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Re: Duck boat motor?
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In 2011 I bought a 2001 Merc 4 stroke 9.9 for duck hunting, and at the time it was also my main fishing boat. Since then, I have put over 750 hours on the motor and I have changed the head oil maybe 3 times, and I do the lower unit every year. I do not know how many hours were on it before I bought it, but it was used pretty well. After the first few years I had it, our old 15hp johnson on the bigger duck boat went to crap and we bought a 2004 merc 15hp 4 stroke to replace it based on the luck I had with my 9.9. Essentially they're the same motor with different carbs. At any rate, we do not have issues with waiting for them to warm up other than right away if it's below 30, we don't have issues with the water pump freezing which used to happen to the johnson all the time, in fact these mercs will run muck through them and won't bat an eye. All in all, we have beat both of our mercs to hell and they just keep on ticking. I finally this year probably need to bring my in to get the carb cleaned because it's liking the choke a little bit more. I don't know anything about the yamahas, but I do know these mercs like the back of my hand and I would bet my life on them in the worst conditions.

Posted on: 10/22 10:38:33
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Big Trout/Whitefish chain
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Afternoon everyone,
We are headed for our 5th annual whitefish chain trip at the end of the month. We've been staying at the county park islands each year and have had a very good time. The lakes are all productive and last year we actually did very well on walleyes. This year I would like to try something different and go for some lake trout. I don't know that much about Big Trout lake, I've been in there before during mid-summer and it was a complete circus so no point in fishing. Hoping late summer weeds out the rifraf a bit. Anyway, I have heard even though there are lakers in Big Trout it's not a consistent fishery and not to expect much. But since we'll be there, I'd really like to try for one anyway. Does anyone have any advice on what to do there? Do cowbells work pretty well, dipsy divers, raps? Any tips would be great, don't need your secrets just some helpful direction. Looking forward to getting out there again.

Posted on: 8/8 12:59:53
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Re: Whiteface Res?
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Glad to hear you had a good time. Interesting to know your GPS was fairly accurate with Lakemaster and my Navionics was way off. We tried fishing crappies out there once in the winter where we walked on the lake off a bank from highway 4, drilled a hole in what was supposed to be a 40ft basin and it wound up being like 15ft. The hole we were looking for was at least 300 yards farther out than the GPS said. Make a short story shorter we didn't catch any crappies either lol.

Posted on: 8/6 9:36:10
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Re: Whiteface Res?
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I have actually fished the whiteface before, one of my very good friends lives in Virginia and that is usually the spot we hit. The access on the south is where we always put in and usually spend our time fishing panfish around the islands where it is easiest to find weed edges. The far west side of the lake is the straightest/easiest to troll, and we have trolled spinners with leeches over there many times and had success. I would say that the average size we catch trends small, around 14" but that's pretty adequate. If theres a decent wind, there's a big island about halfway up the lake from the south, and between the north end of that island and the peninsula facing south is great for drifting, seems to be pretty flat through there. I should say though, I've used my navionics on that lake, and it almost never matches the depths on the graph, so I don't know if the topography changes because it's a reservoir, or if it was just mapped poorly or what but it's never been close.

Posted on: 7/31 9:38:04
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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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I don't want to start a whole other thread here but for you guys that like ecoboosts or otherwise enhanced v6s even if they aren't the ecoboost engines, why do you prefer an engine with gadgets like turbos(aka: a lot of extra stuff) over a standard V8 engine? I looked up the specs on the 2017 Ecoboost 3.5 and the 2017 Ram Hemi.

Ecoboost HP - 375, Torque - 470, MPGs 17-21 via fueleconomy.gov, tow rated for 12,200lbs
5.7 Hemi HP- 395, Torque - 410, MPGs 15-21 via fuel economy.gov, tow rated for 10,200lbs

For reference a very large boat like the Lund 219 Pro-V GL equipped with a Merc 350 is tow rated at 4,662lbs. A decent sized camper, a Wildwood 30' travel trailer weighs in at 6,200lbs.

So all of that established, by the way I look at it, the ecoboost has the edge in torque and therefore max tow rating, which.. the tow ratings far exceed what the majority of people will ever use the trucks for anyway. Mileage is pretty similar. The question isn't a brand questions I mean put any of the truck brands up there it doesn't matter, why do you trust an enhanced v6 more than a standard v8 when all else is a moot point? I'm just curious, cuz I can't get there. I've been looking at trucks, and looking and looking and I'm just not sure I'd get behind a v6 for massive amounts of towing.

Also, just for fun the 1988 Chevy K1500 pickup with the vaunted 5.7L 350 gained 25horsepower over it's predecessor to make a whopping 210 horses and gained 5lb-ft of torque taking it up to 300.... WOW... what did we even do back then?!?!

Posted on: 7/10 13:05:06
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Re: 1994 Yamaha 70tlrd question
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Thanks fellas. I think my cousin is going to replace both the impeller and the thermostat. Dew - that scenario seems the most likely to me. I read a few posts on iboats about a stuck poppet valve, or in yamaha's terms a "pressure control valve" - any experience with those?

Posted on: 7/3 8:11:41
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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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So, my experience in owning several tow vehicles is that I don't think I would go smaller than a v8. I've fairly recently owned three v6 vehicles that I've used for towing - a ford explorer, a chevy blazer, and a nissan pathfinder. All of them were more than capable of towing my boat and fish house, but they all wound up with engine and/or drivetrain problems. Although, the blazer was garbage anyway and I babied that sucker, I'm surprised GM is putting that name on a vehicle again. Ran out of ideas in the R&D department... Right now I have a grand cherokee with a v8 and it is much nicer. One of the biggest things with the V8 is it doesn't seem like towing causes as significant decline in fuel mileage as the v6 vehicles I had, nor have I had any engine issues in the 100,000 miles or so I've had it for. I don't know much about the ecoboost engines but I think it would be a tough sell to put me in a v6. Seems like all the bells and whistles they add to get it to do the same thing as a v8 is more to go wrong and they really don't get that much better mileage it seems like. I know a couple people with the RAM ecodiesel and they have no problems whatsoever, but that's extra expense as well as pointed out above with DEF and the massive volume of oil each oil change etc..

Posted on: 7/1 7:48:32
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Re: 1994 Yamaha 70tlrd question
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Also I should point out again that it is pumping water through the pee indicator and the water is cool to the touch so no apparent temp issues.

Posted on: 6/30 9:59:13
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Re: 1994 Yamaha 70tlrd question
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Sorry bout that, this site doesnt like mobile posts apparently. So the reservoir is full. I used to have this exact motor on my boat only 10 years newer and I traded it for a newer 75 4-stroke (good decision). Mine did not have the dash gauges as this one does. The dash gauge shows the correct level of oil, and shows the correct engine temp. An hour of trolling causes the alarm, revving the engine stops the alarm, after another hour the alarm comes on again. I don't know for sure it has nothing to do with oil, but I know on mine when I would get into muck and it would quit pumping water the alarm would sound. And revving the engine shouldn't have anything to do with the oil? I also don't know that those were the only two things the alarm is for. Are there other things that cause the alarm to go off?

Posted on: 6/29 16:42:12
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1994 Yamaha 70tlrd question
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Hey guys. I need some help for my cousin if anyone has experience with this. He bought a boat from our grandpa. Its a 1994 Lund with a 70 Yamaha 2 stroke. The motor runs great, but it has an issue with the alarm going off. So what weve tried is taking the oil reservoir off, cleaned it out completely, had some old sludge with it. Refilled with good oil. The float works, and the gauge reads correctly at the dash. The second thing we looked at was the engine temp. It seems to be just fine, feel the water coming out the per hole and its cool to cold, no issue there. When the boat is idling and trolling, were good for an hour with no alarm, then it randomly comes on. We rev it up with the idle stick a few times, or take off with the engine under load the alarm goes away. Then its good for another hour trolling. Could it be an impeller issue? Just figure if the temp is fine it should be ok, but does the alarm indicate volume issues? Anyone with advice is surely appreciated!

Posted on: 6/29 14:36:59
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