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alanfujii posted 02-25-2004 01:05 AM ET (US)   Profile for alanfujii   Send Email to alanfujii  
I picked up my Dauntless 160 today from Shocks. So far I just got the T-top and cover done. I'll get Dave from Seaside Electronics to start installing the fun stuff. Meanwhile I've taken some pictures and I hope figured out a way to display them. So here goes...

Hope this works

Marlin posted 02-25-2004 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Alan, lookin' good! If you can find a way to post some larger pictures, that'd be great. Maybe try Yahoo? It's not perfect, but it's free.


Perry posted 02-25-2004 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
Alan, can you e-mail me the pics?
Cole posted 02-25-2004 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cole  Send Email to Cole     
Does Shocks = Shock Boats in Newport Beach?
alanfujii posted 02-25-2004 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for alanfujii  Send Email to alanfujii     
Yes. Actually it's Schock Boats of Newport Beach, California. Good people.
Cole posted 02-25-2004 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cole  Send Email to Cole     
Yeah I should have caught the spelling error...I grew up riding my bike down to Schock to drool over the Whalers...that were bigger than my classic (blue interior) 13...dreaming of the day I would own an Outrage.

At any rate...I'm in Huntington Beach and it's nice to have another SoCal person here. We seem to be grossly out numbered by the NorCal and/or East Coast crowd. Not a problem, all good guys with great info to share. Congratulations on the new boat.

jimh posted 02-25-2004 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I saw those pictures--I was shocked, you might say. :-)
cmarques posted 02-25-2004 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Looks great!! Good luck


alanfujii posted 02-26-2004 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for alanfujii  Send Email to alanfujii     
Yeh Cole take a look at the Trips and Rendezvous, a guy named Morocco is trying to get a trip to Catalina arranged in the Summer. It would be good to get together and show this forum that there some "Whaler Power" in Southern California too.
Cole posted 02-26-2004 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cole  Send Email to Cole     
Oh good info...I'll take a look and perhaps see you this summer.
alanfujii posted 02-28-2004 01:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for alanfujii  Send Email to alanfujii     
Note: I took more detailed pictures of the T-top for anyone who is interested. Use the same url above.

I'm not sure if this is the best way to display pictures. I did check out Yahoo and it doesn't seem to be much better. If anyone has a better way I would like to know. The Ofoto site is fairly easy to use but it feels like I'm selling pictures.

Well, now thatís out of the way on to more important matters. I just had to take my new boat out today even though the weather wasn't exactly the best. We have been having a bit of a stormy late February here. It was clear this morning and it was forecasted to be a slight lull before the next storm comes in this weekend. The harbor water was a dirty brown with all the sediment that has been kicked up. There was also a fair amount of debris floating around which required some visual diligence. I follow the break-in procedures by varying the rpm's as much as I could and still stay below the 5 mile speed limit in the harbor. I filled up gas and proceeded out the channel. I could see from a distance the mouth of the channel and thought I saw what look like surf waves. It looked rough certainly rougher than anything I've been in. For some odd reason, I decided that I would venture out and circle the entrance buoy to the harbor. It's about 1000 feet out from the mouth of the channel. As I got out pass the opening I began to feel the swells lift the boat up and down. I increased the throttle to about 3000 and jumped on plane and proceeded in the trough towards the buoy. I really donít have any sense on how to judge the height of the waves but as I was going through the valley of water I could see the crest of the waves to be chest level. They werenít coming very fast and I could easily position myself where I wanted. But it started to dawn on me that maybe circling the buoy wasnít all that important. Well as I thought about turning around, the buoy popped up ahead of me so I turned the wheel and made a quick u-turn. As I was making the turn I saw a couple of large fishing boats hauling in towards the channel. I started to think that the people on these boats are probably thinking look at that guy in the small boat. Heís probably got freaked out and is making a mad dash back to safety. I began to think of my pride since I really canít explain that I actually did what I had intended. I figured that maybe Iíll turn up and motor around a ways and let them pass before I come in. Fortunately, my common sense or some other sense kicked in and I said myself, ďI am this guy in a small boat who is freaked out and making a mad dash back to safetyĒ. I didnít look up as the boats past me, maybe they could see the yellow streak down my back but at least Iím thinking, ďyeah but Iíll be around to live another dayĒ.

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