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  1. whichwaysup

    Trailer marker light grounding question

    Good call. I will probably go this route if I can’t get these working.
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    Trailer marker light grounding question

    Hmmm, that makes sense and I think this is the missing piece. Thanks to Amazon “cheap Chinese junk are us” I keep replacing junk with junk. Done with Amazon.
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    2000 maverick 21 master angler

    Those 21s are such pretty boats! This is a beauty!
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    New Bern, North Carolina Information

    Ron - the photography opportunities are pretty spectacular there, and a Pathfinder is about the perfect boat for that area. 90% of the water is 4-8 feet deep, and you generally don't have to worry about running aground, random sand or oyster bars, etc. That sound can stand up in a hurry and get nasty, but a 22 pathy is well matched for it. The wind ALWAYS blows there - mornings can be calm, but the wind machine gets cranking around 11 every day. There are so many creeks, back bays, shorelines that if you spent the rest of your life there and took pics every day, you would never run out of shoreline. If you visit, let me know what you thought.
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    New Bern, North Carolina Information

    dang, I missed this post when it came out. Ron, you are getting on towards my neck of the woods. Snow, I didn't know you were in the New Bern area. I'm in WIlmington, but when I "grow up" I want to move to the Pamlico sound. Fell in love w/ the Bay river, Pamlico, and Neuse and have said often that I would put it up against just about any other fishery out there, but there's a LOT of water, and 90% of the fish will be in 10% of the water. . . But the fishing is spectacular year round and very seasonal. Just about the time you get tired of one season, the next one starts. New Bern is a nice town and has a really nice little downtown on the water. The author Nicholas Sparks has done a lot for New Bern from what I understand. Oriental is also pretty nice on the other side of the river. Snow was right, though - there are many small and smaller towns in that area worth looking at. The area is still pretty rustic and heavy farmland, so if you want to get away from it all, it's great. If you want more city life, it's probably not a great fit.
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    What did you do to your boat today?

    curious what you plan to ask for her. Some folks up here in Wilmington need one of those! post up some details - I vaguely recall the story behind her, but would love to get more info.
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    Stress crack repair

    Fish5 - reach out to CRDdawg on here and find out who did the work on his MA. They did fantastic work and I know he is in Savannah.
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    Trailer marker light grounding question

    When you say dedicated ground to each bolt - are you suggesting running a wire from the harness ground (which is screwed into the trailer tongue currently) all the way to each light (instead of using the trailer as a common ground?
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    Catch of the day (pictures)

    Agreed - nice work dad! Love seeing pics of young ones at the helm. I always took my kids out when they were very young and didn't really think they were learning anything from it since their attention span was pretty short at that age. Fast forward 16 years and my son buys his own boat and i got to watch him this weekend - he's a heck of a good captain, better than I was at that age for sure! One day, you will wake up and your young one will be outfishing you, and it's going to be the best feeling ever.
  10. Well, I'm still working the bugs out of my trailer lighting. The re-wire is done, and the new tail lights are installed and working properly - definitely had a bad ground on the old ones. However, I have 4 marker lights - 2 on each side of the trailer, but only one of the four work. These lights have one wire that runs off of either the yellow or brown (depending on which side). All of these lights worked recently, but were starting to flicker which is what caused me to re-wire in the first place. Now I'm getting nothing (except the one that does work still flickers). Does anyone know if these lights ground through the bolt that connects them through the trailer? I suspect that simply unbolting, cleaning, and reinstalling them will fix the issue, but curious if anyone knows why these marker lights would behave this way (flickering/not working). The wiring connections are all soldered, heat shrunk, and liquid electrical taped, so I know they are not the issue.
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    Recent updates on my 2000 Maverick Master Angler

    Fantastic work and thanks for posting. Love my 2000 MA and glad to see you decided to keep yours and do the work on her. I covet that switch panel! Who did it for you?
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    What did you do to your boat today?

    Got a little work done on the trailer. Finally added the centering bunks with my boys help. Used them yesterday and they made a big difference. Also rewired the trailer using an extra wiring harness I had, thought about going fancy with extension cords, boxes, etc, but didn’t have the equipment. Was rewarded for my efforts with precisely ONE working light after I finished. 🤪 Apparently I have a ground issue. New trailer lights arrived so will put those on and address the ground today.
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    Trolling motor; hand control or remote??????????

    Several major benefits for the remote operated TMs: - Spot lock - if you anchor, this will save you a lot of aggravation of throwing anchors out. - Jog: When you anchor with spot lock and you don't quite get it right, or want to move slightly in any direction, hit one button and you move about 5 feet. if you fish docks or structure, being able to work your way around them with one button and fish the rest of the time is unreal. - Ability to fish from anywhere in the boat: You may have an 18-22 foot boat, but with a hand controlled motor, you can only use about 5 feet of it. The remote allows you to fish from anywhere in the boat - that means giving your guest "first shot" from the bow to give them a better trip, it also means casting from the stern when the wind is blowing the boat towards shore while the TM is on spot lock. There are a couple downsides: - No remote, no troller. There is no manual operation of the remote TMs - something that seems incredibly stupid to me. - Mechanical issues: I've had 3 of these and never had an issue, but yes, you have a lot more parts to go wrong. The ulterra (raises and lowers itself) seemed to be the one that had a bad reputation, but the Ipilots can break down. Again, I've never had an issue and don't run across many friends who do, but it does happen. - Cost: A lot more $$ Having said all of that, I'd never go back. EVER. I just put a power pole on my boat, and it's great, but as far as upgrades go, nothing compares to the ipilot. It's an absolute game changer and worth every penny.
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    What did you do to your boat today?

    You have a pic of this? Going to have to rewire the trailer and might consider this.
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    another post about 'what reel to buy'

    For those of you who have an affinity for Shimano but are confused by the difference in models, this guy gets pretty detailed and covers all of them. Found it really helpful. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVa1q4MaQCMWbJ5QzaoUX7g
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    What did you do to your boat today?

    I have an ongoing battle with trailer lights. For the first 10 years of my boating life, I simply ignored them - not a single trailer I owned had a full set of working trailer lights. But, eventually, I amended my ways. Now it drives me nuts to have a light out, but its an constant, aggravating battle. Between wiring that goes bad, connections that break, and lights that go out, keeping all the lights on is an exercise in frustration, but one I've been religiously maintaining. I trailer a lot before dawn and don't want to kill anyone. Then after all that, you go to the boat ramp and some jack-a-ninny clips your trailer and drives off. So, to the frickin' a-hole in the blue BMW who was parked in a HANDICAPPED BOAT TRAILER SPOT besides me at the CB state park marina, I hope my trailer scratched the hell out of your paint job. Oh, and thanks for the note . . . oh wait, you didn't leave one. Seriously, it's 37 bucks for a new light kit, I can afford it, but a note would have been nice. And I know that the guy knew he did it because he ever-so-kindly tried to hide the incident by "re-mounting" my broken light to the trailer before driving off. Had it not been for my license plate sitting on the ground, I wouldn't have known what happened till later. What's wrong with people?
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    another post about 'what reel to buy'

    which stradic model do you have? This vid gives the part number and is a good tutorial - it's super easy, but there are a few things to watch out for. https://shop.fishingreelparts.com/rd17672.html
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    What did you do to your boat today?

    That’s fantastic!!!!
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    another post about 'what reel to buy'

    I was in the same predicament and ended up going with the Shimano ultegra. It is as close to the CI 4+ as I could find and stayed in the $150 mark per reel. I have fished a lot of reels and the Stradics have been my favorite for 25 years now. In that time I have only bought three generations of them and the original are still useable. but, if all you need are roller bearings to keep your Ci 4s useable, they cost $8 and are super easy to replace. I just did my four stradics and they are good as new.
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    Catch of the day (pictures)

    One of the things I've come to enjoy about North Carolina is the seasonal fisheries. Every season brings a different target species, and while I'm always sad when each season ends, I look forward to a change. For me, it's always Flounder and Reds in the summer, Trout in the fall, Striper in the Winter, and spring is just downright tough - haven't really figured that one out yet. Trout season usually gets going here in mid-to-late October, but was late this year. By mid November, it's winding down, but this year it didn't even get going until last week - but man, it's on now! Been having a ball with the boys, sneaking out for pre-dawn trips before work filling the cooler and stocking up the freezer. Took the boys out on two different days this week, and we managed to find some nice fish. There's nothing quite like that Trout "tick" on a suspending twitch bait or that moment right after a pause when you go to twitch the lure again and you get that fantastic resistance. Yesterday was pretty fantastic - 9 keeper trout and a nice, barely-legal red. The new Powerpole has been a great addition to the boat!
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    Lower Unit Advice

    This is why, if you own an older engine, it's a good idea to check your lower unit gear lube a couple of times a year. When I got my current MA, my 2001 Vmax looked brand new and, since I'd had a mechanic look it over, I ran it for a full year and thought nothing of it. When the boat went into surgery, I decided to use the time to do some work on the engine, and discovered that the lower unit was mostly full of water. I took it in, expecting the worst, but somehow got very very lucky. The seals on the lower unit had gone bad, but apparently shortly before I stopped using it. There was no damage too the gears or internal parts, which was really surprising. If you have milky lube, you likely have leaky seals. In my case, they were probably leaky for awhile, but got to a point where they literally let the lube pour out. Lesson #990,514 of boat ownership for me, but one I got lucky on.
  22. whichwaysup

    THIS is a sunrise

    Slick calm and gorgeous am!
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    Think I'm finally going to pull the trigger - Power pole

    Got her out this am with my oldest son. Trout were happy and we missed a limit by two fish, but only because I had a bad case of “butter hook” going on. I probably lost 10 or more fish! We managed 10 trout over the gunnels, 5 each, and 6 keepers, 3 each. Headed out to look for reds and he caught a scrappy little 16 inches and I matched him with a 16 inch striper. Amazingly even day, he is really starting to give me a run for my money! Power pole worked great and really looks nice on the boat!
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    What did you do to your boat today?

    Man, that's awesome. Really really cool to see you found one, and a beauty at that! She looks well rigged, well maintained, and downright purdy! Love the pic of your son, I see he's already claimed the helm!
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    This is why I don’t buy boats from Miami

    Heard those patty’s float shallow, but wow, that is even better than I thought. can hear the guy now “Yeah, just a little bit of oyster rash, you know, normal stuff for these boats. . .”
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