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  1. Just buy another transducer.  If you have the cable routed properly it will probably not be easily removed.  If you plan to route the cable for easy removal it probably.will not be proper for good protection.  Best thing to do is get another transducer. 

  2. Well said fisherdude.  While the multiple crises are unbelieveable, the one that bothers me the most is the total f up in Afghanistan. 13 service members dead because this senile idiot didn't listen to his  military.  He personally put the Marines in a no win situation. The real problem will be if we get into a serious crisis like Taiwan with China.  All other self inflicted problems will seen trivial.  Unfortunately, everyone who voted for Biden knew he wasn't qualified and this could happen but did it anyway. 

  3. On 10/29/2021 at 9:13 PM, lakebound88 said:

    I understand what you did. What exact cable did you use..... ?

    I used a dual outboard rotary cable so the tilt tube mount is on the Honda, and the other tilt tube mount is mounted via the rudder arm...


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    That would work as long as the outer cover of the rudder end is attached to a stationary bracket and the push/pull cable (inner) is attached to the rudder arm.  The cable I used was from Salmon Country Marina and too expensive

    For what it was. .I knew about it because a.friend of mine did it before me.  If I ever did it again I would modify a standard cable such as you did.  Most important thing is to insure full stroke of the rudder arm doesn't make the kicker hit the end of its travel in either direction.  Move the connection to the rudder arm a bit closer to the Shaft  if it does.


  4. As I explained, I hooked a steering cable from the rudder arm inside the boat, ran a loop and thru the transom then to the kicker. The steering cable was a standard setup on one end to go thru the steering tube on the Yamaha 9.9 XPA 4 stroke.  So when the rudder arm inside the boat moved. The kicker turned.  SIMPLE.   If the rudder moved because you turned the steering wheel, the kicker turned appropriately.  If the rudder moved because an autopilot was controlling it, the kicker turned appropriately.  Care must be taken to attach the steering cable properly to the rudder arm.  It must be attached at a proper distance from the center pivot (shaft) so the kicker stops slightly short of full travel when the rudder arm is at full travel in both directions.  If this is not considered, something will eventually break in the system. The only drawback is the kicker is always turning when the rudder is turning.  You will need to setup the shift and throttle cables to allow kicker to turn when it is in the trim or lifted position and not being used. I didn't find this to be a big deal.

  5. Linear actuator looks interesting but does nothing for autopilot on the kicker.  The steering cable setup as I described gets you kicker integration to your existing autopilot and steering from your current helm for about $200.  Cant beat that.

  6. My previous boat was a Sportcraft 272 with a single inboard and hydraulic steering with Raymarine autopilot running the rudder.  I installed a 9.9 Yamaha 4 stroke kicker that was connected to the rudder arm inside the boat.  I used a steering cable that was standard steering tube end at the Yamaha but was unique at the other end.  It had a threaded outer shell so it could be mounted to a bracket and the inner push/ pull cable had a clevis that could be mounted to the rudder arm.  Was able to order this cable from Salmon Country Marina in Mexico, NY.  Never saw it anywhere else.  Sold the boat in 2018.  Don't have any pics of the setup.  Autopilot worked good with the kicker and rudder both turning. Also easy to put in the slip with the kicker.  Was a somewhat controlled crash with single inboard when docking before the kicker. Boat is still in use a a charter in the area. If you are interested in the name of the current owner pm me.

  7. One of the virtues I would be looking for is no wood in the hull.  Most major companies started phasing out regular wood in the late 90's. Some continued to use a marine treated in the transom for a few years but mostly eliminated that a bit later. You can find a list on line that shows when most companies eliminated structural wood.  Wood even in upper class  boats like Whaler or Grady White will be a problem if it had any leakage around fittings, etc throughout its life. 

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  8. Installed a new Motor Guide XI3 on my Sea Nymph GLS175 last year. Use it mainly for autopilot on spring browns.  Had a few gremlins in the gps function from the start. Was notified by MotorGuide (which is Mercury) that there was a program update available. They sent a "dongle" which is the program that is on a memory board that plugs into the nema cable. Followed instructions, downloaded program, tried to calibrate gps as per instructions, nothing worked. Motor was useless.  Called service line, they said take it to a servicing dealer.  Called dealers from Oneida to 1000 islands, nobody wanted to look at it even though it was warranty.  One recommended Schermerhorn near Alexandria bay. Called them, they said bring it in.  Took the boat up since it was hard mounted.  Richard was the MotorGuide and MinnKota Technician. He had same problem, couldn't calibrate. Reloaded program, same problem.  Richard contacted factory, they said put in new gps module and control board. Would be a month for the parts.  About a week later parts arrived. Took boat back, in about an hour new parts installed, calibrated and good.  Richard was very quick, courteous and knowledgeable. One signiture and I was good.

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  9. Also it would be a good idea to turn off the battery when not in use.  Rewire automatic side of bilge pump to battery so it works with switch off.  If u have separate trolling motor battery, put a switch on that one also and turn off when not in use.  Wire downriggers and other external devices to be turned off with main battery switch, especially Cannon's as they are always pulling a few milliamps of current for the short stop when powered up. Only thing that should be powered is the automatic side of the bilge pump when sitting at the dock.

  10. Been a lot of discussion on the rainwater in the fishboxes on this website.  I will forward the info to you that I have when I find it.  If you search for other Trophy boats for sale in this site you will also see the info.

  11. I have the same boat and it has an hour meter in an unusual place. It looks like a factory installation but I cant be sure.  It is mounted on the transom behind the engine on the port side. A bit hard to notice.

  12. Make sure the gasket or o-ring on your gas cap is in good condition and doing the job.  This is often overlooked.  Can leak especially if it is the screw on type on a horizontal surface.  I check mine by putting some gas in a small squirt bottle and putting a bit around the cap when it is closed.  If it stays for a few minutes, it is ok. If it leaks down quickly, it needs attention.  Thing how much rainwater can be seeping in


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