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About FullThrottle

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  • Birthday 05/05/1949

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    Virginia Beach
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    Fishing, Boating, Beach, Swimming.
    Grandkids and their interests.

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    R207 (sold) - Sailfish DC

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  1. I believe in 2017 the hook was an option. It was on my 2014 R207.
  2. Sounds like a fun day, and some nice pictures.
  3. I tried to edit this yesterday. From rereading the regulation, to enter or leave the outer harbor you 'should' monitor channel 12 and the Navy now can do what it needs to in times of emergencies.. Sorry for the earlier,. It does appear they outer harbor will become a no wake zone. Makes sense as I usually approach the inner harbor at 30MPH or above. Now it will be around 6MPH. Much easier on those sailors protecting the inner harbor.
  4. I knew it could happen when I was asked for comments on the government's plan to control the harbor my boat uses. Seems anyone entering or leaving the harbor will have to report in to the government harbor master. It shouldn't be a problem for me, but I know a lot of the boats and PWCs using this harbor don't have VHF radios. Part of the harbor (designated the inner harbor) is already protected by a Navy boat with a 50 caliber and restricted, but the outer harbor hasn't been protected and has Navy boats at dock and commercial and recreational boats. https://www.nao.usace.army.mil/Media/Public-Notices/Article/1927936/nao-2016-00332/ Since I've already had Navy guns pointed at my boat by 18 year olds when aircraft carriers or submarines transit the channels, I'll be sure to radio in before entering or leaving the harbor.
  5. FullThrottle


    Great story and pictures.
  6. Adding the PDF again as Josh said it showed as expired. R207Improvements.pdf
  7. I did a lot of reading before deciding on the radar. I know the Fantom has some drawbacks, but it's advantages are what I was looking for. Love that I can tell if a a boat is approaching or heading away and seeing so much more than the chartplotter maps show. Anyway, we were on the beach and getting ready to leave when a thunderstorm started. Picked it up and tracked it on the radar. The storm started around Little Creek harbor, which is where we were headed, so it was nice to be able to watch it leave from a safe distance. The radar picked up the storm over 8 miles away and it probably will see one quite a bit further away, however we were only about 8 miles from port when the storm formed.
  8. I had two engines on my Albemarle. I agree that docking was much easier with two engines, but we had one go out once and had to come back on a single engine. Couldn't get on plane of course, so very slow going and tough to steer since the engine that went bad had the power steering. My new boat is a single engine and Sea Tow say's they'll come out 100 miles to get me if I need them, so I got a Garmin inReach to send text messages or emails via satellite. Oh... two engines means twice the cost on maintenance. It does provide some piece of mind, but for me 100 mile return with 1 engine would take about the same time as getting Sea Tow to come out and get me. If you got the Simrad with the boat, it has GPS already according to the Robalo site. Our boats are very similar and I was looking at a 247, but my wife fell in love with the Sailfish, so we got that as it was her turn to choose the boat. Very happy with her choice. http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/index.php?/topic/6867-new-boot-stripe-and-decal/ Look down a bit and you'll see the Sailfish.
  9. Nice looking boat. Sure you'll have lots of fun with it.
  10. Congrats on the purchase and joining the forum. Welcome.
  11. You could get the entire HIN and look it up at https://hindecoder.com/ If you decide to rename the boat, remember the ceremony: https://www.goodoldboat.com/reader_services/articles/naming.php I've found longer, more difficult renaming procedures, but this one should do.
  12. Its 84 miles from Little Creek to the canyon. Love the combination plotter and autopilot. It provided the mileage, direction and estimated time. I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. Had a variety of 'baits' out. Artificial ballyhoo, real ballyhoo naked and dressed and one 'lure'. The lure caught the Mahi. I think the knock downs were Mahi too, but not sure. In one case I saw the hit and I thought it was a Mahi, but then a dolphin came up and it looked like it hit the fish on the line and whatever it was came unhooked. Never seen that before. The hoo was torn up, but no clear marks to indicate what it was. Dredged the Mahi in beer batter and fried tonight. Hmm..Good eats.
  13. Another Sailfish boat (320) went south towards the Carolina line and came up empty trolling, but did manage a Swordfish while bottom fishing. I headed to Norfolk Canyon knowing I was still hundreds of miles from the Gulf Stream and the water temp got cooler when I got to the canyon. Figured on not much happening and the few other boats near us didn't catch anything while we were there and they left shortly after we arrived. I trolled south, nothing. Then east, west and back to the start of the canyon. As I got just outside of the canyon, we nailed two good size Mahi and had 3 knock downs. Ran back several times, but no more hits. We'll be eating Mahi tonight. Good trip with waves less than a foot and fish in the box.
  14. FullThrottle


    Not sure what's happening. A friend of mine swore everyone was catching their limit at Bluefish rock and he needed to burn off his 'winter' gas, so on the 16th we took his boat and headed to the rock. Snotty day with waves about a foot and half with winds about 15 knots. Found about 10 other boats all anchored up so we found our spot with good contours and anchored up. Great marks on the fish finder, but several hours later and several pounds of chum (regular and my mix of dog food and menhaden oil), we'd only had two bites. One was a shark by the marks on the eel and I'm guessing the other was a bluefish, but that was it. Oh well, there's still a lot of summer left, but I'm guessing a large number of the cobia may have already passed through. Maybe one of us will get lucky and catch a straggler.
  15. If it was my boat, I'd get some fiberglass repair, or 3M 5200 and fix the hole area 1st. Then I'd buy an aluminum 6063-t5 bar (doesn't have to be too thick, but should be at least 1 inch wide) to spread the load. Drill matching holes in the aluminum and use it for backing the holes when remounting the seat. If you have to buy longer screws, use Stainless 316 screws. Haven't had your problem, but similar experiences on boats and the above resolved the issues.
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