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  1. PLB or EPIRB

    My buddy just bought one....see my review on the forum.... You change boats like most of us change cars Hope you are well.....call me sometime if you want to fish Choko in a "baby skiff"- 1995 MA17 dc
  2. What did you do to your boat today?

    thank you ....a labor of love for the hobby....I always feel like I'm "paying myself" when I do this.....it took me 14 hours - two days including going to the Boat Owner's warehouse to get the stuff....but, I was going very very slowing, tracing every wire and ground to be sure I didn't blow up or short out something.....this was the slow part of the process as I had to do a test wiring to be sure everything worked, then I would lay it out....combine this with bad knees and well....it just went slow...in and out of the skiff 100 times and I was a sore puppy....I don't know how the professional riggers like BOB at Inshore Marine does it day in and day out...I'm sure he would have done it in 1/4 of the time, but, I enjoy it....I missed my Co_Pilot - DonH my rigging Assistant..something about Family and Thanksgiving....Baaaah Humbug But, I enjoy it, I know each fuse, how they work, what comes on, what goes off, etc. etc. It's not easy...banged up knuckles, sliced hands from fiberglass etc....Ugggggh. DC
  3. What did you do to your boat today?

    I believe Duracell are DEKA AGM's....great batteries. The recommendation for the older 2 smoker is NON AGM - and to use only Lead Acid - batteries with a reserve capacity of 135... So, I deal with the water....thus the reason to get easy access....so far, it's been a champ for me. DC
  4. Heads Up!

    Great info.... And......the fishing report dc
  5. Last weekend was fix the oil injection system....this weekend, I decided to clean up some things and re-work the bilge area. 1.) I could not easily see the RACOR filter bulb 2.) Anytime I had to service the batter or work on something, it was a hug effort to lift it out and move it-I wanted to be able to check the water levels easily 3.) I wanted to clean up my bubblers 4.) I wanted to move the power pole pump up under the seat and out of the bilge PP guys sent me the tubing and ferrels and I was ready. Here is the part one in the bilge with the battery removed - I bought another Lexan cover for the Bennet pump...yep, 22 years old...still pushing:) Took a pic to remember things...then used the Perko manual to do the final install. Removed the power pole pump- yep, very yucky living in the bilge... Here is the Series 27 Interstate which is the house and starter....135 RC END OF DAY ONE...... DAY 2 -TAKING APART THE POWER POLE TUBIING AND RESETTING THE PUMP I HAD TWO EXTRA QUARTS OF GREEN OIL AND CHANGED OUT THE OIL IN THE UNITS - IT WAS DARK AND YUCKY. I SET THEM IN PLACE...RAN THE CABLES TO THE SEPERATE ON-OFF SWITCH WHICH I RAN FROM THE BUS. THE ON-OFF SWITCH RUNS THE POWER POLES AND THE BUBBLERS....SO, I CAN RUN THE SHRIMP WELLS WITH TWO BUBBLERS OVER NIGHT OR WHEN ON THE ROAD AND NOT HAVE THE FULL SYSTEM ON.....IT WORKS FOR ME..... THE AUTO BILGE IS RUNNING OFF THE MAIN-ALWAYS LIVE BUS TO THE RIGHT...THIS WAY IT HAS A VERY GOOD CONNECTION AND NO WORRIES ON THE BATTERY CLIPS THE TWO FUSES TO THE RIGHT ARE THE BUBBLERS @ 5AMP THE ONES TO THE LEFT ARE THE POWER POLES - 30 AMP I USE SHRIMP ALOT AND HAVE 3 BUBBLERS IN THE LIVEWELL FOR CARRY 10-12 DOZ WHICH IS NORMALLY WHAT I CARRY FOR A FULL DAY..... ALSO HELPS WITH LIVE BAIT, WHEN I CAN NET IT...... I USED ALL BLUE SEAS COMPONENTS - OTHER THAN THE PERKO WHICH I HAD AN EXTRA....ALL ANCHOR WIRE AND ANCHOR CRIMP ON'S. ANOTHER VIEW...THE MAIN FUSE TO THE PANEL ON THE CONSOLE - 30 AMP FUSE - EASY TO GET TO. BUBBLERS AND POWER POLES....ALL LINED UP AND EASY TO SERVICE AND SEE.
  6. New Cobia 320CC Sea Trials

    Holy Big GPS Screens Batman....Wow Loaded for bear and backups..... The console and seating are like those of a nuclear sub....very nice fit and finish.... dc
  7. What did you do to your boat today?

    Nice..... dc
  8. Fall time reds

    NO ice on the feesssh ? dc
  9. Boat Center FLL - Shout Out to Mike and the team

    I love the smell of "napalm" in the morning....errr two stroke oil....reminds me of.......reminds me of ................."fishing" dc
  10. Always lots of discussion around buying stuff on line and not using a local dealer. I'm a big DIY'r and yes, sometimes I buy stuff on line to save time, but, for the most part, I buy all my parts, etc. from my local dealer.. As well, they did a great job on my lower unit rebuild and carb tune up....the guys at FLL Boat Center - MHP dealer are very professional and the most important attribute, HONEST CASE IN POINT TODAY: During my last trip to Choko I was getting a low oil alarm on the 2 stroke, 1995 yamadog 115 HP. The oil system seems to be not working properly...I had to do an on-water diagnosis, by taking off the cowlings and I saw the on-engine tank was out of oil.... The result was I had to idle back across Choko-bay and back to the dock....I ran back to Everglades City and bought couple of quarts of oil, filled it and off we went to finish the trips. I called over Capt DonH and today we decided to figure out what was going on.....It was a PIA - we had to take out the battery and clean things up...during the exercise, we found some gunk in the RACOR (Again from Circle K fuel - NO MORE EVER AGAIN - NOW I'M BUYING MY FUEL FROM SHELL HERE IN FLL). We took out the tank, all the floats, switches, took off the wiring harness at the engine and the onboard float sensor... We tested the on-tank oil pump motor and then carried our plastic bag of goodies to see our friends at BOAT CENTER... Mike behind the counter is a great mechanic and knows his stuff.... He told us how it all worked together and said, since it appears the oil motor is running, and you are getting a low oil alarm, it must be somewhere in the following places: 1) at the on tank float 2.) the connections for each of the sensors 3.) oil filter on the tank clogged 4.) some gunk in the lines which is not allowing the oil to be pumped. HIS RECOMMENDATION..... BLOW OUT THE LINES REPLACE THE INLINE OIL FILTER ON THE OIL RESERVE TANK BLOW OUT THE LINES ON THE ON ENGINE TANK AND RESERVE TANK BLOW OUT THE MOTOR CLEAN ALL THE CONNECTIONS AND USE SOME ELECTRIC SPRAY TO INSURE GOOD CONTACT AND RE-CONNECT WITH A SOLID SNAP. He said, if it doesn't work, come back and we'll diagnos some more..... WELL, IT WORKED !!!! After we re-assembled the entire system...we turned the key, and the on-engine oil tank immediately began to fill, we heard the on-tank motor running, and it stopped filling right the the appropriate oil fill level. We cranked up the engine - first turn - va-voom NOW, he had a $360 new tank and wiring harness with a new motor and sensors in stock and showed us how it all worked together....had he not been ethical he would have said - you gotta have this, etc. etc. he didn't and said, let's do this one step at a time...Wow End result is I think because I had to take off the on-engine sensor on the water, something became loose, I had been working in the bilge and could have knocked the connection to the wiring harness...Mike said the in line oil filter needs to be clean and flow...and any blockage can result in not a good flow rate. Anyone who needs work from Miami to Broward, even Palm Beach....it's worth knowing you are dealing with an honest 5 star team....now are they not cheap when they do the labor and they charge retail for the parts....but, you have a dealer who is someone you can trust. Here's a bit of the fun with oil Capt Don and I had today
  11. What did you do to your boat today?

    added here as well as alone under a single entry.....man, arms tired Last weekend was fix the oil injection system....this weekend, I decided to clean up some things and re-work the bilge area. 1.) I could not easily see the RACOR filter bulb 2.) Anytime I had to service the batter or work on something, it was a hug effort to lift it out and move it-I wanted to be able to check the water levels easily 3.) I wanted to clean up my bubblers 4.) I wanted to move the power pole pump up under the seat and out of the bilge PP guys sent me the tubing and ferrels and I was ready. Here is the part one in the bilge with the battery removed - I bought another Lexan cover for the Bennet pump...yep, 22 years old...still pushing:) Took a pic to remember things...then used the Perko manual to do the final install. Removed the power pole pump- yep, very yucky living in the bilge... Here is the Series 27 Interstate which is the house and starter....135 RC END OF DAY ONE...... DAY 2 -TAKING APART THE POWER POLE TUBIING AND RESETTING THE PUMP I HAD TWO EXTRA QUARTS OF GREEN OIL AND CHANGED OUT THE OIL IN THE UNITS - IT WAS DARK AND YUCKY. I SET THEM IN PLACE...RAN THE CABLES TO THE SEPERATE ON-OFF SWITCH WHICH I RAN FROM THE BUS. THE ON-OFF SWITCH RUNS THE POWER POLES AND THE BUBBLERS....SO, I CAN RUN THE SHRIMP WELLS WITH TWO BUBBLERS OVER NIGHT OR WHEN ON THE ROAD AND NOT HAVE THE FULL SYSTEM ON.....IT WORKS FOR ME..... THE AUTO BILGE IS RUNNING OFF THE MAIN-ALWAYS LIVE BUS TO THE RIGHT...THIS WAY IT HAS A VERY GOOD CONNECTION AND NO WORRIES ON THE BATTERY CLIPS THE TWO FUSES TO THE RIGHT ARE THE BUBBLERS @ 5AMP THE ONES TO THE LEFT ARE THE POWER POLES - 30 AMP I USE SHRIMP ALOT AND HAVE 3 BUBBLERS IN THE LIVEWELL FOR CARRY 10-12 DOZ WHICH IS NORMALLY WHAT I CARRY FOR A FULL DAY..... ALSO HELPS WITH LIVE BAIT, WHEN I CAN NET IT...... I USED ALL BLUE SEAS COMPONENTS - OTHER THAN THE PERKO WHICH I HAD AN EXTRA....ALL ANCHOR WIRE AND ANCHOR CRIMP ON'S. ANOTHER VIEW...THE MAIN FUSE TO THE PANEL ON THE CONSOLE - 30 AMP FUSE - EASY TO GET TO. BUBBLERS AND POWER POLES....ALL LINED UP AND EASY TO SERVICE AND SEE. Quote Edit
  12. Time to Re-power

    Check with the Funky Monkey - Marcus and see if he has any previous information on RF's? Just a thought..... DC
  13. Camping in Choko

    I admire all you campers and enjoy reading the posts from everyone....yes, I've seen the boyz on the beach at New Turkey........small little generators running, lots of big fires awaiting, coolers full of steaks and I'm sure some nice rum for the cold winter nights.....tents that look like something out of Lawerence of Arabia..... enjoy.....just not for me.....
  14. A LETTER FROM LEFTY KREH

    He's lived a great life....I hope I'm that lucid at 93 dc
  15. Boat Center FLL - Shout Out to Mike and the team

    I'll look into it...but, if I do, I'll have the Yamaha guys do it and not me alone..... but, for now, based upon what we saw....it's working perfectly and now I understand the entire system....and failure points. The guys at the BC believe it had to be some gunk in the line or a loose connection, because all the other components were working. dc
  16. Camping in Choko

    when they open a Holiday Inn in Flamingo...I will be "camping" in the park You guyz are so hard core...I did enough "Camping" to last a lifetime in the Marine Corps back in the 70's....nothing like a hump in Da Sh^%%T for a few weeks to cure you of "camping". Wet boots and C-Rats for weeks on end....let alone sleeping in the rain....lots of fun Dc
  17. 1998 Maverick Master Angler 17

    No trailer so add $2500 to get it home... Dc
  18. Best price on a Yamaha Lower unit

    What is the reason for the need to buy a new LU? I went through the same issue with my broken skegg...and the Yamaha 5 star dealer - Boat Center, rebuilt the entire lower unit for less than $800 and I have a local warranty....just another option... If the LU is still in decent shape....it can be done...when they had to install my skegg, due to the amount I had broken off, they had to super heat the crank shaft which then burned up the seals...so a rebuild was necessary.... Dc
  19. Boat Center FLL - Shout Out to Mike and the team

    i've seen a few youtube videos on the subject....yes, it can be done....but, until i have another failure..since it's now working properly, why bother with it....it's really only about getting the oil to the reserve pump on the engine...it's gravity feed after this....from what I learned from the boyz at boat center..it seems to be just a clogged line or loose connection... Don't fix what ain't broke is what I heard from the Yamaha guyz... dc
  20. Boat Center FLL - Shout Out to Mike and the team

    A definite good to have....I now do the same..it's a gravity feed to the oil pump and the carbs.... I will be carrying one as well.... dc
  21. Ignition Switch Replacement

    Yep, DO NOT USE WD40 IT'S WHY YOU HAVE GOO... DC
  22. 1978 18' Maverick / berg

    Definitely one of a kind...congrats... dc
  23. Boat Center FLL - Shout Out to Mike and the team

    yes, but it was not filing properly.... that's the reason for the problem. dc
  24. I have an original MA 17 1995 Ezloader trailer... I have a couple of options.. 1.) upgrade the current trailer (I need to add another set of bunks to center the keel when loading). 2.) The Torsion axel is original, but, has been garaged kept and the hubs run ice cold every trip - i push new grease every 2-3 trips. I figure it will be at least $1K for the upgrades....I want to add a further longer front trailer extension as well...so I can walk the beam as I launch in shallow water many times.... In any case....what are you guys and gals placing your MA17's on and why? Photos helpful please. dc
  25. Best Trailer For 1995 MA 17 (Looking For Recommendations)

    Will do... dc
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