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  1. You almost have to laugh at, say, NYC banning new gas hookups. What are they going to burn to produce all the extra juice needed which the grid can't handle?
  2. Cant answer specifics, but family has a 175 etech, possibly that year, on a 20' Grady overnighter. The camp is shared by 4 families; the boat gets the chit run out of it and no one seems to want to do maintenance. That said, that engine has been awesome, knock on wood zero issues to date, and it gets its fair share of hours. I wouldn't be at all afraid of an etech. Parts are still readily available/being manufactured from what I understand, not that we've needed them. Bomb ran a much tighter QC than OMC it seems.
  3. Whats the purpose of the blue masking tape? Question for you as you seem to do a lot of floors: I have a screened in porch. Wife pulled up the astroturf when we bought the house, plywood underneath. Tired of having to paint it every spring as it chips and stains from pollen and whatnot - it does get wet w minor pooling. Have you (or anyone else) run across a floating floor that can go down outdoors? I know they make interlocking 'tiles' - wife not so hot on those, would prefer a more traditional floor if it exists. I think due to expansion/contraction my options are limited. I did find one recently...I didn't save url and damn if I can find it again!!
  4. California is mandating electric semi trucks starting Jan 1 2024. How long till they ban the existing diesel burners? What will it do to the supply chain? Logistics companies are scrambling to meet California’s upcoming Jan. 1, 2024 mandate that all new trucks purchased for servicing ports, rail yards, and distribution centers in the state be zero-emission vehicles, with experts questioning limited access to charging stations and the viability of switching from diesel to electric fleets. Availability of electric semi-trucks is a concern, as is the price of the vehicles, the number of miles they can go on a charge, and the cost of maintenance and replacement parts, all of which currently remain unknown variables, according to industry experts. “We need to know all of these things in order to plan,” Nelson Sibrian—owner of Sibrian Trucking based in Wilmington, California—told The Epoch Times. “If we don’t know the actual range, it makes it impossible to schedule, and they can’t give me a straight answer on how long [trucks] will take to charge.” Charging is problematic on several fronts, as trucks require special charging stations, and with limited infrastructure at and near ports, experts say the frequent need to recharge, and the wait times expected with more trucks than charging ports, add to the time and cost of operation. Traditionally, maintenance accounts for the majority of expenditures with diesel trucks, and the lack of information regarding similar requirements for electric vehicles presents unique challenges for logistics companies, according to experts. Some say they’ve heard costs could be tenfold for electric as compared to diesel trucks. “Nobody has real numbers when we ask for details about maintenance and replacement costs,” Sibrian said. “With diesel, we know our cost per day to maintain the vehicle.” Entry Price Substantially Higher for Electric Vehicles The price of most electric semi-trucks is approximately $500,000, based on listings for new models, and Tesla is seeking to gain market share by undercutting the price, with models ranging from $180,000 and up. Availability is considerably different between electric and diesel. Fleet owners have their choice of manufacturers for traditional trucks, while extremely limited production has electric counterparts on backorder in many instances. “Even if I had the $500,000 to buy a new electric truck, there aren’t any for sale,” John Williams, a trucking professional servicing Oakland ports, told The Epoch Times. With 10,000 drayage trucks—those that access ports and railyards—reportedly replaced on average each year, the newly imposed mandate will create demand that manufacturers will be unable to supply, based on current production standards, according to trucking company owners. Distributors additionally say only a handful of trucks are available at a time, with supply substantially trailing demand. Efforts are underway to increase production at facilities in Southern California and Nevada, but transportation professionals expect difficulty buying or leasing the trucks by the time the laws take effect. “This is a bigger problem than people realize because we’re being forced to do something that is literally impossible,” Williams said. “There are not enough trucks, not enough charging stations, and not enough information that we can rely on.” Weight and Range Limitations Could Impact Profitability Industry experts say the estimated 10,000-pound battery pack installed in Tesla trucks is also potentially an issue because replacements would be difficult and costly and lead to less cargo being carried due to laws pertaining to weight limits. They additionally report no success when requesting details from the manufacturer regarding specifics. Tesla did not respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment on deadline. Weight of the vehicles is another concern, as the battery packages powering electric trucks cause them to weigh substantially more than standard trucks, and laws regulating weight limits on roads means a heavier truck can carry less cargo, hence less profit for the carrier, according to transportation experts. “Packing a truck is how we make money,” Williams said. “If we’re limited by how much cargo we can carry and how far we can carry it, we can’t possibly be as efficient as we are today.” Range presents another significant obstacle, as diesel trucks can run more than 1,000 miles before refueling, while the best electric semis currently can go 300 miles or less, with the majority currently operating in California lasting only 100 miles or fewer on average, according to experts. PepsiCo purchased the first Tesla semis last December, with several reports of breakdowns near its Modesto distribution center early this year. Tesla additionally issued a voluntary recall of its semis in April due to a problem with the electronic parking brake valve, but it is unclear if the breakdowns are related to the recall. Reliability is also a factor affecting owners’ hesitancy to switch to electric, with questions remaining about the long-term effectiveness of the power systems, according to experts. Fires are another significant problem worrying operators, with several truckers telling The Epoch Times that the size of the lithium batteries installed in the big rigs will present public safety issues if and when fires occur.
  5. Deep thoughts.... But white claw for the win, still, I think
  6. The CnR of sharks? If so, face probably should be blurred
  7. Yeah, but how does she make it to the mall without a snorkel?
  8. Yep, thats why correct propping is so crucial on a two stroke...overprop and bog her down and you are apt to burn a hole in a piston
  9. Yep. Its a longer carbon string. I didn't argue, I think fresh fuel is more important than the type to add when fuel is suspect. Outboards, at least two strokes (yes, still running HPDIs) have low compression so anything other than 87 is a waste. Vrods with blowers on the other hand.....I assume they're packing a much different compression ratio than mine
  10. Tigers are nothing to mess with Some years ago, we were tuna fishing on the hook about 50 off. Hooked a real one, a demon fish that ran up under the boat, dumping line fast. Got off the ball but neighbor managed to wrap the rode in a wheel, so I cut it, tied it to the fighting chair cusion and tossed it, and off zig-zagging in reverse on one we went. Got the fish. Back on the hook, my buddy goes over with a knife. Not wanting to miss fishing time, I put lines in and start throwing chunks on him. Also to be a dick, why not? He wasn't happy, ultimately he's winded and comes in, over the side I go. Can see the chunks disappearing off to never never land, easy 100' vis. Buddy starts throwing chunks on me with a big grin. Line ultimately cleared after 10 or 15 more minutes, I'm back in the boat all of 15 seconds and a rod goes off. How deep I ask? Just putting it out he says, no more than 50' Turned out to be a massive tiger shark, easy 400# And I never saw it, not once, even though it was probably sizing me up the whole time. Things that make you go 'hmmm'
  11. makorider


    You havn't listened close enough. A faction of them are indeed calling for just that.
  12. build brand identification to be that of fags. Sure way to build market share.
  13. makorider


    Is it your contention that (we're assuming) this drought is caused by climate change? did droughts ever occur before the industrial revolution? Were there droughts in the area when it was one big glacier?
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