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  1. 5 points
    Regardless of who's cup of tea it is or isn't, as you mention Capt. Troy, there's a lot of great info here! I designed and built a 900 h.p small block Chevy for a car that came from the factory with a 150 h.p. and 190 lb. ft. of torque. It was reliable and I drove it daily. Even had a/c and cruise control. I'm not saying I kept the stock transmission, drive shaft, rear end, etc. in it. I built my first maximum effort small block Chevy at age 12, before that I washed parts, lubed bearings, installed lifters or any other small, odd job my dad would allow me to do. He was a professional drag racer and mechanic when I was a kid. I was at home in the pit of the NHRA, with old timers such as Don Garlits, Arnie Beswick (dads close friend), Don Nicholson, Shirley Muldowney, and many more. After that, he worked as a diesel mechanic; this is why I have a hard time blurring the lines with gas and diesel engines. I know both better than most, and have built hundreds of one and thousands of the other. I even pulled a stint at Caterpillar, in their engine dept. for a short period of time. My dad, in his early life, was a machinist at Caterpillar, in Illinois, his bothers too. My uncle went on to own and run his own machine shop (I apprenticed in as a teenager) until his passing in 2000. I've built single cylinder Wisconsin engines for mini pulling tractors (standard garden tractor) on up to 2500-3000 h.p. blown, nitro engines and just about everything in between. I currently work in, no surprise, a manufacturing facility with a full machine shop, but a completely different (more stable/promising) industry. While it doesn't satisfy my urge to build engines, it does satisfy my desire to engineer, produce and make cool stuff. So this seemingly simple (I know it isn't, Simon) tune doesn't concern me in the least. I understand the parameters being changed and what the end result is. Prior to Simon joining this forum, and giving a much more detailed explanation than I ever would have, we communicated via email for a week or so. Simon gave me the graphs, charts, and data I needed to see before I even posted this thread. If I thought it was garbage, I wouldn't have subjected anyone here with mis-information or 'hack' tunes. Once I noticed some interest in his product, I invited Simon here to see the message I had conveyed and he offered to elaborate. I'm glad he did! So, if it's your thing or not, I think anyone interested can extrapolate the information they need to make an educated decision as to if this tune is an option for them or not. Me personally, I wouldn't mind seeing a few MPH more of cruise speed and if I gain 3-4 MPH on top, great! Truth is, just me and 20 gallons of fuel, and all my batteries can see 63 MPH...add a buddy, tackle, beverages and 20 more gallons of fuel, I'm down to 58-59. I'd simply like to be back at 63-64 when loaded. That's all. I see my same hull with a 300 can run around 65 MPH with gear, that's all I want. Do I need it? Nope....I also don't need a 23 HPS, but I have one. I appreciate everyone's participation in this thread and hope that those who got banned find their way back in time. Tight lines and be safe!
  2. 4 points
    lots to do this weekend.... having problems with the TM not running (or to me) at full speed. Took my Ulterra to Bob at Inshore Marine...he did a full check, opened the TM and swapped out the brushes, said it was a bit dirty...so, I know she is good to go... Checked the ProMariner and found it was not charging properly....it was sitting on "auto maintain"... As well, I decided to change the Perko Switch....as it didn't "feel right"... Charged the main cranking battery overnight on the portable charger and then changed out the promariner....(it last over 3 years)...so, I was "ok" with it. All in all, I did not properly connect the 1/2/all switch and then had a charger issue.... TM good so...full speed ahead... As well, cleaned up my girl from 1995....she's in pretty good shape if I say so....changed the plugs, new RACOR and she's ready to rock..... A few pics charging up the cranking battery..... Promariner replacement from West Marine....a few dollars extra and 3 yr warranty goodie box New...... placing all the stuff in the right places....keeping stuff buffed and clean.... My 23 year old hot babe :).....she's like new....gotta love the old 2 smokers... neat and clean....ready to go Let's go feeeeshing Capt DonH
  3. 4 points
    Slam day with Dino, reds, trout, snook. Dirty, dirty water but we managed a few. This critter on s Backwater Muddler. dh
  4. 4 points
    Yes, there are issues. I have a 2000 MA with a delaminated stringer that, by all accounts (insurance adjuster, surveyor, plus multiple boat repair shops) is a manufacturing defect as well. I have a buddy with an MA, similar year, exact same issue. So yes, I think it is safe to say that the have had some quality control issues that are patterns. Every boat manufacturer will have some defects slip through. Some stand behind their products, some dont. Some try to help owners resolve the issue with information, some don't. My experience with Maverickhas been disappointing. I sure as hell didnt expect them to fix it or anything of the sort, and I never asked. I did try repeatedly to get information to help me figure out how to fix it - design info, etc. The minimal responses I got back weren't very helpful and there was no attempt made to get more details. But hey, I have an 18 year old boat, am the third owner. They owe me nothing. On the other hand, up until recently, I thought of MBC as a top of the line company. The combination of the defects and the lack of support have severely tarnished that reputation for me. Not bashing them, just relating my experience since you asked. I sincerely hope they read this and correct it. Support your owners and you build loyalty. Build loyalty, get more owners. Today, I am just some poor schmoe who has to buy used boats because I have 5 kids to put through college, but I will be buying a new boat in the future. I will consider an MBC boat, but if I it has a premium price, I would expect premium support . . . Even when I am not imminently purchasing. I pay a lot of attention to how companies treat people they dont think matter. . . It differentiates world class companies from the rest.
  5. 4 points
    Sunrise at Saint Simons Island...Father / Son trip....
  6. 3 points
    I'm all set now. Ended up with 3 batteries, a charger and a 24V Rhodan trolling motor. My thanks to everyone that responded. Just returned from Islamorada. Ran the boat back to Flamingo, boat ran like a champ. Glenn
  7. 3 points
    Had a stellar day with Capt. Kevin Cannon and my friend Bernie. Bernie had not caught a peacock bass until today when he landed his first, second, third, fourth,..... lost count.
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    Got a local detailer to do a mid year wax from the rub rail down. They do a great job!
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    Dale.... your doing it wrong.... take it to a shop tell them what to do, write check thank me later lol
  13. 3 points
    Certain posts have been deleted from this thread and one member has been banned! Everyone please be civil! This thread was initiated to provide technical information on performance enhancement! It is okay to discuss, agree, disagree, but no personal attacks or lack of civility will be tolerated. Thank you!! MOD2
  14. 3 points
    Finally getting around to posting some pictures! Thanks again whichwaysup for all the help.
  15. 2 points
    A buddy and I kept 8 trout on shrimp and plastic. We had a couple of nice ones, 23" and 20 ".
  16. 2 points
    I'm not saying that Ameritrail doesn't make a good trailer, but they have some faults. The marine plywood covered with carpet on the inside of the fenders is stupid. The wood and carpet hold salt water that drips down on the axles and brakes for hours after every dunking. Also, treated wood and aluminum don't mix. The treated wood reacts with the aluminum and pits the aluminum. I had large holes in my fenders where the treated wood and fenders were bolted together. I replaced the treated wood and carped with Starboard. When I bought my trailer in 2013, there was no option to isolate dissimilar metals or isolate treated wood from aluminum. I had to dissemble every connection where aluminum contacted treated wood (bunks) or galvanized metal and add rubber pads to isolate aluminum. There are trailer manufacturers that offer " isolation of dissimilar metals and treated wood". One option that I requested was a swing away tongue. There are specific ways to mount the winch and bumper stand regarding a swing tongue that that does not put unnecessary strain and torque on the hinge. Ameritrail mounted both stands in front of the hinge, which is wrong. Had to re-engineer that and move it myself. They make a good trailer, but for the money, I would not expect to have to work on or re-engineer a 1 year old trailer.
  17. 2 points
    My old Pathy is getting some SeaDek in the morning from Castaway Customs. I’m pretty excited and will post back after he’s finished. After getting quotes to refinish the nonskid this is the route I took.
  18. 2 points
    Sorry to hear about the snag on the rebuild and even thinking of having to part ways with it after all you have been through with the boat. You kids are very lucky to have a father willing to part ways with his dream boat. Now go tell your kids that the first one to get a full ride to college gets to have the boat when they get their degree! I just saved you $75k+ which should easily finish the boat and buy another when you have to give up the one you have now. You are welcome
  19. 2 points
    Second week of back to back to back jacks ! YOLO Go get some life ! 🇺🇸☠️
  20. 2 points
    Nice report Dave....I'll send you some "secret" spots for the outgoing in Choko dc
  21. 2 points
    Brakes are locked out by reverse light power. You need a 5 pin trailer light plug. It can be done manually, but it's a pain to do everytime you have to backup. Kodiak are they only way to go.
  22. 2 points
    It wont be flush mounted -- not even close to working. Instead, I found an interesting dash mount to use: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0164H9GYI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 My original goal was to use this mount to create a small 'shelf' upon which to install the gimbal bracket onto, somewhere in the middle of the console. But, the same mount can also be flipped, and placed on top of the console, allowing the gimbal mount to hold the unit a bit more horizontal. After trying both styles, I was surprised to like the top-mount more. Unfortunately, the rain cut me short, so I will have to finish tomorrow (I will provide photos at that time). All I got to today was covering up the old holes with a piece of 1/4" black starboard from boat outfitters. Photo below before I mounted it.
  23. 2 points
    Black and purple zonker. 16 # drum on 20# tippet.
  24. 2 points
    we had to work....all the wrong conditions.... Full moon west wind a blowing negative low followed by a 4 foot rise that got pushed in even faster with the west wind... But, we worked the day.... We got behind an island and found some bait moving with a few blow ups......the water was about 2 feet and there were a few oyster bars.. tide was coming in and I had just hooked my 2nd red....an undersolt...and just as I was bringing in the little guy, don says, "Hey, I think I need to change out to a shrimp fly this fly is for snook" And, bang....he was on...nice fight and of course, I did all the hard work....I took the pics and used the net to insure we got him on board the Master Angle performed as always, ate the west wind chop like budd-da !!....had a batter problem at the ramp...even though my charger indicated it fully charged...so, next week will be checking the electrical.... Great day.....thanks again don...next trip in a few weeks. i will clean up the pics you emailed and send them over dc
  25. 2 points
    Breeders have invaded Galveston so I put the kids on some bruisers. My daughter was completely self sufficient from baiting, fighting, and landing. Proud dad moment.
  26. 2 points
    Well the FWC followed up and spoke to the owner who had just sold the boat a week before. He was able to provide a name and address of the man who bought it. They went to the man property and confirmed that the boat was there. So they came back at 6:30am and met the man as he was heading out the door. At first he claimed that the dockhand pushed his boat into mine however after being shown the video he fessed up!
  27. 2 points
    today a 2018 used 17’ Maverick skiff with a 70 horse is that much. In 1998 a brand new 31 Open Contender with twin 250 ox66’s on a loadmaster trailer sold for the same price as the above mentioned used 17’ Maverick. Simply amazing!!
  28. 2 points
    Sold!!! Now I can start looking for a Pathfinder. Hurricane and Whichwaysup, thank you for the positive comments.
  29. 2 points
    2010 Family Boating Center Borrowed her for the boat show. Had a price tag of 67K as she sits at the show. One of the last few built. Since repowered with a 250 SHO
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  31. 2 points
    Can't we just say we're all sick of spending $13 for "processing" plus shipping to Daytona to utilize Costa's "no hassle lifetime warranty" and being without our $250 glasses for 3-4 weeks
  32. 2 points
    Welp, drove up to Tampa yesterday afternoon to take a look at a 21 MA and guess what... It magically hooked itsself up to my truck and followed me home Seriously though, im very happy with my purchase. Its a 2000 with a 2000 ox66 vmax 225. Came with a used-3-times Rocket aluminum double axle trailer too. It needs a little bit of work, but the engine is mechanically sound and it looks as if the stringers have already been done (current owner didnt know what PO did) The stringers go all the way back to knees on the transom, which wasnt factory if I have read correctly. The work it needs - Trim tab actuators are dead, and I cant for the life of me figure out how to get the pin from the top of the actuator out to replace them... Needs rewired nav lights, bilge pump, livewell pumps. Will need new batteries in the near future, current ones are going on 5 years old I believe. Opinions on AGM vs lead? Prop needs to be reworked - or repropped... Havent been able to trim out at WOT due to the trim tabs being stuck down, but I believe this prop will do for the time being. What are some of your favorite things youve added to your MA's? IMG_0626.HEIC
  33. 2 points
    Sunset while towing in a Pathy ! They are definately better , on the water . 🇺🇸☠️
  34. 2 points
    I like the tennis balls on the bracket. I'm sure the boat cover loves them too!
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    Ever hear the story of the guy who got stuck in the front hatch of his pathfinder? I was looking to get my trolling motor wires from the console forward. Stuck my head in and thought if I put my shoulders in I could have a good look around. Well I did then realized ther was no way to push myself up and out of the anchor locker. Thankfully my 9 year old was with me and called family for help.. my brother in law had to get my legs up and lift me straight up and out. Yes it gets brought up a few times a year for a laugh.
  37. 2 points
    Don't forget the straw! Hardly enough room to tilt the can up even in a Pathfinder console. Disclaimer....if you live in CA please forgive me for advising the use of a straw!
  38. 2 points
    Between this post and the Nizpro I know why your in law school. Target rich environment. Just kidding again and LOL. You will have nothing for me soon. Gonna supercharge my SHO on the Maverick. Gonna have Power Tech build me a OFX 30 pitch 5 blade ported and put cushioned seating in my live well. The heck with my passengers, just don't hurt my bait.
  39. 2 points
    I have never owned a Rolls but when I think of my Ameri Trail i brings to mind the football chant ....OVER,,,,RATED.....OVER,,,RATED!! i have owned magic tilts that held up better than my Ameri trail.
  40. 2 points
    Daylight in South Georgia....
  41. 2 points
    Which one do you have? Does it have a hydrostatic release or a salt pill? The pills will deteriorate and inflate with rain or moisture. The hydrostatics need routine maintenance. Keep extra CO2 cartridges and/or salt tablets if needed. Keep them in sealed, dry places. Also I’m sure you know this but I’m going to put it out there for those that don’t. That Type V does NOT count as a PFD unless it’s being worn. If you have 3 inflatables and 3 people on board, all MUST be wearing them to be in compliance.
  42. 2 points
    My 1999 21’ MA etec 225HO 2016 Oh and a pic of my little boat
  43. 2 points
    My 2003 MA17 that I bought this weekend...
  44. 2 points
    Master Angler 21 New windshield rail . # AIMWELDING
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  46. 1 point
    Riding shotgun across Rodgers River Bay in the Glades last week....
  47. 1 point
    Thanks FMB it’s an awesome boat. Traveling for work to much it’s a good and bad problem.
  48. 1 point
    😄 looking at some old pics and found that one. Good times. dh
  49. 1 point
    Sorry to hear about your buddy's stringer issue, tarpon41. It's disheartening but rest assured that all boat manufacturers have their issues. Some more than others. Getting quality support out of an auto, rv, camper, boat manufacturer, etc on a product that's out of warranty happens very rarely to my knowledge. In my experience I can tell you that anyone with a boat or yacht that is 15+ years old & out of warranty that goes back to the manufacturer to ask for help will be at least slightly letdown. Adding up the age of the boat plus abandoned methods of construction plus support staff that weren't around when a specific vessel was being built will yield a person in whichwaysup position with minimal help. I've seen it with more than 20 different manufacturers. Opening a "can of worms" on used vessels that have had multiple owners is something they want to avoid. Over the years I've had several clients go back to multiple manufacturers with structural issues on vessels that are out of warranty and none received much support. I'm actually dealing with a client right now that has structural issues on a skiff that is made by one of MBC's competitors. The skiff is about 90 days out of warranty and the manufacturer has offered to fix the issue at a premium cost but they aren't sharing info to help another repairer with the fix. It's unfortunate but definitely not out of the norm. I'd definitely buy a new MBC product again. They gave me top of the line support on minor issues after I took delivery of my 18HPX back in 2011. It was under warranty and they made things right. If I had a structural issue with my boat today I would have a reputable repairer fix the problem and wouldn't expect anything out of MBC but maybe that's because I'm more familiar with the process than most. Sorry you guys are dealing with this cr*p. All of us want to enjoy our boats and not have to worry about structural issues!!
  50. 1 point
    Be careful guys when running in the early and dark hours. Very Unfortunate - pics taken by Capt Goodwine of Blackneck Charters. 1 TAMPA, Florida – One person died and another person was seriously injured Saturday in a boat crash near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Man killed in boat crash near Sunshine Skyway Bridge Woman injured in crash, listed in serious condition Boat collided with a range marker piling The crash happened in the Tampa Bay shipping channel at about 4 a.m. Michael Anderson, 53, and Cheryl Lorio, 50, were on board the boat when it collided with a range marker piling. Both people were taken to Bayfront Hospital in St. Petersburg for treatment. Anderson died from his injuries, according to FWC. Lorio, at last check, is listed in serious condition. Authorities are working to have the boat removed from the piling. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation. Skyway Bridge By Spectrum News Staff | October 13, 2018 @5:13 PM TAMPA, Florida – One person died and another person was seriously injured Saturday in a boat crash near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Man killed in boat crash near Sunshine Skyway Bridge Woman injured in crash, listed in serious condition Boat collided with a range marker piling The crash happened in the Tampa Bay shipping channel at about 4 a.m. Michael Anderson, 53, and Cheryl Lorio, 50, were on board the boat when it collided with a range marker piling. Both people were taken to Bayfront Hospital in St. Petersburg for treatment. Anderson died from his injuries, according to FWC. Lorio, at last check, is listed in serious condition. Authorities are working to have the boat removed from the piling. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investiga By Spectrum News Staff | October 13, 2018 @5:13 PM TAMPA, Florida – One person died and another person was seriously injured Saturday in a boat crash near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Man killed in boat crash near Sunshine Skyway Bridge Woman injured in crash, listed in serious condition Boat collided with a range marker piling The crash happened in the Tampa Bay shipping channel at about 4 a.m. Michael Anderson, 53, and Cheryl Lorio, 50, were on board the boat when it collided with a range marker piling. Both people were taken to Bayfront Hospital in St. Petersburg for treatment. Anderson died from his injuries, according to FWC. Lorio, at last check, is listed in serious condition. Authorities are working to have the boat removed from the piling. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investi
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