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  1. Just a follow up. I downloaded TimeZero iBoat (or TZ iBoat) and I'm very happy with it so far. In it's free version it does more than most others and I see it as a good backup to my chartplotter. You can buy an adapter to take NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000 AIS data from your VHF and display it on iBoat. Not a bad trick if you're intending to use it a lot. I've gotten to like having AIS data on my chartplotter once I get away from heavy traffic. My iPad is now with me each trip out. I have it for displaying my night time camera, my GoPro facing aft when fishing or pulling a towable (kids love the
  2. Turned out nice and I'm sure that 4th step will aid in boarding.
  3. You could try either the Fasco or Garelick stainless steel togglers. I haven't tried them, but it may be a good solution. West Marine sells the Fasco and Home Depot has the Garelick. There may be others as well.
  4. Really beautiful work. Hard to call it a repair/rebuild, it's more of a redesign/improvement.
  5. I've used Garmin Active Captain on my iPad and it's okay at best. I've read lots of good about the Navonics app, but you have to purchase it. The iboating comes up as an app for lakes and I don't need lake information, so I tried Pro Charts. It would seem to be good generic chart and it does have buoys and obstruction information, but no depth info or contour lines. Also it does allow tracks which can be very useful and you can download the chart so you don't have to be in constant communication while using. Depends on what you're looking for I guess. I'd love to be able to just have th
  6. The SiOnyx camera is WiFi and Garmin only supports their WiFi camera. Chartplotter is 1042xsv.
  7. Radar is great, but got tired of going really slow at night to avoid crab pots and pound nets. I've had the SiOnyx Sport out several times, but viewing it though the viewfinder doesn't work on a boat. Then clamped it to a windshield support and pulled the app up on my phone and that was better, but still not good enough. Of course Garmin won't work with anything but it's camera and I like the SiOnyx as if there is any light at all (partial moon or more) you can view it in color. It's not dependent on infra red. Anyway, I got an iPad for viewing the camera, but no real estate on the c
  8. I would be nice to get out again and actually catch striper. Never took a picture of the funnel, but the birds looked exactly like a funnel with birds at the top circling and then going down the funnel to one spot. Much wider at the top. I kept figuring there would have to be injured birds, but I never saw any. I did go out for a few years and bobber fish eels for striper at Plantation Light. Caught a lot of sharks and a couple of striper. Its fun night fishing, but it's more fun if you catch the target fish. After several trips with no striper I've stopped until things improve. And, I'd
  9. It doesn't change the bay quota but it's a step in the right direction. Let's hope 10% more menhaden will mean more striper down the road: https://chesapeakebaymagazine.com/atlantic-menhaden-harvest-cut-10-percent/ I was looking at some pictures now 10 years old and if it weren't for the pictures I'd forget how good it used to be. I didn't mind the frozen reels and ice on the windshield after reeling in and releasing large stripers until my arms were tired. It didn't happen every time we went out, but often enough. I look forward to seeing bird funnels pointing out the feeding stripe
  10. Nice repair story. Hope your dad is happy with the results.
  11. I'm not sure in which state you're registering the boat. In Virginia it can be above or below as long as it's visible and meets the other requirements. I notice most boats have the numbers below the rail, but some have it above.
  12. And thank you Dan, for your dedication to the site and the user community.
  13. Hope you can find something that works. I checked Robalo's website and you'd have to move up to a 242 to get a larger livewell, and then it's 2-20 gallon livewells. Maybe you can get yours enlarged enough to do what you need.
  14. Rudy, from hindecoder.com and model is a guess, but here is what they have: Our HULL ID Decoder breaks down the Hull identification number into the following information: The HIN or CIN you have entered meets the Model-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 AH332 and is set by the boat builder. This boat or vessel has a Certification Date of (1982) and a Model Year of 1982 with month of build (February) based on the formatting of your hull_identification_number (HIN) . Th
  15. I received this from the Coastal Conservation Association - NC. It appears progress on Menhaden is being made: Anglers Praise Decision to Improve Menhaden Management ASMFC raises the bar for forage base management (Washington D.C.)-The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted unanimously today to improve management strategies for Atlantic menhaden, by requiring consideration for the small baitfish's impact on fish up the food chain. Economically important sportfish such as striped bass rely on healthy menhaden populations for sur
  16. I could only find information on the Hull Truth https://www.thehulltruth.com. You can do a search on Marvair or 12VDC Air. Nothing matched your issue, but I did find owners had replaced the water pump. Couldn't find much information elsewhere. Good luck
  17. This is Garmin's statement: Warranty All repairs and replacements provide a 90-day warranty unless the one-year warranty of your original device remains valid beyond 90 days, in which case your repaired or replaced device will be under warranty until the end of the original one-year warranty. Since I was 2 years into a 3 year warranty, I guess I have another year. Let's hope I don't need to use it as I'm sure that 90 day/1 year thing could become an issue.
  18. I know...This isn't about a Robalo, but as a previous Robalo owner - it applies: My Sailfish 2018 245DC came with a Fusion MS-RA205 radio. Enjoyed it fully, but it died. It would light up and say FUSION, but that's it. I went through all the procedures I could find online and in the manual and nothing helped. I contacted Fusion and got an RMA, and sent off the old radio. A couple of days later, I got a new radio, an upgraded MS-RA210 from Garmin. I will say in 100 degree heat installing the new radio wasn't easy and I still have to find the zone 2 cables, but otherwise it went f
  19. The Hull Identification Number (HIN) should be on the Bill of Sale and either etched or attached by a plate to the hull. Once you have that, plug it into https://hindecoder.com/ and you should get the year, manufacturer and serial number of your boat. They may tell you a guess at your model too.
  20. Never looked at a C-Dory before as here in the mid-Atlantic there aren't any dealers at all. Guess it's a North West boat for your conditions there. Sorry your engine decided it was time to go bad. Glad you had a backup.
  21. Sounds like a great trip. Glad you got to go out and have fun. Some son-in-law had pity on me and brought me some tuna after he maxed out his freezer. They only got to fish a few hours before they reached the limit. I've done that once, and I'm ready to do it again. Great write up and pictures.
  22. I had about a half tank of old gass and I filled it up with ValvTect. Ran file. I guess I'll know later on if it works as advertised. I still plan to add Sta-bil when I cut back on use in the winter, but probably not as much as previously.
  23. Welcome to the forum. Really nice looking boat.
  24. Motors good. Performance good. However, bad warranty and parts availability reputation. I can't speak from experience, so perhaps it's just that I came across a lot of negative posts. Seems when BRP got them things went downhill compared to when OMC had them. In all my years of boating (starting will an air-cooled Elgin) I never had an Evinrude, but my one of my dad's boats had one and I don't remember it being a problem. My guess is less competition in the engine arena will hurt us all: less innovation and higher prices. We'll have to see.
  25. I thought the ETEC was going to save Evinrude, but I guess not: https://www.pennlive.com/business/2020/05/brp-says-it-will-no-longer-make-evinrude-outboard-boat-engines-citing-impact-from-coronavirus.html
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