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  1. http://www.rapala.com/luhr-jensen/accessories/trolling-accessories/dipsy-diverandreg-snubber/Dipsy+Diver+Snubber.html?start=6&cgid=luhrjensen-accessories-trollingAccessories Check out the Features. Stretches out almost double its size, inner 115 lb. test braided cord keeps the Snubber from breakingI hardly ever check them until one breaks. Then I usually end up changing a bunch because I realize the rubber is dry rotted. Still, they usually last a decade... Maybe, it's not like I write the date on them. And when you have 20+/- dipsys you loose track.
  2. Quick question, what brand of snubbers is everyone using that you loose everything? I stick with the LJ snubbers, they have (or at least had) a length of Dacron cord that is about the length of the extended snubber. I've had a few that the rubber broke but the cord kept everything from being a sacrifice to the fishing gods.
  3. Good luck, let me know how the repower goes. I have a 3.7 that I would love to drop a 4.3 or 5.0 in place of. Never wanted to go there cause you'll need to replace everything, not just the block. I think you might even need to replace the outdrive, don't quote me on that. I think the gear ratios are different between the 3.0 and the 3.7 and 4.3. Definitely different than the 5.0.
  4. I kinda wish I would have seen this to weigh in on Blackbird. I had a personal dealing with them a few years back when my buddy's 115 Merc(the good kiekhaefer mercs) puked a cylinder. They rebuilt it for him. Took forever as the pistons are no longer made, but the thing has functioned somewhat perfectly since. We did have an issue that the stator fried the first time we took it out. I can't pin them to the wall as the culprits. But their shop is not the tidiest place on the face of the planet. I always felt that they probably grabbed one that was laying around when they put his motor back together. I can't really complain though, when we took it back they installed a new one while we waited. Sucked having to go back a second time but they made it right. I would use them again in a heartbeat, with one stipulation. Either spring for their same day service(then they can't loose parts) or just take them a block and have them machine it, then I can reassemble it then it's my fault if I loose parts.
  5. I would dig a little deeper before buying one. I looked into them at one point, granted a few years ago. At that time none of the models they offered were waterproof. I talked to one of their people and they even cautioned me not to mount it anywhere that it might get wet.
  6. ebay is your best bet. I'm waiting for mine to poop the bed before I replace it. Without power steering http://www.ebay.com/itm/MERCRUISER-3-7-470-ALTERNATOR-CONVERSION-KIT-/221312580091?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item338741f9fb&vxp=mtr With power steering http://www.ebay.com/itm/MERCURY-3-7-LITRE-165-170-180-190-470-485-488-MERCRUISER-ALT-KIT-/321244778826?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item4acbae514a&vxp=mtr
  7. I thought that had to be close to an IGFA record... Wrong, the all tackle is 54lbs. Now I would like to have seen that one.
  8. Actually on my last boat that was outboard to outboard I fab'd up my own motor brackets. Found a rod on eBay, got two pieces of stainless and some stainless fittings, along with the a fore mentioned 1/4" industrial air disconnects. 10 minutes welding and a few more fitting the pipe together. I had the whole thing together for under a hundred bucks. If you know anyone that can weld you can make a new bracket with a trip to the hardware store.
  9. Why would it overheat? You're still turning the outdrive, otherwise you wouldn't be moving. It's operating as though at a fast idle. I brought it up because same thing happened with an old boat that had the 140 Mercruiser. No good reason for it, just running along on a flat day and zing. Did you physically check the prop though. It looks OK but that doesn't mean that it didn't spin.
  10. Don't forget about the coupling on the bell housing. Same thing, just harder to fix. If the prop is fine I'd have that checked out. Isn't a do-it-yourself project, requires pulling the motor or the outdrive.
  11. Thanks for the replies guys. Now I don't feel so bad. Oh and BTW, I chose the absolute best relationship that you can for a hunter/fisher... SINGLE! The only one I have to convince is Bubba, my lab.
  12. I was kind of thinking "what's a good fish for Ontario". And I know I've seen some larger ones. Here's the rest of the story. I picked this guy while I was fishing for walleye on Lake Erie. By all measure this was a trophy for our neck of the woods, but if I'm going to put one on the wall I want it to be a "holly crap" kind of fish. By the same token though I've filleted up similar trophies(30lb kings and a couple 11-12lb walleye), including at least one all tackle world record burbot. I guess I'm just a nut. If I want something to hang on the wall I'll go where the "big fish are". I just wanted to see how you all thought this stacked up for Ontario... Even though it wasn't even in the same body of water.
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