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Posted February 17
Well my first question is: what’s this gonna cost me... LOL! Guess I need to do some more research, really liked the Tailfin for a lot of reasons...Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
Sounds like there is growing support for the EZ Steer... Thanks Captain for weighing in on this. Collective decisions are usually the best decision. Rather than starting a new thread, any words of wisdom on the best approach to setting up the steering on an old cable-assist Alpha? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
KIR: Appreciate you speaking up about your set-up and experiences. I initially was looking at the ez steer set-up and using assisted directional control off the Alpha outdrive. However I recently met an Erie fisherman with an Islander and he was using the Garmin Reactor. In his opinion an autopilot on the kicker was the way to go. I am curious to see how the Islander performs with just the kicker in light to moderate seas. It's a light boat and as Pierless stated may be subject to points of wind a bit more that i would prefer.
Posted February 16
Felt I made the right decision purchasing it, hearing an experienced opinion such as your just reinforces it...
Appreciate the vote of confidence... About the only thing this kicker didn’t come with was power tilt so I am fortunate in that regard. There is one question I was debating on; the best location for the throttle controls. Have seen a few set-ups with them located aft. Any thoughts on that? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
Well I do have a great first mate that needs to be in charge of something... So I really don't need an autopilot for the I/O while we're not fishing, least I haven't so far with my previous sport boats. But your comments do raise a couple questions about overwhelming conditions and the ability to maintain control. Islanders as probably most aluminum boat that style are light and have a large sail area especially if you have any canvas up. Having said that, I really like the idea of independently controlling just the kicker, and after reviewing the Tailfin vs the Panther, I see the value in the Tailfin with a future upgrade of throttle control if it works out. I'm thinking that will be my first direction, worst case it might show up on the classifieds...
Appreciate the input!
Posted February 15
Thanks JerrySent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
Posted February 14
So I just purchased a 9.9 Mercury to use as a kicker for my 4.3L Islander. The four stroke outboard is carbureted, electric start and set up for the 8 pin throttle control which I plan on mounting to a 10" lift bracket. The question I am working though is whether to connect the outboard to the Alpha drive with EZ Steer linkage and set up steering control for the Mercruiser or just go with something like: http://panthermarineproducts.com/electro-steer-and-steering/ . If money grew on trees, I'm sure I would be looking at a full blown Garmin autopilot, linked to my... But this is a budget build and I'm looking for an economical approach to keep the boat going fairly straight without fighting with the wife...
Greatly appreciate experienced answers with helpful suggestions...
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So I actually purchased four rods & reels, 2ea 8.5' and 2ea 10' to do just that Sk8man. Wasn't sure beyond that which way to go. However thanks to some excellent feedback - believe I know the direction forward. Like the idea of ziplock bags also.
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Yellowgold - thanks again!
Posted February 13
Unfortunately due to the fact that I will probably be storing more than using... Liked the idea of getting all the wire off the and stored on the reel. Plus I also was thinking that the long leader length could be adjusted to easily change the action with the added bonus of making it a bit easier for single hand netting. But totally get there are easy work arounds and those benefits probably don’t outweigh the ease of making changes wearing glasses... I do appreciate all the feedback. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
Posted February 12
Sliders caught my attention for two reasons; one because it got the wire off the rod and in my opinion helped protect it, the other because you could play with the leader length. But something definitely to be said about clip and go set-ups...
Thanks for the responses!
Posted February 11
I’m setting up a couple wire diver rods and I’ve been debating between fixed diver or a slide diver. I know the short answer is try one of each and see what works. Well it ain’t exactly fishing season yet and I have been fortunate to get some great advice from LOU, so thought I ask the question: Which do you like and why?
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Posted February 7
Slayer et al., had a few moments to not only read the Rochester Reel Repair Facebook post on the Cold Water Reels, but to also check two of my own new reels. First off I truly want to thank you for that great tidbit of information. Excellent read and useful to know the belleville washers spring load may be causing too much load on the drag in connection with the wrong viscosity of grease. Easy to understand how a little dust, dirt and possibly heat could cause things to act up. Fortunately for me at this point, both reels seem to function as advertised. However, perhaps because it's cold outside, I have decided to get some Cal's Reel Grease and clean/re-lube as well as change the spring load on all the reels before I have them spooled. Thanks again to everyone's thoughts and comments. I still believe the CW series is a great choice and worth the extra $10. bucks...
Posted February 3
Thanks Charlie, and everyone else for that matter... Reels showed up today and thought I'd try a few tests to see how they respond. I chose them for the price point, but while researching them I did come across a few older posts that mentioned a couple issues. Thought I'd reach out and see if the problem had been corrected by Okuma or not.
Posted February 2
Hmmm... Guess I'll just have to think about this a bit more. Seems Andy at Tuna Reel Tackle is booked for the forseeable future so that leaves me with two options, do it myself or fahgettaboudit.
Posted February 1
So I just pulled the trigger on four Okuma cold water CW-303D's that I intend to use for wire divers, wondering if anyone might have experience with this set-up and what to expect with the standard drag. Wondering if before I spool them up I need to consider upgrading the drag?
Posted February 1
Edited February 1 by Baddad1
Had hoped to go to the CNY boat show and talk to Garmin/Hummingbird/Lowrance folks and see what they each had to offer, but...
Sorry to have hijacked your thread...
Posted January 30
That's what i was hoping to hear. I was thinking it would be cost effective to buy a smaller unit and use a larger screen tablet so didn't have to squint so hard...
Curious to know what your plans are for a tablet if you don't mind me asking?
Posted January 22
Considering there is usually a lot riding on them, I usually don’t cut corners on tires... Just make sure you verify load and speed rating based off your known gross trailer weight including gas and gear.
Posted January 18
Do you have any pictures? Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
Posted January 17
PM sent, Also interested...