First boat!

Discussion in 'Boating' started by pikeintheboat, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Jimmy completely that the tranducer plate is the way to go. It is of course better to be able to apply the plate before any holes have been drilled in the transom but it can also be placed over where a transducer had been to totally seal the existing holes in the transom and will make room for one or more transducers to be added.

    Getting a transducer in the correct location to get best results is important. And, of course that spot should be located before any drilling is done. The transom on my aluminum boats are perfectly flat so I just attach my transducer to the end of a short (21 inch) length if 1 x 4. Then use what I call a rachet clamp found and any Lowe's or Menards to clamp it to the transom. It is easy to adjust and can be changed while the boat is in the water. Keep in mind there are three things involved with getting the results you want. An area with clean water (no bubbles) coming under the transducer. A transducer set at the right height. Too low will catch debris and have a better chance of being knocked loose. Too high may not keep good contact with the water. And finally the direction the transducer is pointed. The water is level but your boat does not necessarily set level in the water. Adjust the transducer accordingly.

    Remember holes are pretty much permanent so,,,,,,,, Measure TWICE and think THREE times before drilling.

    tight lines
     
  2. pikeintheboat

    pikeintheboat Active Member

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    More maintenance for this weekend. Since I installed the new(and much better) keel rollers, the bunks are slightly lower and need adjusted. This should be an easy one that I can handle in the barn with the boat on the trailer. I'll most likely use a floor jack and 2x4 to put the bunks at the correct height to carry the weight of the hull.
     

  3. pikeintheboat

    pikeintheboat Active Member

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    Looks like only the front part of the bunks need adjusting as the transom side is being supported. Good deal.

    The first trip used 1/2 tank of gas. It's a good thing I have 2 tanks. We did a lot of cruising but I think 6 gallons would be plenty for 1-2 days of messing around.
     
  4. pikeintheboat

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  5. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member

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    Now that looks sharp Matt. Glad your getting that your first boat set up. I talked to a Tig welder from Danville, IN today about getting a rear rack made for my boat. Hopefully I will be able to post some pics on the finished product soon.
     
  6. jeff washington

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    I know a guy that inherited an old boat.It needs some work.So i told him what i heard from you guys.BOAT means break out another thousand.We got a real good laugh from that
     
  7. pikeintheboat

    pikeintheboat Active Member

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    UPDATE: Towing issues solved!! Just got a tow vehicle Saturday. 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 125k miles,V8, 4x4, never been off road, never a tow vehicle. Just ordered my hitch and will install during the week. I sense a catfishing trip very soon.......
     
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  8. pikeintheboat

    pikeintheboat Active Member

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    Hitch, trailer ball with mount, and wiring harness should be on my doorstep tomorrow. Planning on stereo update and ham radio install. Need to do some maintenance like new brakes and change the diff oils. Lots of stuff to do.......
     
  9. Doc-a-boo

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    It will be worth it in the end !,you'll be sliming it up soon enough..I'm in the process of buying a new (New to me ) boat now,nothing wrong with my old boat,but I want something bigger..
    It pays to wait and do it right with the stuff you want the first time around,I made the mistake of settling with a few things i really didn't want ,but wanting to rush my progress just to get it done,your doing a nice job on your boat !
     
  10. pikeintheboat

    pikeintheboat Active Member

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    Thanks. Yeah, I'm not into rushing it anymore either. It may take me a year or so but I'll have a pretty sweet setup for many types of fishing. After I take my wife and son for a ride then I'll be running solo trips in the evenings to catch catfish. But, I want to make sure the new(to me) Jeep will be able to handle a trip across the country pulling the boat. We go to Minnesota each year and I am into back country camping too. I'm glad it has has the V8 for that despite the gas bill. Who cares, I need the power! I makes highway driving A LOT nicer.

    Matt
     
  11. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on the new tow veh. I tried to send this yesterday but kept getting error message.
     
  12. pikeintheboat

    pikeintheboat Active Member

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    Hi Tom-

    Yeah no problem. We're excited to have it. A "real" SUV. Not a crossover(car).

    Matt
     
  13. pikeintheboat

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    So.......... I got a new Sonar!!! Should be here on the 14th.

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    Has down imaging, side imaging, GPS and mapping. $100 off on sale from a promotional deal at Field & Stream (Dicks Sporting Goods)!! Couldn't pass it up.
     
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  14. vortex

    vortex Twirlygig Supporting Member

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    Sweet! I put that same one on my kayak. Love it.
     
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  15. pikeintheboat

    pikeintheboat Active Member

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    They also had the Helix 7 w/o side imaging but this was only $50 more. Do you like the supplied base maps? I'll eventually get maps for it.
     
  16. vortex

    vortex Twirlygig Supporting Member

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    I can't really say much about the maps since I use my yak primarily in backwater that's out of the way.