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  1. hawg

    17 hpx remodel

    I've owned a couple of these and I've found that you have to be very careful when tightening down the turnbuckle on the casting platform to prevent damaging the deck beneath the legs. There is a very fine line between "tight enough" and dinging the deck.
  2. hawg

    Moving back to FL. Miami or Jacksonville?

    Ryan, I moved to Miami 20 years ago from Pensacola. The water down here is unsurpassed by anything in the U.S.A. The fishing opportunities are nearly endless and you have one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world at your fingertips for diving and snorkeling. The weather is outstanding for boating year round, without the need for cold-water survival gear. And that concludes all the good things I have to say about Miami-Dade. Housing costs are among the highest in the country. A 4 bedroom home in a decent neighborhood will cost you $500,000+. The tri-county area is overcrowded and the situation grows worse by the day. The public transportation infrastructure is very nearly non-existent. The ONE-WAY commute time to work on the local roads is 40+ minutes for the average worker. The quality of the public schools ranges from tolerable to piss-poor, depending on which schools your children attend. The cost of housing is tied directly to the schools associated with a particular neighborhood. With private schools costing $16,000-$22000 per year per student, the premium you will have to pay for a house in a good school district will be closely aligned with the cost of sending your children to a private school. With your 3 children to put through school, private schools will get very expensive unless you happen to be Catholic and have access to their school system.The dominant language spoken by the locals is Spanish, followed by Creole, followed by English. This makes communication somewhat difficult but everyone seems to get by as best they can. Looking toward the future, unless your children speak fluent Spanish, they will be unable to find a job here in Miami. After graduating from college, my daughter and most of her friends, moved away from the area to find work. My daughter's lack of fluency in Spanish and Creole made her unemployable locally in her graduate field (Social Work). High local housing costs make it very difficult for a young single person to afford a safe place to live given the meager starting salaries which prevail in the area. There is an overabundance of cheap (off-the-books) labor, which keeps base pay rates at a 3rd world level. Subsequently, many of the young adults who chose to stay here are living in their parent's homes.
  3. hawg

    2007 2000V MAIN LIVE WELL

    Before you dig into your bilge, try a new fuse in your fuse block and check the security of the connections there.
  4. hawg

    RF 18 getting water in bilge

    Have you thoroughly checked the integrity of the hoses that are attached to these thru-hull fittings? Once the boat is in the water, even a hairline split in a hose or a loose clamp will allow a tremendous amount of water to leak into your bilge area.
  5. hawg

    Stains on caulking

    If you decide to replace the caulk, they make a "mildew resistant" 100% silicone caulk, which might lessen or prevent the problem going forward. I believe they have it at Home Depot.
  6. hawg

    TM power problems

    Check the existing wire gauge that you have installed against the chart provided by triplec. If your wire is undersized, it will heat up and trip the breaker, whether it's 60 amps or not. I WOULD NOT bypass the breaker while trouble-shooting. It may be the only thing protecting your boat from a catastrophic fire in the bilge.
  7. hawg

    Pathfinder 2200 TRS scratch

    Don't beat yourself up too bad. The only boats I know that have never had scratches are owned by people who never use them. If the scratch is all the way through the blue color, you're going to have to get some of the original color gel-coat to patch it. Your local Pathfinder dealer should be able to get it for you. Because gel-coat takes a special permit to ship, the shipping cost can be as much as the gelcoat itself. The repair is fairly simple to do, but it takes time and patience to prepare the surface, apply the gel coat patch and then sand and buff the gelcoat back to a high gloss. It also involves dealing with some pretty harsh chemicals. There are plenty of You Tube videos on the subject to give you an idea if it's something you want to tackle yourself. If not, your dealer (or another forum member) can likely steer you in the right direction.
  8. hawg

    Troll motor install / 2017 hpx v

    I've been reluctant to chime in on this thread. I've owned 2 HPXV's (2002 and 2004 model year). I've mounted trolling motors on the bow of each boat. I've never encountered any type of backing plate on either boat. Given the various footprints of the different brands of trolling motors, I'm not sure how the factory could put the backing plates in the "right" spot. Additionally, the motors can be mounted in various positions depending on the forward hatch layout/opening clearance, casting platform style and location, potential interference with navigation lights when stowed, etc. In my case, I ended up mounting the trolling motor pucks (Minn-Kota (s) ) with the two forward mounting bolts positioned through the overhanging lip of the bow. The two aft mounting bolts were positioned deep inside the forward storage locker. I used large fender washers as backing with nylock nuts to secure the bolts. You'll need long arms, patience and help from a ship-mate to reach those two bolts inside the forward storage locker. If using the MinnKota puck, you have very little room for error in the positioning. You can easily end up trying to drill a hole right through the top of the gunnell.Good luck.
  9. hawg

    4 blade suggestion for HPX S

    Naples Maverick, There seem to be numerous variables which might explain the lack of performance from the 4 blade prop. I recently had a mis-stamped prop sent to me by Power-Tech. Although the prop had the proper stamp on it, the diameter and pitch did not match the stamp. If other operators are getting vastly different numbers than you, you might want to check the prop to see if it's diameter and pitch are what they should be.
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    Battery suggestions

    I've been using Odyssey PC1200's. for the past 6 months on my 17HPXV. 1 for starting and 2 for the trolling motor. They're doing great so far. Also, the 3 of them fit inside the center console of the boat, which is a big plus for me. (I previously used Optima's, which were awesome, but I could only fit 2 in the console).
  11. hawg

    conversion from Bennett to Lenco ??? 1995 MA 17

    Before you commit to a change, call Bennett and tell them the problem you have. I'd be surprised if they don't take care of it to your satisfaction.
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    Rusting shift cables

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't the motor be running before you attempt to shift into forward or reverse?
  13. hawg

    Adding a Compass

    Whichever compass you choose, check to determine the effects of nearby electronics and ferrous metals on the accuracy of the compass, before you start drilling screw holes.
  14. hawg

    My stolen Pathfinder recovered

    I'm astounded that the insurance industry does't prevail upon lawmakers and local law enforcement to put an end to this.
  15. hawg

    Fuel Water Separator

    Mine are rigged between the water separator and the engine. Work fine.
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