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About DonV

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    1998 Hewes Lappy Bonefisher/1978 23' SeaCraft
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    Tampa South Shore

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  1. DonV

    GPS External Antenna & Internal

    Did not know there was even a jack on the 942 for an external antenna? In any case look at page #2 in your owners manual to pick GPS source. In any case I'd use the internal only.
  2. DonV

    No fishing for a while

    Good God Carlos!! Hurts just looking at it! Take it easy and get well soon!!
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    Question about frying fish

    I'm with Capt. DeWalt, I fry only outside, almost always with a cajun fryer! However even at Costco or Sams peanut oil is crazy expensive so I just use enough to just do the batch of fish I'm frying and just throw it away when done. However if I have fish to fry I sometimes try and fry other seafood items like shrimp, etc. the next day and then throw away the oil. I'm a cheap bastard. Plus being lazy this is all I use to fry fish. http://atkinsonmilling.com/seafood_breaders/atkinson_s_spicy_cajun_seafood_breader/
  4. DonV

    Yamaha 6Y8 Gauges to Simrad

    I saw the answer to your question on THT, good answer. I had no idea you needed the "multi port" hub, seems too simple. Good luck.
  5. DonV

    trailer tires

    "Years ago, Goodyear Marathons were NOT recommended by most - although some had no issues...." No kidding!! Replaced the four Marathons on one of my trailers, two had blown the other two were close to useless, took them to the landfill and the attendant laughed at me and said there was an extra charge for those Goodyear's because they were such junk even the dump did not want them.
  6. Dang JJ I missed your post!! I did my SeaCraft last year, the whole "nine yards", AquaBuff 2000 with the wool pad, Collinite 920 and two coats of Collinite 925 and yeah it was a lot of work but after you do the first three feet your in with no way out!!! Looks great, the blue really popped out!!!
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    Fuel Range

    Horrendous fuel mileage is the only bad thing I'll ever say about my old Merc. It never let me down and always ran perfectly. Funny story, the guy I sold it to seemed pretty nice and also seemed to know a lot about boats when I told him I always ran it at 3800 to 4000 because that was where it got the best performance and fuel burn. Anyway he calls me up and said he and his two boys, who were well in to the 300 pound range, took it out 50 - 60 miles grouper fishing and almost did not make it back home on the gas he had. I asked him, 1. you took it out on your first trip 50 miles without a test run?? and 2. how fast were you running? He said 35 - 40 mph around 5000 rpms!! I had to mute the phone so he would not hear me laughing knowing he was getting maybe 1.5 mpg at that speed!!!
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    Fuel Range

    "This is with a 150 HP OX66 EFI 2 stroke" Yowza! That's really good for an EFI! My Merc 225 EFI liked two things oil and gas...lots of gas!!! It never saw or dreamed about 3 mpg even with the wind blowing from behind and going downhill!!
  9. I told my best friend, if you are going to buy a boat you must be one of two things, 1. mechanically inclined....big time, or 2. have lots of money to pay mechanics!!! I never thought about having an in-law mechanic as an option!!! In any case he was in the lots of money category, changing spark plugs whipped his rear!!
  10. DonV

    New to me bonefisher

    I wish you guys would quit showing the 16' Bonefisher Lappys, especially the 98 -99 with the lower sides. It reminds me what a total doof I was selling mine. I still kick myself for that. Good luck though and nice find!!
  11. Yes Sir I made that Christmas week mistake once, never again!! I guess I'm getting too old but those crowds just kill me!! Happy you had fun though I hear Pepe, who owned Lazy Days, after he sold the Islamorada place he has opened a restaurant in Key Largo, I think it's "The Lazy Lobster". Hear it's pretty good, however no views like the place in Islamorada. Anyone with reviews let us know.
  12. DonV

    WTB Pathfinder 23 dv

    Sorry!! I must have missed that requirement in your first post.
  13. DonV

    WTB Pathfinder 23 dv

    Look 19 posts below......
  14. DonV

    99’ bonefisher repower options

    No I don't, he sold the boat and has moved back up north. (???? why) I do remember to get to 30 mph, normal load, he was running 4500 - 4600. Testing my memory which is not too good anymore!
  15. DonV

    99’ bonefisher repower options

    I think the rating is 90 HP on that hull, my 1998 Bonefisher was. IF, that's a big if, you can find a Yami 90 hp two stroke that's the way to go weight wise, 285 lbs. However they are carbed engines and DO like gas, for fuel economy go with the 90 eTec or 90 four stroke, there is the weight trade off on the four strokes. I found riding on a friends 16'er (Bayfisher) his 70 four stroke was adequate on plane, but not too quick getting on plane with two guys at 400 - 420 lbs total at the rear seat. He wishes he had went with more HP. Good luck.
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