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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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


  7. Very shallow, perhaps at most 2 ft deep on the lake side.  On the pond side very shallow south of the channel.  On the north side there is a bit more depth if you stay away from the shore and go outside the first sand mound that has formed on the pond side.  However, it would be difficult to get out on the lake if there is any swells over a foot or two, especially with a heavier, fiberglass boat. Skeg and prop would be deep in the sand at the bottom of every wave. Looks like the season is shot for Sandy Pond to lake fishing on anything but a smaller aluminum boat. 

  8. Had a similar problem on a 2012 Yamaha T9.9.  Always seemed to slow down on the pee hole.  Was just the fact that the hose to the fitting on the end was a slight choke point that would constantly clog because my slip was in a weedy area.  Kept a 6 in piece of stiff wire on board and poked out the hole occasionally, problem solved.

  9. You can get a small digital tach/hourmeter online for about $10.
    Stick it on the front of the motor. Battery powered and is triggered by induction from one of the spark plug wires. Simply wrap the pickup wire around the outside of the spark plug wire a few times. Also monitors hours for oil change, etc. Used on ATV's, outboards, etc

    I have a 9.9 on an 18’ Duckworth and get 6.2 mph so you’re doing well at nearly 10mph. I don’t have it hooked up to a tac so I don’t know the rpms but it’s full throttle.

    Sent from my SM-J737V using Lake Ontario United mobile app

  10. If it is a newer mercruiser, it is usually very easy. The tightening mechanism is a small rack and pinion setup. Loosen the outside locking nut, put a box wrench on the head of the pinion and turn it up until belt is tight. Hold the wrench on the pinion until the locking nut is tightened with another wrench. Unless it is in a very confined area it should be easy.

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