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Bozeman Bob

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  1. Just to be clear, the closed cooling system on Mercruisers may be different. So check what you have, year built and how it compares to the excellent looking ones for sale.
  2. Bozeman Bob

    Another Autopilot question

    Your looking at 1800-2500 for a decent setup. They work off of a hydraulic pump that usually is installed between your power steering pump and hydraulic steering ram. The pump is hooked up to a mini computer that is tied into a sensor. The sensor will monitor pitch,yawl,direction , and other movements , they sense about 6-7 different movements.Cant remember them off the top of my head. A excellent add on if your pockets are deep enough.I believe someone on here had a post about how he made one himself ( lsst spring ? ) Myself I would go with the tried and proven.
  3. I prefer 12 vdc circuit breakers over fuses. Can be bought at NAPA or online. I do not like the flush mount power outlet,in most cases that has the power cords protruding from the sides of the gunwales and just get in the way . Better to have the connection tucked zip tied away under the gunwale .
  4. Bozeman Bob

    Furuno I FCV295

    Your either going to have put in a 8" access port or make a bracket and hang it on the transom. A through hull lays on the bottom of hull and no holes are drilled. A in hull requires a hole cut . If my boats didn't come with in hulls I would of ,mounted them on the transom. Not big enough of a performance difference for me to cut a hole in the hull.
  5. Bozeman Bob

    Furuno I FCV295

    Have a FCV 585 and a 1kw along with a 600 Airmar (or 650W can't remember ) in hulls ducers. The 650 works better on Ontario, regardless of the depth. Maybe it's ( 1 kw ) too strong, like overpowering small speakers with a oversized amp. Anyway I do not use the 1 KW and have read other post/ replies on here about the that ducer and most of them have the same thoughts. So the issue is the ducer,not the FCV, which is the only brand I will buy .
  6. Bozeman Bob

    TROPHY Boat recommendations

    Gunwale height is mostly determined by the height of the cockpit floor in relation to the scupper drain holes. They should be around 3-4 " above the waterline. Most .not all, of the better designed fishing boats will have the coaming pads hitting you from just above the knee caps to maybe mid thigh. It's easier to release and deal with fish at that height. I have never worried about waves coming over the transom with the gunwales like that,but I am in quality designed and built fishing platforms that have no problems in the rough stuff.
  7. Bozeman Bob

    Boat winterization questions

    All my wash down pumps have a quick release for the connecting hoses on them. Unhook them,take the washdown hose off and store inside. Never had a problem , air doesn't freeze.
  8. Bozeman Bob

    TROPHY Boat recommendations

    I would follow your own thoughts and follow up on the Pro - Line. IMHO a better built , laid out ,higher resale, boat. You have a lot of replies from Bayliner owners and they will talk up and defend there product, which is fine. One reply implied that if Whaler built the same hull it would be 70,000 more but never elaborated on why. The reason would be ,a better layup of glass, construction method,unsinkable hull,highest quality hardware,hull design,well thought out live wells, storage,ergonomics of controls and general layout of fishing platform. No problem taking a whaler out in 8-10 footers,cant say i would feel safe in a Bayliner under those conditions.I. have seen Bayliners with aluminium gunwales , seats placed almost on.top of each other,rub rails falling off in rough water ,poor gel coat ,no backing on deck hardware and as mentioned fish boxes with no drains and inaccessible bilges.I would look at a few name brands and compare notes.
  9. Bozeman Bob

    Beeping from throttle control

    My first idea is to start your own topic. This thread is 7 years old.
  10. Bozeman Bob

    Great fishing?

    All the suggestions above are spot on. You obviously are marking them as indicated by your post asking " what are these ? " I would save up my money and take a couple charters to see what the Pro's are doing differently. Just owning a boat and going out on the water does not make a succsefull angler. With a smaller boat I would try to master the upper and lower Niagara. There is always calm water to be found there,
  11. Don't know why, this is the slowest site that I use. Sent them a inquiry this morning and have not heard back. These trailers are usually in the 7,000 + range. I will keep looking with that price point.
  12. Went to there website and no listing for that trailer. What did you pay for it ? You can PM me if you don't want to go public with it. Yes trailers hold there value in that size range .
  13. Bozeman Bob

    Hit a log

    That part of the plate is designed to keep water from spraying back into the stern of the boat while at speed. I highly doubt that there are any hairline cracks in the housing caused by this hit. The most I would do is either sand it smooth or slap some JB weld on it and sand it so it conforms to the deflector plate.
  14. Bozeman Bob

    How do I close my acct

  15. Looking for a trailer with a load capacity of 10,000 or greater. To be used on the road, not a yard trailer.