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  1. I'll take them. Paypal??
  2. If by 1st guide you mean the tip replace it with a roller guide if all you use it for is wire. If you mean the first guide from the reel you can use silicon carbide or even just solid stainless steel guides since you're not looking for casting distance just durability.
  3. No the boat was a very deep v and pretty heavy. The auto pilot was connected to the hydraulic steering and held course pretty good even in rough water. I really like the raymarine I have now. The boat is a multi species boat so I use it on the Finger Lakes, Onieda and a few smaller lakes as well as Ontario occasionally. I'm 77 so I like to fish different places so it suits me fine. If I'm by myself it's necessary so I can set the riggers and rods or net a fish. The Raymarine does have to work hard on windy days but I've used it for several years now without a problem.
  4. You would probably have to disconnect the Ez steer because I don't think it would move the i/o. I ran charters on Ontario in a 25' back in the 80's and 90's but I had an auto pilot for the main motor and then connected to the kicker. I am not sure how you could mount the Raymarine to go up and down with the kicker. You may be able to build a bracket but download the instructions for the auto pilot because there are certain measurements you will need. Hope you find a way.
  5. Just search "tiller auto pilot outboard". Should give you some ideas. I would send you pics of mine but it's all bundled up for winter.
  6. I use a Raymarine st1000 tiller auto pilot on my Yamaha 9.9 high thrust kicker and I even tied it into my main outboard so that the main acts as a rudder to help with the steering. Boat is a Lund 1890 Pro V so it is light and eubject to wind. The auto pilot works great. If yours is an st1000 you can download the instructions for it but you do have to make your own bracket for the motor to attach it. There are a couple of you tube videos also.
  7. Where are you located or are you shipping them?
  8. I bought tracks and rod holders from them. Good price and fast shipping.
  9. It looks to be either 8 1/2' or 9' with 2 tips which is usually the way they were sold. Amherst was from around 1950 the rods usually have the fly rod weight on them but it could have worn off. They were a small maker only in business for a few years and the rod today is worth maybe in the $150 to $200 range. As I said they have dropped considerably in the last few years as have many antiques and collectables. There are several auctions that specialize in old fishing tackle but like most auctions they have not been running for the last year due to covid. Hope this helps you. Good luck.
  10. The value depends on the condition, the maker and the length. I've bought and sold dozens of them over the years (I'm an antique dealer). The market has gone down considerably in the last few years but the higher end ones are still in demand. The most common length is 9' but the shorter 7' and 8' usually bring more. Look on the reel seat or on the rod itself for a maker. Even the commercial makers such as South Bend, Horrick-ibbotson, Montague, etc. will bring $30 to $50+ on Ebay but some of the custom makers will bring a lot more.
  11. With the prices they are apparently charging I dont think they will be packed any time soon. They said they were going to add permanent campsites too but I'm not sure if they have yet. Sent from my SM-T580 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. Where are you located? Sent from my SM-T580 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. I had one two weeks ago just slammed it off the rigger and peeled line off like a king. Thought I had one very large laker. Turned out he was about 6 lbs but was hooked right in the gill plate with a 3/0 hook on a fly. He wasn't happy about it. Sent from my SM-T580 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. Since bass season opens this weekend Dean's may be a bit crowded. Twice in the past I have gone to Dean's only to find that all of the parking taken up by a bass tournament. Last year they were even parking along the road. It's a small launch with limited parking so I do not know why they use it when Frontenac and Long Point are larger. Sent from my SM-T580 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  15. They are a generally good boat but it is still 20 years old. If you were to buy a 20 year old car you would have a mechanic check it out and you should do the same with the boat, motor and trailer. The price is reasonable for that rig depending on what goes with it. Canvas, electronics, trolling motor etc should all be considered.
  16. I'd go with the one that has the best dealer network in your area. You will eventually need service and it's no fun having to go 2 hours away to get it. By the way, BRP (Evinrude) just announced they are going to stop making outboards and concetrate on making boats which will be marketed with Mercs. It's a shame because I liked the Etecs. Sent from my SM-T580 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  17. At 76 I have been running boats over 60 years and I even had a Coast Guard Captains licence. I think its foolish to have to take another test but I will probably do it this year to get it out of the way. Also, I am supposed have it when I go to NJ but have been ignoring it so might as well. My guess is a lot of Captains are going to resent having to take it. Sent from my SM-T580 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  18. Fireline has small diameter and has little to no stretch and in lighter weights doesn't get many fleas. I even switched all my diver rods over to 20lb. Fireline last year mostly because I dont like wire but I was getting less fleas on it. Fireline tests higher than the stated pound test in all the tests that I've seen. Sent from my SM-T580 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  19. Land locks are better than browns especially large browns. Sent from my SM-T580 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  20. I have not tried copper but there are still a few guys pulling copper for lakers so someone should know. I switched all my diver rods over to 20lb fireline, because I hate wire, and seem to get less fleas. Last week my rigger rods with mono down 80 feet were loaded with fleas and my divers had only a few out 200 feet. I put 560 feet of 30lb mono and then 375 feet (125 yards ) of fireline. On Cayuga I have never had to get to the mono. I think it may be too thin and slippery for the fleas to hang on to but am not sure. Sent from my SM-T580 using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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