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  1. I do a lot of running at night. I find the best thing is a hand held spot light. One that plugs into your main power, not a rechargable one, they always die when you need them most. I run with my bow light on, and I shine the spot light as needed to scan for anything in my way. I use a bright spotlight, if you can't see me coming, your blind, or asleep. I also agree that running with too many lights is blinding, especially if there is any fog, or mist coming off the water, its brutal. Can't see anything. Those nights I run with just the bow light, and use my spot light as little as I can. I don't know why everyone assumed O'leary was guilty. That video tells all for me. S.
  2. You can't beat a deep and wide 16ft aluminum tiller for versitility. S.
  3. That's all thanks to you for being an amazing person S.
  4. Cliff, next time just send me a text. I didn't get this until just now, but otherwise I could have left right away. Don't forget I am close by, and always willing to help. If not me, Lori would also. S.
  5. I have no advice, but I am very happy for you, Cliff! S.
  6. what the hell does this have to do with anything? All this says to me is that you are a holier than thou who doesn't care about peoples rights and freedoms. Your opinion doesn't mean squat to me, and I'm sure many, many others here too. S.
  7. Sounds like a great spot for the next meet and greet! I know what I would do, but i'm not going to say that here......you get my drift. S.
  8. Nice. Perfect eaters! S.
  9. JUST cooked is the key. I have had fresh Atlantic halibut, but it was over cooked. Don't get me wrong, it was fantastic, but a little dry and "meaty". The rest is just hte standard fish and chips stuff, that like you said, isn't great. As a matter of fact, I prefer cod if I go for fish and chips anyways. I could eat cod every day lol S.
  10. Make a few and I would try one out. S.
  11. A pacific halibut is way at the top of my list. I just want to catch one, clean it, and cook it in the same day. I don't really care how big it is, but of course a huge one would be amazing. I just want to eat one fresh. I've never really been a huge fan of halibut, I find it kind of dry and tough, for fish, but I have never tried it fresh, and trust me, i LOVE eating fresh fish. I planned to go this year, and last, but covid kind of messed it up, so maybe next year. S.
  12. I just looked into an axle, and found out its 8-12 weeks to get one pretty much anywhere, cerka, and Eastons included. A 3500lb axle is way overkill for your boat. I have a 16ft starcraft, 40 yamaha and my axle is 2500lbs. You'd be surprised at how little your boat likely weighs. Get the EZ lube hubs (standard at eastons, or cerka) for sure. They are the cats meow. The princess auto axles are china made, with cheap, garbage bearings in them. S.
  13. That is super slick. I'd buy one. You should really look into making these, there are a lot of unhappy people with powerdrive Ipilot units. S.
  14. Sweet. You will have to put your chip back in your old unit, and save the way points to the chip, and not the internal memory of the graph. S.
  15. Take a look here. https://www.lioapplications.lrc.gov.on.ca/fishonline/Index.html?viewer=FishONLine.FishONLine
  16. No plug, no fuse, just straight to the battery. Simple, and effective. Most of my use is slow trolling, auto pilot or spot lock, so im not ripping thru thick weeds chasing bass, or using high power really ever. Anyways, its worked for me for a long, long time with no issues. S.
  17. In my experience, the fuse or breaker is the weak point that leads to problems. I removed mine. Straight to the battery. Zero issues for over a decade. S.
  18. What are you covering it from? The sun? I'm obviously no help here .....LOL S.
  19. I have all the tools and rivets to fix that, but its a little more than i would attempt personally. That' is a nasty hole in your boat. I hope you are ok after that, and nobody was injured! S.
  20. Keep a set of jumper cables in the boat as a worste case scenario. At least then you can jump the main off your bowmount batteries. Also, charge your cranking battery once in a while if your not running the main engine much. a bigger dual purpose battery would certainly help. S.
  21. Comparing tin cans to actual boats is apples and oranges. A 16ft aluminum boat comes in many, many, many, shapes and sizes, and rides for that matter.
  22. A pet peeve of mine is when people talk about things they have no idea about. Have you ever set foot in a starcraft? How about a brand new one? Smokecraft and starcraft are not the same hulls. Kind of like comparing a legend to a lund. If you knew much about starcrafts, you would know they have a HUGE following, and last for generations. Hop in a new super fisherman and tell me about the ride. Blindfolded you would not be able to tell the difference from a Lund or Alumacraft. Talk to some big water guys with starcrafts and see what they think. Yes, I am biased because i have a starcraft, but I've also been running boats since I was 6 years old, and from one coast to the other, in every size, shape and configuration there is, and for the life of me, can't figure where you come up with a smokercraft is the worst riding boat ever. Maybe the one model you were in was a bad design? Maybe the operator? Maybe just a bad day out in it? I don't get it. Its a very bold statement to make. S. S.
  23. Yea, real estate is crazy. Don't forget if you sell, and plan to buy something else, you also have to pay those prices. S.
  24. Yep, quite a few things in common. If your like me, and don't need fancy schmancy to catch fish, look at the starcraft freedom series. They are solid, and very versatile hulls. If you want more fancy, check the alumacrafts. They are sweet. I am torn, because i am a tiller guy to the bones, but i need a bigger boat, mostly for great lakes trolling, so do I get a big tiller like I want? Or do I get a windshield for me? For the passengers? I just don't know. I sure do love my buddies alumacraft competitor 185 with a 90 yammy tiller though. She's sweet! I've also head of a company called TEAM boats (I think, out of Bala?) that make all welded hulls. Similar to a Stanley style boat. S. S.
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