John E Powell

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    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. New Price $2900 Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. No twin 225 Ficht. If I was in a repower scenario like the original poster I would repower with 4 stroke. I would however still purchase a used boat with V6 2-strokes if it was the boat I wanted and that’s how it was powered. I’ve trolled on both, I personally prefer 4-strokes for trolling as they’re quieter. The 2-strokes will use plugs, the 4-strokes will need more routine maintenance overall - 6 of one, half dozen of the other IMO. If I was setting up a fast tournament boat from scratch it would be with a pair of ETEC G2 300s.
  3. Here’s something you can read: Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. Go 4-stroke if you plan to troll on the mains without a kicker. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. I’d start by contacting Chuck Bennett at Whaler and passing the photos and what you know about the boat’s history on to him. See if you can get the hull ID number before contacting him. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  6. Yanmar outboards, they’re on the heavy side per power output. They use a twin crank/connecting rod setup. Supposed to run smooth, but more for work boat use at lower to moderate speeds and heavier loads. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  7. You’re welcome, glad to help. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. For custom saltwater surf rods popular along the southern coast I would recommend Wes and Mary Christie at Palmetto Rod and Reel repair. They’re in South Carolina. They specialize in surf rods and build some of the best there is. They’ve competed against me in the world rodbuilding championship so I’m familiar with the quality of their work and can vouch for it. If I was looking for a more northern style surf rod, I’d contact Al Goldberg. He’s been building Surf rods for nearly 50 years. I don’t know him as well as the Christies, but I’ve seen his work and sat through a seminar he gave on surf rod design at a Rodbuilder gathering. I don’t have Al’s contact info handy to pass on, but he can be reached through the Stripers Online forum, he posts in the surf talk section. Al has built rods for people who compete in distance casting competitions so obviously his stuff performs. Can’t go wrong with either, so I’d go with whichever area you plan to fish, northern Al Goldberg, Southern Wes and Mary Christie. Hope this helps. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. Saltwater surf rod for use along the coast or something like a freshwater pier rod for salmon? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. I asked about this for larger outboards and was told for liability reasons they limit the units to smaller outboards only. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  11. 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