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Happy Lappy

1992 18.5 Master Angler

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Sea Deck makes it look like a completely different boat. What was with the screws in the hatches in your original photos? And do you have to remove the fitting on the bow to take the TM off the boat?

I like the starboard accent on the console, too.

Nice work.

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They were for cables that held the lids open. I took them off and replaced them with gas struts. I'll take a picture of the trolling motor bracket for you. Still have a ways to go. Thanks

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Not the TM bracket, the through the deck electrical connection. I have the same model motor guide, but my plug is in the anchor locker. Given the size of TM plugs and the small hole, I was wondering if you can unplug it, without taking the fitting appart?

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Is this what you're looking for? This was the way it was set up when I got the boat. It takes only a few minutes to connect. As far as the trolling motor goes Motorguide sent me a new one a month ago after I had my old one in the shop three times. Before I could control the TM from a few house down the street now I have to be within 5 feet. I've only used the motor a few times since I got it and I've switched batteries on the remote twice with no luck. The old TM had a small antenna and the new one doesn't. What's the deal.

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Mine has an antenna. I can easily control it from the poling platform. You should try re-mating the remote to the trolling motor. Did you look to see if there is a place to screw the antenna in? Maybe tech took it off and forgot to reinstall.

The only problem I have had is with the servo motor in the steering. Motor Guide replaced two at no cost to me. No depreciation or fees, just straight up replaced both.

I like that connection. Next time the plug goes, I am going to add that. The plug before the current one developed a short. It got so hot it started smoking. It's a good thing my son saw the smoke and we flipped the breaker. The two halves of the plug ***embly fused together.

I have heard of them actually starting the boat on fire. So now I check them periodically when on the water for heat build up.

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Maybe the remotes with antenna work too good and people were turning the TMs on by accident and running down there batteries or breaking them off taking on and off?

I have heard of the wireless screwing up some Sonar units. You don't think your sonar could screw up your remote? Doesn't seem likely, but I am not an electrical engineer. :confused:

Let me know what you find.

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Called MotorGuide. My motor has a version A board and they have a version B board that came out in the beginning of the year that addressed this issue. Dropped it of at TMS this afternoon. We'll see in a couple of weeks.

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Got the TM back. Seems to be working better but there's a catch. If I'm standing somewhere on the boat and the TM is not receiving the signal from the remote all I have to do is place my free hand between the remote and the TM and it works. WTF

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Brougham,

The Sea-dek looks great. Curious how it's been holding up now that you have had it on for over a year--edges coming up, wearing well, etc.? Thinking about starting a project like this, and thinking long term maintenance/costs. Tight lines...

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It's held up great. I fish on average once a week with the wife and two young boys. Cleans up great. Tyler from CustomCastaways recommended StarBrite Deck Cleaner with PTEF and that's all I've ever used. While my motor was getting replaced I went to check on the progress and when I saw the the amount of grease and dirt on the Seadek I about Sh$# my pants. Cleaned up just fine. I'll take some pictures for you.

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