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About Bud_man

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    Jupiter, FL
  1. Safety

    I wanted to keep my new air horn off the deck of the console and easily accessible - used some "industrial" velcro from the big box store with the sticky back and secured it to the inside of the console door. It's working great - easy access, out of the salt spray, and off the deck. We had a scary one last weekend... I was helping my son fight a big bonita 2-3 miles out and this guy in a big boat must have had his head in his electronics and nearly ran us down. My wife grabbed the horn and got his attention - his quick course correction and surprised look spoke volumes. This is the second time we've had this happen. Just like on the roads - clearly people aren't paying attention so don't assume they will avoid you. Be safe and have fun! Cheers, Bud
  2. Caulk In Wide Gunwale Channel?

    Short answer is - it's a pain, but it looks great after you replace it. I took the brute force approach and cut out the old caulking with a razor knife, plastic scrapers, etc. After you get the big chunks out the plastic scrapers do a good job of peeling away the thin stuff. Then I taped the edges near where it curves down - basically the width of the bead I wanted to end up with. I bought a fresh tube of 3M Marine Silicone and gave it a good, heavy bead. To smooth it out I pressed down hard against the tape with you finger, being careful to not to rework it too much and mess it up. You'll get the hang of it. Carefully peel off the tape before it cures and let it set up. The whole process probably took me around 2 or 3 hours. It will look so good you'll wish you didn't do it sooner. I find that fixing up those little details, like moldy caulk and rub rail rope, really roll back the clock and make your rig look sharp. Good luck! Bud
  3. Power Tech OX4R18p

    He sold it. I tried to get it but missed out.
  4. Battery

    I don't know who makes the battery. Their website says they are an EnerSys company. I learned about them at the Odyssey booth at the Miami boat show probably 16 or 17 years ago. The salesman gave me the pitch about how they supplied the military/coast guard for years, the purest lead, resilience to deep discharge, charging speed, power to size, blah, blah. At the time we had a 16 Hewes with a 90 two stroke and they recommended a PC680 - a ridiculously small battery. I cautiously gave it a try thinking it would be nice to lighten the load in the rear compartment. I think that battery lasted 7 or 8 years and I've been a believer ever since. When we moved to the Maverick and bigger motor the Odyssey sales guy suggested the PC925. I've gotten more than a few strange looks when people look in the battery compartment - it's like 7 inches square by 5 inches high. After 2 years it still holds voltage like the day I got it. For $150 at 4 Wheel Parts I think it's tough to beat. The higher capacity trolling motor batteries are a pile of money though...
  5. Battery

    No shortage of opinions on this issue... I'm a huge fan of the Odyssey PC925 for an isolated starting battery. They are tiny but mighty. In nearly 15 years of using and recommending them I have never heard of one lasting less than 6 years. It spins my 175 HPDI like a top and other friends are using them to start their F150's. Then put all your other (house) stuff on a separate circuit and battery - maybe a group 24 deep cycle in the console. Good luck with whichever route you take. Cheers, Bud
  6. switches falling apart

    Not sure what type of switch you have, but I often get electronic parts from Newark/Element 14 (LINK). Sometimes it can be a challenge to find just what you need but the filters really help. I've bought high quality switches, boots, connectors, etc. all at super low prices and quick shipping. Good luck, Bud
  7. Is one battery enough?

    An extra battery does not always mean a lot of extra weight. I really like the piece of mind knowing my starting battery hasn't been beat down by pumps, stereo,, lights, etc. I'm a huge fan of the smaller sized, lighter Odyssey batteries. I'm running an Odyssey PC925 in the rear hatch for my starting battery (175 HPDI Vmax), and another PC925 in the console for my house battery. You could also bump up to a bigger group 24 battery for the house if you wanted to have ample capacity. On my 16 Hewes I ran a tiny PC680 for starting my 2 stroke 90 and the PC925 for the house. The Odyssey's aren't cheap, but in the 8+ batteries that friends and I have owned, all have lasted more than 6 years. A nice perk on the "newer" Yamaha's is a charging wire for the accessory battery. This system (on the motor) handles topping off your starting battery then switches over to charge your accessory battery, and keeps them isolated when the motor is off. Good luck and enjoy the new ride! Cheers, Bud
  8. Off topic....... Costa Rica car rentals

    Just got back from a trip there. Great place! My recommendation is to take a taxi and/or get a driver. Taxi's are everywhere and your resort/hotel/property owner likely has arrangements for transportation. A private van from San Jose to/from Los Suenos (1.5 hour trip) was only $60 booked through the resort (which likely included a resort premium). In general their driving style is entirely different and the probability of an accident is real. Plus, you have a local helping you get to the good spots and keep you safe. Costa Rican's are very proud of their country and tourism and want visitors to have a great experience. Don't be an ugly American, tip generously, and you will have a fantastic trip. Have fun! Cheers, Bud BTW - fishing was "slow" - we caught 4 big sailfish and 20 small yellowfin tuna over 3 days of fishing.
  9. Seadek install

    I finally had some time to tackle my Seadek install in the cockpit only. The nonskid was shot and figured the Seadek would be nice. Also scored the Mica colored material for 50% off on black Friday deal - around $200 total, and picked up a 45 degree bevel foam cutter (Link). I made the mylar template quite some time ago (and then got sticker shock from the pros). We did some practice cuts and got a better result cutting through the bottom. With the cutter I had to work about an 1/8th inch inside the line. No doubt the curves are very difficult. We found if you cut the curves during the long cuts they came out better than trying curve straight cuts later. Maybe the blade binds up the material a bit. Fortunately the material sands fairly well and cleans up some of the messiness. Sticking down the big pieces is challenging too - it was hard to see if there was any variation in the alignment. Strangely the material seemed to shrink almost a 1/2 inch on the long runs after peeling the paper. All in all it came out pretty good. Definitely not as sharp as the pros with laser dimension tools, CAD cleanup and 4D CNC machines, but then again several hundred dollars less for a long afternoon of work. It seems there is some variation in color between the rolls. Good enough - time to fish! Cheers, Bud Sorry, pics rotated for some reason.
  10. Hi All, Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Curious what deals you guys found out there? Here are two that I jumped on: SeaDek has 50% off their retail items at SeaDek.com Cabellas has a Fulton XLT trailer winch from $78 down to $50 and free shipping Enjoy your weekend! Cheers, Bud
  11. My 2000 Bayfisher 16 had a poly tank and would get stinky with all the hatches closed. There should be an access plate on the deck under the console so you can first verify a poly tank. I used to prop open the rear starboard hatch with a tennis ball and it provided enough ventilation to prevent the buildup of fumes. Good luck! Bud
  12. If you enjoy fishing shows . . .

    Thanks for the heads up! Got it running on my Roku and Fire Stick - the perfect rainy day solution. The footage in the Silver Kings show is absolutely spectacular! Way to Maverick for helping make it happen. I hope those keep coming. Cheers, Bud
  13. Gauge Readout Restoration

    Eric hooked me up too and I'm very pleased with the results. The former owner replaced the tach, but my speed/fuel/volts was terribly faded - just about unreadable. It's sure nice to finally see it without squinting, tilting my head, glasses on/off... The photo was taken in low light so you see the nice blue/green glow of Eric's refurb - nicer, in my opinion, than the new gauge. It's a great option versus a new expensive gauge, or trying to do it myself as it looks tricky. Cheers, Bud
  14. Thank You Marcus & PT Props !!!

    I'll pile in on this love-fest... Marcus and PowerTech are the real deal. He worked with me on figuring out a prop for my 16 Bayfisher/90 smoker with a goal of maximizing torque and hole shot. Ended up in a 4 blade SCD 14 pitch that COMPLETELY transformed the performance of the boat. I knew that props were important, but didn't realize how big a difference the right prop could make. I went from struggling to get on plane with 2 big guys in the back, a full livewell, gear, fuel, etc. using a standard 3 blade prop, to "hang on", effortless hole shots with the PowerTech. I'm looking forward to dialing in my new to me 18MA with the 175 HPDI. Maybe an OFX4 in my future?
  15. Hi All, Any tips for parking, stuff not to miss (besides the MBG exhibits!), etc. at the boat show this year? I was thinking of trying the water taxi - supposedly more and larger capacity taxis this year. Any suggestions? Thanks, Bud