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    Lehi, Utah

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    Centurion Avalanche

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  1. Stabil in fuel?

    The grade of fuel that you buy does not make any difference to how fast it breaks down and goes bad if it has ethanol in it. This is one of the big myths about fuel. Most research shows you are just throwing away money if you are putting higher grade fuel in your car or boat above what the engine specifications call for.
  2. Hurricane vs Avalanche vs Elite

    The Avy is going to give you the most room. Be careful on the Typhoon. It is one foot bigger than the Avy....but the early 2000 models had the dreaded hull cut outs in the rear that are bad for the surf wave. I know I am outnumbered here...but I really liked the walk-thru on my 2003 Avy. I could still get a great surf wave on that side with the right sac configuration. And it was really convenient to fish out of that side. LOL Was that my out loud voice? Am I even allowed to say that four letter "F" word on this site. Admin please don't ban me! LMAO!
  3. Fishing on my boat? No problem! I even have a fishfinder mount hidden for when I really want to get serious. I have some old army canvas that I cut out to lay on the seats and floor and back engine compartments. Trying to figure out how to mount a bow mount electric trolling motor that is completely removable. But my boat is an 03 so she is not new. But I do take really good care of her. In all seriousness you can't really do much to hurt these boats by fishing in them. Be a little careful and clean up stuff and you are good to go. There is not much in there that a pressure washer would not clean right up. Now If i had a much newer surf boat I would probably not do this.
  4. 06 Avalanche C4 storm

    Have the motor, transmission, and V-drive checked out by a merc mechanic and engine compression tested. Spider cracking around tower and stress points is fairly normal in that age boat. Plan in your budget to upgrade to perfect pass (marriage saver) and full ballast system upgrade. The Avy is a great boat that throws a great surf wave with correct ballast system. Take her for a test drive and make sure she checks out well and is water worthy.
  5. Rhino, My 2003 Avy has the 2nd fuel tank. I did not do the conversion. I believe it was the previous owner or maybe even done at the factory. It looks like to me that they just converted the center ballast tank into a fuel tank. Added some fill hose and vent line, fuel line to the manual switch in the engine compartment, and then a sending unit to the dash. I have two fuel fills. Both of them on the starboard side. One just forward of the steering console. One about even with the seat backs of the rear seat. Inside the engine compartment there is a manual switch to choose front (34 gallon) or rear (30 gallon) tanks. At the helm I have a toggle switch on the switch panel which controls which fuel tank sending unit registers on the dash display. I hope that helps. I can send pics if it would help. I can't imagine having any other set up on my boat. 34 gallons is just not enough for a long day of boating and especially not at Lake Powell! I LOVE it! For normal single day boating trips I always make sure that both tanks are full for ballast reasons. I always use fuel out of the front tank first for ballast reasons. While gas doesn't weigh quite as much as H2O, I would rather have the fuel capacity any day. Good luck!
  6. Who is watching the ECLISPE ??

    We had 92% here in Salt Lake City. Pretty cool!
  7. This looks awesome! After 2 people slipped on my teak deck last week at Lake Powell I was thinking about doing this as well. I love what the color does. What did you do to prep the wood? Does it feel like it is going to stick really well? Also curious to see how well it holds up over the next year or so. Thanks for sharing!
  8. Enzo sacs

    Throw that 150# sac on the swim deck. Strap it to your grab bar back there. It does wonders. Just curious... are you surfing shallow water? Less than 10 feet? And tape up your surf side vent.
  9. Weird overheating issues

    Was there enough water in the bilge that the lowest pulley was touching water so the belt spinning was throwing water? That would cause the belt to slip on the water pump and maybe not circulate enough water to cool the engine. Did the bilge pump ever kick on and empty the bilge in between when it was overheating and when it was working fine? Make sure your bilge is dry and try again. If you still get water spraying you have a hole/leak somewhere.
  10. As a general rule lengthening out the wave will give it less push..... not more push....but more rideable real estate....if it has enough push to keep you going. Tall and big will give you tons of push. The challenge is to find the right blend of height and length and volume that still gives you plenty of push.
  11. Dang that blog has got a lot of mileage! At one point when it had a visitor counter it was over 20,000 visits! Cool!
  12. prop recommendation

    If you have the 1:1 transmission and you are going to sac it out to the rub rail....get the 911. Don't ask...just do it.
  13. help with details

    I also own an 03 Avy/Escalade. The Escalade and Avalanche are the exact same boat/hull. The totally stripped down model was just called the Escalade. I don't believe it came stock with a tower or any upgrade options. You could then hand pick options like a tower, stereo options, ballast tanks, perfect pass, carpet options, etc, etc. Or you could buy it with one of 3 "Storm" packages. Once you got one of the storm packages then it was then called an Avalanche. I can't remember the exact details of the Storm 1, Storm 2, and Storm 3 packages. But the storm 1 package got you a tower and some other things. But realize that you could have just added a tower to the Escalade stripped down package. I believe 2003 was the last year they called it the Escalade. After 2003 the lowest package option was the Avalanche Storm 1 package. You have the "Regular" Avalanche/Escalade that came stock with the starboard side walkthrough. the Avalanche/Escalade C4 did not have the walkthrough and had full wrap around seating. I believe after 2004 they did away with the walkthough and all of them came standard with the C4 wrap seating....so I believe they dropped the "C4" label and just called it the Avalanche. @Troy Yes you nailed it! And you could get it with 3 different storm level packages. Yes Kind of...it is both an Avy and a Escalade Model. No the Escalade option did not necessarily indicate that it had a walkthrough. All the Avy's/Escalades had the walkthrough except for the "C4" models. The walkthrough was the standard model. Yes on the storm package. Yes on the carpet I don't know what was the "standard" for the Escalade and different level storm packages. Mine was pretty stripped down and came with the following:L Tower, no stereo, no perfect pass, snap in carpet in main cabin and bow footwell, bow filler cushion, no ballast, and an extended range extra fuel tank (where the center ballast tank usually goes). It had the avalanche sticker on the side as well as the Escalade lettering on the back corner.
  14. Is your perfect pass GPS or paddlewheel? Usually if you wave is too short and tall you either need to speed up or put more weight in the bow.... or maybe both. You need to try and get 10.5 to 11.3 GPS verified speed and then start tweaking your ballast from there. I believe @surf moocher (Who has a 2007 Enzo 230) runs his Perfect Pass (non-GPS) at 12.0. We took a GPS out one day and he was running 10.7 GPS speed when his PP said 12.0. So verify your speed if you are not running Perfect Pass Stargazer. I would also bag the nauticurl shaper until you get your ballast and speed worked out... And then add the shaper to clean up your wave. But seriously an Enzo does not need a shaper....it is already a magical wave maker. But do things in order... 1. Speed correct 2. Ballast (Enough of it and in the correct spot) 3. Wave shaper Hope that helps.
  15. Membership Drive

    Since 2008. I feel like one of the veterans around here. My membership is on auto-pay. I don't get to hang out in this playground quite a much as I used too but still enjoy stopping by to give H2Oking and Volz a bad time. No better forum on the internet. Thanks Admin for all you do. Founding Father of the Utah Surf Mafia (USM)
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