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    4th of July
  2. what shaft ipilot for 24v?

    I have the 72 i-pilot on my 2400TE. It is not a problem on the deck. It does stick out past the edge of the bow, which i really don't like. But its because of the i-pilot motor and would be the same for a 60 inch. Just have to be careful docking other than that, not a problem on the water.
  3. NEW red tide and water condition report

    Very little runoff from sugarcane fields south of Lake O gets into the lake and then discharged out of the Caloosathachie. Its more than that and we definitely need more information and education on the subject. Sugarcane runoff more likely goes in the glades and down to Florida Bay, not that that is any better. The water is contained in the lake partly to keep the cane fields dry and people in Belle Glade, Pahoke etc alive. But the water going into the lake comes in from the Kissimmee River and tributaries to the north. A whole different pollution source from golf courses, lawns, parking lots, septic tanks, farms, etc. in and around Orlando. There used to be a lot of dairies up there that provided a lot of phosphorus loading but most of them are gone now. No body wants to think that they might be part of the problem when they can just point to some big bad boogey man. Its easy to say its big sugar that is causing this red tide, but it's probably not as much a sugar problem now as people want to think. Which means the solution isn't as easy as just "sticking it" to big sugar. Get rid of the sugar cane field and the lake will still have problems. Heck, we don't really even know that the discharge from Lake O is causing the red tide, though the severity is probably not coincidence. Siesta Key is bad and there have been bad red tides in Tampa Bay in the past. Hopefully the upshot of this is that more people will get informed about the hydrology of Florida and become invested in real solutions for the Lake, the glades and overall water quality and quantity issues affecting the entire peninsula. I'm just as concerned about all the freshwater that gets dumped in the Gulf and Atlantic every summer when we still get most of our freshwater out of the aquifer. That is a problem that affects everyone across the state, all year round.
  4. Bean Bag for Pathfinder 2200

    Great, thanks for the info. Was just looking into this and wondering which one would fit better.
  5. Any suggestions?

    Thanks all. I think the bolt was over torqued when installed or maybe cross threaded. I've been hitting it with blaster for a few days so seems like more than corrosion. I broke the head off first, then broke off the stub. That was with heating it up as well. There's not much room to get in there and drill so that's been part of the challenge. Looks like I'm going to have to tap it for a larger bolt or use a helicoil once I get it out.
  6. Any suggestions?

    Broke off a hex bolt trying to change my thermostats. Had a heck of a time getting the rest of the bolt out. Drilled and tried to use an extractor but not making any ground on this thing. Here is where I quit this afternoon. The pic is sideways I think.
  7. Lake O Red tide!

    Nailed it with the sources of the problems. Look at Google Earth sometime and see how almost all of peninsular Florida's watersheds start in Orange, Osceola and Polk counties. The Kissimmee River is the headwater of Lake O and the glades. Reedy Creek and Shingle Creek feed the lakes that feed the Kissimmee River. Then on the east side you have the headwaters of the St. Johns which has its own set of problems. The Peace River feeds north Charlotte Harbor gets it's start in the lakes around Winter Haven and Polk County and the wetlands in the flatwoods to the west which have been decimated by phosphate mining. No one problem and no one solution. Its a complex water quality and quantity issue. Ag has long gotten the stink eye over this but probably has done the most to help clean its act up. Those nutrients that run off a farm aren't cheap so farmers don't really like paying for fertilizer to run off the farm when they are having trouble keeping up with foreign competition and rising labor costs/shortages. We are dumping billions of gallons out both sides of Lake O during the summer and pumping billions from the aquifer at the same time. But I still can't figure out how discharge from Lake O affects a red tide that runs from BG pass up to Siesta Key. Not saying it doesn't but think there is even more at play.
  8. 2017 2200TRS Ice chest struggle

    I'm not a big fan either, l looked at slides but never installed them as they look to be as much of a pain as the cooler, and a little pricey. Right now I've got a 75 qt yeti which takes up most of the space. Its hard to open and I'd really love to have tackle storage there. But I don't have a ton of other options. My boat has the old "euro" style console with the built-in seat up front. Its got a drain and i think it's insulated so I could use it as a cooler but's not very big. I usually have a decent size crew so we need the cooler space for drinks, lunch etc. I've kind of resigned myself to having to make it work unless I wanted to give up cooler space. It opens enough to get drinks in and I use it for snapper and just bag them so it doesn't get my drinks too fishy. Bigger fish i just use the release well and either run the pumps or ice them down.
  9. F250 Thermostat Change

    I can run it in a drum or a molasses tub or something to get temp up. I'm a little leery of using a torch on that block, especially around that fuel line i disconnected to access the cover. But a heat gun might work as well. Since the block is aluminum and the bolt is stainless my assumption is that the aluminum is going to heat faster anyway.
  10. F250 Thermostat Change

    Took your advice and still snapped off the first bolt I tried to get loose. Any other suggestions on getting the other 3 out without snapping them? I gave everything a good dose of blaster figured I'd let that work and come back today and see how it goes. Weird thing was, that bolt didn't seem seized and I didn't horse it, just started turning it and it wrung the head off. I did order 4 replacement bolts just in case.
  11. Friction Hinge for Front Dry Storage

    Any idea where to find the replacement SS socket, that sounds like a great idea.
  12. Friction Hinge for Front Dry Storage

    They claim now that they are direct replacements for their products. Haven't ordered them yet, so don't know for sure.
  13. Friction Hinge for Front Dry Storage

    Anyone replace the hinges on the large front dry storage of their Pathfinder with the gemlux friction hinges? It would be nice to get rid of the gas shock, and last time out with my kids, it kept getting knocked off and the catch on the end is wearing, so need to do something about it anyway. Just concerned with the size of the hatch lid and whether or not the friction hinges will hold it. Also, which hinge did your order. Size looks to be a direct replacement but hard to tell if its top mount or flush mount.
  14. F250 Thermostat Change

    I have a 2007 model F250, its overheating at low RPM. My normal mechanic is backed up a couple of weeks but told me it probably was the thermostats. I'm generally pretty handy and used to work on most of my own stuff, but with this motor have pretty much just let the mechanic handle everything, I spend my time doing what I do best. This one seems like it should be pretty easy, but haven't been able to find a video or good tutorial online for this model. Can anyone give me any pointers on this or pass along any resources. Thanks
  15. Stump pass reports

    Was down there this weekend. I could spell red tide in just a few areas, but didn't see anything in the way of dead fish. Was in the BG area from Pineland up to Placida/LGI.
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