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  1. Learning About Electronics

    I've had a Lowrance Elite 7 for two seasons now. Admittedly, I've mostly only used sonar for depth and temperature. I'd like to get better at learning the intricacies of telling bottom structure, marking schools of bait fish, suspended fish, etc. Is there a consistently good source for tutorials?
  2. Time To Buy Used ATV's?

    Probably something on the smaller size 300-500cc so that it's maneuverable and easy to deal with.
  3. Time To Buy Used ATV's?

    Thanks for the additional advice. I had been thinking that I didn't need the fancy EPS, ESP, etc.
  4. Brand of motor

    Best advice right there. Go with the best deal you find on a Merc, Yamaha, or Suzuki along with what Delcecchi said above. I've been running a 90hp Suzuki on a Alumacraft 165 since 2009. It's awesome, dependable, and quiet.
  5. Sign and camera at the launch

    It's sounds like mostly the choir is answering this question. I too already pull it all off before leaving the ramps, so a camera doesn't scare me.
  6. New Boat Floor

    A little late to this one, but I'll throw in my two cents. Vinyl is nice and I'd lean that way. The only thing that I like better about carpet are the times in the summer when I use my fishing boat more like a cruising/ski boat. Carpet feels great when you're barefoot on an 85 degree day soaking up the sun. I haul supplies to my place using my boat, and it's now got stains and discolorations in the carpet to prove it.
  7. Trolling motor (wiring?) problem

    Mice, corrosion, bare wire grounding. Lot's of thing move around and can chafe when boats pound through waves or are trailored around. As Sledneck said, check the continuity of the wires using your multimeter. You'll likely find a bad wire. Connect new wires to the old wires and pull through. If that isn't feasible just run new wires in a discrete way up to the trolling motor and make sure to use an inline fuse.
  8. Time To Buy Used ATV's?

    Thanks for letting me know. I'm starting to monitor the market so that I know the going rates and deals.
  9. I just stand near my wife sipping beer and making comments, while she's using her work laptop on winter weekends. It feels the same for me.
  10. Time To Buy Used ATV's?

    BoxMN - It sounds like you have my ideal ATV. Sold! When not in use I'm going to park this in my storage shed on whatever trickle charger is recommended. I hear you on the dual start. I've just gotten to the point in life that my old shoulders and back don't do well pull starting motors.
  11. Time To Buy Used ATV's?

    I'm just looking for a utility 4x4. I'm not necessarily picky as long as it's a dependable machine. I don't need a plow, I can add a winch if it doesn't have one, and all of the fancy amenities such as EPS and ESP are nice but not required. Electric start is preferred but I think most of them have that these days. Manual or automatic tranny will work. This thing is going to do slow rides on rocky/swampy trails during the warmer months, hauling firewood from the back woods to my cabin. There are no straightaways or flat areas to go much beyond first or second gear so no real trail riding - we are locked on a big forested island. In the winter is the only time the machine might stretch it's legs, traversing the 1/4 mile across our bay to the access road if the snow isn't prohibitively deep. I'm trying to finagle my first ever Canada fly-in trip this summer, so I can't break the bank on an ATV. If anyone has a decent rig that is in that 5 to 15yr old range I'd be interested in hearing what you've got!
  12. Time To Buy Used ATV's?

    Thanks for the advice. As this is my first time owning an ATV, I've been doing a lot of reading up on what to check out. I've bought quite a few cars and boat motors so just need to make sure I'm looking for the ATV-specific stuff. This will be a utility purchase, need something for hauling gear and logs up north plus transportation across the lake in the winter - i.e. 4x4. I'll keep my eyes open for decent options. Unfortunately my wallet says this will not be a new ATV, so something on the used end of the spectrum.
  13. Time To Buy Used ATV's?

    My snowmobile died and I'm now going to switch over to an ATV. When is a good time of the year to find decent prices and selections on used ATVs? I've been scanning the clist and atv trader but am new to the market. Is this a good time or wait until late summer/fall when guys are dumping their old ones to buy new for deer season?
  14. Powerdrive V2 vs. Terrova

    So ahhh, the v2 can come with a foot pedal. I think that some comments thread on this thread suggest that the Terrova is superior to the v2. The point about having higher thrust options is valid, as the v2 models only go up to 70lbs of thrust can go up to 112lbs. If you don't need more than 70lbs, it's a moot point. Since both have the option of a remote or foot pedal, that's another way that they are both the same. So really the only difference between the two is price and the deployment. For anyone trying to decide between the two, they should simply go to a store and try the two out (if they can) to see if the simpler deploy on the Terrova is worth the extra $300.
  15. F-150 or silervado

    I'd owned nothing but Fords for most of my life. Finally gave up last year and drove everything, except the Honda because I couldn't find them on the lots in town. The Tundra, F150, Silverado, and Sierra all seemed the same to me and roughly the same price and options. Last minute I went down and drove a Ram 1500 and ended up driving it home the next night. The 8-speed tranny is amazing. Since all of the other trucks were the same it didn't take much to push me over and the tranny did it. I also liked the built-in beer coolers in the truck cab and the standard tailgate lock. They also sound good. I still giggle when I crank the engine and hear it growl. I also don't drive or accelerate fast, so my pen & paper numbers are the same and match my EVIC. I get 20-21mpg running a 3.21 gear ratio on the highway - about 17-18 mixed city/highway - and 13-14mpg towing my 165 Navigator with a 90hp at 70mph. Admittedly I was close to getting an ecoboost. Kind of glad that I didn't in hindsight. I'm 25,000 miles into my 2015 Ram and still love it.