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  1. Have a look on Amazon. Here's some that seems to meet your requirements? With a few different colour combinations. I just used "folding boat seats" in the search bar. Many also offer free shipping. Here's a link Wise company seats Dan.
  2. Couldn't have been said better; Art!!!!! I understand that you're going South again next winter; but if by chance you're up here for whatever reason. Please do not go out with an operator ice fishing. My hut will (if things go as I hope) will be out on the ice. One phone call or PM here on the site and Ill be there. Sorry not just for you; I want/need any excuse to head back out to SImcoe and the fish hut. I have not met you yet; but that has to be remedied ASAP!!!! Dan.
  3. Last Xmas my son in-law gave me a 26 quart "Ozark trail" cooler. Never looked up the cost; but it has to be the best coolers I have ever used. Last summer it road on the back seat of my 50 Chevy (NO air conditioning) on the way up to Elk Lake. I had it filled with different cheeses, milk, butter and whatever else and a load of ice from the ice maker from the fridge. A 7 hour drive and a couple of hours before getting to unpacking this cooler. Hardly any of the ice had melted and everything in the cooler was still nice and cold. The only thing about this cooler, is its weight; empty it weighs approx 16Lbs. From where or whatever that weight comes from, it sure is doing its job. Last winter Ice fishing we put our pop/mix in the cooler to stop the cans from freezing, LOL Dan.
  4. Oh I know who you mean; I started going there back in the early 70s. Dick Donovan (Dan's dad) was in charge (owner) of Bear Creek Cottages then. Dan took over mid too late 80s or 90s; can't remember. He and his wife Ronda were great hosts; cottages were clean, well equipped and large enough to hold our group of 20 plus people. Huts were always preheated in the mornings; with lots of split wood to feed the stove. Bait was never an issue; Dan would stop in every couple of hours to check on us. The last time we went up, something changed; Ronda was nowhere as sociable as in the past. Dan only did what he had to; being very distant? Almost made us feel unwelcome? Was it financial problems or were they just burnt out looking after their guests? It sure was a shame to see and feel this from them; but crap happens. Hope things are well with them now. I haven't been back since the new owners took over; but from what I've read; sounds like Bear Creek Cottages are back and doing well? OP. That is a nice whitey your wife got. I'm still searching for my first. Fished less then 10 feet away from a buddy; using the same bait. He gets a decent whitey and I get a skunk? LOL Dan.
  5. Hey guys if you haven't realized yet; getting old ain't for sissies. Do what you enjoy, don't over do the enjoyment and know when to stop and take a break, What does Spock say "live long and prosper". Your retirement house looks amazing. Thanks for taking us along on this ride of yours. Dan.
  6. I pretty sure the new breed of truck drivers we see driving these rigs, are all "legally" licensed and "trained". It's just their interpretation of a snow storm that confuses them; you see things don't get slippery in a sand storm. Dan.
  7. If you find a house boat; you may want to think about having a small tinny to pull behind the house. If the rest of the family wants to anchor for the night or want to sleep in in the morning; your not stuck there with them. Jump in the tinny and go fishing or exploring. If the house boat's motor gives you troubles; use the tinny to get the house back to shore for safe anchorage. On windy days; you've got your own tugboat to get you where you want to be. My brother an another couple rented a house boat, for a 2 week vacation. He said he would have gone stir crazy; without having the tag along boat. Dan.
  8. I've had a food saver for many years and have never regretted buy it. I take the thing with us on fishing trips (as long as we have hydro) and package our take home fish with it. Partially freeze the fillets on a flat surface (dish drainer); once stiff to the touch, place them side by side in a vacuum bag and seal them. Perfect if you're stopped for an inspection; both sides of the fillet are visible. Why freeze the fillets;; so the the vacuuming doesn't squash them and the liquid in the fish doesn't get sucked into the machine. As for sealing liquids, it can be done very easily. I elevate the machine off the counter, by 4 or 5 inches; a shoe box works. Fill a bag 3/4 full, set the bag on the counter, put the open end in the machine and lock the lid. Push the vac button and just as the last bit of air is gone push the seal button. Saves a ton of room in the freezer; when you can stack the flat bags on a shelf. Other uses are almost endless; I have a complete change of cloths in the fish hut; sealed in a bag (11"X 12" X 2") oh yeah there also a bath towel in there to dry off; after that refreshing swim. LOL Potato chip bags, after taking out what you want, put the open end in the machine and push the seal button; nice air tight seal and the chips stay fresh. We don't use twist ties anymore on plastic bags; just pop the open end of any bag into the machine and reseal the bag. No more rock hard brown sugar or freezer burnt half bags of frozen vegetables. Yes the bags are not cheep to buy; but you don't have to always use the "FoodSaver" bags. Here's a place where you can get generic bags; that work just as good. Flex Pack Dan.
  9. When we spend a night before a trip, we always go to the Carlingview Hotel. Shuttle service and free parking during your trip away. the last time we went the cost of the room's package (shuttle and parking) was equal to or less then a week's parking alone. Carlingview Dan
  10. What a novel idea; who would of thought? A little respect and the art to gab can get you a lot farther then salt in the wine. Good for you Brian wish we all could follow along. Take a lesson readers; it really does work 75% of the time.The other 25% well lets just say their day is coming; one way or the other. Dan
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    When I hear an ice fishing report from you and what your opinion is on the ice conditions. That and seeing operators out; is my signal to haul big blue out there, to the perch grounds. I'm approx 2 1/2 hours away from Beverton and I kind of rely on some of the first hand reports that I get here. It's still my choice to head out on the ice, so i'm the only one to blame if I get into trouble. I Guess it's not what you listen to, it's who you listen to; that goes a long way to build my confidence; when going out for the first time of the season. Believe me I check with every operator as to when and where they have set up their huts. When I hear that they're confident pulling clients out there; I get the hut out shortly afterwards. Dan.
  12. The bolt has two jobs; on the way down it helps to keep the lid from opening. When the funnel is on the bottom and you lift up on the retrieval line; the funnel flips upside down and the weight of the bolt helps to pull the lid open. Dan.
  13. I've made a few of these chum funnels before. For the sake of scale, the bolts are 1/4 inch in size. The first one I made, I found the funnel in the kitchen cupboard; wife never did find out where it went. Dan.
  14. There's a lot of times the pan gasket is or looks reusable; but what the F%$* get a replacement. You're going through all this work and then taking a chance on a used used gasket? Hey look at this, the oil pressure is great; to bad it's now a butter ball turkey. Leaking enough oil to be self basting. Sorry. It's good to cut corners but only in the right places! Dan.
  15. Flat rate book pays 3 hours on a 4X4; so depending on the shop's rate and or other issues; as in seized differential mounting bolts or bad U or CV joints, could all add to the cost? The oil pan gasket is around a 100 bucks; the pick up tube seal is about 6 bucks, then an oil filter and fresh oil; add another 40. I'm also going to say that this seal change is not a guarantee; you've got a 50/50 chance that it is the actual problem? So I guess I'm saying throw the dice and hope like hell you don't roll snake eyes? Dan.
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