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  1. I have recently had a similar problem with my Seastar hydraulic system when not trolling and underway at speed. I will  be interested in any info folks might shed on the problem. I do think the little fin on the underside of the motor lower unit may to be adjusted or re-positioned sometimes so that MAY have something to do with it but I'm nor sure.

  2. I think Bill is right... a lot of folks want to avoid storing over the winter and want to get the full season use right from the buy but the price seems fair and it looks like a good buy for someone so to continue lowering the price may not be the best answer so I'd assess that carefully as you go along. Hopefully someone will see this as a good opportunity to get into a boat and there is still a lot of time to try it out and use it. sometimes we can overly rely on the Internet and placing the boat out where it can be seen by folks traveling by (even at a friends or neighbors if they have a better location and are willing) can be productive.

  3. A ten color 27 lb leadcore will fit the Magda Pro DX45 with about 300 yds of 30 lb Power Pro braid. A 300 copper with about 300 yds of 30 lb Power Pro will also fit. They both will be at max capacity which is good in one sense as it allows the line counter to be more accurate but you won't have room for a real long leader. It can help to put on about 275 yds of backing to free up a little space. I mentioned Power Pro specifically because some braid is coarser or larger diameter and also as you go up in lb test you can get less on there.

  4. I had a 9.9 two stroke kicker on my 13 ft Whaler for 20 years so I think you'll be OK :lol: When a true backup is being considered go with enough power kicker to get you back in as quickly as possible. That is the reason for the recommendation of a 9.9 hp for that 18 ft boat.

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  5. The best solution would be a kicker (e.g. 9.8 or 9.9 hp). The electric trolling motor would only be potentially useful very close to shore. For peace of mind the investment in the kicker is wise. You will also save wear and tear on the big motor and save money on gas. It only takes once to experience being stranded out there and after that one time for me in 1980 I bought my first kicker and have never looked back.....I'll never be without one. A tip regarding transom weight of the kicker. It is nice to have all the frills on a kicker such as power trim/tilt etc but they add significant weight. Tohatsu makes a 9.8 that is about 90 lbs that is electric start and there may be others at around that weight but there are also ones with the features that weigh about 120 lbs or more.

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