences than sugar. We have met the enemy and it is us.