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  1. Going to be buying one for my new boat. Basically only using for depth and bottom structure, weeds etc. Any recommendations? Also, I would like to use a separate small as possible battery to run this. Need some advice here as well
  2. Finally...success! Found a short you tube video by "the Weekend Angler" that showed the process, and sequence (very important) pretty clearly for both footpedal and remote. After viewing it one more time over a cup of coffee, I decided to try again. I started with the foot pedal in the recommended sequence and...still nada. On a hunch I changed from the preloaded batteries and repeated sequence....voila! Next, the remote. It didn't work. Decided to change batteries in this. Voila again! Hopefully that is the end of my problems. Thoughts: 1) Why didn't the dealer include the instructions? 2) Why put batteries in units before they are going to be used. 3) Obviously, the dealer was wrong when he said service tech ran the motor in prep. One final comment. This unit is a whine to get back into horizontal position. At least for someone in their 70's. Any Ix5 users out there experience this?
  3. Some progress. Changed fuse, and hooked up battery ....no go. I was doing this with the motor still in the non lowered position. I decided to Lower it just to see how easy it was and voila ...two of the indicator lights came on, so battery was effectively powered to motor. The other two lights had to do with synching to wireless foot pedal. That was the next step....pushed the required button(s) on the pedal; to no effect. I did check to see if there were batteries in the pedal....there were. So, one step forward, but not far enough to get things working.
  4. Just picked up a very nice looking Crestliner Pro 1650 Tiller on Friday. Towed up to my cabin today, and I'm loading it with my gear. Decided to check the trolling motor and get nothing. It's a Motor Guide IX5 with GPS control. Wiring to battery looks good, battery is fully charged, but nothing. There are 4 indicator lights on the motor which should have lit ups when it has juice. Of course, the dealer is 3 hours away, and was of no help over the phone (understandably with seeing everything). They had me try a couple things but nada. Anyone have any thoughts?
  5. Shag...go for it! I have no idea how I lasted 22 years.
  6. Done deal.....closed the deal yesterday.
  7. Lew...you are a wonderful man. Too bad we never met.
  8. I am obviously crazy. Spent a ton of time seeing what was available, pricing and researching them....even getting opinions from many of you. So, yesterday, decision made. Chose Crestliner. Put a deposit down, and made arrangements to drive the 2 plus hours on Wednesday to drop my boat off (1998 Alumacraft Magnum 165T). Dealer is installing my Yam 60 4stroke on the new boat, and buying my boat. Today, I was cleaning out my old boat, and decided to go fishing for a few hours. All the time fishing (lousy fishing btw, and embedded a damn hook in my left index finger) I a looking over the Magnum....seems pretty damn comfortable, still rides great, fishes just fine, etc. So, I start feeling stupid, and kinda bad, about getting rid of a 20+ year fishing partner that still functions quite well. Actually, ended up a little depressed, and started to think of cancelling the sale. Anyone ever go through this? Sniff.
  9. Dave...had a welded Crestliner for several years before the Magnum 165....it was a fine boat IMO.
  10. And the winner is....Crestliner! Built in gas tank. more storage, and better stability (I'm thinking) tipped the scales. As many of you said.....neither a bad choice. Finally, dealer offered to mount my 10 year old Yamaha 60hp 4 stroke own it, and still buy the 21 year old boat. Actually, this was another minor issue with the Lund. With it, I'd be buying the 50 hp Merc. I really wanted to continue to use my local marina, but, while they work on Mercs, they won't do warranty as the pay from Merc is low. Thanks to all who chimed in.....I gave thought to all comments.
  11. Hack....The Crestliner is around 1050lbs. The Lund is 250 lbs less....big difference
  12. I like both. Crestliner a few inches wider, has built in gas tank, and can handle a 60 hp. Lund is.....well, it's a Lund, but it is laid out well, and is lighter....I fish alone 3/4 of the time, and this should make loading and unloading a bit easier. While it is maxed at 50 hp, I usually am fishing lakes under 1500 acres. Any thoughts from the group?
  13. The one I'm looking at is a tiller. Looks like great boat, but I don't like the 6.5 gallon plastic removable gas tank.
  14. I'm thinking of a new boat (again). One I'm interested in the the Lund 1650 Angler. One deal breaker is the 6.5 portable gas tank. For a near 17' boat with a 50hp engine. What were they thinking?
  15. Akrisoner.....good advice. I plan to wear all the time. My balance is far from what it used to be and I often fish alone. Thanks
  16. Does anyone use one that they would recommend. I don't know why, but I just can't get mentally comfortable with the need for the user, or the water, to set off the Co2 cartridge. I know, I know.....I'm paranoid.
  17. Maybe a pipe dream with the COVID crap, but if USA anglers could take an Ontario trip this season, we are looking for a fly in outpost with the kick off point is within 2-3 hours of Saute St. Marie. We are experienced anglers interested in quality vs quantity, but would like a remote location. Thanks in advance.
  18. I've always disliked the whole idea of tournaments. From the start of BASS many years ago, it just degrades the sport IMO.
  19. My son and I are toying with sharing the cost of a new tiller boat. We're pretty much down to three aluminum manufacturers, and would take any of them. It seems as all the boat packages you can order come only with Mercs. Having had two superb trouble free Yamaha 4 strokes in the last 21 seasons, I am reluctant to change to a Merc. In my childhood on Lake Erie, we had two mercs and they were troublesome. That's a while ago obviously, but, more recently (12 years), a pretty well known guide in the Sanibel Island Florida we were fishing with said the guides referred to Mercs as "black anchors". On the other hand, I have a few friends that bought mercs in the last few years and they are pleased with them. We could order a boat and trailer only, and have a Yamaha installed, but that is a bit more costly than ordering a package with a merc. As I said, this is an old discussion, but I'd be curious to hear from any recent (5 years or less) Mercury buyers if they have any thoughts. Especially if they previously had a Yamaha.
  20. Oh Bill....be careful of asking couples to go with you, unless they are true fisherpeople. The year after we were married (early 70's), my wife wanted to go with me on my annual trip to Canada. She had gone before when our family took our annual trip to Viamede on Stoney Lake. After we married, we became good friends with another couple and when we mentioned we were heading to Canada in late summer they said .. "that sounds like fun". They were not fisherfolk. Like an idiot, I consented to asking them along. The first bad sign was when they all suggested a different lodge, and thought it would be fun to select one. At that point, I should have put my foot down...big mistake. We ended up at a really mediocre lodge on Lake Cecebe near Huntsville. On day one we woke to rain...heavy all day rain. I went out fruitlessly by myself for a few hours, but my wife didn't like me leaving her alone. Next day...ditto weather. We ended up playing cards until mid afternoon when the rain let up and the sun peeked out. The guy and I went out and had a couple hours of decent pike fishing. I started to get pumped. The next day dawned beutifully.... sunny, light winds etc. We went to breakfast at the lodge, and all three of the others decided we should drive to North Bay for the day to see the sights and get a good lunch. I pointed at the weather, and they still insisted we go. This was only a year into our marriage, and I had not tested defying my wife yet with regards to MY fishing trips. So, la dee dah, we went to town for the day. Next morning...you guessed it...downpour, with no decent forecast. It made me sick to think of the wasted day before. We went to breakfast, and the other couple suggested we all pack up and head to Toronto to "take in a few shows". That was it!! I went ballistic. We ended up staying the week out, and had one more decent day of weather and fishing. It was a very long and quiet ride back to Ann Arbor. We used to do everything with this couple....that not only became more infrequent, it actually ended completely within a year. HUGE lessen....do not ask Friends to go on a fishing trip, unless they are tested fisher people. Gee....I think I could write a book on this stuff, which is really kinda sad. Live and learn. I'll repeat though, I have taken some spectacular trips, which usually included some strangers. Interestingly, looking back, all these trips were put together by one guy. He was a world famously fly tier, and he would put together trips asking guys he knew pretty well through his fly tying. He took his wife along occasionally, and everyone of these trips was fantastic...fishing, lodging (or fly in cabin), and camaraderie.
  21. My biggest regret was putting up with jerks coming on our trips. Examples: 1) I always drove as I towed my boat. There were two guys who sometimes ended up in my car. Neither ever offered to chip on gas enroute. 2) A lodge we used to go to provided gas in the package if you were using camp boats. But if you brought your own boat you had to pay for gas (You got a reduced package rate if you brought your own boat). Camp boats were 15hp 2 strokes. I had a 60 hp 4 stroke...obviously easier to decide to travel further, not to mention my boat was very comfortable to fish from. Everyone liked to go in my boat, but not everyone offered to chip in for boat gas. 3) We generally cast shoreline and structure. As such, I was on the bow running the trolling motor. There was one guy who would always cast ahead of me saying I had an advantage being up from. When I offered to let him run the trolling motor he would decline. 4) Occasionally, someone could not leave business at home for a week, and would often say he had to make one quick phone call in the morning. Sometimes these quick calls lasted an hour...so whoever was riding with him that day had to sit in the boat waiting. On at least two occasions, this same guy left camp early for seemingly weak "emergencies" at home. 5) Occasional riders in my boat would want to go back to camp for IMO dumb reasons...fish aren't biting, it's raining, time for cocktails etc. If camp wasn't far, I could just run them back, but often this was when we 30 minutes away. You are probably saying why didn't you just leave the jerks at home. Unfortunately, this was usually a group of 8, there were best friends and relatives involved. I thought whining would break up the group, and there were some fine people in it. Finally, one year I could not go for work reasons. For whatever reasons, a few other guys couldn't go either, and no trip was scheduled. Suddenly, in mid Sept, I got a window to go (court case I was working on got postponed). I was just starting to decide to see who in the group might be available on short notice. Instead, I said screw it...and just went by myself. It was the most relaxing and wonderful trip I'd had in years. That cured me...now, I have only gone with two very close friends, my two sons, and my nephew. I wish I had limited my trips to these people many years earlier. Long winded post, but once I started thinking about it, the words just flowed. And, honestly, I have other examples, but I think you will get the drift. I must add that my woes were in this specific group of guys. I've taken several other trips, mostly fly in, with groups of 4-6, including some complete strangers, that were a complete blast.
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