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About Rod Wrapper

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    fish slayer
  • Birthday 04/07/1951


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    Fly Fishing Guide/Consultant
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    Fly fishin
  • Location
    St. Simons Island, GA
  • Full Name
    David Edens

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  1. Price reduction: $200.00
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    1996 Mirage w yamaha f70 repower.

    I had a Yamaha 2 stroke 90 that was 17 years old. I got right at 5mpg with the 2 stroke. I am getting between 7 and 8 with the 70, but I have been running pretty hard. If I can keep rpm's around 4100, I think I can get close to 9. The 70 does not have the uumph getting up that the 90 did. With a Power Tech SCD, 15 pitch 4 blade prop on the 70 I come out of the hole fine. With tabs down, it is almost a flat holeshot. This is with 3 people. Other than three people, I run very light. Marcus recommended a 3 blade, 14 pitch NRS prop, but a friend is letting me use this one for awhile. When I sell the props that were on my 90, I will give the 3 blade prop a try. Top end with my current set up is about 36-37 with just me. I can turn the full 6300 rpm with just me. I get 33-34 with 3 people and can turn about 6000. I was getting up to 41-42 consistently with just me with a 4 blade prop on the 2 stroke 90. I have seen high 40's with a PTR 3 blade 17 pitch prop on the 90. One time, when the earth, moon, sun, stars, wind and tide aligned, I hit 51 mph with the 90. Scary fast. The loss of top end doesn't bother me, the hole shot is excellent and the 70 is so quiet, sometimes I forget it is on. If there were a lightweight 90 4 stroke, I would have gone that way. But there isn't, and for me the F70 is the best compromise. All in all the HPX-V with the 4 stroke 70 is still a bad *** skiff. Plus I have a 6 year warranty.
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    1996 Mirage w yamaha f70 repower.

    I have a 2001 HPX-V that I just re-powered with an F70. I run a 15 pitch 4 blade SCD PT prop. Excellent hole shot with 3 people. Almost flat hole shot with tabs all the way down. By myself with light load I can turn 6300 at 37mph. With 3 people and fishing equipment, I can turn about 5900-6000 and 33-35 mph (I don't remember for sure.) I run very light. No bait, no anchor, no ice, minimal equipment other than flies and safety equopment.
  4. This is the prop of choice for HPX-V with 2 stroke 90. Running light, I could consistently exceed 40 mph with this prop on my skiff. When the stars, tides, and winds aligned, I could consistently go 45 mph with this prop. Good to excellent condition. Only one blemish which is shown in the pics. Bow lifter prop, so it keeps the bow up running on the pad. Great handling. Also suitable for larger boats such as Parker 1801 with 115 4 stroke. $250.00 I am selling because I re-powered to a 70 4 stroke and need a smaller prop.
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    2001 90 2 stroke Yamaha for sale-SOLD

  6. 2001 90 hp 2 stroke Yammie. Runs strong. Check out the video. Still on the boat for you to test. Powerhead rebuilt January 2018. Probably 300-400 hours on re-build. Electronics recently re-done. Lower unit replaced 6-7 years ago. Old lower unit included for parts if needed. Clean, well maintained. I am re-powering my HPX-V before I retire while I can still afford it. Location St. Simon Island, GA. Motor only, no controls and no prop: $3500.00 cash. Have two power tech prods I will sell. PTR 17 pitch 3 blade and SCD 16 pitch 4 blade. $300 each or $500 for both. My mechanic will remove after payment and load into your truck at Morningstar Marina, St. Simons Island, GA. All the photos uploaded 90 degrees to the left. Can't figure out how to fix it. yamaha_90_video.mp4
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    Older 17 HPX-V with F70 four stroke

    What boat do you have?
  8. Been awhile since I have posted. I need some help/advice. After years of great service, my 2 stroke Yamaha 90 dropped a piston yesterday. I have two options, rebuild power hear or re-power. I am not rich, but I can afford a re-power if I have to. I use the boat for fly fishing charters in St. Simons, GA. I put about 300 hours a year on a boat. I am hesitating on the rebuild because of final adjustment issues and getting it running exactly right. I do not like dropping from a 90 to a 70, but there seems to be no option for a re-power. Does anyone in Georgia, South Carolina south of Charleston or in North Florida have an early 2000's HPX V that you have re-powered with a Yamaha F70. How do you like it? Would you let me make arrangements to ride in it and see how it performs? I have talked to PT props, and am told I can put a prop on it that will get decent hole shot and about 35 mph at 6300 rpm. I am not a speed demon. Usually cruise at 25-30 mph. But occasionally, open her up. I do like good handling, which is why I have a 16 PTR on my current set up. Ok, guys, I need opinions.
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    hydraulic steering conversion

    After almost 6 months running the Uflex system in weather from 45 degrees to 85 degrees, I have had no problems with the system. I wish I had done it much earlier.
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    hydraulic steering conversion

    RB: That is exactly what I purchased. The bleeding issue was caused by a defective helm, which the company promptly replaced. The other issue was getting the hydraulic lines through the bilge up to the console. I found that I had to feed them FROM the console into the bilge and then up through the hole for the motor controls. Other than those two issues, it was a very easy install. One other thing that might make this easier for HPXV owners. To take the mechanical sterring out, typically you need to remove the motor. I did not want to do that. I cut the steering cable near the motor nut with a Sawzall with metal cutting blade. It would be almost impossible to cut by hand. After cutting it, it pulled out with no trouble.
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    hydraulic steering conversion

    Just a final update on the hydraulic steering. I decided to go with a U-flex HiTech 1.0 kit. I spoke to a lot of people. Several people I spoke to were not satisfied with the Baystar system. It seems everyone was satisfied with the Seastar system, but it seemed like overkill on a 90. My mechanic had recently installed the u-flex system and was very satisfied with it. The system is rated for up to a 150 horse motor. Hunter Glenn is one of the best, most honest boat mechanics in the Eastern United States, so I decided to go with his recommendation. I installed the system myself. I encountered a few problems, but worked through them. The largest issue was getting the system bled. As it turned out. the helm in the kit was defective. I contacted U-flex, and they over-nighted me a new helm. I connected it, bled the systerm, and am good to go. I can steer the boat with one finger. I don't know why I did not do this years ago.
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    hydraulic steering conversion

    I have a 2001 HPXV w/ 2 stroke Yamaha 90 and mechanical steering. I want to convert to hydraulic steering. Does anyone have any experience installing either Baystar or Seastar hydraulic steering? Did you have issues installing either? What are the benefits of one over the other? Is Seastar worth the extra cost? Thanks
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    Rod Wrapper's HPX-V

    The skinny water is what she excels at, but she has taken me safely through some really sloppy stuff. This boat does everything I ask her to do. I love this skiff and feel very fortunate to own her.
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    Probably should have gone farther south. We missed the first push and it was VERY slow. I managed to feed one, but couldn't seal the deal.
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    Near Panacea. Leaving EARLY Thursday AM.
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