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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. Glad you have options for fishing. Technically I have the Northwest River in my back yard...It used to be called the Salem Canal and it empties into the Northwest River. Even though there is always about 2 feet of water in there and it's about 40 feet wide, my guess is 90% of the water comes from street drains. I'm sure I wouldn't eat anything I'd catch from that water. It's nice to look at with the turtles, ducks, herons, osprey, etc. and the fireflies really seem to like putting on displays in the summer, so no complaints other than not being able to fish it.
  2. Good. Thanks for the information. I'm hoping to be back on the water soon, but it looks like the government and COVID have a different idea.
  3. Okay, Virginia is now on lockdown probably until sometime in May... or hopefully in May. I last fueled the boat February 23 and after taking it out riding grandkids around then and again March 1st, it's roughly at 1/2 to 2/3 tank. It's in the boatel which is right near the water. The tank has more than required Sta-bil. Assuming normal octane degradation I think filling it up before taking it out in May would be safe to leave the current fuel in and just keep adding fuel on every trip for a month or so to get rid of the low octane fuel. However, if it moves to June I'm not so sure. Pumping it out may be a problem, but if it's bad I'd rather replace it than take a chance. Anyone have advice on when to say it should be pumped out? Sure be glad when we can start going back to a 'normal' life. I really feel for those that are suffering and hoping we can limit the growth of this virus until cures and vaccines are found.
  4. Hope your parents stay home. I know some people who believe we are overreacting, but if we don't find some approved treatments soon our hospitals are going to end up in trouble. I figure a vaccine is at least a year away, so we need working treatments and until then stay home. I'm just old enough to remember the worry about polio before a vaccine became available. When I got my shot vaccine while at kindergarten, and later sugar cube vaccine (also delivered at school) it was like a cloud had been lifted across America. I'm looking forward to having that happen again. Two of my kids are in 'essential' businesses and have to go into work. I do worry about them, but they are really trying to limit their possible exposure. My son has been working from home for years and will continue working at home. Just have to hope it's over soon and we get a return to whatever the new normal ends up being.
  5. You'll need to re-wax any areas you use detergent on. I used to use Dawn and wondered why the boat looked like it had never been waxed a few weeks after I had waxed it. Turns out those 'wonderful' cleaners also remove the wax. Too long without wax and oxidation starts. Now I just put up with minor stuff and when I get tired of looking at it, I'll either clean with Comet and re-wax a small area, or use MaryKate On and Off and re-wax everything.
  6. Well, I was okay with staying home most of the time. There are a few cases near us, so we've avoided going out and I just ordered some steaks and wine to be delivered. The marina where I dry store my boat had sent an email saying we'd need to reserve time a day ahead to get the boat launched and I was okay with that. Now this shit gets serious. Received this email a bit ago and now what was an inconvenience has turned really ugly: Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations at Morningstar Marinas. The health, wellness and safety of our staff and boaters always come first and we regret that at this time we are not able to operate in a manner that guarantees this for everyone. Sure hope everyone stays safe and well.
  7. I knew about LEDs potentially causing VHF noise, but I hadn't seen this method for testing before. It's simple enough and I'll use it the next time I'm on the boat and replace any LEDs causing noise: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1318.pdf?ver=2018-08-16-091109-630
  8. Looks like they finally got it cleaned up and back online. Nothing new is posted yet (other than my post saying we're glad they're back up), but it appears like it did before the Russians did all their postings.
  9. Of course I'm glad things are finally correcting the total mismanagement of menhaden resources in the Chesapeake Bay. Now I'll start working toward bringing Virginia in line with all the other eastern states and eliminating menhaden fishing in state waters. They still can post boats right off the bay bridge tunnel and sweep in and clear the waters of all fish while I'm out there trying to catch a single cobia. In Carolina, Maryland and other states they have to go beyond the 3 mile limit, while sweeping up fish right down to the beach on our coast..
  10. Garmin offers XM weather on your chartplotter via an $800 GXM 53, if you want to stay with a factory installed Garmin. Simrad offers a $699 XM weather and radio system at $699, the WM-3 system. Don't think I can help with the radio's offered by Robalo.
  11. I haven't been able to find anything on a 35'. You might try dealer as they could ask their contact at Robalo. Sorry, but without the forum it's almost impossible for a customer to get info from Robalo directly. You might get an answer if you try Robalo's get a quote: http://robalo.com/CustomerCare.php?content=sales&type=1&location_id=
  12. Almost missed this one. At a federal level: H.R. 2236: The Forage Fish Conservation Act Introduced by CSC Vice-Chair Representative Debbie Dingell, H.R. 2236 would ensure that forage fish species are considered for their critical role in marine ecosystem function and health. Currently, the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSA) manages important forage fish species like menhaden just as they do predator species like greater amberjack, red snapper, grouper, etc., using a single-species management model and managing to a maximum sustainable yield. However, this approach fails to account for the need to leave fish in the water as forage for other recreationally and commercially important fish species, as well as marine mammals and birds. This bill would simply require the regional fishery management councils consider the impacts of forage fish harvest quotas on other fish populations and the marine ecosystem when developing new, or revising existing, forage fish management plans.
  13. I don't know if this will pass, but FINALLY a bill to move menhaden management to scientists: http://www.nmma.org/press/article/23049
  14. Sorry about your reception problem. That and physical access were my main issues in where to mount. I checked how far away I could get from the boat and it's further than I can see the water stream from the engine, so no problems there. In fact I had hoped it wouldn't go so far. The test in the water was just behind the motor and it cut off in seconds and that's the main one I was concerned about.
  15. Dan, the Robalo.com forum has been out for around a month. They had lots of garbage put on the board during the holidays (guess it was not monitored and not protected well enough) and they took it down. So, this is the ONLY Robalo forum up and running at this time. Maybe you'll have to create sections for NEW boats on the board:-)
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