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About EKoselny

  • Birthday 03/01/1976

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    Rochester, NY
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    Manitou Beach Marina

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  1. I have a Raymarine SPX-5 helm drive unit and it is OK.... It hold course, most of the time, but I have had plenty of times when it just stops turning the wheel even when the boat is moving further and further off course. I have never used any other brand, but I would not recommend the Raymarine. Plus the helm drive unit locked up after about year of use and now the steering wheel is super stiff when steering manually. I have been considering buying a new octopus drive, or just upgrading to a Lowrance unit which also uses an octopus drive
  2. Check out the EZ Steer. The connecting rod can extend and retract when the motor is raised and lowered
  3. The EZ Steer option is probably the easiest way to go. I have the older Raymarine SPX-5 autopilot with the helm drive to control the main motor, and the EZ steer to connect the kicker. I like the EZ Steer, sometimes I have to adjust the rod to make sure that when the main motor is straight the kicker is also steering straight. Other than that have not had too many issues. The Raymarine on the other hand.... I am not a big fan of that unfortunately.
  4. Can you please provide some more details? What parts did you grease?
  5. I recently replaced my spark plugs and noticed that the rear lower cowl bracket was mostly missing, only about 1/3 was left and the rest was gone. All three mounting bolts had sheared pieces of the bracket left under them. I bought a replacement on eBay figuring I could replace this myself. When I removed the lower cowling I found that the front cowl bracket had also sheared in half. Does anyone know what could have caused both of these brackets to break like this? I have never had a major incident with this boat or motor. When I tried to remove the bracket mounting bolts for the rear bracket I found that the bolts are too long to fully remove from the motor. It appears as though the entire powerhead will need to be removed just to replace these brackets? Is this correct? Does anyone have anyone near Rochester they would recommend for this work? thanks
  6. Yes!!! This!!! And do a do a "dry run" of how you are going to install it before applying the sealant. I thought I had a good game plan but after I applied all the goop and installed the transducer into the hole, I realized the wrench I had planned to used to tighten down the nut did not not exactly fit into the bilge area like I had hoped. That left me scrambling to come up with a plan B while the clock was ticking... not fun....
  7. I was running the HST-DSFBL 50/200KHz transom mount. After a few years the returns started getting worse and worse and I was loosing bottom while on plane and not marking fish as well as I though I should be. The thru-hull gets a much better return.
  8. I have been out a handful of times this year and I am very satisfied with the B60. On plane I use 200KHz and track the bottom with no problems. When trolling I switch to 50KHz and I am getting very good returns. I have yet to mark large bait pods while on plane, but I think this is mostly because there has not been much bait around the last few times I have been out fishing (been about 3 weeks since I was out last) I look forward to seeing if I can mark bait while on plane now that I am reading reports of people seeing a lot around.
  9. If you have trim tabs trim them all the way down. Sometimes that will help to stop the boat wagging back and forth at low speed.
  10. Also, we marked no bait at all. We did mark sporadic fish from 40' to 80' down, and of course Lakers hugging the bottom.
  11. Started late, around 10:00AM. Lake was pretty flat with lots of boats out in front. Set up in about 70' of water with a mix of 2 riggers, 2 divers and 2 short lead cores with 2 Spin Dr's & flies and the rest were spoons. Was not expecting much based on the few reports that were out there. Caught 1 small steelhead in about 90' of water on a 3 color and Stinger spoon. Second fish was a fat laker close to bottom in around 110' of water with a Live Wire Spin Dr and fly. After resetting the same line about 85' down it fires again. I gave the rod to my father in law and we thought it was another Laker, until it got close enough and we saw all silver. She decided to start putting up a fight at the back of the boat. Took a couple of tries to net her but we finally hauled a nice unexpected King on board. It had a pretty red belly like it was hugging the bottom. I had made a contraption with a pair of fish grippers, a 5lb ball, and some heavy line to attached the fish to and revive them over the side of the boat. Well, when I went to use it on the Laker, I hooked it up, lowered her in the water and didn't have the other end of the line tied off good. So, when I turned around to hose of the deck, I just managed to catch of glimpse of the Laker, my grippers with a 5lb ball, and about 15' of orange para-cord heading down to the bottom.... The King was released healthy and shot right back down. We were off the water by 12:30.
  12. I did get it installed earlier this spring, but I have only been out for a quick shake down trip in shallow water so I cant say much about its performance just yet.
  13. EKoselny


    Check out Panther Marine Products, they make a ton of kicker motor mounts.
  14. I bought an Airmar B60 thru-hull this winter and I am about to cut a hole and install it as soon as the weather is nice enough. Cant necessarily recommend this as I have not used it yet, but I am very excited for the thru-hull versus the transom mount. I felt like I just never could really get as nice of a picture with the transom mount, especially when on plane.
  15. He does have a website as well, hope this helps. https://spooncrankbox.com/
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