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  • Birthday 07/02/1950


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    Power generation engineer
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    Aviation, fishing, wife, and grandkids
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    Orange Park and Homosassa FL
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    Mike Kilcoin

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  1. Thanks all! Now I find the rebates on EVOs ended 12/1........my costly mistake. I’ve already had a severe bottom burn and a L/U rebuild this year. Oh well, a lower unit saved is a penny earned. Unless someone has a better suggestion in the Homosassa/CR area, I’m going to have George Matt install it. Thanks for all the positive FMT references. Merry Christmas to everyone and your families!!! M
  2. Just as I hoped and wanted to hear!!!! Now I can’t wait to pull trigger. Glen told me if I bought the Evo from him, he would discount the chip. I can’t find any deals this year, so I will support him and his business. Thanks for the info, I hope to see you around the St Martin keys soon! M
  3. Guys, Merry Christmas to me! My wife says I can replace my 10 year old Garmin 3210. I have selected an Evo3, mainly for the FMT. We fish Homosassa and CR. I’ve talked to the FMT owner and asked him how the coverage is for our area.......”Outstanding” he said. I've never seen any images of our area, or ridden a boat using the chip. Has anyone on these forums used the FMT (real life) at Homosassa and surrounding area? I really would like your opinions of the effectiveness on finding safer routes with FMT around the islands, St Martin’s river, The Chassahowitzka WMA, etc. Thanks in advance!
  4. E-searider bean bags

    I do not right now. I will be able to take and send/post beginning of next week when we go to the place in Homosassa. I have a 22TE. You are right though. Storage is a small problem. After a long run, I nest the bags together and slide under the leaning post seat(where the big Yeti goes). That gets them out of the way.Then we fish. If I take the Yeti, it rides just fine in front of the forward cooler seat. They will not fit in a TE front storage compartment. If I had a T-top, that’s where they would go for fishing. My wife beat the drum initially for a pontoon or deck boat. To me, that’s like having a mini van to fish out of. The bags made her happy and she has forgotten about the pontoon boat. (I hope!)
  5. E-searider bean bags

    If the little ones are less than, say, 10 years old, my opinion is YES. Adults might be more comfortable in a large. We put kids at any speed above idle in the back, over the deck drains, to give them the leaning post legs to hold on to and a smoother ride.
  6. E-searider bean bags

    There are 2 premium bean bag makers. E-searider and Oceantamer. I bought an E-searider large wedge two years ago. It was an immediate hit with the wife. We decided to buy a second. I screwed up and thought it was an Oceantamer. Bought the Oceantamer and discovered their large wedge was wider and a little higher. Other than that.....both are equal!. The narrower large wedge E-searider fits a PF much better, either far aft for the smoothest ride or amidship for a good view. A boating essential with the family.
  7. GSD 24

    How much?
  8. Can charging shorten battery life?

    X2........My PF service mgr has said the same. I replaced the house battery two years ago for safety sake. The TM batts are now 5+ years old, and all are always plugged into the charger/tender, sometimes for several weeks when we are on a trip or at home. Still plenty of power and lasts most of the day trolling or spot locked. Additionally, I almost always run on the “one out, two in” program.
  9. Need jack plate help/advice

    Geeviam, i had a similar experience on my PF. I took it a lot farther than you did before I figured it all out. My problem turned out to be the bad red jumper wire between the solenoids. I now carry some precut and crimped wires in the tool bag. http://mbgforum.com/topic/6652-bob’s-jack-plate-pumpmotor-replacement/?tab=comments#comment-54771 Glad it all worked out!
  10. Ameritrail Trailer prices

    X2 on the Rolls. Have two of them and still look and operate like new. One is 10 years old plus. Even the lights last a long time.
  11. I would go the independent mechanic route, too. Unless he is your son, he has too much vested interest in the sale. He should accommodate your reasonable request to take it elsewhere, or have a “mobile” mechanic come to the sales lot. Too much money involved IMO. In addition to the compression test, which is easy and within the capabilities of a broker, do a leak down test. This test is pretty much mandatory for 4 stroke wellness checks. A leakdown test is where the cylinder being tested is brought up to TDC, air is put into the cylinder through the plug hole at 100 psi. The test apparatus has two gauges, one for air entering and one for the percentage of air leaking. Less than 20% is considered good. You will have to judge if the broker is willing, and has the experience to perform. If he says not necessary,....run away, or take to another mechanic to perform. The compression test only tests momentary max compression. The leak down tests the integretary of the valves and rings to hold compression. An unacceptable compression and leak down test leads to more advanced checks that qualified mechanics can perform. You can go hog wild on preinspection tests at a dealer, all of them providing useful, peace of mind information, but $$. Questionable numbers on the two basic tests would send me looking for another boat.
  12. Nizpro Tune // 250 SHO

    Yeah, I’m curious about the longevity issue as well. Are there minimum used engine condition requirements to do the flash? I.E. Any risk of shorter, than designed life, when performing the flash on a 1000 hr engine w/ good compression, no oil burn, solid performance now, etc.?
  13. Rejuvenate Sunbrella console cover

    Thanks Fin!
  14. Rejuvenate Sunbrella console cover

    Fin, Thanks for your input! Do you have a guess on how much Starbrite I would need for a console/seat cover? It’s about the same square footage as a normal Bimini top. IOW, a gallon way too much? Also, do you treat both sides, or just the outside? Thanks again!
  15. Star Tron Enzyme fuel treatment

    C-Los, My Yamaha service mgr told me to use it instead of the Yamaha product. I have a F250, used it for three years now, motor has 1100 hours and running fine. I also use ethanol free fuel. Of course, I can’t say what my motor would be like without it, but it certainly hasn’t hurt anything so far. Hope this helps, I’ll be curious as to what others say!