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      1. Marine Mechanic

        SOUTHWEST MARINE The sun is out and summer is here!!!! Perfect time to get your boat out and start fishing!!!! We at SOUTHWEST MARINE are a small and friendly marine mechanic business providing excellence in marine and mower repairs and services. We are located in South Western Sydney, NSW, 2565.. contact us on (02) 9605 6559 For more information on us and our services, check out our website Kind regards, Southwest Marine
      2. Transducer Saga

        Thought it best i just start a new thread since the small lies was not quite the right area. After trying everything i could to get the transom mount transducer to work at 30knts it was unsuccessful. Taking on @demarc advice to do a shoot through or a thru hull set up I re investigated trying to gain access. it not easy to get to and reaching it is a push but it can be done. So at this point i have just made a temporary wet well out of some PVC and cut it to the hulls angle. I may try cable tying it in position and flooding the well with water to submerge it. Or i may sika flex the PVC to the position i want, then flood it hope it works. If it doesn't just means have to remove it and try a new position. More testing to come before i fix permanently. If this doesn't work then I may consider doing a through hull. Now that i have you tube it, doesn't look hard at all but the cost of the transducer is rich. More updates to come.
      3. Minn Kota............... Help!!!!!!

        I have a 55lb minkota ipilot riptide....... the weekend just gone the steering decided not to work. I have narrowed it down to one of three things the remote is not transmitting however all features seem to work I can control speed and turn on spot lock etc so I suspect the remote is working. the second one is the receiver on the unit it self, and thirdly is the motor that drives the steering. Does anyone know where I can buy parts and most importantly a work shop manual so I can more acutely diagnose my problem....... or maybe even a website BLA don't seem to have a parts listing.............thanks in advance
      4. New Project Boat

        Hi guys, so last week I was driving by mudgeeraba to my inlaws....for my wife and inlaws to be shocked when I rolled on in with a not so nice surprise....a very very old Haines hunter v16, I saw a potential in this boat, I was wondering if anyone on here has any advice or ideas on how to turn it into a nice fishing boat.
      5. Tilt/trim Issue

        Hi all, Am seeking some guidance re issue with tilt / trim on 1997 130HP Johnson outboard. Bought motor second hand approx 6 months ago. Trim up always had a slight delay / sticking but after trimming motor down, then would work - down always worked fine. Went to trim the motor up today to move the boat (after about 6 weeks of non-operation) and the up trim would not work at all. Removed couplings near/behind switch on external side of motor and found power (with tester) to red wire, but no power to blue or green. Moved further up wires to box which houses relays. Same issue - power present to red wire, but nothing to blue & green. Tested with tester whilst the relays re attached to wiring - same issue. Found power on red wiring, nothing in blue or green. Spoke to someone over the phone who suggested it may be the relays, but am concerned this may not be the issue if no power present at wiring. Could use some advice guidance from forum regulars please!! Thanks.
      6. Solar Charging Electric

        Hi everyone, I am going to invest in a decent solar panel for camping and got me thinking is it worth splashing out a little more and investing in a flexible marine grade one that I could also use to charge my leccy battery and mount it on my console. I know it wouldnt get full sun but figure i can rig it to trickle charge for those long trips I where I have no access to power. My outboard isnt big enough to charge both batteries so this is my next option Thoughts? Anyone done similar? Shane
      7. Sounder Tutiton

        Yesterday morning I went out with Nick Whyte from Tech Fishing to learn more about my HDS Gen 3 unit. I was not happy with the results I was getting from the total scan transducer at speed and after Nick checked my transducer installation position and said it couldn't be any better. This was a big relief after changing it 3 times. It was a beautiful morning and we launched at Port Of Brisbane boat ramp. Nick was very thorough in going through the HDS settings and features and we used the full 3hrs. Lucky to have had a HDS gen 2, I was fairly familiar with its operation but I wanted to know I was using it to its full potential. After the instruction I have no doubt the investment will pay off down the track and I learnt some very valuable information. If anyone is interested in learning about your Lowrance equipment operation Nick Whyte from Tech Fishing 0422 213 669.
      8. Why Does This Make Me Happy?

        After re positioning my Furuno P66 transducer 4 times and researching transducer positions it looks like I may have finally got right. At slow speeds never a problem but at high speed planing the bottom reading was not solid with gaps in the return. Finally with an early morning test on the Pine river today I think I have it. Will have to test it in choppy conditions to be sure. Just in time for 1770 if the weather plays nice. Even the Lowrance totalscan transducer was reading in the glass conditions at over 60mph. IMG_3800.MOV Don't know if the video is in the right format, but the photo tells the story anyway.
      9. I have just about made the decision to upgrade my current sounder to the latest Furuno sounder. It will be available in a few weeks time. So I'm seeing if anyone is interested in the FCV 585. Offshore it leaves my HDS for dead and It works perfectly. A very common thing with this renown offshore sounder is the screen around the top and edges has slight delamination. It does not affect the working and as you can see from the working pics you can see through it no problems. I will keep the transducer as it will be fine for the new sounder. There is one available at the moment on Gumtree for $100 dollars. Price will $900 negotiable. Pm if you are interested.
      10. Gme 27meg

        had an issue with my radio on the yesterday seems to pick up other boats and i hear them clearly but they cant hear me,any thoughts as ton why this is happening,thanks brad
      11. Question On Navionics

        hey guys, with the new boat being built, I'm starting ti look at looking up all the accessories. Picked up a lowrance hds 12 carbon, but need to look at some maps. Does anyone know what the difference between Navionics+ (the old gold) and Navionics Platinum+ is these days? Looking at their website it looks like the only difference is that with Platinum you get some 3D views, panoramic images and satellite imagery. All for higher cost and less region. Navionics website doesn't indicate you get more map detail with platinum, which I imagine they would as a selling point (if it did). Is there any value in getting the platinum?
      12. Garmin Striker Advise Wanted

        hey guys, i currently have a little Lowrance Hook 4 on my boat. Its a good little unit but was only ever put on as a temporary sounder until funds allowed an upgrade. Im really missing a GPS and have been looking at stand alone units. I came across the Garmin Striker 5dv which includes Gps (no maps) for $400. Looking for comments from people who have had experience with this unit. cheers.
      13. Thanks Luvit

        Big thanks goes out to Luvit. When he upgraded GPS units he kindly let me buy his old Raymarine. Finally got it installed ready for the weekend. As you can tell I have a little love affair with Raymarine.
      14. What Chart For Se Qld?

        Hi all, I'm in the market for a chart to suit both Lowrance HDS and Humminbird 998 What do I buy? Mostly SE QLD based, with need for both coastal and lakes/dams
      15. Electric Motor Maitenance.

        Informative video. Cheers Ray
      16. Pet Project

        Well i've gone and done it now. I bought a 14 foot center console with an old 35 Black Anchor... and I love it. Now all there is to do is put some casting platforms in, a sounder and an electric motor move the helm fix the lighting... and I would love some advice. I got her for a bargain price of $2,300 and the engine runs like a dream and it sits well in the water on and off the plane. But there are a few problems... but one big one. The helm is way too far forward, it makes for a very rough ride and looks and feels very strange. When they pushed it forward (i am assuming they did it because the floor had rotten out (its fairly new and yes i know that the gal fixings must come out) and not to fix a weight distribution problem...??) it has meant that control cables are too short and they have mounted the throttle too low. I would like to move it back a bit and build a front casting platform for storage and a back one for bait tank, fuel storage and a kill tank. So first job I want to do is put on a sounder and an electric motor. The guy at Boating and RV in Tingalpa has sold me on a; Motor Guide Xi5-55W 60" 12v GPS ($2,349 inc.) and an Elite 7Ti Total Scan Navionics ($1,099 inc.) So my first question is; are they ok? Second question is how should I mount the Electric outboard? The prow is quite high. Can I build up some nylon cutting board type material and simply bolt it to the gunwale and the front anchor well cover? I don't really know how much strength it needs. Thanks oh and a little by note. I will be fishing from her over the new years period up at Noosa.
      17. Handic 605 Channel Help

        Hello again, when i brought my boat it came with a old handic 605 marine cb and has some taggs clued to the top of it with numbers. (A 27.880 DIST) (B 27.860 SUP D) (C 27.900 C.GD) i know these are channels and the A is the distress one but what is the B and C channel used for? i havint used it yet as im installing it back onto the boat asap because the other night i couldnt find the boat ramp were my trailer was parked i was relying on my phone nav and the **** went flat so i sorta got lost and needed help,, can anyone give me info on the channels pls... cheers
      18. Electric Advice Needed

        Hi guys.. just a quick queation.. i have a bow mount watersnake slider pro electric and was wondering if using the same battery that i use for my outboard and nav lights to power my electric is a bad idea and can it harm my bow mount electric motor? Any advice would be greatly appreciated thank you.
      19. Electric Advice Needed

        Hi guys.. just a quick queation.. i have a bow mount watersnake slider pro electric and was wondering if using the same battery that i use for my outboard and nav lights to power my electric is a bad idea and can it harm my bow mount electric motor? Any advice would be greatly appreciated thank you.
      20. Electric Advice Needed

        Hi guys.. just a quick queation.. i have a bow mount watersnake slider pro electric and was wondering if using the same battery that i use for my outboard and nav lights to power my electric is a bad idea and can it harm my bow mount electric motor? Any advice would be greatly appreciated thank you.
      21. Installing A Watersnake On Aluminum Tinny

        Hey guys i have a 12ft alumimum savage tinny and i want to install my tracker pro watersnake and was wondering if i need a plate welded or just drill into it and use massive washers any help would be great cheers guys
      22. Not sure how many of you have an iPhone but I thought I'd start a post for those who do or are thinking about getting one. Feel free to share your favourite fishing or boating applications here also or make comments. Hopefully some of this will be helpful as most recommendation are through word of mouth. I've had my phone since Dec 09 and have built up a handy collection of apps that I have found useful. I'll start with the one that I think is the best working and best value app I have on my iPhone. Navionics Marine. For $14.99 this app is incredible value for a marine GPS with built in charts. I have only used it locally so can only comment on its performance in and around Brisbane and the Sunny Coast. I have found the detail of the maps and charts spot on. The maps have Beacon to Beacon style detail and are updated on a semi-regular basis. The chart plotting, spot marking and tracking functions are very easy. I have read reviews stating that it stands up well against units over $1000. Navionics has a good rep when it comes to charts and maps and it shows in this app. Being new to boating and Moreton Bay it's great to be able to chart a course, work out how long and how much fuel a trip is likely to take (with some caution built in of course) and know where possible hazards are. I can’t speak highly enough of this app. Wind Guru is another great app. It's a weather/marine/wind forecaster app and is very helpful as part of your trip planning. It gives you a week of forecasted wind speed and direction, temp, 3 level cloud cover, rainfall, air pressure, humidity, wave height and direction and peak wave period. The choice of locations is impressive. Places like Moreton Island, Inner Beacon, Days Gutter, Tangas and Scarborough can be added to your favourites just to name a few. Forecasts within 2 days I have found to be quite accurate. If you buy a fishing almanac every year this is a good one for you. Fishing Calculator is an almanac on your phone but it has more details on the supposed peak bite periods. It rates the fishing efficiency per day and by the hour. If you believe in that then it is worth it. But what I like about this app is being able to record your catches with a photo and it will also automatically enter the time, date and GPS location of the catch. You can even add more details such as length and weight of fish, bait used, weather condition, water temp etc. It's a nifty little diary keeping tool. The Knot Guide app lists over 120 knots of all types which are animated. 20 of these are fishing knots like the albright, blood, perfection and more. Pretty handy to have close by or when learning to tie a new one. Again you can make a favourites list so you don’t need to search each time. There’s one called Day Tides. Pretty good for tides on the day per locations. I don’t use it often but it's free and handy if you wake up one day and just want to know what the tide is doing. You can pin point the tide location easily. Pkt Weather is a weather app and fairly basic as far as location choices but what I do like about it is the tide function. With this app you can project the tide 4 weeks ahead. It also has radars, warning and synoptics. The Rules and Signals app is what it says. It lists basic marine rules and signals including lights. It's not specific to Australia from what I can see but it does list what looks like international recognised rules of the road, signals, marks and communication. What it does have is a list of Australian frequencies for marine radios. It helped me identify some flag displays in the Brissy River not long ago so I got some use out of it. BrisWind has local wind predictions, forecasts and graphs and is detailed in the locations listed. it gives you the current BOM marine forecast too. These are the app that anyone can download from iTunes. Some are free or come in a lite version to try before you buy. The others you pay for but are cheap. The only one over $5 is the Navionics one and I think it is more than worth it. Another App that I have and I use to find boat ramps is TomTom. It costs $99 and is just like the stand alone unit only a third of the price and it is always with you. The latest update for this app has added boat ramp locations in the Point Of Interest search and so far so good but it's worth cross checking it against Google earth before you trust it with a new ramp. Apart from these apps I have also added frequently used websites to the home screen. These include AFO, Willy Weather, Seabreeze, BOM bay report and Coast Watch’s fishing report so with just one tap it opens the page you want. With all the GPS enabled apps, the good news is your phone doesn't use any of your plan data so you don't have to worry about going over your cap. But one of the gripes I do have with the iPhone is how short the battery life is when running the built in GPS system. So what I have done is use a small marine 12v battery left over from my last boat. I bought an accessory socket with battery clamps from Super Cheap auto for only $3, hooked it up to the battery and use my car charger. It keeps the phone charged and I can use the socket for other rechargeable items like lights. All you have to do it keep the cables dry. Hope this is of help to those with iPhones or people thinking about getting one. The only thing left is for Mr. Jobs to fix the problem with version 4 before it comes out here. Cheers, Rob **Disclaimer - Mr. Bluevien is not associated with Apple corp or the developers of the above mentioned apps and does not receive commission (unfortunately).
      23. Sounder/gps combo or separate units for a yak

        At present I dont have a sounder on the yak although it's setup ready to take one and I was previously using a Garmin Etrex handheld gps to find a couple of spots I had but it died on Monday. So what i'm thinking is do I look at buying a combo gps/sounder unit like the Humminbird 365i combo or 581i combo or do I separate them and buy a sounder and another handheld gps unit. My budget is around $400 and have looked on J and H products and it seems to be the place to shop. Imperial doesn't worry me to much as i'm more interested in seeing whats under me and also the inbuilt unimaps for the Humminbird are US based, i'm assuming it'll still work here there'll just be no mapping unless I bought a card for it. Any ideas or other suggestions on possible combo units or separate units are welcome. Cheers Mark
      24. Fish Finder/GPS

        Hi all. Just bought myself a 16ft Clark abalone centre console tinnie. Am doing a few bits and pieces to clean it up. It will be used for bay trips and river trips.I am looking for a GPS/Sounder to put in it. Does anyone have any ideas on what type, brand, size I should get. Was thinking something decent that I could take with when I upgrade the boat down the track. Willing to spend up to a grand. Any help would be greatly appreciated
      25. Guys, I'm in need of some work to be done to install lights, bilge pump etc. The biggest thing I need is the foundations of the wiring to be taken care of, so relevant busbars and switch panel to be fabricated/wired/whatever needs to happen. Unfortunately I've been a bit too busy lately so would rather my next free time be spent fishing, not researching / doing the work. Can anyone recommend someone on Northside Bris for the job?