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    Walleye Fishing on Lake Erie from Dunkirk and Chautauqua Lake as USCG Capt. and NYS Guide with Proline 25 Walk and Lund Pro 1775
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  1. mr 580

    Volvo D4 service tech near Wilson NY

    Topic description “Volvo D4 service tech near Wilson, NY” is where I got model reference. I looked it up as I was curious as to who was servicing Volvo marine diesels and I did see the Canadian dealer listed.
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    Volvo D4 service tech near Wilson NY

    Original post references Volvo D4 which shows to be a common rail design likely mid to late 2000’s vintage. This would be an electronically controlled system. If memory serves me right, we started seeing electronic controls in the mid to late 90’s. Most of the mechanical systems were gone by 2010. Emissions drove much of the changes. The electronics are generally trouble free, but when you do have an issue proper diagnostics are critical. Not a good idea to just start swapping parts. I think Mr. Powell is making a good choice in checking service options before purchase. Another person to contact that might have some insight on Volvo diesel service would be Fran Brobeil at Brobeil Marine. I know he is Volvo dealer for gas engines and might know where one could get help with diesels.
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    Volvo D4 service tech near Wilson NY

    Agree that basic designs are similar. Where the OEM’s make it more difficult is in the diagnostics and there is no standard in cabling and software. When I retired about 5 years ago some of our road techs were carrying 2 laptops in their trucks for various vendors. I was the guy who bought this stuff and negotiated with the vendors for multiple locations so I know how it works. If I were looking for Volvo service in WNY, I would talk to Vantage in Batavia or a Volvo truck dealer to see what their thoughts were on marine engine service.
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    Volvo D4 service tech near Wilson NY

    I worked for a heavy equipment distributor for many years and disagree with the thought that “certification” of techs and dealers is merely a piece of paper. The manufacturers have some pretty rigid standards of both training for techs and purchases of required service tooling. Each tech would get several weeks training per year and hardware/software would run several thousand per location. Beyond basic engine oil or fuel filter changes, there is not much that can be done on modern diesels without having electronic diagnostics most of which are proprietary to the manufacturer. I have seen $10,000 ECM’s fried by a misplaced electrical probe. It’s fine to have a local guy do routine PM’s, but when you have a problem it is a good idea to know where trained people are. Travel time and mileage for these techs are big dollars.
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    Planner Board Tow Eye Placement

    Variety of factors in the design of the boards effect position of the tow point. In general terms the vertical placement should be as high as possible as you want tow line as high off water as possible. Once tow line hits water that is effective distance from boat. The horizontal location needs to be back so boards bite and pull out. Many double board designs place the outside board forward of the inside board to help bite. Performance on most double board setups can also be enhanced by using weight on the outside board. I use homemade boards and pull with an eyebolt on top of inside board. The process of locating tow points with something homemade is a trial and error process. Over the years I’ve made several sets before settling with a design that I’m satisfied with.
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    Reel Rigging Idea

    Several good choices - I’ve been running AFW Camo 7 strand. The Camo is a brown finish-think it might be a bit more stealthy than a bright finish. Key to using any wire is keeping tension on it at all times and watching for pig tails.
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    Believe it runs $5,000 for unlicensed another $5,000 for drug testing even on UPV . Additional if running a mate or more than 6 passengers. Can add up to some pretty big numbers as some of these are per occurrence. Would be an expensive lesson to get pinched.
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    Reel Rigging Idea

    Have the diver slide on braid or mono whichever you prefer. For guys who do the “Babe Ruth” hookset, you might want to run a clear snubber before your leader. Gets expensive when your rig gets busted off.
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    Reel Rigging Idea

    On my wire roller rods I use an improved Albright knot to connect wire to 80lb braid for the slide diver. Do a “search” on the topic and you should find plenty of info. With the 30lb wire I think braid is a better option to connect than mono. If you wanted flea protection you could just use a short section of braid for wire connection then do a double uniknot to connect braid to mono for diver to slide on. Bit of a learning curve in using/setting slide divers but once you get it down they work good.
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    Folding Planner Boards

    Years ago I had a set of plastic folding boards with Cabelas brand. Thought by folding they would store neatly. What I found was they didn’t run very good and storage was still an issue due to length. IMO hard to beat in line boards when storage is an issue.
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    Dating line

    I don’t know of a standard date code. With mono I write year of purchase on spool. I also try to buy line where it is sold in quantity so hopefully inventory is “fresh”. Store in tote in cool dry place. If in doubt throw old mono out (or recycle).
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    Question on 1998 150 hp evinrude FICHT

    Lots of possible causes of a mid range misfire in an outboard. Might want to proceed carefully in repair to a 1998 Evinrude FICHT as Evinrude had issues in that time frame which lead to bankruptcy in 2000. If some fuel filters or spark plugs won’t fix the miss, it probably isn’t worth putting much into repairs on this age outboard. Probably should talk with an old Evinrude dealer or marine repair business. BRP did a redesign on the Evinrude after they assumed ownership so the later engines are different from the old OMC product.
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    Loaded questuon...

    Pretty happy with a Ruger American in 7mm 08. Killed a couple deer with it this year. With short action nice light gun to carry. Price was good on gun, but it needed tweaking to get it to shoot decent. Had to sand down stock for barrel clearance and properly torque mounting screws. Like the cartridge- as far as the Ruger American- cheap gun/cheap price. It kills deer, but if I had to it over I would spend more and gotten a higher quality rifle with better fit/finish.
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    Weighted steel. Yay or nay

    IMO several conversations going on in this discussion. First, weighted steel compares to lead core and copper as a means to achieve depth with each having plus/minus issues. Second, likely some additional depth could be achieved from each of the weighted lines by attaching them to 19 or 7 strand wire. This combination likely would function fine as a chute rod as the wire has constant tension with few bends. The last conversation is one of attaching 19 strand or 7 strand to a board with a release mechanism. To me this is where the lights start flashing. Twisting wire, having tension differences all lead to wire line failure. If the wire fails you likely lose board and everything attached. Wire is just not a good choice in a release. Braid or mono all function well as board attachments. To me fishing with weighted lines using high speed reels, using shorter sections along with snap weights/ torpedo weights help maintain the fun factor. For less experienced guys keeping it simple helps and saves some bucks.