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  1. I absolutely hate Windows 8. So much so that every time I open up the laptop at home with 8, I want to throw the thing out the window and then chase it to the yard with a sledgehammer. I hated the new interface from the moment I fired up the computer. Bought a stand-alone start menu to get back to a recognizable interface, then when I was forced to update it from 8 to 8.1, they disabled the goddammmm start menu that I bought and forced the horsedung interface into it again. I feel like I need a 6 pack of beer every time I operate that computer.
  2. I have been researching boats for a long time and am finally getting close to the point where I can buy a new one. I have been torn with the same issue, glass or aluminum. One of my biggest factors is my garage space. If I go glass it will be a Bass Cat, best built boats out there. In a BCB, the biggest I can fit in my garage is a Sabre. If I go aluminum it will be a Lund and looking at the 1775 Pro Guide. Two completely different boats, loaded up with the electronics I want I would be in the 31 range in the Pro Guide and 36 in the Sabre. In a glass boat, I will always favor a console, whereas in an aluminum rig, I prefer the space and maneuverability a tiller provides. One of the things I am trying to keep in mind is the region in which we live and resale value down the road. In our market, it seems as though a smaller (sub 20 footer) bass boat loses value quickly, no matter the brand. In contrast, a 17-19 foot Lund or Alumacraft holds value pretty strong in this market. My next house will have a larger/deeper garage and I will consider a 20+ glass boat at that time. I have pretty well settled on the idea of the Pro Guide 1775 for what I do. That boat has the best storage layout and use of space I have ever seen in an aluminum rig. You could easily pop a couple carpeted boards in the splash well in the back and create a pretty sizeable rear casting deck. I also think it will be more comfortable for the elders in my family that I enjoy fishing with.
  3. Anybody have one or have any experience with them? I went to FishNStyle down in Savage to look at them in February. I like several things about them, all welded aluminum frame, flat aluminum siding applied with VHB tape, electric jacks and space saving coupler system, torsion axles, doesn't have Camo cushions and curtains everywhere, optional cooler and bait well over a wheel well, the list goes on. I priced out a Miltona with a few custom tweaks and it came in about 19k. I wanted to change up the front to have the bunk house and bathroom/closet similar to the Minnewaska and extend the depth of the passenger side wheel well for a deeper counter and install the cooktop with oven on that side. It would also have the bay window in the back. I like the Ice Castle fish houses but really prefer aluminum construction for several reasons. Not really a fan of the layout of the Ice Cabin houses, and others just don't pass the longevity smell test for me. I design aluminum wall systems so to see a company like FireBrand using it makes me lean heavily in that direction. It also will not end up rusted out, a lot lighter weight for towing, and with the VHB tape attaching the siding I am not worried about water making its way into the wood framing used in other brands. I see a lot of positives with their houses, just want to see if I am missing any negatives. So that said, anybody have one and care to share their experiences with a FireBrand house?
  4. I have a 6" synthetic on a clam drill plate with a Makita brushless drill. The only thing I would change about my set-up is to go with a Milwaukee drill. They hold up better than the Makita, but I had a bevvy of Makita tools already so I picked up another drill on black friday and got a couple extra batteries to go with the rest of my kit. It is quick and light. I have drilled through 24" of ice pretty easily. With a synthetic auger bit, always make sure to clear most of your chips right before you break through. You can get the slush out of the hole with the flighting but it is much easier on the auger if you clear it when it is not filled with water too. If 4" is big enough for you, the 4" is incredibly fast. I like 6 though for most of my fishing. Haven't even brought the Solo Lazer out this year.
  5. polarsusd81

    3M VHB Tape

    You should not use 3M VHB on wood studs. It will not adhere the same way it does to metal, glass, or other non porous surfaces. You need to prep any surfaces to be adhered with VHB with a rubbing alcohol solution to clean them of any contaminants.
  6. I just assembled my new X2 Pro Thermal last weekend. The push levers for the poles work pretty darn smooth in there right now. It comes with a light bar, battery bracket, runner kit and premium zip access cover. Not to mention the double insulated walls. It is heavy and would be best suited to pulling behind a wheeler or sled. I actually added a second light bar via clips to one of the cross supports between the back hoop and the hoop over your head. Not necessary but I figured added light back there would aid in packing and tying jigs or what have you. I am really looking forward to using it this winter. Fished out of the JM X Thremal several times and the X2 Thermal, a little extra insulation can't be a bad thing.
  7. Here are a few photos of what I did on my S14 a couple years back. Driver's seat prepped for paint. Took out the floor and flotation foam washed it up, then ran a rag with thinner over it to get it nice and clean. View of the middle bench that I cut out and formed an edge to mount the floor too. Worked pretty slick, and after a little trial and error, I got it figured out pretty well. I took the foam from the middle bench, cut it to fit, and installed it under the floor to maintain all the floatation foam. I painted the interior white, just rattle canned. Huge improvement over what it was. Here is the front deck and pedestal seat that I installed. I have also added a Humminbird 859 with a Ram base. I have it set up so I can use it at the back bench running the tiller and I can move it up to the front deck to use at the trolling motor. I am running a 24v Minnkota Maxxum 74 up front, enough to keep me going no matter the conditions. I have both batteries in the back, tried them in the front deck and there was way too much weight up there, couldn't plane out and when I stood up there the back of the boat actually came up out of the water with all the weight on the front end. I do not have room in my opinion (using in this layout for several years now) for a livewell in this boat. I bring a bucket or a cooler and that is what the fish go in. It is hugely rewarding to rebuild a boat better than it came out of the factory. My build isn't perfect, but I like it a heck of a lot more than what I started with. I have an old Mariner 15 and get 19 mph solo with the setup and gear (packed full). With another person I drop to 16-17 mph. I plan to get a bigger motor for it, hopefully next spring.
  8. Just be glad it's not type 1.5. Wife was diagnosed as type 2 last year then when she went in for the one year checkup her numbers were off the charts. She ended up going into DKA that same night an spent three days in ICU. Her A1C was up at 14.8. Scary stuff. She had lost 80 lbs but the weight loss, healthy eating habits, and intensive exercise regiment did nothing for her. She will be taking insulin 5x a day for the rest of her life. The Endocrine doc we visited a week ago said she was lucky she didn't get it when she was 3. She said definitely not a type 2, but a late onset type 1, or what is more and more commonly called 1.5 or LADA. It is hard to deal with, but with the support of friends and family it makes things easier.
  9. Another vote for Thorne Bros custom rods. I have several, my son has a couple. They are simply the best, use the best components, and have a master rod craftsman in Lonnie Murphy.
  10. I installed the 859DI on my boat a few weeks back. Does not have the SI or 360 capabilities but in other aspects the same unit. Using down imaging you can clearly understand everything going on under the boat, or at least if you know how to interpret the signals. My boat only tops out at about 19 mph (14' lund with a 15 on it) but at full throttle I can clearly read what is down there and have even been able to spot schools of baitfish in open water at full speed. You can even see if you have broad leaf weeds vs wispy stuff if set up right. I am planning to get a new boat either next year or the year after and the 859 will go on the bow and will likely have a 999 on the dash along with an iPilot link Terrova. It is astonishing how well the system works together.
  11. Yep, I ordered one as well. The thing cuts through braid better than anything else I have ever used. I like it a lot.
  12. I am pretty sure we could come up with a post for a lot less than 200 to 300 bucks. Post up the dimensions from the u-bolt on the bow vertical to the trailer frame and let me know what kind of electric winch you want to use and I can draw up a post for you. I'd have to talk to him, but I have a buddy down in Rochester that would likely be able to fab it up and mount it for ya. When you pull the dimension, snap a pic of the current set up and post that too. The steel won't be that much, a tube and a few plates. Wish you the best of luck in your battle.
  13. I am hoping to be in that group next year. If all goes as planned I will have one next spring via Eddy.
  14. One of my favorites, make it on just about a weekly basis. Normally use the following for a bowl for 2-3 people: 2 Avocados 1 large or 2 small Jalapeños (seeded and finely diced) 1/2 of a medium Red Onion (finely diced) small bunch of Cilantro (finely chopped) juice from one Lime pinch or two of Kosher Salt couple shakes of Cumin One trick I use is after cutting the avocado in half, I cross hatch the flesh with my knife making slices about 1/8 to 1/4" apart in both directions, then scoop that out. If the avocado is ripe enough, as you scoop it out, some will mash but you will be left with good small chunks too. As you mix all the ingredients together, it comes around to the perfect texture. NO TOMATO EVER! Garlic doesn't need to be in there either. I have experimented with other ingredients before, but nothing beats a classic, no fuss guac. Another tip, to keep it fresh, wipe out the sides of your bowl or container you mix it in, and place a layer of plastic wrap over the quac. Start from the center and work your way out being sure to not leave any air pockets in there. It'll keep for 3 days with very minimal browning. Give it a quick mix and you will never know it wasn't made 10 minutes earlier. Take care, Tom
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