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  1. The honest truth is that among today's 50 hp to 75 hp engines there really isn't a bad choice, they're all very close in terms of fuel efficiency and overall reliability. Go to each manufacturer's website and you can read the specifics on each ... there are some minor weight and feature differences that might swing you one way or another. But the biggest difference is most likely going to come down to the dealer you buy it from ... some may offer incentives that the others don't, or be more convenient for service etc. Just for clarity, BRP did not sell Evinrude to Mercury, or to anyone else. Evinrude is discontinued, meaning BRP still owns the name and such but will no longer build the engines.
  2. Depending on traffic it can sometimes take longer to get through the various locks than you might expect. You may want to pad yoru schedule a bit to give some leeway ... and to allow time for a few casts here and there. Seriously --> buy the PORTS cruising guide to the Trent-Severn (see https://www.portsbooks.com/trent-severn-lake-simcoe/). It's the most detailed info you can get on where to stay, where to get fuel, where to find groceries and the LCBO, marina facilities, launch ramps, locks, distance between various things, and some useful fishing info if you read between the lines. Book is loaded with high resolution aerial photos and maps. Only $30 and absolutely worth its weight in gold.
  3. Big news this afternoon, as BRP announced they have discontinued production of all Evinrude outboards and will concentrate on building boats. They've also entered into a supply arrangement with Mercury to provide outboards for their boat brands worldwide, including Alumacraft and Manitou. More details are sure to follow. https://www.ibinews.com/brp-to-discontinue-evinrude-outboard-production/36404.article
  4. Not sure I completely agree with that. If I had a buck for every bass fisherman I've seen who say they're "fishing for pike" or "fishing for crappies" but are actually targeting bedding bass weeks before the season opens, I'd be a pretty wealthy guy. You get clowns in all types of fishing, it's not exclusive to any one group.
  5. I think this is the kind of scenario that Ang is referring to, and it is exactly what opening weekend of trout season will look like in many, many areas. That's the problem.
  6. John wrote for the Toronto Sun, every Thursday if I remember correctly, for many, many years. Before him it was written by Pete Sticklee (briefly) and Tiny Bennett, author of The Art of Angling. It was John Power (another wonderful guy) who wrote the outdoor column for the Star. I often regret the fact that we no longer have outdoor columns in the papers, even the online versions. Now that it's out of the mainstream media, it's becoming more and more of a fringe pastime ... something that's painfully obvious with every MNR budget cut.
  7. Deeply saddened to learn that former Ontario Out of Doors magazine editor John Kerr has passed away at 73 from complications related to cancer. John was not only a terrific angler and a true pioneer of many techniques that trout and salmon anglers in Ontario take for granted today, he fought countless battles with MNR on behalf of anglers and campaigned relentlessly toward getting MNR to establish the extended fall seasons and year-round seasons we all enjoy today. Beyond that, John was a true gentleman, a pillar of integrity, and one hell of a mentor to guys like me who wanted nothing more than to make a living writing about fishing. No funeral service details have been released. For more info, see https://oodmag.com/news/ood-editor-john-kerr-passes/
  8. Wow, if only they sold beer like that.
  9. https://nationalpost.com/news/world/hook-line-and-sinker-australian-burglar-uses-fishing-rod-to-lift-versace-necklace-from-mannequin
  10. Nice, 250 hp x 8 = 2,000 hp. But sometimes 6 engines beats 8 engines. 6 x 450 = 2,700 ponies. Still wouldn't want to have to gas up either one.
  11. Sad news today - Ranger Boats founder Forrest Wood passed away Saturday at the age of 87. https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Ranger-Boats-founder-Forrest-Wood-dies-at-87-567295871.html
  12. Is it even possible to troll with something like this????
  13. Why don't you talk to a couple of boat dealers who sell pontoon boats and ask about ordering a console? You'll have to wait for it to be shipped from the factory (most likely mixed in among a shipment of boats) but that would be the easiest way of getting something that's rotomolded. No idea on cost, but obviously the more intricate the console, the bigger the price tag. January - March is boat show season, so that might be the best way to speak to a bunch of different dealers in a short time. Or just build one from marine plywood. Cost-wise, that's going to be the cheapest way to go by far.
  14. Don't bet on it. That 150 km range means perhaps a half hour of flying time in the E-Beaver before you run out of juice. Then it sits on a charger for how long? Float planes don't earn their keep when they're tied up to the dock. By comparison, a standard gas Beaver has a range of around 700 km and can be refuelled in a couple of minutes. Headhunter is right, it's a start, but it's going to be a long time before this becomes truly practical or economically viable.
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