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    Owner/operator Tall Tails Charters
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    www.swfltalltailscharters.com
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    Fishing guide
  1. Loose Power poles

    That was my thinking as well. I found neoprene washers. They seem a bit sturdier. If these fail I will go the teflon route. Had I thought of teflon while at the hardware store I would have gotten them.
  2. Loose Power poles

    Wandering around the boat the other day I found my starboard side power pole loose on its bracket. Inspecting it I see on each mounting bolt a large, thick washer in the back, a skinny, misshapen washer in front with a rubber washer smashed between it and the bracket. The port PP was installed the same way and 2 of the 4 bolts were loose enough to spin freely. Thick washer on back of bracket Thin washer and rubber washer crushed into the slot of the bracket Thin washers all looked like this All the rubber washers were destroyed by being smashed into the slot I’m just a consumer, not an engineer, but it seems to me that when these were mounted at the factory it would have made a lot more sense to use the thick stainless washer in the front to span the angled opening on the bracket without warping and damaging the rubber washer. I put the thin one in the back where it rests flat against the mounting surface. I replaced the damaged washers and rubber spacers and did use the thicker washers in the front of the mount when I did the work. I’m pretty sure the reason these came loose was due to the thin washers caving in to the slots of the mount when they were installed. I’m sure someone has more experience with these PP mounts than I do so I’m asking for clarification on why the thicker washers were placed in the back of the mounts. Also I suppose this should become an every 6 month check while I’m doing other service checks on the boat.
  3. 2500 Hybrid a year later

    2500 PF a year later. After a year (and a few months) of frequent use I thought I would give a review of my 2500 Hybrid. I got this boat in August of 2017. It’s coming due for 400 hr service. I’ve certainly put enough hours on it to give a well informed review. There were a few issues shortly after I got it. The rear livewell with the clear lexan plate would clog constantly with debris, grass or small baitfish that were able to get through the clear plate. After contacting the forum and the factory I determined this was a known issue and many of the forum users created their own sleeve of PVC or other pipe/hose and drilled holes all around it to reduce the suction at the top of the drain pipe. After doing this I was able to stop using the clear plate altogether. It still clogs from time to time but it’s now a quick fix to remove the grass from the sleeve and get on with my day. There was a fuel issue. I could not get the boat to take gas. The pump would stop due to back pressure from the tank. It was eventually determined that the vent nipple was welded shut when it was installed. A new vent was installed and the issue was resolved. This took many trips to the dealer and an e-mail to the factory to remedy. The Ameratrail trailer had one issue. A misalignment of the rear axle was causing tire wear and failure. 3 tires in less than 6 months. Ameratrail made good on this and we made a 3100 mile road trip shortly after the repair with zero issues. I’m still on the same 4 tires I made that trip with back in July. I bought and had installed a Rhodan 36 Volt trolling motor. It’s been to the shop twice under warranty. One time for a mother board issue. The other for a broken steering gear. Rhodan service was fantastic. They sent a courier to my house, picked up the motor and had it back to me inside of a week. The motor is very possibly the best option I put on the boat. Using it in "anchor" mode for hours does not drain the batteries more than 30-40%. And these are just wet cell Interstates bought at Costco. It has plenty of power to move the boat along a shoreline or against strong current in passes. Just today I had to do some work on both power poles. I will put up a separate post regarding this. Now the good stuff. Coming out of a 2003 22 V this boat is sooo much more comfortable. It eats the Pine Island chop on windy days and performs very well in the Gulf. It does not seem to draft much more than the old 22 V but I do find that I am more cautious as I really don’t want to have to try to push this beast off of a sand bar. I fish 4 people often and the front deck is so big that I’ve had all 4 of them up there at times working an oyster bar or shoreline with room for me to wiggle in and assist. Storage is massive and dry. There is plenty of room for my stuff and whatever my clients need to bring along for a fun day on the water. The fish box holds ice for well over a day. Once it is cooled I can just add some ice the following day to the remaining ice. There is more than enough room in there for fish, chum, frozen bait, etc. I really don't see the need for the macerator pump but I run it a little each time I clean the box to keep in working. The live well, once modifications were made to the drainpipe, is large enough to keep 4 people in bait and live chum for a good days fishing. I do wish there was an option for a full height leaning post live well but I didn't want to lose out on the comfy seat for the optional small leaning post live well offered. The LeBrock seat is fantastic! Comfortable and the flip up feature makes for plenty of room to walk through to help clients on either side of the boat. I had a local canvas place make a removable cover for the seat that I use while fishing. Its made of sunbrella and it keeps all the grime off the upholstery. I remove it at the end of the day. When it gets really grimy, I toss it in the washer. The console doors up front allow easy access to the batteries and there is a ton of storage space available in there as well. The boat is big but nimble and maneuverable. It responds well to the throttle and helm and tracks well when backing up around the docks. I chose to put a 15 x 20 3 blade powertech prop on the boat. The hole shot suffers a bit compared to the 4 blade props I tried but once up and moving it cruises around 35-38 with 3-4 people, full livewell and full fuel. Top speed with just me is 57-60 depending in the day. Fuel economy seems to hover around 2.8-3.1 at 3900-4200 rpms. I am hearing good things about the Enertia Eco props from Mercury and am considering one in the near future. I really like this boat. I do not miss my old 22V. (I never thought I would say that.) I get a lot of compliments from clients and from folks at the dock about it. It seems everyone wants one. Thanks to Maverick Boat Company for doing what you do. Build a good product and stand behind it when the need arises. I would not hesitate to buy another when the time comes.
  4. What is Practical Limit On HP on a 22V

    I had a 2003 2200V with SHO 225. With just me it would run 60-61 on GPS with a 19p 3 blade prop. Prop was a Stiletto I believe. When I first got it I was on this forum and it was stated many times that the transoms on those older boats couldn't handle much more torque than the 225's gave. If you choose to up the HP you probably should have the transom reinforced along with some of the other ideas listed above. Be a shame to watch 25K in motor sink as the transom comes apart.
  5. 2500 Hybrid

    Take a businessman's holiday. Come to Fort Myers, I'll get you on mine for a bit.
  6. 2500 Hybrid

    I'm not close but we took our 2500 to the Chesapeake in July. It performed well. I'm sure there are days a true deep V would be the better boat on a body of water that size though.
  7. 2500 Garmin transducer

    I was out last weekend on a friends boat. It was a large 32' step hull with twin outboards. Their sounder with a thru-hull transducer read flawlessly at speed in depths to 190'. I notice some air interference in my Garmin with the standard thru hull transducer and it becomes difficult if not impossible to read when at cruising speed. (Not sure which one comes with the boat but would like to know if someone can chime in). My question is do other 2500 owners lose good bottom contact with their sounder at speed or is there something I can do with what I have to improve its performance? Being able to read the bottom at speed is a game changer when looking for new stuff. Thanks for the replies.
  8. 2500 trailer tires

    I made the trip to Amera Trail yesterday. I arrived bright and early and everyone was ready to fix my problem which was determined to be a misaligned axle. Scott, the owner went over the planned repair and I bugged out to find some breakfast and make a quick Walmart stop. If anyone ever has the chance to be in St. Cloud for breakfast I highly recommend the Coffee Cup restaurant. Huge portions of excellent grub at a very fair price. Returning to Amera Trail I found my trailer completed and the boat was being lowered back onto it. After a tour of the assembly line and some good conversation I was on my way home 3 hours after arriving. My hat is off to Scott and his crew. I can't begin to tell you how well I was treated or how pleased I was to be back on the road so quickly. If any of you have the chance to stop in to visit or get parts I highly recommend them.
  9. 2500 trailer tires

    Spoke with Scott of Ameratrail last night. Super nice guy. I will be seeing him next week. I am assured the issue will be resolved above and beyond my satisfaction. Kudos to those who helped get this ball rolling faster. You know who you are.
  10. 2500 trailer tires

    Mine is set up just like yours is. So we are saying the same thing. Lol
  11. 2500 trailer tires

    It's going to have to go to the shop soon. I believe this is probably the issue. Thanks for the info. I'll use it for sure.
  12. 2500 trailer tires

    Mine is a standard Silverado 2 wd. The tongue weight is so much I actually had to raise the ball to get the trailer level. I don't believe I've got it too high. I could put a level on it but just eyeballing it...its either level or nose down just a bit.
  13. 2500 trailer tires

    I'd believe that if the wear was even across the tread. The tire was nearly bald on the inside half but the outer part of the tread was still quite deep. There's an issue. The longer the dealer ***ks around with it the more tires they are going to end up paying for. Calling daily and I'm starting to feel as though I'm getting put on the back burner while they wait on a reply from the tire manufacturer. We all know it's not the tires fault that its wearing fast and uneven......
  14. 2500 trailer tires

    Ameritrail dual axle from the factory. It came with the boat. D rated 14" radials also came with the Ameritrail. I'm unsure of the tire manufacturer.
  15. 2500 trailer tires

    I agree with both of you. Will be calling the dealer *AGAIN* to get this resolved. Thank you!!!
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