Daily Giz Wiz 873: Sea Ray Sundancer 43

Episode 873 of the podcast

Sea Ray Sundancer 43
Subject: Review of Sea Ray Sundancer 43
Released:Wednesday 15 July 2009
Length:about 20 minutes
Download file:dgw0873.mp3 (9.1 MB)

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Short info

Steer in style via joystick with the Zeus 360° Control pod drive Sea Ray SunDancer 43.

Detailed information

Links: SeaRay   Mercury Marine   Cummins Mercruiser Diesel

The Axius and Zeus Propulsion Systems, designed respectively for twin sterndrive engines and twin inboards, use pod units that can operate independently of each other.  This offers much more efficient and accurate control of boat movements.  They are connected to a computer which gives you easy manoeuvrability of the boat with the simple use of a joystick.  Just move the joystick and the computer will work out which pod units to use for the desired movement.  You can move the boat sideways, or just spin the boat around - docking and piloting made easy.  The Skyhook button, with the help of a GPS, keeps the vessel on a fixed heading (particularly useful in a tight area) even in strong currents and windy conditions.

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Dick was invited to test the system at Chelsea Piers and had fun trying it out.  The Axius and Zeus can be found on selected models of Sea Ray boats, including the 350 Sundancer.  On some other models, they come as options.

Leo on Obama Watch

On Father's Day, Leo got what President Obama got, the same watch that President Obama has worn.  It says so on the back of the watch.  Obama's watch was given to him on his 46th birthday by the Secret Service agents responsible his security during his presidential campaign, available in the Secret Service employees' store.  It was made by Jorg Gray.  Read about it on the site onthedash.  Jorg Gray has now released a commemorative edition of the watch, available here.

4th July Fireworks

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival, Macy's fireworks were moved to the Hudson River and so, much closer to Dick's boat, which he could watch without a TV.  But what's the fun of doing that?

A Gadget for Sign Language Users

Barbara Schneider from Sebastopol, California, has restricted shoulder movements.  When she heard about the Dynaflex Powerball Gyroscope (Episode 832), she checked out one of the videos and was surprised to see her former American sign language teacher, whom she had not seen for 15 years, discussing the advantages of the gadget for sign language users.

From the TWiT Cottage to Gizneyland

Barbara lives in Leo's neck of the woods and has sat in on one of Leo's shows.  The first time she visited the TWiT Cottage was when she went for a group meeting upstairs from Leo and stumbled upon him.  She will be staying with her brother in New York City in the last 2 weeks of July and has requested a visit to Dick's Gadget Warehouse, or a live taping of the Daily Giz Wiz at Gizneyland.

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Salad

A crime wave has hit Petaluma?  Leo put a salad in the fridge near the door one weekend.  When he returned at noon, the salad had gone.  Nothing else went missing.  Maybe it was Barbara.  Maybe Barbara is a stalker.  Dane Golden however is convinced that Leo has misplaced it.  If anyone detects the smell of rotting cucumbers, spinach, mushroom, artichoke hearts, beets, etc, report to Leo.

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