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  1. Comic Relief during IRMA..

    That's a pretty good impression of some of our news reporters down here in Miami , all he needs is to be standing in ankle deep water and claim its 2 feet deep !!!!
  2. Checking in on our Florida Members

    Well thank GOD ,she wasn't a catagory 4 or 5 . I live in Kendall a stones throw from Homestead. I only had 3 downed trees and 150 ' of wooden fence. It was 15 years old , didn't expect.it to make it . Thankfully never lost elect, power . No signs of flooding anywhere here ,farm fields across the road didn't even have any standing water . There always an excessive amount of drama with news reporters , but sometimes that's what it seems to take to get some people motivated . And thank GOD a lot of keys residents listened. Here inland we only had 60 to 75 mph gust we were very fortunate this time.
  3. ground tie boat or not

    With all this rain we've been having and the additional flooding . It takes a much lower wind gust to topple those trees , with large top due to the saturated ground . Sorry failed to state that mine boat was a metal John boat , makes a big difference for sure .What about parking between house and car or two car , so long as the house dosen't have cement or clay roof tile . Hope all turns out well .
  4. Boat Covers Direct . com

    Great info Guy's I've been wanting to find one for my 1996 MA 17 ' . But since I kept her under a 12 X 20 portable car port. Other wanted upgrades for her were more important . Is it better to get one that covers the polling platform , or that leaves It exposed . Should I look for one with center supports and a venting system . I have several instrument fans I've used to air out the budge could use them . They should help circulation and assist in lowering over temp, And like CONOCEAN ask what color . Or Which seem to hide dirt or faded the least from your alls experance Tks again
  5. Loose Center Console

    Nice and quick fix, sometime their the best . Only other thing I can think of is seeing some pic's with fish have a great trip brother .
  6. ground tie boat or not

    It worked for me I tied them togeather then filled the boat 1/4 full of water .Only because it was so light after I removed the 25 hp didn't want to put to much water and damage the springs Don't think I would put that water inside a fiberglass hull . With all the foam core or honeycomb material
  7. Starting Battery

    Their certainly good batteries Drummer, mine was over 4 years old when I bought my boat sat over a year and still held a charge ,but knew it could go at any tine Went with Deka simply because others here recommended it an Yamaha dealer confirmed. Will be replaceing my two Optimas their no longer holding a charge after 5 years plus , would have never believed it
  8. Loose Center Console

    You could certainly glass it in ,from my experance the gel.coat on the deck would need to be sanded down to the glass prior to putting down glass to insure proper bonding then you should re gel coat the raw glass or at least prime and paint it with a quality epoxy paint. . ( Now by doing doing this I believe your creating a bigger problem. The next time you need to get in there , the bloody thing is now glassed in .The few center console floors I've helped my buddies with , had stringers under the outer edge to support the weight of the console, If you choose to use toggle bolts and their not stainless their going to rust very quickly especially if there is any moisture in that foam core stringer , not to forget salt that was carried there , by the capuluary action of the water .Did you try to speak to anyone from Hewes in their design Dept try to get Drawing with locations of pluming ,elect runs fuel lines fuel tank placement and its Dim's , before you go on your trip , drilling into un knowed flooring is very risky!!!!! I would temporary bond a few locations NOT WHERE THE HOLES ARE, and a small bead around the out side permeter ) and ( do not use the 5200 either ) go on that trip and catch as much as you can . Take some pic's and post them . Then come back and pull that sucker off . Check for soft or spongy spots in that area.If no reply from Hewes use a scribe or pick to dig out some material from inside all the wobbled out holes. Remember what you take out , you will have to replace . Check its concisity. Can you squeeze out water, does it smell sour or is it damp Try Squeeze between toilet paper will show moisture. Or is it dry. If Dry I would mix up a fiberglass surrie with very fine chopped glass and a little filler to make a wet soup mix may be 12 oz , then work with 2 oz at a time , do a practice mix adding just enough hardener to set it off but give you time to work a few holes at a time Remember OATs matters ( outside air temp) Don't Rush this trial run, do several until your happy with wix and working time. Then get a couple of large injection syreng to force the mix down into the holes and into the stringers core . Fill from deep inside to let the air escape , you might use a piece of stiff wire to work the mix into the stringers hole , don't gough gently work it in .May take a couple times each hole,. Keep checking holes level as you work from hole to hole.Add wet mix to wet mix . When finished let it set up a few days, when fully cured place console back in same location ( Use masking tape around permeter before removing console ) mark and drill correct holes for the stainless screws your installing back into the new glass holes . Clean all old sealant from floor , bottom and sides of console. Put console in place and line up drilled holes with drills in all the holes . Now duck tape forward edge of console to deck. Get help " Not drunk help " Verify all holes are still lined up.. Remove all drill bits . And with help holding front edge , raise back and gently roll forward enough to apply a slow setting adhesive base Two rows with holes in middle and a bead around each hole Try to work quick but don't rush and make a mess.slowly roll the console back into place and install screws in crisicross pattern Tighten evenly so there's no uneven gap and No sealant visible around outside permeter, I hope this helps .
  9. Taking your mind off of Irma

    Sorry whichwaysup : Capt. Troy reply way priceless ,one other really big difference is stripe bass has a whole bunch more stripes!!!! .You are most certainly right thou, , and it did brake that Mary go round we've been on so Thank You , how could anyone ever complain about a day fishing like that. Enjoy the trip ,and be watchful of clowns shooting at birds on the deck good luck.
  10. Loose Center Console

    Soulman I'm not familiar with your boat ,but is there not any fasteners inside around the permeter ? When you lift up on the console can you see any screws/ bolts going into the deck. ? If so , can you reach through the access open to see with a mirror or feel with your hand ? Surely someone has remover one on this site. Don't let it spoil your trip If proper repair can't be completed in time And there isn't any damage to any electric wiring . I would raise console up and place a couple spacers so I could the clean surfaces with acetone . Then apply very sparingly a few spots of sealant at corners and center points . Then lower down and allow to cure , then enjoy your trip . When u return use a leader wire or braided line to slice through the localized spots to remove and repair properly. Take advanage to do a detailed inspection of below deck .( elect, fuel ,any signs of mold even delamination of glass structure .) I use bore scopes all the time inspecting for F.O.D. damage on jet engines . You can even buy a inexpensive one at harbor freight about 50.00 bucks . Don't worry there's a lot of great guys here ,someone will come through to give you much better advice . Good Luck and enjoy your trip
  11. Cooler size

    Great looked pic's , thanks guys . My 1996 hull Has the larger console installed with the forward seat I was told it's from a different year MA .I like the placement of the 2 optima batteries for the trolling motor I just ordered this week end . I thought about the 65 qt size however the 50 takes up a lot less space on Frd,deck when Trolling motor installed , plus it will fits nice in front of console seat when running as ur pic's illustrated ,will need to to wait another month to order Lowrance HGS . Learn 38 years ago , Getting 1 toy for me ,1 for her , is like smoking my bee hive before asking too much honey at once !!!! I will take some pics when I get the items installed . Oh has any of you mounted a side scan transducer on the bottom of your trolling motor ? Or will it cause too much interference ?
  12. Battling Humidty in Florida-Help

    Haven't tried it yet I have these 2 lb bags of desiccarte used in aviation equiptment storage . They throw them away at work . I use them in gun cabinet And in tackle box And dry box I store GPS unit . I reactive in oven. , " Crazy thought " What about a very small single elect Light bulb that can hang inside cowling and removed when not needed. I know stupid ideal ' but more I drink the more I think out side the box!!!
  13. Starting Battery

    You can check out and down load the Yamahe manual on line type in Yamaha and 115 4 stroke . site stating PDF 115 - F115 owners Manual . Page 10 gives Battery Min. requirements ! I just installed Deka 24 group Starting battery for 130 2 stroke ,1000 cca plenty reserve power if weight isn't issue go with 27 group Stick to a Cranking / Starting Battery , Lead plate configuration. Is different than standard Deep cycle, that in designed for lower draw over longer period of time ..
  14. Cooler size

    Hey Everyone : looking to order my cooler to use as portable platforn on forward deck of my 17 MA . I'm considering the taller 50 qt size of Engel / Yeti / RTIC .Their about 18 " tall and 17" wide and 24" long , the RTIC is about 26" wide . It will double as a step for accessing polling platform . Wondering what size works best for you on similar size boat , when used as a casting platform. Previous owner left yeti mounts installed 39" apart just out side of larger main compartment edges . Cooler actual capacity isn't an issue .
  15. downscan/side scan tranducer location on 2500/2600

    That's a great ideal Whicewaysup ! It would be very convenient and helpful to see how others have arranged components on their boats as a quick reference , and found what works best for them and their model of boat . You senior and more experienced anglers and boat owners are a truly valued source of need information .You are un knowingly our Guides/ Mentor as we strive to learn this life style.