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  1. SPOILER ALERT - Mystery solved ! I took the boat to a shop that services Mercs. The owner told me he suspected a faulty torque hub, possible incorrect prop. Got a call a few days later saying the torque hub was fine, and he think the prop was not the issue, so he called Mercury. One thing they told him was to check the EXHAUST SLEEVE. He checked the sleeve, and found that it was missing. That allowed the exhaust to escape in front of the prop, causing the “prop slippage”/ cavitation issue. I took it for a test drive. Now it pops up on plane almost immediately, and tops out at about 43 mph at 5500 rpms. Thanks for all the suggestions and comments. In the end I think nymphO is the winner with the diagnosis of exhaust blow by. Rusty Rusty
  2. That's the combo I use. I also try and use mag primers. 209 sometimes needs them for ignition. Rusty
  3. Thank you Ski-dooz. I tried checking it while on the trailer in the driveway. There wasn’t enough clearance to get the outboard all the way down. If I had to guess, I’m about a # 9. I’ll address that concern when I leave it with the marina tomorrow. Rusty Rusty
  4. Glad to see there are some quality deer in NY. Let em go, so they can grow ! Rusty
  5. For sale- two unopened, new in box Cannon Retro ease downrigger weight retrievers. $25, shipped US address only. Rusty
  6. Hi folks, I have a Cannon 10a that has been on a shelf for a couple of years. Looking to get rid of it. It has the old style power cable, and no down rigger cable. Has a single rear rod holder, and the retro ease retriever system. I have hooked it to a 12v power supply, and it functions, just not sure if it’s all there. Anyway, $50 and it’s yours. Pick up only, Watertown area. Thanks for looking -Rusty Rusty
  7. Wow, so many potential causes. Not at all like diagnosing a flat tire or burned out bulb. Thanks Rusty
  8. Thank you all. Especially to Born to Fish for offering to let me try his prop. I talked to a outboard mechanic. He said check the hub, if that’s not it, then needs a different prop. I was able to got a WOT reading- 5960 rpms. From what I can tell, the recommended rpm form,the motor is 5000-5800 rpms. Rusty
  9. These are the pix of the safe John sent me. Looks pretty nice, at a great price. Rusty
  10. No wonder you caught more fish than I did ! The screen on the inside wall of the trench looked much better than in the open water. By then I had run out of time. Beats working ! Rusty
  11. I was out on the finger for a couple of hours Tuesday. Temp was 73 @ 100. Once I got out a little deeper I found some mid 50s deep. Temp seemed to jump around, 48 in one spot, a few min later, 63 at the same depth. Anyway, got a 26 lb king on a green/silver/black stinger. Sorry, I’m no good with the names after they come out of the package. That was the only hit I had, probably because I tangled two dips eyes and a copper on a turn, and didn’t know it until it was time to head in. Still beats working, still learning the fishery in that area. Lots of lakers from what I’m understanding. The fleas weren’t bad, how ever, they seem to have grown. They look like miniature shrimp now. I could see the eyes, and their little spiny legs. Not as many, and much easier to clear from the lines. I hope to get out one day next week if the winds cooperate. Good luck,out there ! Rusty
  12. Thanks Born to Fish. Could I trouble you for the size and pitch of the prop you are using ? Rusty
  13. Aluminum. Thank you. Rusty
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