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  1. BrownBear

    FMT

    I'm using it on a 7" Simrad, mounted in the console on our RF18. I just don't want a screen blocking my view on top of the console. Might consider a gimbal mount on the grab rail at the side for a larger screen. The 7" works just fine for me other than the %@@#%$#%#@ touch screen. I'll never own another just cuzz it's a sincere hassle using the thing while the boat is bouncing. I don't find the 7" view to be an issue cuzz it doesn't bother me to zoom in and out. The track lines are fine enough that they're still useful with less screen magnification, and it's a small matter to zoom closer for tight spaces.
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    Problems with 250 SHO starting on a '13 2300

    Would you happen to be pressing in on the key as you crank?
  3. BrownBear

    New MFD/ depth recorder

    You got that right. I'm about 98% fed up with touch screen.
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    Trolling Motor Power for a 16'?

    I can sure speak up for the Rhodan 24 and 2 batteries. Pulls our 18' around like nobody's business and quiet too. We have 2 Type 24's under the console along with the housekeeping battery. Close but no cigar for a pair of Type 27's. Don't seem to miss the extra poop, even on long days, and having the weight in the console doesn't appear to cause us any issues.
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    power pole questions

    Before deciding I'd sure get a ride with someone having a power pole, especially on a windy day in the shallows. I almost didn't put a PP on our boat, but I'm really glad I did. For us and the way we fish, I use the heck out of it. In combination with the trolling motor it really shines. Bud does most of his fishing in the passes and offshore, and I doubt he's used his enough to scratch the tip. What we find is we use it especially when conditions say we should be anchoring to stop a drift, but it's just too much hassle. I especially like it for following wind and chop when anchoring with the trolling motor causes the boat to windmill around into the wind when you want the bow downwind. No fixing that without a PP or an anchor, and the anchor is a pure hassle with lots of quick stops.
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    Anyone with a Suzuki on a Pathfinder?

    Whole lot of Suzi's on boats back home in Alaska now- the full size range. Folks absolutely love them, but that's on the strength of them also being sold by the shop with the best maintenance in town. Yami's have fallen a little out of favor to the Suzi's, mostly because they lost their ace wrench twirler. To the Suzi shop. Honda's and Merc's are so scarce you feel like taking a picture when you see one. Because of rotten shops. See the common denominator?
  7. BrownBear

    New Weedless

    A little refinement will probably help my description: Throw right at those big boys cruising 5' out from the mangroves, and the refusal is the best you can hope for. More often they just do a high speed split. The "secret" was to cast into the mangroves 20'-30' in front of them and wait for them to get close. When they were 5'-6' from your line, start stripping fast so your fly zoomed out in front of them and across their path. BOOM!
  8. BrownBear

    New Weedless

    Coming through great, and wow, that fly will sure get the job done! Outstanding fly. The weedless ones we fished two days ago were all white, but really came through for us. Big snook were cruising about 5' off the mangroves, but wouldn't even turn to look at flies tossed right to them. But toss it past them way back under the mangroves, and they'd pounce the moment it came out into sight. Saved the day and saved a whole bunch of snags.
  9. BrownBear

    New Weedless

    Your link isn't coming through on my machine. Looking forward to seeing what you came up with!
  10. BrownBear

    tackle storage suggestions??

    Much the same here, but it's more for convenience. We bounce back and forth between our Redfisher and SOT kayaks and the gear follows us. Purty darned handy in both platforms.
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    Are Redfishers self-bailing???

    On our first (2018), but no issue. Get 2 guys aft on one side while at rest, and a little comes in. But right the load or get under way and it's dry.
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    Replacing Garmin thoughts?

    And in my experience, that's a royal PITA. Never "GO-ing" there again, no matter the screen size. Any little touch as I'm turning the wheel, any little bounce while I'm trying to touch the screen, and at the very least you enable the cursor, sometimes changing screens entirely. @#%^##%^ No more touch screen for this kid. Period.
  13. BrownBear

    Replacing Garmin thoughts?

    Yeah. 7" cuzz that's all that will fit my console. Love to have bigger, but content to be doing my zooming. Hit another area today I'd never been in without a hitch. Same bud with me, and he said he'd never dared try it.
  14. BrownBear

    Replacing Garmin thoughts?

    Once I put FMT onto our Simrad, buds got to watch it in use. So far 4 Garmins have been replaced, one of them less than a year old. Just yesterday the latest selling his Garmin watched me work my way into an area using the outstanding aerial photo background (no FMT tracks in there). We went in, worked all over the place without touching bottom, then came out clean. He said in 10 years of going there he was still hitting bottom on every trip. Garmin for sale.
  15. BrownBear

    Corroded head bolts

    Are you docking the boat rather than getting it out of the water? Stray electric currents in water, fresh or salt, can lead to electrolysis on or in engines. Dunno what to recommend for bolt replacement, but if you're keeping it at a dock I'd sure drop the probes of a multimeter into the water and check for the smallest currents. Lotta nastiness can develop inside an engine with electrolysis.
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