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About FullThrottle

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    Petty Officer
  • Birthday 05/05/1949

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

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    R207 (sold 6/2018)
  1. FullThrottle

    24 ft robalo

    If I read the number right (and the contrast on the number makes that tough for my old eyes) hindecoder says: The HIN or CIN you have entered meets the Straight-Year HIN format. It might also be a type that contains the country code and thus the boat comes from USA or Other . The serial number of the HIN is 51022 and is set by the boat builder. This boat or vessel has a Certification Date of (1977) and a Model Year of 1977 with month of build (June) based on the formatting of your hull_identification_number (HIN) . The manufacturer identification code (MIC) of your craft identification number (CIN or HIN) is SLK. This MIC (SLK) stands for the company name Silver Lake Fabrication which is currently In Business. This boat manufacturer has other company names (SLK sometimes goes by these name(s) , Amf Powerboat Oob, Amf Slickcraft Oob, or Amf Robalo Oob). This company (Silver Lake Fabrication) is owned by Aaron Leclerc and is located at 29 HOT HOLE POND in CONCORD state of NH. It manufactured this vessel and placed your HIN or CIN on the hull. The Parent Company for this boat maker is (). Silver Lake Fabrication has started making boats, yachts and other watercraft as of 11/19/2014.
  2. FullThrottle

    Granddaughter fishing

    Me too on hearing about the cobia fishing, after I took her out of course. Looks like today is other grandkids out for a ride on 'big mable' and time at the beach, so no fishing. I'll have to see what the wife says about tomorrow.
  3. FullThrottle

    Granddaughter fishing

    Weatherman was wrong about the heat index only going to 105 yesterday. Heat index was 107 when we were out fishing at the CBBT 1st island. Granddaughter had a great time anyway. No flounder, but lots of croaker, some fish I haven't figured out yet (think it's a grunt), and small spot. I will say it was warm while washing the boat, but great out on the water. Used the fresh water hand shower on my head a few times while fishing as did my granddaughter.
  4. FullThrottle

    I can't catch a break - follow up to lost post

    Glad you got through it and are on the mend. Surgeries are never fun, but you sure did have a bad one. Look forward to hearing about your boating and fishing trips soon.
  5. FullThrottle


    Just got an answer to the email..Webinar won't help: The August 31 conference call and webinar is solely for stock assessment purposes. Specifically, the Menhaden Stock Assessment Subcommittee is meeting to discuss indices of relative abundance for the 2019 benchmark stock assessment. No management or policy issues are on the agenda. An agenda for the conference call will be posted to our website sometime next week.
  6. FullThrottle


    I'm not sure how many people are aware of the menhaden issue in Virginia where the Virginia Legislature has turned over all fishing management to scientists except for menhaden. It may have something to do with farmers wanting cheap fertilizer (menhaden) and the company that does the menhaden fishing (Omega) doing a lot of campaign donations. The sad news is Omega attacks the menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay primarily as Virginia is one of the only East Coast States that allows menhaden fishing in state waters. Anyway... I ran across this at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries web site. Can't seem to find out anything other than they are having an open webinar on menhaden. I have sent an email to ask what the purpose of the webinar is. It would be nice if it was to educate Virginia Legislators in fisheries management, but I'm pretty sure they are not educatable beyond counting Omega campaign donations. www.asmfc.org/calendar/08/2018/Atlantic-Menhaden-Stock-Assessment-Subcommittee-Webinar/1273 An article explaining more about the ASMFC regs and Virginia's failures is at: www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/asmfc-puts-virginia-on-notice-regarding-menhaden-limits-in-chespeake-bay
  7. FullThrottle

    20180720 152842

    Picture is upside down at times. Sorry, but unable to correct.
  8. FullThrottle

    Back Up?

    Quite the effort on your part and at a bad time too. Happy you are recovering from the operation and that you were able to get the board back online.
  9. I could write a small book about buying the Sailfish and the problems I had related to dealers. Just will say that the only in-state dealer wouldn't deal at all and his price was too high, he had NO service staff and it was 80 miles from my house by car or boat. Ended up buying for a good price from a dealer in Georgia, but he made many promises and has only kept one or two. Hoping I don't have any serious warranty issues! So, now the difference. My original order included a windshield wiper, but it wasn't on the boat I got. Dealer said "no problem, I'll either install it or get you one" and I agreed I'd install it to save time (I needed the boat to the boatel in short order, or I'd lose my space). Three emails/messages to the dealer and still no response. So, I contacted Sailfish. My contact at Sailfish got me all the part numbers needed and asked if I wanted to buy from them directly, or order myself. I bought thru Sailfish and a week later have the wiper kit and the price was very reasonable. When I tried getting trim tabs my Robalo dealer said he couldn't get them from Robalo and after multiple attempts of calling Robalo I finally got someone. He promised he'd get me the tabs or the information I needed to order them - and disappeared from the face of the earth. After many more unanswered calls to Robalo I finally called Lenco and got the blade P/N in 15 minutes (only took that long as they had to look up which P/N for my HIN). So, short of it - some dealers suck and you don't find out until too late. Doesn't matter the brand of boat. Manufacturers are different in how they deal with their customers. Robalo ignores theirs and forces the owner to the dealer regardless of the issue. I now know Sailfish as well as Albemarle will talk to their customers and help them.
  10. FullThrottle

    SailFish 245DC

    replaced 2014 R207 with 2018 Sailfish 245DC
  11. FullThrottle

    Kicker motor bracket challenge 2320

    I did some comparing of your transom to mine - I doubt there is room to safely add a kicker. I can somewhat access where a backing plate and nuts would go, but I don't have much height anywhere to add a kicker.
  12. FullThrottle

    Kicker motor bracket challenge 2320

    I like it. Looks good and it should provide an emergency back up. I may end up asking you more questions later. I had considered a kicker for my R207, but sold it. Now I have a new Sailfish and may think about it again sometime.
  13. FullThrottle

    Sold R207 and bought new boat

    My wife decided we needed a bigger boat after a family outing last year in a crowded R207. Since I had picked out the Albemarle and the Robalo I gave her the option of picking out the new boat. I steered her to the R247 and I thought that was what we were going to get. However, she saw the Sailfish 245DC and fell in love with it. We sold the R207 on the same day the Sailfish was delivered from the factory. She is thrilled with all the extra seating and the difference in the ride compared to the R207 (size and weight account for most of the difference). I haven't even gotten the 20 hours on the engine for its first oil change due to some travel, schedules and weather. Started install of autopilot and have other additions planned for this winter to get the boat how we want it. I'll still be contributing to this forum as I am still part of the Robalo family. Who know? The next boat may be a Robalo.
  14. FullThrottle

    Back Up?

    I see the site is back online. Hope it's up for good now. Thanks for the work to get it back working.
  15. FullThrottle


    Once again changes are being considered for how menhaden quotas are calculated. Sound like finally some progress is actually being considered and it's possible buying off the Virginia Legislature won't help like it has in the past: https://pilotonline.com/news/local/environment/push-is-on-to-protect-small-fish-and-everything-that/article_b36073fb-d261-5a19-aafe-9340a35ae9a5.html It would be nice if Omega's quota didn't start by swallowing up every menhaden in Chesapeake Bay. Perhaps this time the regulations will mean to fill it's quota Omega will have to fish the entire east coast, not just the only state (Virginia) that allows it to fish in state waters.