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About kilonen

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    Les Cheneaux Islands, MI
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    Robalo R227

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  1. A watch out - my Lenco tabs had sharp edges and slight burrs- found out after my daughter-in-cut her leg pretty good climbing out. Go around all the exposed edges and corners with a file to knock them off - then let the grandkids have at it.
  2. Jared: Congrats - You will like fishing out of it, I fish the Mackinac Straits with my 2006 powered by a Yamaha F250. I do not have a trolling motor on mine - but from my experience my other boat with a trolling motor - I would say given you think their might be an issue - longer is better especially in waves assuming there is a way to deal with the length when stowed. On trolling speed - in no current or wind - my F250 will get down to 2.5mph. I have found that fully lowering the trim tabs can knock off a couple of tenths. I did have an issue with the Yamaha trolling in r
  3. I got Lenco trim tabs with the boat from Robalo. Have no experience with anything else. They have worked fine - nice having LED indicators for position. The tabs themselves have sharp edges - can cut someone using the ladder. I took the edges down with a file.
  4. Sirius33 Essential. You are likely getting this boat to haul around family and friends. They will sit where they want and you will have to go where you want. You will use the trim tabs a lot to reduce spray when crossing a bay or stiff wind. Think you will also find a 4 blade prop worth it also.
  5. Regarding corrosion on battery terminals - I have always had good luck in preventing corrosion by thorougly coating the terminal, clamp, thread post and wing nut with vaseline after tightening them.
  6. Now THAT is funny - excellent post.
  7. Something else to consider if the bulb is going soft - fuel bulbs should be oriented so that the arrow pointing towards the engine is also pointing uphill. If someone redid the fuel lines - they may have put the bulb in pointing downhill. Had sporadic start and run issues on a used Hydrapsort I bought - cleaned pick up screens, changed bulbs, changed lines - finally realized that at some point the previous owner moved the bulb to where the line came out of the gunwale probably to keep it out of the motor well - moved it close to the fuel line connector on the engine so it could only hang dow
  8. Captain Bob: My understanding: There was a recall on the black plastic fuel filler fitting on the side of the hull amidships. Not all boats built that year had the defective part as it was corrected mid way thru the model year. The defect could have led to a crack and leak in the fitting where the hoses clamp onto the fitting. I can't recall exactly how - but there was a way to look at the fitting after removing the filler cap and see if the fitting was subject to the recall - think if the part said patent pending it was defective and if it had the patent number on it - it was OK.
  9. Master Chief: Thanks. Still whitefish in Lake Huron although I haven't fished for them. Commerical fisherman still get them. We work on Salmon in the big water and smallies and pike inside the islands. Perch are making a comeback now that the cormorant population has been reduced.
  10. You read my mind on the rod holders - was waiting for a good sale on some CE Smith's! The ski bar is also a nice hand hold for folks boarding the boat at the dock - just the right height.
  11. Pictures of our boat in Cedarville, MI. 2006 R227 wi Yamaha F250. Downriggers are Big Jon Sideriggers - work great for this boat's layout.
  12. Too true - what does that say about all of us given that it doesn't stop any of us from still boating? Maybe my wife has a suggestion or three on that...
  13. All: thanks for the help - problem solved. Was crankcase oil apparently spilled inside cowling from filling this spring.
  14. 2-N-Tow: Great question. Turned out to be some oil that had spilled - apparently from filling crankcase - was not fuel. Problem solved - thanks for making me check it more carefully.
  15. Will look it over more carefully - not just at the fittings - and at night with the flashlight tip per the tips from you guys - thanks to all.
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