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  1. I'm trying to get 3-4 family members to agree on a weekday in July for a 1/2 day charter out of Sodus, but have never booked one before. How much time do we have to figure out our schedules? Do charters fill up pretty fast, and is it already too late??
  2. It has always been stored under a cover during the season, and I had a homemade "roof" built out of plywood that rested on the gunwales that I would drape two heavy duty tarps across and bungee them down, for the winter. This worked for the previous owner, he's the one who showed me how to do that....
  3. Yup, 2-stroke. Never had any issues with it, and all I've done was change the gear oil every season, way overkill given how little I used it.
  4. Kind of a difficult decision, but decided to sell the boat I bought only 4 years ago. Life's gotten busy and my dad's getting older and not comfortable tackling the big lake anymore. We've taken it out probably fewer than 20 times in the time we owned it. There's nothing wrong with it, handles great in mild Ontario chop, and performs fantastically on the finger lakes. It was used as a charter on Canandaigua years ago, and then used for bass fishing in Sodus by the previous owner. Here's what I have... 1987 Starcraft Holiday (?), closed bow, original paint, has had 3 owners (including me) - Deck rebuilt by previous owner sometime in the last 10 years - Original teak gunwales, newer carpet. - am/fm/cd player installed with speakers - shortwave radio and antenna - bilge pump - bimini top with windshield connections 1987 Shoreland'r trailer in great shape - taken apart, de-rusted and repainted piece by piece 3 summers ago 2006 (installed as brand new in 2008) Mercury 90hp 2-stroke outboard motor - previous owner showed receipt for ~$5500 Humminbird 385ci fish finder (2013) Bert's aluminum ratcheting rod holders and tracks installed on each side (2013). 2 big jon old electric downriggers - not sure what year (1960s maybe?) - they work with lighter weights. With heavier, one of them tends to overheat and trips periodically on retrieval A bunch of downrigger weights of different size Boat is currently winterized at my parents' house. They live in Fairport, close to the Erie canal, so it's a 5 minute trip to drop it in the water and take for a test ride, but I would need a couple hours to open it up first, which I will probably do in the next couple weeks, depending on weather and interest. It's the only picture I have right now, but I can take more once the boat is opened up.
  5. Did this. Today. Looks 1000x better. Thanks for the advice y'all.
  6. Opened both of them up a couple nights ago... Found the manufacture date of 1987. From the looks of them it seemed like it was the first time in 26 years that someone gave them a good once-over. On one, one of the magnets that was surrounding the main motor body had unglued from the housing and stuck itself to the motor... Cleaned it up and epoxied the magnet back into place, cleaned the brushes and pumped a ton of Super Lube into the gear housing. Went out yesterday and not a single breaker trip, retrieving a 10lb ball. Did similar cleaning on the other one and definitely made a huge improvement. Retrieving an 8lb ball about 70 feet, it tripped only twice. Much better already but I might add some more grease to it or something - it has a squealing sound coming from somewhere - maybe I just need to re-spool the wire. Both appeared to be almost bone dry inside the gear housing. Yikes. Still having a problem with accuracy. Lowering a ball to the counter's 70 feet hit the bottom in 100FOW. Hmmm...
  7. I spoke to the town office and was told the rules for the one time launch permits... Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 2pm there is an attendant, who will take your $5. If you launch before 8am and come back before 2pm, you can pay him then. During the week, you must obtain a permit from the town clerk. Otherwise you risk getting a ticket. The permit will be date stamped and you can buy multiple one-time-use permits for different dates. If you end up not using the permit on a date you thought you would, the town will issue you a replacement permit for a different date (but they won't refund your money). I have verified so far that when the guy is there on the weekend, he is very polite and offers multiple times to help you launch your boat. He takes down your information and $5 and gives you a slip to put on the dashboard of your truck. I've also launched before 8am and come back when the guy was already gone, and I did not have a ticket. I parked at the waste plant, as it states in the rules. One guy who parked right across the street had a ticket. Hope this helps someone. Now, a Bear Creek related question - this time of year, does it make more sense to launch out of Sodus or I-Bay more, due to the numbers of kings staging there versus the small Bear Creek? Thoughts?
  8. The girl who met me at the launch once asked me if she could measure, weigh, and then chop off the snout of the laker she identified as a hatchery fish. He looked weird without the snout afterwards...oh well. But, the girl was very nice and polite. I saw her and instinctively reached for my wallet to get my license out, she said "oh, I don't need to see your license. Just had a few questions"
  9. Do you have the model #? I am looking for a kicker but not certain of how to link it to my main outboard...
  10. Yeah I know I know... I just try to do 99% of all "fixing stuff" by myself. We'll see how far I can take it. Maybe I'll just suck it up for now and deal with it in the long winter months...
  11. Couldn't I just buy some lightly used electric DRs for the same money as buying new motors? The BigJon guy on the phone today quoted $150 for a new motor. I am going to play with them and see if there's anything I can do. I'm going to see if I can find a servo motor repair shop in Rochester - anyone know of any?
  12. Big Jon support told me to send it in to get checked out. No amount of trying to squeeze out any troubleshooting tips worked. Oh well. Onto plan steps 2 and 3.
  13. I'm all about the systematic approach. I'll definitely check and re-check everything I can and know how. Glad to have people to bounce ideas off of!!
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