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Bruce J

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About Bruce J

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    Maverick and Pathfinder Owner
  • Birthday 03/11/1956


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  • Bio
    I fish mainly around Rockport. Prefer to fly fish for red on the flats, but will chunk just about anything anywhere.
  • Occupation
    oil & gas insurance broker
  • Interests
    fishing and guitar
  • Location
    Houston and Rockport,TX
  • Full Name
    Bruce Jefferis

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  1. Bruce J

    ordered: Pathfinder 2500 Hybrid

    Just installed one on the pad of the hardtop on my 2400TRS. This is a Garmin Fantom 18 dome radar.
  2. Bruce J

    What did you do to your boat today?

    Added a Garmin Fantom 18 radar to my 2400TRS.
  3. Bruce J

    Back in MBG Family with new boat

    I’d recommend adding a NMEA 2000 backbone in the console. I don’t know the Redfisher’s wiring, but assume you have a Command Link gauge on your dash. If so, then with some pretty simple wiring, you can then connect the motor’s ECU data to your big display (I assume that’s what the Simrad unit is). This gives a lot more motor info on a bigger and easier to read screen. You can also add options like an AIS capable VHF radio or other NMEA 2000 compatible accessories.
  4. Bruce J

    NMEA cable run

    I still don't have my project done yet as the Garmin VHF was backordered for what turned out to be a couple months. Still waiting to get it all installed, and now that we're coming up on the holidays, it might be a few more weeks.
  5. Bruce J

    NMEA cable run

    It’s really hard to believe how much conflicting info I’ve received on what seems like a pretty straightforward question. I’ve finally decided to install an additional NMEA backbone in the console, connected to the Yamaha multi-hub link on one side and the Garmin on the other. I’m doing that because I’m more confident it will work, and it also gives me flexibility in adding new devices like the VHF I’m outing in at the same time. Possibly a fuel flow meter too. I’m still waiting for the back-ordered radio to come in before it all gets installed. Will report back then.
  6. Bruce J

    2400 TRS ride quality

    Ryan, on the first day we stayed in Matagorda. Then two nights in Galveston and we stayed at the Harbor House hotel. They have a few wet slips available. Then we did the return home all in one day, about 180 miles. It took us about 6 hours with a refueling stop in Matagorda. We had a great time, and were really lucky with the weather.
  7. Bruce J

    2400 TRS ride quality

    Ride quality is such a subjective thing, but I love my 2400. I also have a Maverick HPXT, and when someone asks why I have two boats, I say it’s like having a Suburban and a Porsche. The 2400 is just like a Suburban - loads of room, tons of storage, and it rides great. We just took a 380 mile trip in ours, from Rockport, Texas to Galveston and back, and that involved 3 big open bay crossings including some pretty sporty conditions. We had another couple with us, a long weekend’s worth of gear, plus fishing tackle and we weren’t close to capacity. We have lots of very shallow water around Rockport and I haven’t grounded her - yet. It seems to float and run quite shallow for such a big boat. The draft is reported to be about 15” and that seems accurate to me. If properly trimmed out, I bet it can just about the same. I have the 20” shaft 250 SHO on mine, and with its nosecone water pickup, it really helps to run shallow and not pick up grass. Of course you really just need to go for a ride on one!
  8. Bruce J

    Horrible Boating Accident

    A nearly identical accident happened to one of my friends and work partners this summer in Greece. He was on a rental boat with his two teenage sons and step-son. His 15 year old son fell off the front of the boat when they hit a wave. My friend was at the helm, but immediately hit his son. He dove into the water to bring his son back on board, but I believe he died almost immediately. It’s impossible to imagine how horrific that would be for him and the other two boys. Since then, every time I’ve seen a boat go by, maybe a little too fast, and with family or friends up in the bow, I think about how quickly things can turn very badly.
  9. Bruce J

    NMEA cable run

    One step forward, and one step back....maybe. I talked with Emily over at BOE Marine to get the cable I need to run from one of the unused Device ports in my Yamaha multilink hub to my Garmin. We got that sorted out, but on further reflection overnight, she thought I would still need to add a NMEA network. My understanding is that the Yamaha multilink setup is a NMEA network, but it's just Yamaha's own design and they use some proprietary plugs. It's already transmitting data from my engine up to my Command Link gauges. I would think I just need one more cable to transmit the data to my Garmin too. We decided to stick with the original plan of cable-only, no additional NMEA setup, and just see if it works. This is all surprisingly complicated for what seems like a pretty simple - and very common - need. If it turns out that this one cable really does the trick, it sure would be good to have that as an option, or even standard equipment, from the factory. I would think everyone running a boat with this type of equipment (meaning virtually every MBG boat) would like the added functionality of the engine data ported onto the GPS/etc screen. MBG could produce that cable as part of the wiring plan for pennies on the dollar and zero additional labor compared to all of us doing it after the fact (and confusing ourselves mightily in the process!).
  10. Bruce J

    Motorguide Xi5 remote

    Thanks, ASB. I did reset the power a few times, and I checked the remote for corrosion when I changed the batteries. While there might have been a little discoloration on the contacts, it didnt look like corrosion to me. And with the new batteries the motor did beep when I tried resyncing the remote. So it seemed to be sending something to the motor, but it might not have been what it wanted to hear. I’ll try another remote if I can find one.
  11. Bruce J

    NMEA cable run

    Thanks, Brad. I’ve seen some other posts over on the Hull Truth that confirm that too. Sure hope so! I will order the cable now but it will take a few weeks till I can get back to the boat to try it out.
  12. Bruce J

    Motorguide Xi5 remote

    That’s a good question, but I haven’t seen or heard of a Motorguide app and none shows up on an App Store search.
  13. Bruce J

    Motorguide Xi5 remote

    My Xi5 has worked fine for the 3 years I’ve had it. I took it off the boat a couple weeks ago and put it back on yesterday. Now it doesn’t respond at all to the remote. It has power when I deploy it, all the lights are on and it beeps. But no response from the remote to any function. I changed the batteries and tried resyncing the remote. It replied with some beeps, so it must be sending out some signals, but still none of the motor functions work. What else can I try before I take it in for service? Is there any other way to operate the motor if the remote doesn’t work? I don’t have a foot pedal.
  14. Bruce J

    NMEA cable run

    BradM, I’ve checked this out and it looks like I have same setup from the factory as you did. I have a Yamaha bus bar in the bilge near my PowerPole pump, and another mounted in the console. All the ports on the unit in the bilge are occupied, but it looks like two in the console are available. I don’t know yet if the one in the bilge is connected to my Yamaha, but I don’t know what else it would be doing. Do you think there’s also a cable running thru a chase to the console to connect with the other bus bar? i saw the links you provided, but I assume it can’t be as easy as just connecting a. NMEA cable from one of the available Yamaha ports in the console to the NMEA port on the back of my Garmin?
  15. Bruce J

    Whatever Happened to Squidmo?

    I had lunch with "Squid" yesterday and he promised to get back on the board sometime soon. Maybe he can tell us all about the new electric skateboard he is building so he can race up the parking garage ramps now. The boy has been missing for a while, but he hasn't grown up a bit!