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  1. The boat is tight up against the back wall of the garage right now so I can't tilt it up to measure. I'm going to pull the boat out and wash it tomorrow. I'll post the measurement then.
  2. NMEA cable run

    NMEA 2K networking is new to me and I'm just getting started. I have a Yamaha Command Link hub in my console sending all engine info to the 6YC Information Station on the dash. I would like to connect the Yamaha hub to a N2K backbone, to display all info on my Lowrance HDS. Does anyone know if the BOE "Yamaha Command Link to NMEA2000 Adapter Cable - W/Existing NMEA2000 Network" for $119.00, connects the N2K network to the 4-pin "Device" port on the Yamaha hub? If so, it looks like it would do the same thing that the Yamaha "COMMAND LINK PLUS AND COMMAND LINK N2K GATEWAY KIT WITH PIGTAIL WIRE & N2K HARNESS MAR-GTWAY-KT-10", which costs $357.50 Also, are the Device ports on the Yamaha Command Link hub powered? Should I be concerned about 12v DC voltage coming from the Yamaha hub since the N2K network is already powered? Thanks
  3. Re-power my 2006 Redfisher 16 ( with pics now)

    I use The Wedge, but I have confidence that my transom can handle it. There are still days when I tow the boat on some rough roads, that I think about buying a transom saver-type for support from the trailer to the LU. Wish someone would make one that's more corrosion resistant. Most of the ones I've seen are made of pot metal, zinc steel, rivets, bare aluminum, etc. Hey! might be a good project for AIM Welding!
  4. 2003 16’ Redfisher repower

    Btw, Congrats on your decision to buy the 115 SHO! It's a great motor with plenty of power, yet sips fuel. 7 mpg is common at cruising speed. You won't be disappointed.
  5. 2003 16’ Redfisher repower

    You might ought to give that SCD4R17 prop a try before you dismiss it. Capt. Drew Cavanaugh uses that same prop, ported 5/16" on his Redfisher 16 with a Yamaha F115LB, and he posted a performance video on YouTube. Works for him: 2016 Yamaha 115LB Hewes Redfisher 16 Performance Run
  6. Power Tech Pro3 Propeller

    If that thing performs as good as it looks, it'll be a keeper for sure. Anxious to hear the test results. Good luck!
  7. 2003 16’ Redfisher repower

    One other thing to add... If a 90 HP motor is on the list of possibilities, the Suzuki 90 is the lightest in its class, and a favorite with many skinny water skiff fishermen. The New Yamy VF90 looks nice too - lighter weight than the previous model F90.
  8. 2003 16’ Redfisher repower

    For best power-to-weight ratio, the Yamaha 115 or Merc 115 would be best IMO. I have no complaints with my Yamaha VF115 SHO. Coming up on 100 hours with zero problems and running strong. I have also heard good reviews on the 4S Merc 115 Pro XS. It's a few pounds lighter than the Yamy. The Merc 115 is also available with the Command Thrust 2.38:1 gearcase if load carrying power and quicker hole-shot is preferred. There would be more larger-diameter Merc prop choices available too, with the CT gearcase. Motor in-stock availability would probably be the deciding factor for me, if repowering asap was important. I'm sure some Suzuki fans will be chiming in here soon as well. Zukes are nice too, but the 115 is heavier.
  9. Need jack plate help/advice

    Pictures of the harness sockets I used. These are the ones my diagram is based on.
  10. Need jack plate help/advice

    Thanks. I just uploaded a cleaner drawing.
  11. Need jack plate help/advice

    The picture of the wiring in my boat wouldn't help much (not as pretty as other wiring jobs I've seen on this board), but here it is. Also made a diagram matching the wire colors of the Atlas JP to the wire colors on the Temco harness socket. I'm going to cover the seam between my relay and socket with waterproof electrical tape. All other connections are sealed with heat shrink or dielectric gel.
  12. Need jack plate help/advice

    The alternative worked out well. One of the Atlas JP relays was faulty. To repair it, you can buy a whole new JP wiring harness for $160 + shipping, which includes two relays (glued/sealed into a plastic box with the wire connections soldered to a PCB), and all new wiring to replace everything up to the switch on the console. I did not want to be locked in to that solution every time a relay fails. After disassembling the paired relay box to document the wiring sequence, I found some good quality relays (Temco) with matching female harness plugs on Ebay. A set of four relays with matching harness was $13.50 including shipping. I installed two on my existing wiring and have two left for spares to keep on the boat. Now, if a relay fails, it can be easily swapped out in 2 minutes on the water instead of the many hours it takes to replace the whole harness at home. The Ebay listing is here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-LOT-TEMCo-12-V-60-80-Amp-Bosch-Style-S-Relay-with-Harness-Socket-Automotive/371393151219?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Here are some pics of the relay, harness and the Atlas wiring color sequence. I just matched the Atlas wire colors to the corresponding wires on the harness and used heat shrink butt connectors and AlumiConn 3-port connectors (awesome product - get at Lowes) to tie everything together. Hope this helps.
  13. Trailer brakes advice needed

    Thanks for the help guys! The reverse lock-out feature is exactly what I need. Kodiak in all-stainless sounds like the way to go. Great info!!
  14. Trailer brakes advice needed

    Another question: My driveway is on a steep slope and I back the boat uphill to the garage. I just realized I will be fighting the surge brakes when backing up (and leaving). Can the boat trailer brakes be turned off temporarily for this? Or should I not be concerned? Thanks.
  15. Trailer brakes advice needed

    I've been towing my boat with a Chevy Tahoe with no problem. Now, I want to tow the boat with a mid-size SUV that is only rated to tow the weight of my boat, motor, and single axle Ameratrail trailer if the trailer has brakes. I have not installed trailer brakes before. I'm guessing hydraulic surge disc brakes is the way to go. Need advice and brand name recommendations. Corrosion resistance is important of course. Thanks in advance for any help.
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