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About johnd

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  1. MK Terrova Heading Sensor Install

    Just installed mine. found a spot where I hope I don't step on and it won't snag a fly line. I wired with a small in-line fuse direct to an extra terminal. I followed the directions exactly. It paired right up with motor. We then put boat in water, followed instructions, did a few quick circles and all set. Ive used this a dozen times now and compared to the non-bluetooth model, it holds the 'spot' a lot tighter. One new thing, you have to remember to turn the TM on - and turn it OFF at end of day. (located behind seat, clear view of sky. Probably 10ft from motor and no issue with pairing.)
  2. Keel Guard

    Mine came with..over last 10 years or so it started to peel off. I’ve taken it off now. Might reduce top speed, but I can see how it protects against sandbars and maybe oyster..if going slow or beaching.
  3. Just bought 1995 bayfisher 18

    Slow. Wot with just me about 38-39 kts. Propped for hole shot..she jumps on plane.
  4. $15,900 obo. Wife insisting she get her driveway back. New boat running well.
  5. Just bought 1995 bayfisher 18

    Have a 92 18Redfish..same hull. Put 140 Suzuki on her and very pleased with my hole shot. Reluctantly she is for sale. welcome to the family! Btw, I think your new boat will ride better if your turn it over. Lol
  6. 2010 Cobia 21 Bay

    Friend looking at this. Did MBG build these in 2010 and new or older design? Thx
  7. RL2 - Boat is still for sale. Covered on trailer in my driveway. Merritt Island. Don: had offshore on the lift, skiff on trailer, kayak and canoe at dock.. failed to mention the flatback (kind of a gheeno) I kept in a neighbors porch... Not home before dark she got worried, counted boats and toys, called my son and found out I had bought the little flatback... opps...that was one cold Feb night a few years ago wife was very happy when USCG called and said 'we have found your husband, he is ok". Once she got over being happy I was found, well... my boat collection was a casualty.
  8. Example of WOODY WAX

    The other very good use of Woody Wax is on your pipework (platform legs & crossbeams). WW is “costly”, but the instructions are correct to use just a little. Not good on smooth surfaces, but agree awesome on non-skid. I too use Orpine wash, also very concentrated..cleans pretty well and it smells good too
  9. Introduction and Request (WTB)

    Welcome. Not sure we ever get “our last boat”. I bought my Hewes 18 RF 8 plus years ago, kids grown & time for dad to fish the skinny water (I still go offshore with friends, but not so often). Never ever did I plan to sell her. Life changes, my wife about to retire and she is not so excited about standing on the platform sight fishing while I pole, so I found a new (to me boat). My classic Lappy is listed in the for sale section. Hewes, MA - both great choices and folks on this forum will share much great info.
  10. New Ipilot

    Arrived at southern edge of No Motor Zone at 12:15..set the new TM on anchor lock, every other boat had anchors out. When the Falcon launched at 4:15 we were still in the same place and had only used 1/4 of battery juice. My guests were so impressed they took photos of my TM. LOL My boating buddy said to me “that’s well worth $1700”. I’m seriously impressed with the new MK Living on the Space Coast, watching a rocket launch and amazing to see two boosters come in and land. Wow!
  11. Old Gas

    Not your lawn mower or any small engine. Put 5-10 gallons in your truck, fill up the tank..do it again next week (assume you burn a tank a week). You might get a bit lower fuel mileage, but just burn it
  12. New (Bluetooth) IPILOT

    A few observations. Have 4? Year old 24v Ipilot on my Hewes. Love the spot lock feature, used to where buttons are on remote. Probably more hours on it then my Suzuki. Installed new IPilot last week on new boat and yesterday had a few hours to “learn”. The new TM has a spring assist to deploy & retrieve. It is a nice feature, easier to retrieve. The new TM has an on-off button. One more thing to remember to turn off...I’ll give this a negative. Remote is beefier, uses 3 triple A batteries vs. the problematic watch battery. That’s should be a plus. Feels good in the hand, works great, but buttons in different location so took (will take) a while getting used to. New TM requires a head sensor. Had to locate an out of the way location, hard wired to power. Apparently it’s fuction is to improve spot lock. My impression the spot lock is far more accurate. A bit of wind and current yesterday and it held the bow..less wondering. Giving this a plus. I did not try “jog” or build track functions. Steering seemed a bit more sensitive, not sure plus or minus.. cost about $300 more than my last one. Plus on the spring assist, plus for new battery design, minus for on-off switch, plus for improved spot lock.
  13. Lbs Test Leader - 20,30,40 ?

    River reds, trout, smaller Snook..4,10,20lb braid with 15 or 20 flouro 15-20 leader on topwater, 15-20 on jigs with paddletails. 2500,3000,4000 size reels. Nearshore I’ll up the leader to 20-30lbs. No oyster bars here, just mangrove trees and docks. Since it’s that time of year for Shad run, Sunshine bass & some freshwater there I use mostly 8 lb leader.
  14. Dry boat bag or box for important items??

    Papers in a zip lock. IF I put phone etc away, a Tupperware box works great
  15. Just pulled the AGM trolling batteries out for my new project...new owner gets new batteries. I know this awesome boat probably not gonna get $19k..but hey, no harm asking Dropped a couple of boat dollars on new project this week..be nice to replace some funds, so reasonable offer will be accepted.