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  2. 2-N-TOW

    New here

    Welcome to the site, Jaxwax! Nice, clean looking boat. I can't say much about the more recent R190's, but I can assure you that model has a great lineage. That boat will handle rougher stuff than you care to enjoy being in with that deadrise. Most boats in this length have a much flatter bottom and tend to pound in rough water. Just tuck the motor when it gets a little sloppy and let that bow cut through the waves and you will appreciate that deep vee even more. Enjoy the new boat and keep us informed on your adventures on the water!
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  4. asboats2002

    console rebuild wish list

    Post was last Thursday 11/8/18 Look for post "New Floor Coating " Don
  5. asboats2002

    console rebuild wish list

    Might want to check out Tuff Coat Marine ( www.tuffcoatmarine.com) for the non skid floor coating. Pretty nice stuff, I just did my R-236 floor with it an Very Please with it. It comes in 21 different color choices and you can call them if you want a special color ! Water base epoxy, so working with it is very easy and very Low VOCS.. I posted a couple pics of mine, about a week or so ago. Look for "The Dr. Ann" R-236 Don
  6. jaxwax

    New here

    Hello all, Checking in from Huntington Beach, CA. Recently bought a 2004 R190 with base motor 115hp Yamaha. More than satisfied is an understatement and a half. Coming from a 80s Whaler Montauk to this one is a major jump for me. So far haven't seen many R190 other than the 70\80s models. Did Robalo only make them for small window? Anyways, thanks for the add and looking fwd to reading up on all the info I can here Jax
  7. 2-N-TOW

    console rebuild wish list

    bow rail - is the rust from the fasteners or the railing? I kinda like the look of the railing in the boats, plus if you have any youngsters on board, it does help to confine them a little. Console - if you go flat on the angled piece for a display, best to leave the wheel where it is so the display is directly in front of you. Even being off to the side a little bit cuts down on the brightness of the display versus what it looks like directly in front of you.
  8. 2-N-TOW

    Striper Article

    I know a lot of people would complain about this, but I could live with a 1 fish per person limit per day instead of the 2 fish per day. Even if we have a healthy first year population, lets give them a chance to mature to spawning age. I am glad to hear there are positive numbers. The second part of the puzzle, though, will not happen at the legislative level. The only way I think any form of management of the menhaden will be from ASFMC dropping the hammer on the harvest tonnage only after they do the proper research on what is happening to the population in Virginia waters. The overall menhaden population along all coastal states may be average, but within the Virginia state line it is a different story and the research/analysis needs to be within the state border to see what the impact Omega has had on the Bay population.
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  10. I think we have the photo thing figured out. Currently the batteries are under the front seat. I want to move them aft under the console and build an insulated cooler under the seat. the seatback drops down to access the inside of the console. its not water tight so something needs to be done. speakers are out and a door would go on this side of the console. the other side could get a set of drawers. the teak covering boards are getting replaced with new teak and i'm considering removing the bow rail all together. I hate the constant rust. If i remove it to redo the topside gelcoat I dont know if i could even remount it... any thoughts on that? I need to re do the gelcoat at the transom and non-skid the floor and bow hatches. the existing leaning post slides over the original seat pedestal bases. the wood has rotted so were going to make a copy out of fiberglass, remove the seat bases and mount it to the floor. the leaning post will have room for a cooler to slide under with drawers above it.
  11. This is the big decision. The panel on the left above the wheel will be removed. It will be rebuilt flat without the angle making a larger area for a new fixed panel with a flush mount gps, gauges and switches. Moving the wheel will be a decision once the panel is laid out. The sliding doors below the helm will be replaced by a removable panel with a molded in foot rest.
  12. FullThrottle

    Striper Article

    I got this off of a response to this article on the Sailfish site. Sure hope it leads to better striper catches and at the same time, I hope that there are some commercial and recreational limits to ensure the fish stock don't get severely impacted. Although all my efforts and the efforts of of a lot of other people have not impacted the menhaden limits yet, hoping that the Virginia legislature will at least use the ASMFC limits or even something more restrictive in the bay. Here's some good news on the front: The data are in and the results are official: Juvenile striped bass numbers are healthy in the Chesapeake Bay and its major tributaries. Virginia and Maryland say seine surveys conducted over the summer show young-of-year stripers – those spawned this past spring – top historic averages and signal good fishing for commercial and recreational anglers in a few years. Mary Fabrizio, who heads Virginia’s survey, said annual sampling has important economic and ecological value and helps in managing the species. “By estimating the relative number of young-of-year striped bass, our survey provides an important measure of annual and long-term trends in the bay’s striped bass population,” Fabrizio said. Fabrizio is with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, which conducts the survey for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. VMRC manages nearly all the state’s fisheries. David Blazer, director of Fishing and Boating Services at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, called their state’s results “encouraging” for their efforts to protect and maintain the striped bass fishery. “Consecutive years of healthy reproduction is a great sign for the future of this iconic species,” Blazer said. Virginia began monitoring striped bass in 1967, and Maryland in 1954. Researchers scoop up samples using 100-foot beach seine nets at designated sites, or index stations, several times throughout the summer. VIMS samples the James, York and Rappahannock river watersheds, while the Maryland DNR samples the Choptank, Potomac and Nanticoke river watersheds and the Upper Chesapeake Bay. This year, VIMS collected and measured 1,875 juveniles, logging a mean value or recruitment index of 10.72 fish per seine haul. This is greater than the historic average index of 7.7. Maryland’s DNR collected 1,951 juveniles, with an index of 14.8 – higher than the historic average of 11.8. At the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation, senior regional ecosystem scientist Chris Moore called the resurgence of young striped bass a “promising sign.” “Hopefully, these fish will grow and thrive in the bay in the coming years as a result of the improving water quality we’re seeing under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint,” said Moore. Striper abundance can ebb and flow dramatically from year to year depending on predation, fishing pressures, disease, weather and environmental factors. The bay stock hit historic lows in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but when Virginia, Maryland and Delaware enacted fishing bans in the ’80s, the population began to rebound. Today, it’s considered recovered. Striped bass are a top predator in the bay ecosystem and an important sport fish. They can live around 30 years, migrating in a vast range from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to the St. John’s River in Florida. Females mature around age 4 and males around age 2. Adults swim up coastal rivers to spawn, then their fertilized eggs drift downstream and hatch into larvae that rapidly grow into juveniles. Juveniles stay in nursery sites such as the Chesapeake for up to four years to mature, then swim to the Atlantic Ocean to join the migration. Read more: http://sailfishownersforum.proboards.com/thread/407/striper#ixzz5We2oHWsx
  13. 2-N-TOW

    Striper Article

    I still think the biggest issue is lack of food for the fish. Yes, we had a fantastic fishery 8 years ago and caught lots of fish, but the menhaden population was through the roof. Bait pods were so thick the lines would vibrate as you trolled through them. Gannets and pelicans dive bombing bait. Whales everywhere (heck, i remember Rudee Inlet being blocked at the jetty due to whales feeding just off the rocks). As the fishing declined, the last few years when I was out there, I did not see the bee-hive of birds dropping on bait nor the large number of whales feeding inshore. You would maybe see an occasional gannet flying down the beach looking for food, but nothing like back in the hey-day when I fully expected the boat to get hit by these birds when they went into a feeding frenzy. The whales and birds disappeared because the food source disappeared. The stripers did the same thing because they needed to find an alternate food source, too. I suspect there has always been two populations of ocean striped bass; the coastal winter group and the offshore winter group (I am not including the resident population that stays north of the Rappahanock River in the Chesapeake Bay). Those two ocean groups intermix up north during the summer and split during the southern migration. Over time, more and more of the coastal population followed the ocean population back south possibly due to the ocean group being larger fish and the coastal population interpreted this as meaning better food source availability. These same migration patterns have been observed in terrestrial animals in Africa....the basic survival instinct for food is a strong influence. I still read how the striper fishing is doing in the Northeast and this was used to kind of track them as they moved down the coast and when to expect them off Virginia Beach. Up until a few years ago, the fishery in Delaware Bay was really good, but it has fallen way off now. Yet, they are doing fantastic along Long Island right now. Rhode Island was pretty good a few weeks back as those schools migrated through their waters. The migration now appears that as the schools hit where the beach turns south just west of Long Island, they are heading more southerly instead of following the coast line, missing Delaware Bay and points south. It is almost like they are following the water color change line where the coastal muddy water stops and you start getting into that pretty blue water. By the time they are off our coast, they are 13-15 miles out. We have known that starting the first year of the coastal school decline. During that time, many times I got back to Owls Creek with nothing only to see the head boats had huge catches of stripers on the Rudee Inlet fishing report. It was known they were not fishing with the rest of the rec fleet along the coast. Then we heard they would leave in the mornings and run southeast. Heck, I followed one out and pulled back on the throttle when I hit the 3 mile line straight off the Golf Ball and he was steadily heading southeast until out of sight. Later that season, those same boats were busted by the feds for fishing in the EEZ for stripers. Virginia needs to stop the menhaden fleet from fishing their coastal waters. It is a dirty industry that has no real positive impact. It would not exist if it was properly managed by real agencies instead of the Virginia Legislature. Hell, the Legislature can hardly manage themselves. They have clearly shown how they are paid off by Omega by the way the agriculture committee rejects everything that comes before them regarding menhaden management before it can even make it to the be voted on. How many of those committee members take campaign donations from Omega? Can our fisheries recover back to what they were like 15 years ago; yes. In order for it to happen, some groups are going to have to make some hard decisions and know it is going to take a number of years to undo the damage that has been done by Omega. I still feel they are the problem and their actions have resulted in the population / migration changes we are seeing now.
  14. 2-N-TOW

    console rebuild wish list

    I don't have an iphone, but a quick search found this for photo resizing apps: https://photo.wondershare.com/photo-editing-tips/how-to-resize-images-on-iphone.html I have considered interfacing the motor and gps on my boat. The problem is the gps is NMEA1830 and the engine is NMEA2000...talk about a challenge! In your case, it may not be as hard as mine. I would think you could get analog style sensors that would have the NMEA2000 interface already incorporated in them. Since you brought up vacuum pumps earlier, figured I would show you what I started with This one was driven by my compressor. Noisy but it worked. Then I got bored one winter and assembled this... Pump was under $100. Remaining parts added another $75. This pump will pull 25" HG. I know there is a slight leak around the plastic valves that I plug the vacuum lines into and if I replaced them with brass ball valves, should be able to pull close to 27". The valves I am using are cheap plastic water valves from the hardware store and were designed for pressure to make the fitting leak proof...the vacuum works opposite so that is why the little leak. Besides, if resin makes it to the valve, I can easily replace it with another $4 valve and be back in business. The nice thing about this pump is it is extremely quiet and the pump motor should be good for hundreds of hours of run time or cycles. These pumps come from those pay air compressors you see at gas stations, so they have a good track record.
  15. FullThrottle

    Striper Article

    Although I like to blame Omega for the lack of striper, this article in today's Virginian Pilot lists the other part of the problem. forecast fishing Lee Tolliver Illustrations courtesy of Duane Raver Fishing for striped bass has always been a fall tradition, even though catching the species the past few years has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Let’s face it: we were all spoiled by the days several years ago when stripers were big and thick in the lower Chesapeake Bay and along the coast. Catching them typically was as easy as getting on a boat and putting out some lures. Casting, trolling, it didn’t matter. The fish were so plentiful that it was rare to ever get skunked. About the only thing that took pressure off the massive schools of striper was bad weather. And it had to be some serious bad weather to stop us. Those big fish don’t come around legal waters inside of three miles of the coast much anymore. The fish that make northeastern waters now head straight south on their migration and end up around offshore wrecks and structures around the Chesapeake Light Tower. You’re not supposed to even practice catch-and-release out there. Bigger fish that make northern regions of the bay their home most of the year rarely make it to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. While some come close, the past couple of years, they’ve made it to points west of Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore. And the number of fish topping 25 pounds – you know, the ones we used to throw back – isn’t what it used to be. So what happened? How did a world-class fishery simply turn off? Look in the mirror. We crushed them and gave them little chance to keep their numbers high. Both recreational and commercial fishermen share equal blame – all those big breeding females taken for trophies and freezers full of meat. Only time will fix things. The rockfish have made a dramatic return once before. Hopefully, they will once again.
  16. i phone the files are too big but i dont know how to resize on the phone to upload. And i think im going to set up a nmea converter for my old outboard gauges to show up in a modern GPS... Who am i kidding!
  17. 2-N-TOW

    console rebuild wish list

    Vacuum pumps open up a whole new world of options when glassing. I have had a blast with the one I built a few years ago. Prior to that, I used a venturi style pump that ran off the air compressor. The one I have now is so much easier to fine tune. Iphone or android?
  18. Thanks for the idea i scored a legit vacuum pump on Craig’s list last year which made recoreing the hatches much easier too. It’s fun working with it. When I try to post photos from my phone I’m exceeding the allowable file size. Any advice there?
  19. 2-N-TOW

    console rebuild wish list

    Sounds like someone is getting ready to have a busy winter. Here is an idea on re-doing the steering wheel angle and position. Make a new glass pod that can have the sides cut to achieve the desired angle. I actually tried this years ago when another member was having a problem figuring out how to re-locate his compass. Dig through the wife's corning ware or glass bowels and find one that is the approximate diameter to accomplish your task. Ideally, it will be be deep enough so when finished, the sides can be trimmed down when fitting to the console. A tupperware bowl may work, too, but I never tried it. just put some resin on a section of the tupperware, let it set up, and see if it tries to dissolve the plastic. Put 3-4 good layers of wax (automotive will work but mold release wax would be perfect). Let it dry to haze between coats, buff, then re-apply. After wax job is complete, drape your fabric (1708 is easier to work with than csm as it will lay over shapes so easily) over the bowl and cut reliefs so it will lay in there fairly even. Since the helm is probably going to be surface mounted on the new pod, you are going to need some strength. Since core material is out of the question, figure on 4 or 5 layers of fabric. Stack the fabric off to one side. Cover the outside and bottom of the bowl with blue painters tape so no resin gets on it. Now the fun time. Paint a heavy coat of unwaxed gelcoat in the bowl. It can be brushed, and what I do is apply 3 or 4 coats to be sure the inside of the bowl/mold is thoroughly covered. Once done, set the bowl in cardboard box and put a 60 watt light bulb in there to give some heat to get the resin to cure completely. Give it a few hours to kick off. The outside will be tacky and that is fine. Now start placing your layers of glass in the bowl, wet it out thoroughly, then next layer. Make sure to work all the air out of the cloth when wetting it out. After you get past the first 2 or 3 layers, start cutting back on the amount of resin as there is probably going to be some excess in the bottom of the bowl. If you have one of those ribbed "bubble buster" rollers, be sure to use it to work the air out and compact the fabric. Once finished, place it in back in the cardboard box with the light bulb so it cures completely. 24 hours later, work the edge of the fiberglass loose. If you have an air compressor, blast some air where you have worked it loose and it should pop out. When I did mine, I "borrowed" a corning ware bowl. When finished, washed it with Dawn dish detergent to get rid of the wax, and it is still being used to cook today!
  20. asboats2002

    New Floor Coating

    Not many cracks, just a very few lite ones, and Yes, it fills them and covers them up. My floor now looks Perfect ! Very impressed with how this product works and looks. Don
  21. FullThrottle

    console rebuild wish list

    Sounds like quite a project. Look forward to the pics.
  22. I want to refresh the console on our 84 2020. Its getting removed to reseal the tank cover so ill have full access to take care of glass work wiring etc. this winter. Id like to re-set the wheel so its more horizontal than vertical as well as move it closer to center line. The lower aft facing sliding doors are shot and i'm thinking of removable panel with an indent as a foot rest instead. There are currently 2 angled removable panels with a flat spot in the middle for the gauges. I want to remove the port angled panel and extend the central flat to the edge leaving more room for a large flush mount GPS. this would allow more room for the wheel too. the starboard panel will be retained for storage My batteries are under the front seat. I want to move them aft over the tank access and build in an insulated cooler under the seat. I have speakers in the side of the console currently. I want to remove and on one side of the console ill install a set of drawers and the other will get a large door to gain access to the interior. The opening behind the front backrest is also useless. A removable set of drawers would allow access when needed. Please share any photos of neat console ideas of share your thoughts on the perfect center console. Were not big fisherman but we do wet a line on occasion... The boat is well used as a general runabout during the summer. The leaning post was made out of wood and will be rebuilt at the same time. Ill get some pics up shortly.
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  24. Johnp0328

    New 1976 230 Owner.

    Thank you for the tips. I will be keeping the stock type transom.My plans are to replace tank with a moeller Polly 90 gallon, remove all damaged foam and refill. Create the floor, figure the center console out as I don’t have a stock one. remove transom bracket , fix as needed and rig the 200 Johnson I have and hopefully enjoy it. Not necessarily a proper resto more of a fix to get her going.
  25. 2-N-TOW

    New 1976 230 Owner.

    I see lots of potential there. That jack plate kinda has me scratching my head as it makes me think there may be issues with the transom core (just odd looking unless it had a 30 inch motor, then I kinda understand what was going on). Having the floor cut is not necessarily a bad thing. Add some more rigging tubes for future expansion of electronics or anything else. If you are thinking of re-doing the transom and maybe going with a full transom and bracket, this will give you the opportunity to inspect the stringers at the transom and install some knees to tie more of the transom to the stringers and provide additional support. Are you planning on removing the old foam and re-doing that? If the foam has been exposed to sunlight any length of time, it is not uv stable and the sun will break it down and allow some water absorption. If you do replace it, make sure there are limber holes in the stringers so water can drain if it gets wet down there again. Keep us updated on how the re-do progresses...this kind of stuff is very interesting to watch progress!
  26. Johnp0328

    New 1976 230 Owner.

  27. Johnp0328

    New 1976 230 Owner.

    Here are a couple just the way I took it in. new foam,new floor, new tank ,and most likely new transom in my future.
  28. 2-N-TOW

    New 1976 230 Owner.

    That is a nice looking rig, especially for a '76. I like that reverse fishing arch with the bimini attached. Can you post some more pictures of the transom and inside?
  29. 2-N-TOW

    New Floor Coating

    This is good to know! I am not far from doing something to my floor. Curious if you had any stress cracks in the floor (from age) and if the coating flowed into them well enough to hide/cover them?
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