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Ron in Atlanta

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About Ron in Atlanta

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    lure plunker
  • Birthday 09/03/1945


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    70 years old, first operated a boat when I was 3, been at it ever since. Born in the Bronx, NY, lived in Lakewood, NJ, Far Rockaway, NY, Avon, CT, Clinton, NJ, and now, Alpharetta, GA a northern suburb of Atlanta. Spent 2 years in US Army.<br /><br /
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    Retired. Former Tech Guru
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    Photography, sailboat racing, SCUBA diving, running, hiking,windsurfing, and running my Pathfinder to remote places in the SE
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    Ron Goldfarb

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  1. 2500 Trailer Noise

    Yes, when you pull away from a full stop, the clunking you hear is the brakes freeing up. For other rattles, you might try this... http://www.trimaxlocks.com/shop/receiver-pins/tar300-trimax-anti-rattle-5-8-locking-pin-system-2-3-4-span/ It does 2 things...locks the receiver pin and more relevant to this discussion, stops any rattle from the ball platform moving around inside the receiver. I used to use Duct Tape, this is much cleaner. If this is an Ameritrail trailer and you hear screeching when you apply the brakes, check that the brake calipers are tightly fixed to the trailer. Almost 2 years ago, My new trailer had that issue and one of the bolts holding the caliper to the trailer loosened up and fell out resulting in some damage to the inside of the wheel, etc. And, of course, lots of noise back there. Good luck and KEEP THOSE BRAKES CLEAN AND SALT-FREE.
  2. 2008 Pathfinder 2000

    Well, first I can tell you that it is a GREAT boat! You may have to apply some math here...I sold my 2009 2000 for $25K in May of 2016. She had over 1000 hours but she looked like this... and yes, this is the bilge I had the 115 motor as well, plenty fast enough (40 mph in perfect conditions) and she sat flat in the water, not stern heavy like those with the larger motor. She sat on an Ameritrail trailer but had only one battery, no trolling motor, no polling platform. She did have a full cover and custom cushions. LOVED that boat. Plenty roomy enough, sea worthy, economical on gas. Sorry I don't have more recent $$$$'s for you but this may give you a starting point. Good luck!
  3. Motor is Shaking when Trimmed Up?

    Hey Dino, No jackplate, by trim, I mean tilting the motor up a few degrees. Reading the bars on the gauge that shows amount of tilt, going beyond 3 or 4 bars is when the problem starts. Never used to do this - in the past, trimming way too far may have resulted in cavitation but that was way beyond this angle. This "shake" feels just like it would if you picked up a heavy weed on one blade of the prop. You know what I mean, you put her in reverse, the weed goes away and she is smooth running again. In this case - no weeds, just unexplained shake. I'll take her in in a few weeks after the Atlanta Boat Show which has all the dealers too busy right now to help out. Still shooting with a Nikon D610 full sensor camera as primary, my wildlife lens is now a Sigma 180 - 600mm Sport lens. I laughed when the General Manager of the largest camera shop in Atlanta recommended it to me. "That's like driving a Ferrari and putting $100 tires on it" I said. "No, the old man retired and his kids are running Sigma now. They are turning the company from a cheap replacement lens supplier into a quality lens company". I was still skeptical so he had the Sigma factory rep bring one to Atlanta for me to try on my camera. The only birds around Buckhead are pigeons, so I dropped some corn in the parking lot before I walked in. By the time I got back out, a bunch of pigeons had showed up and I took a few photos, along with a license plate about a quarter of a mile away and a few distant signs. Got them up on the computer and all were sharp as a tack. "ORDER ME ONE"! He did and this was the actual first shot I took with it... A few more from that first trip... The day in on the Tennessee River was cloudy and dull. The eagle was shot at f 8.0 which is the sweet spot for this lens, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, focal length, the full 600mm. Hand held, no mono-pod. If, 7 years ago, anyone had ever told me I would be hand holding a 600mm lens IN A BOAT and getting sharp images, I would have thought him nuts. I shoot in RAW now. When you can buy a 3 terabyte hard drive for $100, why not shoot 50 meg photo files with ALL the information on there. Here is the difference that a sunny day makes by the way... I would love to spend some time with you locals down in the ENP. Early spring most likely, I'll send a PM or give ya a call. Happy New Year.
  4. Motor is Shaking when Trimmed Up?

    OK, it's been a little chilly here in the Southeast. Boat has been sitting for almost a month, a record for non-use. Got some decent weather yesterday, took her up to the Tennessee River near the Hiawassee Wildlife Refuge. Thousands of Sand Hill Cranes are in town for the Crane Festival this weekend, thought I would take a few photos. First surprise... a little ice in Big Possum Creek. Now I know how the Titanic's Captain must have felt. Saw some nice cranes... A surprise group of White Pelicans and the usual Bald Eagles Take a close look. What is that in his back? First thought, a broken off arrow. Too thin. A radio transmitter (I hoped). Called the Tennessee DNR, sent them the photos, they confirmed, a tracking device. I saw the eagle take off and land a few times, the device did not seem to hinder his movements. Now, here's the boat question. Everything ran and worked well despite the month layoff BUT at about 4000 rpm, trimmed the motor up and at about 3 or 4 bars on the "Trim-O-Meter", the motor began to shake. Nothing too radical but very noticeable. Prop and lower unit pristine, no weeds, etc. Trimmed back down, smooth as can be, trimmed back up and same shake after 3 bars. Once out of the water, checked the hydraulic rams for tightness, seems OK. She will be going in for Spring (300 hour) work over but I am very curious as to what is causing the shake. Any thoughts??
  5. THIS is a sunrise

    Wow, you guys are getting good with those cameras! Although I try not to use my phone as a camera, I was on the way to the Dolphin Lab at Savannah State University to participate in the monthly dolphin survey when the sun came up just over Tybee Island, couldn't resist. The Marine Biology Department at SSU maintains a data base of all of Georgia's Coastal Bottle Nose Dolphins. As you may know, every dolphin dorsal fin is unique, like a human finger print. If they can get a sharp image, they can identify the animal and help determine the health of the overall dolphin population. I can't resist helping out as a volunteer. What better way to spend a 35 degree December day than standing in the bow of a 22 foot Whaler for 10 hours trying to catch a glimpse of a fin. I am sure that savvy Pathfinder owners know this but please make sure to tell other recreational boaters that you may know NEVER TO FEED WILD DOLPHINS. Yes, they are "cute" but no, it's not Flipper, it is a wild animal and once they learn that a boat can be a source of food only bad results can occur. This... activity leads to this... Let's give this calf... a chance to live a long life out there.
  6. 2014 TRS 2400 WET DECK

    I do not fish from my boat (the only Pathfinder owner who does not fish apparently) so I'm not sure what a "mono cut-off" is. I can tell you that monofilament fishing line can be deadly to wildlife, I'm sure all you guys know this and dispose of it properly, not in the overboard drain. Here is a Great Blue Heron we met recently. Nice... Take a close look at her lower right leg... in time, this can tighten and cause amputation of the foot with predictable results as this bird makes its living wading in shallow water to catch fish. I've met many fellow Pathfinder owners and I know you all have great respect for the great outdoors (or else you would all be bowling or something). Just a reminder, please be super careful of discarded fishing line. See you out there.
  7. My 2008 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport **SOLD**!

    Funny story. A Forum member from the other end of the state wanted to buy the truck for his college student son. He wanted him to have a reliable vehicle. The off road riding, rugby playing son shows up in a dented, mud-splattered old truck, takes one look at mine, which looks and runs like it just came off the new car showroom, politely asks a few questions, then leaves. Dad calls the next day and reports that son said that truck was, "just not his style" "too clean". We both laughed. The next time a Georgia 20-something comes to look at the truck, I'll throw a bucket of mud on it first. See above, price reduced to $12,500. New truck is almost ready, no room in the garage for two.
  8. My 2008 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport **SOLD**!

    I don't know but it looks like a million bucks. A Forum member from down the Coast is coming up to look at it this afternoon, I want to keep it within the Forum Family if I can. Your question reminds me of one that interests me...you know I use the boat for wildlife photography. Lets say I start a trip to Flamingo with the 2 SD cards in the camera empty (re-formatted) and I return with 500 images on those cards...DOES THE CAMERA WEIGH MORE WHEN I RETURN OR THE SAME?
  9. My 2008 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport **SOLD**!

    2-wheel drive, rear wheel drive. I've never met a steep boat ramp I couldn't get up and we go to some really primitive ramps. This is an access cab model. I got it because the 4 door model has more room in the cab but they take the room from the bed leaving a short bed. This has the long bed ( 6 ft, 3 inches ). The jump seats are just OK for two full size people, mostly younger people, don't try to put your Mother-in-Law back there. I just polished the head light lenses, they had fogged up some, now they look like this...
  10. My 2008 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport **SOLD**!

    160 K. The bumper sticker stays.
  11. Thank you for all the interest, Forum members. OK, new truck is about to be delivered, no room in garage for 2 trucks. Now asking $12,500. I purchased this truck when I bought my first Pathfinder, it is a 2008 model. Asking $13,500. This truck was purchased in early 2009 and has been meticulously maintained by, some would say, an obsessive owner. A one owner truck, this vehicle has every service record from the day I drove it off the lot. Serviced every 5,000 miles, has used synthetic oil from day one. The truck has the tow package with transmission fluid cooler and oil cooler, recent new tires, bed liner, thick rubber pad over the liner and a locking UnderCover truck bed cover. There are custom made gray sheep skin seat covers and the leaf springs have been beefed up with an additional leaf in each spring for towing, there is a chrome exhaust tip as well.I strongly recommend this truck for towing a boat. This truck tows my 22 foot Pathfinder Bay Boat with ease. The vehicle has deeply tinted windows, chrome running boards, a full cover (for the black vultures at Flamingo) and a very nice fake hood scoop!As the photos show, this is a very nice looking truck. ZAINO FOREVER! Yes, these are recent photos PM or call 678 358 2134
  12. Selling My Tow Vehicle - Tacoma

    I bought this truck when I purchased my first Pathfinder. It is in the same condition as my boat. Those of you familiar with the whole Zaino wax process know what my boat looks like, well, same thing for the truck. I'll list it under "stuff for sale - other" on the Forum but it's a great truck and I wanted to give the Pathfinder family word that it is available, I'd like to keep it in the family.
  13. 2200 TE Standing Water Under Pumps?

    Yes, it seems to have done the trick. I haven't flooded the area with water yet but so far, I see no standing water. The details of how I filled it are shown above. One good trick not mentioned, lower the trailer jack all the way when doing the repair, this will slightly tilt the surface of the repair making it higher forward and lower aft, allowing the water to drain into the existing hole leading to the bilge. I also routed out that hole leading to the bilge enlarging it's diameter. Good luck. PM me if you need additional advice on the repair.
  14. HPS 23 Anchor Locker

    Use either Comet or Bar Keepers Friend and a scrub brush. The picture of the anchor appears to show two very sharp corners on the top of the shaft on either side of the shackle. You might try to grind those down into a rounded corner. I don't know what the anchor locker looks like on the 23, here is how I hold my Danforth Hi Tensile anchor in place on my 2200 TRS... The SS screws keep it from moving side to side... the small hasps hold it down in rough weather.
  15. Need help Garmin 54cv or 74cv

    Agree with everyone. Go with the biggest screen you can afford and fit. Here is my 2200 TRS with a 10 inch Garmin screen... I remember using RDF, Loran A, Loran C and all the NOAA charts I could fit on board to figure out where we were on a foggy Block Island Sound day. To me, the current marine GPS is a absolute miracle - go for it!