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Everything posted by smilemaker

  1. Lightning

    Fortunately no direct experience but in a lightning storm you got below and away from any metal
  2. Lightning

    In the younger days off offshore racing sailboats they had grounding plates that went from the mast stays to a large metal plate under the waterline. Even though , we always had a heavy duty pair of jumper cables to connect to the rigging and toss the other end in the water. I don't have a t top but if I did I would have a grounding plate zinc combination below the water line. Many thoughts on how to protect electronics and motor but cutting them off and disconnecting the ground while seeking shelter makes the most since.
  3. Yamaha outboard help

    I vote with Mulligan on th coil It may not be the coil itself but it is something after the computer sends the signal to fire. The thing to understand about fault codes is that the problem needs to be before or in the computer for it to know what is going on. Once it sends a command it assumes it was done.
  4. Minn Kota motherboard problem

    On the old Minn Kota trolling motor it was absolutely necessary to disconnect the motor by plug or circuit breaker before hooking onboard charger. I was hoping MK had addressed this in the new post 2017 motors. Has anyone else fried a motherboard due to forgetting to disconnect the tm . Over the years I have fried 2 24 volt motherboards and believe a fishing buddy may have fried his post 17 board.
  5. Minn Kota motherboard problem

    It seems that Minn kota is aware of the situation. It seems that there should be an answer to protect the board. You can find about anything on the web as some people say that stray static electricity can dry the board. How can something withstand abuse on the water be so vulnerable.
  6. Minn Kota motherboard problem

    The manual for my Minn kota 2017 says to unplug before charging the batteries. I have had 2 of the boards go bad while charging with the tm pluged in on the old 24 volt motors. My fishing partner had his 2017 36volt go out and it is only a year old The problem with boards is well discussed on the web
  7. Porpoising Redfisher

    For the lonesome crowd sandbags and concrete blocks are your friend. I would take the tm batteries out of the boat and replace with equal weight of blocks and sandbags. Move them to front hatch and see how it performs. This will let you know what to expect if you give up the space under the seat. This will also allow you to add more weight to check performance. The prop selection still comes into play as it seems it is not close to being appropriate In the old days before computers this is how boats were designed and set up
  8. Fuel Sending unit / Anti Siphon Valve

    When you unscrew the elbow you need to put a wrench on the nut below it to stop it from turning. It looks like a poly tank and I believe that but holds the seal to the tank Be patient plenty of pb blaster. Better to take several days trying a little at a time. If you break things here the fix is complicated
  9. Porpoising Redfisher

    Changing props or adding plates to the motor all all after the fact solutions to a basic design / use problem. The weight distribution on the boat is way off. The center of gravity and center of buoyancy do not line up.There is too much weight aft of the center of buoancy. This is not the measurement of half way from bow to stern but the weight distribution. You need more weight forward. I don't know the layout of battery and gas tanks (stuck with its location) but try to move as much forward as possible
  10. Pathfiner Font

    Always wise to check state law. Some states require block letters. Most game wardens aren't picky but sometimes you get one known to be looking for anything. Better to be safe and know the regulations.
  11. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    Yes for insulation. Somewhat for noise reduction. Good insulation will keep the water at a more constant temperature especially in the hot sun even if you are turning the water over. Also makes for useful cooler for the sandbar parties.
  12. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    If not too late I would spray as much closed cell foam as possible around the live wells. Must be true closed cell no cheap spray cans.
  13. Everest soft Cooler

    Lucky to get $100 with the logo on it. Maybe $5.
  14. Fresh water wash

    Don't let city water fool you. More bad stuff there than a good deep well. A cap full of bleach to a full tank should not overpower it. If too strong cut back. Many arrivals on the net.
  15. 1996 Bonefisher 16 Gunnels Uneven

    It is hard to tell in pictures but from looking it appears that the cap may be rotated on the hull or one side of cap is sitting higher. When the hull is removed from the mold it is trimmed Occasionally the trimming is a little off and the cap sits uneven. Starting in the middle draw lines every foot or so on each side at the rub rail and measure the distance from the top of the deck to the first edge down . Corresponding distances from the bow should be the same.
  16. Seat Mounting Suggestions?

    If you have a bad back I would go with one of the stool type chairs. The swivel post works ok for the bass fisherman as they are not rocking and rolling. The support and security is no comparison. I have the bass swivel and fishing partner has the stool. Give me the stool anchored by a turnbuckle any day. There are numerous attachments available for a turnbuckle but it will have to mount to the large hatch. It will make the hatch heavier but should work out. Someone on the site must have done it by now.
  17. Fuel tank came loose / HPX owners check this out.

    I would not use the tank to support anything. It is a critical part of the boat and should be well supported. I would glass support blocks to the side of the hull and run aluminum angle from side to side. Space the two aluminum angles far enough apart to make a shelf to hold the batteries. The tabs welded to the tank should have been designed to be strong enough to support the tank and gas, not the weight of the batteries.
  18. Fishing shoes

    I will have to take a look at the soft science. How are they on odor. I need something that will at least smell better than dead bait after a day of fishing
  19. Trailer Advice

    State law varies. I think Florida might require them. Not worried about a ticket but if you are in an accident it might work against you if they are required
  20. Ameratrail Aluminum Wheels

    Thieves like to steal pretty trailors. I like a well used plain trailer with well kept springs bearings and tires. Those wheels are to lust for but like a wife nothing better than the one you have.
  21. The official "What did you catch today" thread

    Not so much sting as ooze. If you have a cut or rub your eyes it will burn. They are messy and you better scrub the boat immediately if you get them on the boat. Do not put in a live well .
  22. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    Lauren hit the nail on the head. The knees are there for transom strength. They do nothing for the stringer. If you read enough forums you will find transom problems with the way they are hanging these monsters on the back without enough support into the hull and flimsy foam cored transoms. They need to have an internal aluminum transom core and aluminum knees going to the stringers
  23. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    When using the pvc pipe cut it in half lengthwise and create a u shape that you can lay flat edges down. This allows for better flow of water along the hull. If you keep it round the water will need to get over the lip of the pvc pipe.
  24. The official "What did you catch today" thread

    Spade fish eat what are called cannon ball jelly fish. They are the big jelly fish without stinging tentacles. You fish over structure place a couple on a line and cut someup for chum. They will come. Put a small piece on a small hook and enjoy the fight. A 3000 spinning reel and light tackle will give a huge fight. Also good eating. Here is a picture of them on the surface.
  25. The official "What did you catch today" thread

    Does glad I didn't catch it count. A 12 tiger shark took an interest in our jelly ball while spade fishing. Would have been trouble if he had liked the smell. He nudged it but not the right flavor for him