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  1. The wood being open means that it will be very easy to replace. I just took it for granted that it was all closed in. But now it looks like you just may want to take the splash box out, cut the foam away, replace the wood and put new fresh foam in. Just make sure to put in closed cell foam, regular styrofoam will soak up water like a sponge and make things very heavy
  2. It is just as reliable as marine plywood. I did an Islander transom with marine ply and another with seacast. The seacast took half the time and is probably stronger than the ply. The Islanders have roughly an 8 foot wide and 4 foot deep transom. On the picture it shows that you have an outboard so you probably have a smaller transom like 8 foot wide but only 2 foot deep so you can get away with 1 marine plywood board, which will save you easily $200. There are a lot of youtubes showing how it is done. It seems to be expensive when you see the price, but 2 boards of 3/4 inch marine ply, the proper epoxy to glue them together and then seal them end up to be about the same price and they will rot again sooner or later. Just do not try to glue or pour in cold weather it does not work well. By the way, It is a good idea to put safety above catching a few browns and maybe ending up on the bottom of the lake
  3. You can probably get all the wood out without having to take the entire transom housing apart. It is done with a very long drill that you keep on inserting and cleaning up as you go. If that works, and you have the space cleaned out, you can just rebuild your transom by pouring a liquid transom maker like Seacast or Carbon Bond that you can pour in from the top. It will harden up inside your housing and after cleaning up and putting things back together , you are good to go. You can only do this if you have a heated inside space to work.
  4. And for good reason. The group that I fish with usually rents a place in Olcot for a week. It makes for a lot more action. Besides, it is sort of a yearly tradition to start the season.
  5. The only reason why I mentioned Mayers is their gas service. They would probably pump a lot more gas thus making it worth their while.
  6. Torpedo 7 strand and 19 strand are my favorites. Their weighted steel is very hard to beat. And the cream on top of it all is their service. I met the owner of the company at the fishing expo in Niagara falls. He himself is an avid fisherman who constantly tests his products.
  7. You have a good point. Either the entrepreneur who runs this competition will have to provide weigh-in stations lake wide, or, at the very least have all weigh-in stations open and close at the same time. I do not really believe that these things will happen, but it would level the playing field
  8. Looks like you want a 6 or 9.9 horse kicker to make this come together. Besides, it is always good to have a spare power source on your boat
  9. Trout man is absolutely trustworthy
  10. This is a little better. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WVgHss3x11yzuxA21aDYDwF0HfugJb8e/view
  11. Thank you. I have used the tiny tach on all my engines. I love them. As for manuals, I forced myself to read this one. I was not very impressed. It seems to be an effort to send you off to a Suzuki dealer for every little pip squeek. This down below is a bit more helpful. At least it has a few wiring diagrams https://www.danssouthsidemarine.com/fckimages/pdfs/owners-manuals/Suzuki%20DF9.9b-15a-20a.pdf It is still nowhere near a manufacturers service manual of the sort that Mercury and Johnson/Evinrude used to print out, but at least it has some wiring diagrams. If I chance upon a proper service manual I will send it on to you.
  12. Maybe ,just maybe you can talk Allison ,Bills daughter, at Mayers Marina into this. I suspect that she will decline but you never know.
  13. I took advantage of this nice warm winter day, put the aluminum bracket on the panther and bolted it down. Removing the outboard was a lot easier than I thought because by lowering the bracket, the outboard made it all the way down to the ground so there was no lifting involved. Afterwards I put the kicker back on the bracket and punched marker holes on the aluminum where the extra bolts holding the kicker in place. A few days from now when the temperatures go above freezing again I will remove the aluminum plate and tap the threads into the aluminum so I can just screw the holding bolts into the aluminum, clean them out, put some locktite in there and screw everything down. Thank you very much for all the valuable help and advice you gave me. It probably saved me from having to wash my mouth with soap several times over.
  14. Yes. That is a very accurate description of what I will have to figure out. It all seems simple, but I foresee problems partly because there always is the 125 pounds outboard that has to maneuvered around. I'm considering breaking the cherry picker out although I do not yet know how to attach it without scratching up the nice new outboard.
  15. The bolts that attach the aluminum plate to the panther plate do not have to be countersunk. Here I can just take out the original bolts and use longer ones instead. It is the bolts that lock the suzuki to the aluminum plate that will have to be countersunk because the bracket that I have is 11.5 inches wide and the width of the Suzuki bracket is about 9 inches. I plan to countersink the bolts so the aluminum plate will sit flush on the bracket plate with the bolt ends coming out towards the Suzuki bracket
  16. The plate on my bracket is 11.5 x12.75 so it is wider than yours. It is about 2 inches wider than the Suzuki transom bracket. I worry a bit about the whole thing hanging on 4 1/4 inch bolts I will check out McMaster Carr for the hardware.
  17. Thank you all for your advice. I was very interested in the electric hydraulic bracket and looked it up They look very sturdy and attractive. The prices vary wildly. Amazon offers them for $1800+ while boaters world has the same one for a bit over $1200. But I already have the T&T on the kicker itself so it would be overkill. The other idea of using a 1/4 inch aluminum plate seems to be the solution that may work for me. It is easier than a complete bracket rebuild. The only problem I see is the room for bolts if you want them to be flush backed up against the original bracket. I looked in my garage and found a 1/2 inch thick aluminum plate. I just finished cutting it to the exact size of the bracket and with the rotor router made nice edges on it With the half inch thickness it will be easy to drill taper bolt holes that allow the bolts to sit flush and therewith the plate to sit flush up against the original bracket. Thank you very much for your ideas. It is a great help.
  18. I do hope that there will be good coffee and food.
  19. And I would love to fish with the two of you, because of the tiny bit that I know you, it is obvious to me that we would have a great time.
  20. Very interesting. Would you please back up your statement with actual facts? For now, all you have done is repeat spouting fascist love songs based on zero fact. The source of these statements is the Hungarian president who is out on a crusade against a university in Hungary which has been supported by George Soros who is a holocoust survivor who was born in Hungary. The Hungarian president is a Putin Lover who has been working hard to do Putin's will. I'm not so sure that you knew these pesky little facts
  21. I will be there selling a lot of stuff for cheap
  22. I am currently preparing a 22 foot Islander for the season and bought a 9.9 extra long shaft Suzuki with tilt and trim. It weighs in at 125 pounds. In order to hang it on my boat I bought a Panther bracket that can hold up to a 35 horse (234pounds) kicker. So I can raise the kicker high up without having the lower unit stick out backward so it will not scrape the road when transporting Why the big one and not the regular one that would hold up to 125 pounds? I tried that one with an 84 pound Tohatsu and it was difficult to pull it up. Even with the supposedly much stronger springs on my current bracket it is hard to pick up the 125 pound outboard and I am not some weakling. The Panther people tell me to always remove the outboard when trailering. This is not a realistic condition for kickers over one hundred pounds and I am not even mentioning having to remove remote control cables and such. The Suzuki people insist on drilling a hole in the outboard bracket in order to bolt the kicker onto the bracket in addition to the regular clamps. I looked at the bracket and on one side it is a veritable honeycomb of deep holes. I called the Panther people to ask for advice about where to drill holes in the bracket and about what this would do the strength of the bracket. Their answer was to never drill any holes in the bracket because it would seriously weaken the bracket. So what to do now? I decided to remove the black plastic board from the bracket and replace it with a 2.5 inch thick (same thickness as original bracket)made out of five layers of high strength dense marine plywood properly glued and sealed. This gives a far stronger board that is heavy and strong enough to drill all the required holes. I must say that I am quite disappointed with the Panther bracket and the need to rip it apart and having to rebuild it so I can use it I will never buy another bracket from that company.
  23. As for the stadium. I agree that this is a bloody shame. Why should my tax money go to subsidize a stadium that is owned by a billionaire to begin with? But on the other hand, I really doubt that a republican governor would have made a different decision. Maybe gambler can explain to me why Maggie Brooks husband was promoted to preside over the Monroe County water authority? Come to think of it, was he not involved in some onerous business together with a few more republican party boys? I wonder whatever happened to that criminal investigation. To make a long story short. Corruption is everywhere and does not belong to one party or another. That is why there is a legal system independent of the other parts of government.
  24. I really understand where you are coming from. but there are a few weak links in your argument. First of all: the fact that a lot of people do illegal things, does not make those actions legal. For example, speeding is illegal, but a lot of people do it anyway, thereby taking a chance on getting caught and fined. Would you defend those people or would you say ,well that's the chance he took? Second, there is the fact that the value of properties was either over valuated for loan interest calculations OR underestimated for property tax calculations. So now the coffers of NYS were underpaid. This did hurt many people, because that missing money was made up for by having to tax other people more or plans came to nothing. The nice new paving on route 104 or route 18 and the good schools we have in NYS (try and compare them to most southern states and you will see how good they are) has to be paid somehow and you and I know quite well that a lot of that money comes from New York City tax income. So instead of defending somebody who cheats because "everybody does it" it might make more sense to try and support the straight shooters.
  25. Prices did not go up 30%. And just imagine how much worse it would have been for me if my retirement savings would not have gone up 30%. I'm not complaining.
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