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Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-27-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 718
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: 718
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: 1,357
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: 1,357
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: 1,357
Posted By Paddler
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-25-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,357
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 The O/S bracket is an outdated design.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: 5,122
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: 3,165
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: 3,165
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: 3,165
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: 2,446
Posted By Paddler
Re: danielson crab pot mods?

Anybody use the SMI pots? They're apparently top loading, so easier. Thanks!
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-19-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 726
Posted By Paddler
Re: HELP - Cleaning/Removing Baked on Fish Scales

White vinegar is good for taking off water spots, too. Orange cleaner is great for grease. Between those two and the hot soapy water soaks, there shouldn't be anything you can't get off. I would...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-18-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 726
Posted By Paddler
Re: HELP - Cleaning/Removing Baked on Fish Scales

You might try prolonged soaking with soapy water on towels draped over the cowl. I wouldn't use anything abrasive. Orange cleaner might help, too.
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-17-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,372
Posted By Paddler
Re: Low-budget tuna gear

Not sure why you think Penn's are hard to work on, but they're easy once you get used to them. I took mine apart to grease the drags, just takes a few minutes and is fun.

A 6/0 Senator will...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-17-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,372
Posted By Paddler
Re: Low-budget tuna gear

Personal preference. I can't really say I prefer either method over the other. Handlines are satisfying, too, just hand over hand, mano a mano. It can only improve the food quality of your...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-16-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,567
Posted By Paddler
Re: This tuna thing

Five fish will last a year for a family. Three will leave you thinking about buying a new boat.
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-16-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,372
Posted By Paddler
Re: Low-budget tuna gear

I tied up my own handlines for cheap. Some people don't think they're very sporting, but I find them quite fun in a primitive sort of way. You can run five lines pretty easily with three rods in...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 07-14-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,957
Posted By Paddler
Re: Close-in tuna

16 fish is a season.:)
Forum: The Salty Dogs 06-28-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,671
Posted By Paddler
Re: Bad purchases.

I forgot, probably because it was such a painful memory. In 1971 I bought a 1959 MGA coupe for $400. Really bad. Lucas electronics including the fuel pump, SU carburetors, synchros had given up the...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 06-27-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,671
Posted By Paddler
Re: Bad purchases.

Ruger Model 77 in 7MM Mauser. I bought it because of the claw extractor like Peter Paul's design. That's where the similarity ended. My original Argentine 1909 put 5 shots into 1.25" at 100 yards...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 06-15-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 20,442
Posted By Paddler
Re: New 36' Cope Patrol Build thread

You make it look easy!
Forum: The Salty Dogs 06-14-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,675
Posted By Paddler
Re: Toe Hooks?

Sounds very nice. Congrats.
Forum: The Salty Dogs 06-13-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,675
Posted By Paddler
Re: Toe Hooks?

Details? Length? Width? Power? When? Need crew:)?
Forum: The Salty Dogs 06-13-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,675
Posted By Paddler
Re: Toe Hooks?

Toe hooks are a great idea. Anything that aids stability and safety is hard to argue against. Gets rough out there sometimes. I think 1.5"-2" aluminum round tube ~2"-2.5" off the deck would be...
Forum: The Salty Dogs 06-12-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 20,442
Posted By Paddler
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