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  1. Switch to braided downrigger line and you will never hear the line sing again. Scotty brand 250 lb is thick enough to keep flees off and it’s easy to re tie if you ever need to switch out terminal ends.
  2. Picked up the boat today with the new Honda mounted and gave it a couple hours of riding for the 10 hour break in period. Man is this thing quiet! 40 mph winds on Cayuga didn’t play fair but in a short burst the engine pushed the boat faster than my 90 hp two stroke around 38 mph. Can’t wait to start fishing
  3. I rebuilt the transom and repowered my 19.5' boat with a new outboard this winter as well. Since the 1980s outboard companies use the same bolt patterns on their motor mounts so unless you went with a drastically smaller engine or an engine pre 80s, the pattern should be the same. The only difference will be how high or low they mount the engine based on the shaft length. The standard bolt patterns are 12 7/8" spacing for the top two and 9 7/8" for the bottom two. Your new outboard will match that pattern but i would confirm with the marina installing your new outboard so you don't have to do any more work than you already have to. Replacing the transom is a labor intensive process but if you are spending the money on a brand new outboard it may be worth the investment of time and money so you don't have to do it down the line if you see any rotten wood. Also, some folks use pressure treated wood to rebuild transoms and pressure treated eats aluminum causing it to corrode and pit, If that's what's in your transom now, you want it out before it causes any more issues. Good luck with your repower!
  4. Trumansburg. I’ll be around Friday and Saturday if you want to swing by
  5. I’m not sure, the labels that identify the exact model are long gone.
  6. Two reels with lead core are sold. Two with 20 lb mono are still available.
  7. Congrats on the new rig! When you replaced your floor, what did you use? I replaced mine in 2017 with 1/2" ply coated in epoxy but looking back should have used something closer to 3/4" to get a more stable platform, bit of a sag near the edges of the gunnel in two places.
  8. Warm weather this weekend allowed me to prep, seal, and paint the transom and get it ready to mount the motor. Also installed splash well drains and put together a transom backer plate for the engine out of 1/4” aluminum to help distribute the load. Nothing left to do but repower. Getting close to brown trout season!
  9. 2 Daiwa Sealine size 47 for sale, older model. $30 each. Two with leadcore are SOLD, the other two have 20 lb big game. Pick up near Ithaca.
  10. Finished off the pre-motor wiring today and the NMEA backbone. Lots of zip ties and crawling on my back
  11. I bet that turned out great! I considered it but like others mentioned, the transom is not sealed so the poured material would run through the aluminum frame on the inside of the boat. I also considered composite but that was 10x the cost of plywood and the reality is I won’t be keeping this boat forever.
  12. Good advice! I bought new drain holes since I had to cut the other brass ones out to get the transom wood out. I sold my Yamaha kicker so no need to plan on that but I did cut a 1/4” piece of aluminum that I used as a backer plate previously to displace weight and I’ll be using that for the new outboard mounting holes. The splash well drain holes bottom out on the splash well aluminum so drilling the new hole will need to be very precise so water drains correctly
  13. That’s exactly right, getting access to the other bolts requires you to take the splash well apart. Taking it apart was easy but putting it back together with 1/4 close-end rivets was not. I had to buy a pneumatic rivet gun to save my forearms. Never thought about stainless to aluminum galvanization, thanks for pointing that out! The surfaces are painted on all sides and all bolts/washers are covered in 5200 sealant but rubber or plastic washers seem easy enough to add. Hopefully I won’t need to worry about network failures with two lowrances both connected to the NMEA network and 2022 modern engines have warning lights on the key switch and governors which don’t allow you to easily damage the engine, but I agree it’s something to consider. I have a stand alone volt meter as well as both lowrances give you voltage so that should be covered. Putting the splash well drains in this weekend which seems easy to screw up if they are not drilled out correctly. Any tips on that process would be appreciated.
  14. Getting the center console ready for controls with the new outboard on the way. Had to cover all the old gauge, key, and control holes. Used 1/4” black Starboard which was a really easy material to work with. Decided not to get new gauges and just use the Lowrance units for engine gauges as they connect with NMEA 2000 and display all the information you could need (e.g., rpm, mpg, trim, gas level). Saves quite a bit of money in rigging if you already have a Lowrance. Waterproof Blue Seas switch board was also added to replace original switches. Cleaning up the wiring harness and bus bars coming next.
  15. Its been a great boat so far. Tall gunnels make it feel pretty safe in rollers and only weighing 1,100 lbs makes trailering and solo launching and retrieving easy. The center console is also perfect for trolling solo, can drive into chop and reel in at the same time. Wish the floors were aluminum though, already replaced them once.
  16. I bought a 1986 Sea Nymph 19.5' center console in 2017 and have been slowly restoring the boat to fit my fishing style in Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes. A lot of the ideas and restoration tips/tricks have come from others on this site and lots of Youtube videos, so i thought i should post some pictures and descriptions as i go along in the future to help others that may be restoring an old fishing boat with modern gear and rigging. This winter i decided to take the engines off the back of the boat (sell them) and replace the transom which was..... not fun. Previous owners used pressure treated plywood as the transom which caused corrosion and pitting of the aluminum and the only through-bolts between the outside aluminum, wood transom, and inside aluminum frame were the four engine bolts, all other hardware was corroded (non stainless steel) and was only screwed into the wood, not bolted. That caused the outside aluminum to warp as the wood rotted and the main engine and kicker pulled the transom away from the rest of the boat and opened up a space in the splashwell for water to leak into the hull. We needed the bucket of a Kubota tractor to lift the old water logged transom board out of the boat with eye bolts drilled into the wood since it had swollen and wouldn't budge. The inside aluminum skin had so many corrosion pit holes that i had to replace it. Local metal shop cut a new sheet of 1/8" aluminum. The transom was 1 3/4" so used marine plywood and cut 3/4" and two 1/2" pieces, glued and screwed together. Coated the wood in fiber glass epoxy resin and reinstalled in the boat this time with stainless steel bolts. Waiting for warmer weather and then will repaint the aluminum and splashwell and seal the seams with 5200. New outboard coming in March
  17. We launch our service boat at the Fort Niagara State Park launch which is a 26' boat with tandem axle trailer and our truck is a king cab with 8' bed. No problems. Parking up above in the grass field. There are two launches at the state park, north launch is a bit shallow, south launch is deeper and that's where we put in. Niagara Bar is directly out front so the run is the shortest from there.
  18. Selling my 2021 Yamaha 8 hp kicker 4 stroke. Bought it brand new from the dealer last February. Engine still has 2 years factory transferable warranty. Comes with itroll speed controller with Hunt mode. Awesome engine super quiet, only weighs 87 pounds, fuel efficient and pushes my 19.5’ boat under 1mph up to 7 mph. Manual start and trim. Has alternator to charge batteries while running. Only selling it because I bought a new main and no longer need a trolling engine. $2400 for engine and itroll or $2,200 without itroll, pick up near Ithaca NY.
  19. https://www.amazon.com/Unexcelled-Fishing-Portable-Transducer-Bracket/dp/B08R7XHT2G/ref=asc_df_B08R7XHT2G/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=509414665398&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15451286597812447314&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9005570&hvtargid=pla-1220541776823&psc=1
  20. How about one of these Scotty transducer mounts? https://www.amazon.com/Scotty-Transducer-Mounting-Included-Mounts/dp/B0174X6UNQ/ref=asc_df_B0174X6UNQ/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312139903133&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15451286597812447314&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9005570&hvtargid=pla-641875989352&psc=1
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