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Forum: The Salty Dogs 09-02-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,358
Posted By Paddler
Re: How far can I go for Tuna.

Figure an average of 3MPG, statute. That gives you a range of 210 miles. You're probably okay for a round trip of 140 miles, so 50 miles or so one way.
Forum: The Salty Dogs 08-31-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,250
Posted By Paddler
Re: first boat!!

Don't listen to Matt. Nothing wrong with an OS bracket a good fabricator can't fix.:excited:



You might be interested in some of the things I've done to improve the safety and functionality...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 08-27-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,250
Posted By Paddler
Re: first boat!!

Listing to one side could be a weight imbalance or engine trim. Play with weigh distribution. I have the same boat without trim tabs and rarely have a problem.

Your FF is fine, just fish it...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 08-22-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 248
Posted By Paddler
Joystick, Glass Panel?

Both Mercury and Suzuki, and maybe Yamaha, offer FBW systems now that allow shift, throttle control and steering with a joystick. This is something I talked about 4-5 years ago, ie, a fully...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 08-22-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,738
Posted By Paddler
Re: Tuna Report Pilar Style

Brief, but a master of run on sentences.
Forum: Boat and Motor Tech 08-22-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 251
Posted By Paddler
Current State of FBW?

Looking at upgrading my boat to the 24'-25' range, aluminum pilothouse with a single main engine. Anybody know the current availability and cost of FBW, troll control in 200HP outboards? I don't...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 08-16-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 360
Posted By Paddler
Re: Penn 320 GT2 Bearing Cap

I'd prefer to not use Loctite on this part, but if one chose to do so, maybe the purple would be best?
Forum: The Salty Dogs 08-16-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 360
Posted By Paddler
Penn 320 GT2 Bearing Cap

Anybody else have trouble with the bearing caps on the right sideplates on these reels? Mine keep backing off on their own and have even fallen off. Any remedies short of going to a different reel?
Forum: The Salty Dogs 08-02-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 2
CB?
Views: 366
Posted By Paddler
CB?

Anybody use CB radios? Any idea on who makes the best hand held unit?
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-30-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,930
Posted By Paddler
Re: Hooks, Hooks, and More Hooks

The Gamakatsu's rust pretty fast in my experience. I don't use a double octopus setup because it's harder to release fish and I think the hooking mortality is higher. The Gamakatsu siwash hooks...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-30-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,930
Posted By Paddler
Re: Hooks, Hooks, and More Hooks

Annealing makes it much easier. Slide the swivel down the shank, heat the eye to a dull red, move the swivel into the eye and close it, then quench in water. I have no idea what this does to the...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-30-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,930
Posted By Paddler
Re: Hooks, Hooks, and More Hooks

Not yet, but I think I'll try it. I ordered some of the North Pacific hooks. It's supposed to be made by the best hook maker in Japan. They'll rust, but are supposed to be very sharp and penetrate...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-30-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,930
Posted By Paddler
Re: Hooks, Hooks, and More Hooks

I've been crimping all the way around just as you describe. Crimping just once perpendicular to the shank will break it most of the times, but I've even had failures crimping all the way around. ...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-30-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,930
Posted By Paddler
Re: Hooks, Hooks, and More Hooks

Just a follow up on the hooks. The Mustad 95170 in 5/0 is very stiff and brittle. I broke 5 yesterday closing them, so figure 20% mortality. Also, the barb is impossible to squeeze down, it just...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-27-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 804
Posted By Paddler
Re: Tuna fighting belt

Fighting belts aren't necessary for albacore, but they're nice when using troll gear. Gimbal butts are pointy, and belts protect your gut from getting sore after multiple fish. The pins eliminate...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-26-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 804
Posted By Paddler
Re: Tuna fighting belt

I like mine, as most of my tuna rods have gimbal butts. The belt keeps the gimbal from digging into your gut and prevents the rod from twisting. If you plan to troll, I'd recommend them highly. ...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-25-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,520
Posted By Paddler
Talking Re: 2006 Seaswirl 2101 Input Requested

Smaller builders are slower to implement newer technology. In the case of Ocean Sport, I'm not sure OB power makes up much of their business, so it makes sense that they wouldn't be anxious to...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-25-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,520
Posted By Paddler
Re: 2006 Seaswirl 2101 Input Requested

Really? Grady used to make bracket boats, but have gone to a Euro transom. A 19' hull with a bracket is the same OAL as a 21' Euro transom. The difference is better engineering and aesthetics on...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-25-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,520
Posted By Paddler
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-25-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,520
Posted By Paddler
Re: 2006 Seaswirl 2101 Input Requested

You never will. The O/S bracket is an outdated design. The Euro transom is a stronger and more cohesive solution. You won't see any O/S brackets on modern glass boats, and I expect that aluminum...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-22-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,452
Posted By Paddler
Re: Hewescraft durability

I had my 20' Searunner out yesterday just to sea trial it before heading west. I was running ~25MPH at 4300RPM and getting 5.8MPG at 5900'. Economy is good, the only real problem I've had is...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-20-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,445
Posted By Paddler
Re: 65k to buy new boat, which one?

I think the recessed bow isn't much of an issue. First, it's not easy to take green water over the bow. Second, I strap a 100 quart cooler in mine, which reduces the capacity. Never had a problem.
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-20-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,445
Posted By Paddler
Re: 65k to buy new boat, which one?

Good, used aluminum boats are hard to come by and spendy. What I meant was that glass tends to be heavier in similar sized hulls, but you can buy a lot of fuel for the price difference. I saw a...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-19-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,445
Posted By Paddler
Re: 65k to buy new boat, which one?

Links, Eric? Fiberglass is attractive from a purchase price point of view, though more expensive to run. One can buy a lot of fuel for the difference in price.
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-19-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,575
Posted By Paddler
Re: danielson crab pot mods?

Anybody use the SMI pots? They're apparently top loading, so easier. Thanks!
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