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  1. Sounds like the Grady is older and has too many unknowns. I would not touch it if the outdrive is an OMC. Some of those boats also had problematic merc 470's and I would stay away from them as well. Closed system cooling with small heat exchangers and stacked water pumps as well as a gererator instead of an alternator. I would repower the Trophy. I have a 83 wa2002 and the best part is a previous owner repowered it with a 1999 175 Merc.
  2. I really enjoy my Smart Troll. It has a lot of advantages. The probes are so small and rechargable without opening them. They are not limited to downriggers. It is a great advantage to know where your coppers leadcore and divers are running, Last time out we where able to follow a thermocline and know exactly where our divers are running. As for the 800 Rpm I only sometimes loose signal on a turn to port. But I mounted my transducer on the starboard side and my kicker is on the port side. If I loose signal it is only momentarily so I don't care. Next time I look at the screen the data is back again.
  3. When I had an i/o and changed the fuel water separator it would crank for a bit and go. Check that your fuel water separator is tight and not sucking air since you did have it off. You can put a little motor oil on the oil ring to help it seal
  4. Its a new product but you may want to consider Smart Troll. I am happy with the one I have so far. No cables to contend with. Small light probes can be used on more than just you rigger lines. I have only so far had my unit out a few times but am very happy with the results.
  5. I/o motors are particularly prone to corrosion in the manifoolds.
  6. I like my Otter boats. Run them out 200 feet 3 rods a side no problems.
  7. I would get it welded. Likely end up stronger than it was before. Going to go check mine now that I know they can break there.
  8. Didn't work for me either. Had high hopes for some coho or something. Was not expecting a king or anything. Anyway its back in my bass tackle and removedd from the trolling gear. In Canada we can have 4 hooks per line so I put 5 swim baits on it. One was without a hook making it legal. Thought it might add to the total presentaion bait school effect.
  9. The freezer till pickup day or bury them for fertilizer works for me.
  10. Yea the Thermaceel most times does not work for this. There is ussually enough breeze and the boat is open enough that the scent blows away. It may work to keep them out of the cuddy.
  11. Black has been good to me as well. I have used Tremclad paint after sanding the whole dipsy with emery cloth and the black is staying on fairly well.
  12. I believe that reel has a 3:1 gear ratio. Going to be a long time getting a long run of copper in. A recommended Okuma Clarion 553 for copper has a ratio of 6.2:1.
  13. I would not want to reel in 20 colors. I would add a tropedo divers to it and you can use the charts to give the depth you wish to get to. I don't even own a 10 color just 2s 3s and 5 colors.
  14. A friend of mine has one. We use a portable DVD player with an rca video in jack. Does not work to well in bright sun so need to look at it under shade or in the cuddy.
  15. Is this an electric shift? I can tell you what I know about a 1975 OMC old style stringer that I used to own. The bottom gearcase with the electric shift must have a "type C" oil. Do not use anything but that in an electric shift. The type C oil is thinner and has some additives for the electic shift. I would go with pap's recommondation for the upper gearbox. Use can use other oils in the top too but they do tend to leak so the better oils will not mix with water so well and give you the best protestion. As others said check it a few times a season. Mine leaked but I never got it fixed and just changed the oil a few times a year.
  16. Yes I heard 2012 was the last ones.
  17. The whole idea of the leadcore is for its wieght to give you depth. I think the dipsy would pull so hard on the leadcore it would be uneffective. You would be better off just pulling the dipsy behind wire or braid. If it is depth you want from the leadcore without a long line use segmented leadcore say 3 colors with a snap weight or torpedo diver. If you wish to get that away from the boat use it with a planer board either big or inline. See here for example. http://www.torpedodivers.com/trolling.asp#leadcore
  18. If you had a partial tank during the winter it will get moisture condensation. Can't be helped as the tank needs to breathe so filling it with little air space for condensation is the answer as well as fuel stabilizer for the ethanol. Also as stated I would be a fuel/ water separator filter. My mechanic did not even like the idea that I was checking and dumping my fuel water filter. Replacing it every year was his answer. Not sure how you are going to get it out. I had a tank out once and ble compressed air through the tank till it was dry. Make sure the compressed air has a dryer. You may just want to keep dumping and cleaning your water separator till you have no more evidence of water and then replace it with a new filter element.
  19. I would get it welded. As someone else stated there is a reason it cracked there. Some kind of stress point. I would end drill it and then weld it.
  20. Tried it last year in shallow for Coho. I couldn't wait to try it. Did not get results I expected. Umbrella rigs are back in the bass tackle bags where they belong.
  21. I have one on my 14 footer not on my troller. I like it and bought it due to the long cord to the foot pedal. I can control it from anywhere in the boat. Make sure you have enough shaft lenght or it may come out of the water when its rough. Longer is better than too short or just long enough.
  22. In Ontario you do require an ROC (Radio Operators Certificate (maritime)). A lot of folks do not have one though.
  23. Mine is not a gopro 3 but I use 32 G class 10 in the gopro 2. The 3 uses a micro sd I believe.
  24. You likely have not got a reply from Smart Troll as they are all in Grand Rapids at the show. I assume you will get a reply this week when they get back home.
  25. No not really. We had an 18 foot as our first boat a 23 as our second and now a 20 foot. We go out in rougher weather than we used to and have not yet took a wave over the windshield in the 20 but used to all the time in the 18. Nothing like a cold shower on a cold day to wake you up. The 20 foot has way more ability to handle the big water. We got caught too many times in bad weather in the 18. The wind will always pick up before you think etc so I would say the 2 foot is well worth if for you.
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