John E Powell

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About John E Powell

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Niagara Falls, NY
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    I started fishing for trout and salmon with my dad in the late 70s. When I hooked my first three year old salmon it broke my brand new Berkley downrigger rod like a twig. I was hooked for life. That very day, I decided I could build a better rod than what you could buy, so I became a student of rodbuilding. In 1980 I opened my rodbuilding business, Custom Rod Designs by John, and have been crafting task-specific Great Lakes trolling rods ever since.
  • Home Port
    Wilson, NY
  • Boat Name
    Coho Queen

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  1. The Trojan's Delta Conic hull form is pretty stable at troll, but it's a compromise like any other boat. They have their advantages and disadvantages. If the hull form was great at everything, they'd still be in production and lots of companies would have copied the design as any patents to the design would have long since ran out. For some people it's the ideal boat, for others not so much. Just depends on what you're looking for. I'd be pretty confident in saying they've got the lowest mpg among similar sized and powered boats. You'll be good friends with the guy running the gas dock. [emoji15] ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  2. $3,600. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. All boats are compromises, in many ways if they do one thing well they tend to do the opposite poorly. You need to be very specific in understanding what you really want in a boat and what you're willing to give up to get it. One persons dream boat probably won't be someone else's dream boat. Here are some of the major considerations: Length/width ratio. Longer narrower boats tend to be more fuel efficient and ride smoother under power, but have less room than wider boats that tend to be more stable, thirsty, and slower. Hull shape under water, weight and center of gravity, and engine location and boat balance vary widely from boats that can otherwise look very similar to each other. Most deep V bottom boats ride well under power but they're not very stable at a troll in rough water unless they're very heavy and have a very low center of gravity. Boats like this will require big blocks or diesels and will use a lot of fuel. An example of some great boat that fits this profile would be a 29' Blackfin Combi and the 30' Bertram Moppie. However other highly regarded deep V boats like Albemarle or Carolina Classis which are lighter and have higher center of gravities don't troll with great stability. They excel at running far offshore to the canyons at high speed. Another more common approach are boats similar to Tiara. They have shallower V hulls, that ride under power well at moderate speeds. They're lighter but wide, and the open models have a low center of gravity making them a boat that does most things really well. Would they keep up with the Blackfin if a storm rolled through and you got caught offshore in really snotty weather? No, but you'll still make it in. They're popular because they're a generally refined boat having a high build quality that lasts if taken care of, hold their value well because they're a boat of particular interest, have good cockpit layouts for trolling, and nice comfy cabin accommodations with better materials, finish, and attention to detail. The engine area is organized well, access is easy. They have probably the best helm layout there is. There are a lot of express style boats of similar sizes, but many lack in one or more areas when compared to them. All flybridge boats have high center of gravity and more surface area for wind to catch and push around. You gain a lot of room, but that room comes at the cost of stability at trolling speeds. At one time they were more popular, but they've fallen out of favor to express or open style boats. If you're considering a 30' plus boat it would be tough to go wrong with a well kept '93 or later Tiara 31 Open. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Yes. I have a classified ad in the forum for it. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. I have one for sale... Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. I have one for sale that can easily carry both boats mentioned above. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. New asking price $3,700. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. If those holes are threaded then based on the location you describe, I just think they're home made bases for a rod holder tree. Previous owner probably kept the trees for his next boat and left the bases on your boat rather than taking them off and having to fill the screw mounting holes. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Any divers' tow line will look like it's going almost straight back. The fact that fish on riggers can release clean behind the boat without fouling the inside mag diver on a "1" is evidence that they're going further to the side than you may be thinking. If you were to draw an imaginary vertical line down the middle of the capital letter "J" separating the left half of the J's hook, the taller right half would be very similar to the line path of a port side diver viewed from above. The upper end is what we see standing in the back of the boat, but the diver is at the lower end where it curves away from the boat. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. New price for the upcoming winter storage season. $3800 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. Re powering is pretty standard. Buy a solid boat and run the engines it comes with and you can repower down the road. My last boat was an '89 that was repowered in 2002. I originally planned to repower it again with new 4strokes some day but I decided to go for a bigger boat instead. Just be aware of the economics of putting new engines on an older boat; it doesn't make sense unless you will keep the boat for a long time. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. for sale : usa

    There's nothing in the Tiara lineup with a similar length, width, power combo to this boat. This boat is significantly narrower, requires less power, and is faster and more fuel efficient than the closest boat in Tiara's lineup. Amenity wise, Pursuits are fishing boats and Tiaras are yachts with fishing capabilities. As to plants, the parent company has plants in Michigan, North Carolina, and Florida. It's not a one assembly line with different decal situation like you suggest. Tiara and Pursuit are two separate sister companies designed to compete in two different boating segments, not against each other. It much the same situation as Lund and Crestliner or Bayliner and Sea Ray all being owned by the same parent company Brunswick. They all have distinct models, they don't just get different decals coming off one assembly line. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  13. Most lures are designed to catch fisherman in the stores, not just fish. As noted above, keep it simple. A few stick baits, some spoons (stick with 1-2 brands/sizes so they'll work correctly at the same speed), some rotating flashers and fly combos and a couple meat rigs. Learn how to run them correctly. Be a good observer of details and patterns that repeatedly produce fish for you. That's pretty much the basics, you don't need a floating tackle store; too many variables to chase and master. 4-6 complementary baits working well together will consistently catch more and better fish than a mishmash of this and that. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. for sale : usa

    That's a Pursuit not a Tiara. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  15. Ditch the plate for bags. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United