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Everything posted by conocean

  1. Nizpro Tune // 250 SHO

    Great info here, indeed. I've learned a lot reading thru all the posts. Being insurable and avoiding the possibility of having a claim denied would be of primary concern if I were thinking about tuning my motor, especially if I was a guide. The bottom line is this....if the actual horsepower of your motor exceeds the stamp on your boat then your policy could be null & void. If you don't disclose that you've tuned your motor then you're withholding info from your insurer. Tuning a motor during a policy term would be viewed as a "material change in risk". Stupidity claims are often covered but claims involving the absence of full material disclosure are denied 99% of the time. I don't know any insurers that will endorse a policy to cover a vessel that is powered by a motor that exceeds a manufacturer's max HP rating. In this instance, one of the key facts in a liability claim that arises due to a passenger injury while running or collision/allision would be the engine horsepower not exceeding the stamp on the boat. A physical damage claim (transom and/or hull failure) would be simple to deny if a vessel is overpowered. If someone is injured bad enough (or possibly killed) and/or if enough property is damaged then you can guarantee the attorney that the insurer hires will confirm the motor's actual horsepower and cross reference that info with the stamp on the boat. I've seen it happen dozens of times. Sorry to rain on anyone's parade but I've been in the yacht/boat insurance business for 20 years. I've seen bad things happen to a lot of good people and I'd like to have all of my fellow forum members avoid anything bad happening to them. With that being said.....have any of you with tuned motors disclosed that info to your insurers?? If yes, I would like to know what their response was. If no, then you may want to think about doing so.
  2. Careful running early morning

    Michael Anderson was an offshore boat racing champion. Awful news.
  3. How’re the bugs?

    Bugs have been nearly non-existent in Choko all summer. Deer flies have been really bad in the backcountry though. Skeeters are part of the Everglades experience....I kind of miss them! 😢 Enjoy Mingo this weekend, boys. I'm in Choko at my fish camp til Monday. ✌🏻
  4. 2013 Pathfinder 24 TRS w/ Yamaha F300

    I can confirm that no expense is spared on the maintenance of Juanki's boats. He is meticulous.
  5. Best Fluorocarbon Knot?

    Homer rode loop knot for 40lb & under. Uni for 50lb+. Uni to uni for all braid to leader connections.
  6. another Buddy is gone.

    Please accept my condolences, Doc. RIP Boss.
  7. Older hull recommendations for Tampa Bay

    I have yet to ride in any skiff that can outperform a 17MA in a chop. I wouldve never sold mine if I didnt fish in less than a foot of water so often.
  8. SOLD

    Pm returned
  9. SOLD

    I have a never used older model Shimano Stradic 4000FI that I’d like to trade for a never used Shimano Stradic 3000. PM me if interested.
  10. New poling platform

    what he said! ^
  11. Help me pick a trolling motor

    What they all suggested (24v/80lbs)! Personally I prefer the Powerwinch plug over the Battery Tender plug. I've had Powerwinch plugs on all 3 of my Mavericks without failure or issue. A Battery Tender plug failed on my old 17MA. Also, a separate breaker for your TM batteries is a really good idea.
  12. Cleaning/Waxing

    Star Brite instant hull cleaner main ingredient is Oxalic acid. I think Muriatic is much stronger than Oxalic. I spray it on my hull and rinse it off minute or two later. Haven't noticed any reaction or damage to my aluminum trailer but I wouldn't risk letting it sit on there for very long just in case!
  13. The fish must’ve known the weather was coming. Off the chain arti bite Fri-Sun! Trips, reds, snook, trout. I rarely take pics anymore but she was wearing my Maverick hat so I had to..... Great way to start snook season!
  14. Cleaning/Waxing

    I like Star Brite instant hull cleaner or CLR. All of the stain removing products will strip away the wax on your hull; some more than others. I use the Star Brite hull cleaner wax with a coat of Star Brite polish over top.
  15. Thanks guys. We sure had tasty dinners the past two nights.... Just the basics....light olive oil, lemon, garlic & onion sprinkled with Everyday Seasoning. Deeelish!
  16. Chokoloskee update?

    What weather dodging?
  17. 1991 Maverick 18 Master Angler

    Very nice rig! GLWS
  18. Leak from livewell to bilge found

    That problem should be solved by removing the rubber base at the bottom of the standpipe then cutting off an inch of the pipe. If you cant remove the rubber base then cut pipe just above it & replace it. Youll lose a few gallons of your livewell capacity but its a sure way to avoid the bilge from running & possibly sinking your boat!
  19. HPX 18 Questions

    1. I'm not sure how you're getting water in the livewell when the valve is closed IF the livewell drain hole is plugged. 2. I've always installed my drain plugs from the outside of the hull with a bronze/rubber plug. 3. Your battery switch might be wired incorrectly. Hope this helps!
  20. So Will I

    Great vid! We all need to band together as a state to address the issues at hand. There is no time for more political squabbling & pocket greasing. The basic actions that must be taken to move forward are obvious. All of us must give at least a little to make this work. A unified front is what I pray for! 🙏🏻
  21. 2013 Maverick 18HPX-V

    Really nice rig, it shouldn’t last long.
  22. Lightning

    Dave, glad you're safe. The people that have rights to the shack on Huston Bay aren't known to be the most welcoming folks. Boaters, yakkers and canoers look to seek shelter there all the time, especially during the winter & when bad weather pops up. Honestly can't say I blame them for not being warm & fuzzy to those they don't know. My old bosses friend used to own some of the rights to that shack and I crashed on the floor there a few nites when I was a kid. I've been caught in some awful storms in the Glades over the past 25 years, both inshore & way offshore. I didn't think I was going to make it back to the ramp more than once. There isn't a whole lot you can do over there other than pray for the best & run, especially when storms are bearing down on you from every direction except the open ocean....and running that way isn't an intelligent option on a skiff. I always keep an 8x10' tarp on my boat with bungee cords so I can post up against the lee sides of the mangroves, get under the tarp and get destroyed by bugs til a storm passes. Rods stored, switches off, SPOT & Thermacell in hand, hunker down, wait it out....what else can you do in the Glades? The worst storm that ever pinned me down lasted 4 hours one late afternoon about 10 autumns ago right before a new moon near the mouth of Chatham River on my old 17MA. It was actually two storms that met from the north & south then all he!! broke loose with lightning and 40knot winds that changed direction 3 times. Oh, did I mention it lasted FOUR hours?!? When the storm cleared it was pitch black with 15knot east winds at the last hour of an outgoing tide that was dropping to a negative 1'. I started my journey home by getting out the boat because I had to push it away from the mangroves and off the surrounding mud bar. Total humbling experience. There's no cell connection in most areas we fish in the Glades so is there an iPhone weather app that works off satellite when there's no cell connection available??
  23. Well I've been replaced lol

    Throwback pic from Flamingo. My son driving our old 17MA. His first time ever touching the wheel. It's hard to believe this was over 10 years ago when he was just 5 years old. Time is flying!