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Beginning of Boating Season 2015

  After towing Summer Dreams from its winter storage location on May 8th, here is a picture a week later after waxing the bottom hull.  I’m quite pleased that I’m at Rideau Ferry Harbour as they allow you to work on your boat.  In fact the owner John helped me in parking Summer Dreams, placing her next to a power/water post so that I can wash her and charge up the batteries. Rideau Ferry Harbour is located just outside Smith…
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What’s connected on Summer Dreams? Part 4

If you haven’t read the previous posts in “What’s connected on Summer Dreams?”, here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.  In those posts, I outlined my installation of my radome, satdome, satellite radio, 3G router/wi-fi for Internet and voice line.  Follow on that installation, I installed a cockpit TV and did all the wiring to support the components.  In the case of the satdome, I had to wire the GPS to the ACU unit so that the satellite dish (in…
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What’s connected on Summer Dreams? Part 3

In the continuing saga of my electronics install, my attention turns to wiring.  If you haven’t read the previous posts in “What’s connected on Summer Dreams?”, here is Part 1 and Part 2.  While I had all the access holes opened up and my main panel disassembled, I began to install all the wiring and other electronics.  The first piece, which was the very first I purchased even before the radar is the Ericsson W35 router with cellular antenna.  Here’s the…
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What’s connected on Summer Dreams? Part 2

The following is part 2 of my series of posts on “What’s connected on Summer Dreams?”.  You can read part 1 here.  Of course, like part 1 this is a re-post from ClubSeaRay.com with some updates to make it more current and correct. Over the winter 2010, I received all the parts and began assembly. First up was dry fitting all the components, those being the ScanStrut mount, RD218, 33STV, light bar, and Sirius radio antenna. Here’s a picture of everything…
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What’s connected on Summer Dreams? Part 1

The following post is a re-post from ClubSeaRay.com with some updates to make it more current and correct. Of course, the best place to start is to describe what was the OEM electronics installed on my ’09 270DA.  To give a point of reference, the feature image above shows the stock helm for my boat (with all the options I got).  My 2009 270 Sundancer anniversary edition came with: Sony CDXH905IP Marine AM/FM/CD stereo with digital display remote and iPod connector….
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2015 Boating Season Begins; A Marine Radio Course and Commissioning Plans

I’ve officially kicked off my 2015 boating season by enrolling into the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron’s Marine Radio Course to obtain my Radio Operators Certificate (ROC-M).  Having your ROC-M was required by law for awhile but it it’s only recently that Industry Canada put more focus on it.  The most recent change is assigning the responsibility of administrating the course and exam to the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. Getting my ROC-M is just the start of my spring…
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How I Became a Sea Ray 270 Sundancer Owner… Done Deal

Finally, this story (links to the first, second, and third posts) is coming to a conclusion. However, it should be noted that this is not the end but really the beginning of a whole new story. Without dwelling on this further, Monday rolled around and “cough cough” I took the day off of work. Obviously, you can see where this is leading. The Sunday before I spent the afternoon pitching to my wife why we needed the 270 by presenting a cost…
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How I Became a Sea Ray 270 Sundancer Owner… The Good, Bad, & Ugly

So as the saga continues (do read the first and the second posts of the story).  My brother and family arrived soon after we got our 175 Sport.  For a period of a couple of weeks, the whole gang essentially lived out on the canal.  The good part of the Rideau Canal, besides the scenery, is that boating there is more slow and relaxed.  This is due to the fact that there are speed/power limitations since it is a canal. …
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