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That's a serious bit of kit.

Looking forward to seeing how it's developed and the end product and reading how it performs . Not that I've ever fished anywhere requiring an electrically driven retrieve but I'm interested in seeing how you solve the engineering and materials challenges of getting to robust and durable and effective reel.

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4 hours ago, rayke1938 said:

How many hours so far?

There should be a world wide market for that;

Cheers

Ray

I am not sure on the amount of hours Ray but there has been quite a lot so far.

The hardest part has been finding machine shops that are happy to do small bits of machining at a time and then the wait times  to get things done has been horrible.

I have some mates wanting to buy some reels and that's all I am going to sell as i only want to recover the development costs.

If someone else wants to take the plans at a later date and do something commercially with them, they can have the hassles of building and selling them.

 

 

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On 19/04/2019 at 4:03 PM, aussie123 said:

Should be able to do some serious fish piggin with this one Robbie. 

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if only we could put on 200 hooks!!! 

haha you will be the hussar pig king!!! 

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On 19/04/2019 at 4:03 PM, aussie123 said:

Should be able to do some serious fish piggin with this one Robbie. 

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I see how you cleverly avoided my decky request haha!!! 

Did I tell you how well the rod holders went? They are awesome. 

I had safety lines on all the rods at first but after 2 days with no incidents I have taken them off. 

I used them again in my mates boat out at straddie and they were awesome again. 

Thanks for the tips mate. 

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9 hours ago, Drop Bear said:

I see how you cleverly avoided my decky request haha!!! 

Did I tell you how well the rod holders went? They are awesome. 

I had safety lines on all the rods at first but after 2 days with no incidents I have taken them off. 

I used them again in my mates boat out at straddie and they were awesome again. 

Thanks for the tips mate. 

Sorry I missed that bit Robbie but you know you are always welcome to come out.

All you have to do is say yes when I ask you,lol

Glad you like the rod holders mate.

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20 minutes ago, ellicat said:

Looks good. How will you manage the lay of the line ?

Thanks Brian

I will just work the line back and forth by hand like we do now on our other reels.

Next step is going to try and design a level wind but at the moment that has me a bit stumped on how to do it.

I can build one driven off the  drive shaft but the level wind will keep driving regardless of what the spool is doing so ultimately i need to find a way to drive if from the spool rotation only.

I do have an idea in my head but whether it can be built is another thing.

 

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9 hours ago, Drop Bear said:

Awesome mate. I am around this week if you want to go out in my boat let me know. 

How do you mount it? 

The frame has a 22mm solid rod coming off the bottom that you cannot see in the picture as it is inside the roll of bubble wrap.

I am tied up this week, I have a bit of work happening and then either Fraser or 1770 this weekend, location will depend on the weather forecast later this week but tomorrow is a bay trip towing large paravanes to test the reel out.

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I fitted the reel to the boat today and went out for a quick test run to make sure everything was working right before we head out and start dropping in 300m.

The reel performed amazingly and certainly better than I thought it would so i am very happy with it.

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2 minutes ago, Drop Bear said:

When do you go into full production? 

I have no intentions to put them in to full production Robbie although I did plan on building half a dozen for some close mates to help cover the initial costs and the R&D cost.

I have people everywhere wanting them now and I had a shop from WA call me last night wanting 5 units straight away for their customers but I said no to him, lol

The next one I build with be very different again internally and I may consider doing something with that one if I can get it working properly.

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10 hours ago, aussie123 said:

I have no intentions to put them in to full production Robbie although I did plan on building half a dozen for some close mates to help cover the initial costs and the R&D cost.

I have people everywhere wanting them now and I had a shop from WA call me last night wanting 5 units straight away for their customers but I said no to him, lol

The next one I build with be very different again internally and I may consider doing something with that one if I can get it working properly.

Ok let me know if you ever want to sell them and I will buy one too. 

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I forgot to update this post about the new reel.

It has done 2 big trips to the deep grounds wide off Fraser Island over the past 2 weeks and it have performed absolutely amazing.

It has ripped 2 big Makos up from the depths as well as a number of large Bar Cod and some 15kg plus Amberjack as well as other reef fish and sharks.

I built a new flat rod for testing and it is amazing as well. I was hesitant in using it but it is the best thing I have ever tried so far when fishing the deep water.

I have also built a lighter one for the shallower 100m line when chasing Snapper and Pearlies.

I have already started work on version 2 which will be an automated version of this one but with a few handy extra features added.

Anyway here is a short video of the first drop 2 weeks ago which was its first drop out in the real world.

Make sure you watch it in HD.

 

 

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17 hours ago, aussie123 said:

nyway here is a short video of the first drop 2 weeks ago which was its first drop out in the real world.

Fantastic mate. Well done. Must feel great to have something that you have spent so much time and thought on work so well. 

Anytime you want a decky let me know.

Happy to be the cook and grub around. 

 

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6 hours ago, Drop Bear said:

Fantastic mate. Well done. Must feel great to have something that you have spent so much time and thought on work so well. 

Anytime you want a decky let me know.

Happy to be the cook and grub around. 

 

No worries Robbie.

Hopefully version 2 will be a massive upgrade again.

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1 hour ago, kmcrosby78 said:

Awesome result Lance, great work mate. Love the rod - is it just aluminium?

Thanks Kelvin.

The rod is made from a special type of fiberglass.

It is laid up in a way with special cloths under pressure, much like a fishing rod blank where the cloths are laid up in different directions to achieve maximum strength.

Normal fiberglass will explode in your face and become very dangerous with possible shards of glass flying everywhere.

I want to get a couple more made up in different thicknesses and then get a carbon fiber one made to see how it performs before i make a final decision on which one suits best.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Drop Bear said:

Are you working on a level wind? Does it need one or does it lay well enough on its own? 

The line lays reasonably good but still needs to be guided by hand a fair bit depending on what angle the pulley is laying.

I will definitely add a level wind if I can work out a solution on how to drive it off the spool.

I can drive it off the gearbox output shaft easily enough but then the level wind will keep moving when the spool is stopped or turning in reverse from a fish so that is not really suitable.

Somehow I need to drive it off the spool's motion and that is creating a few headaches with design options.I do have a design in my head but whether is will be feasible to produce is something that I will need to talk to an engineer and my machinist about before I go too much further as it will mean a big change to the spool design and cad program.

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17 hours ago, aussie123 said:

The line lays reasonably good but still needs to be guided by hand a fair bit depending on what angle the pulley is laying.

I will definitely add a level wind if I can work out a solution on how to drive it off the spool.

I can drive it off the gearbox output shaft easily enough but then the level wind will keep moving when the spool is stopped or turning in reverse from a fish so that is not really suitable.

Somehow I need to drive it off the spool's motion and that is creating a few headaches with design options.I do have a design in my head but whether is will be feasible to produce is something that I will need to talk to an engineer and my machinist about before I go too much further as it will mean a big change to the spool design and cad program.

I saw this and thought it might be a way to drive the level winder. Fast Forward to 57 seconds. It is a friction thing that comes off the spool. Would go backwards and forwards. Dunno if it helps. 

 

 

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On 30/07/2019 at 11:08 AM, Drop Bear said:

I saw this and thought it might be a way to drive the level winder. Fast Forward to 57 seconds. It is a friction thing that comes off the spool. Would go backwards and forwards. Dunno if it helps. 

 

 

That is not really an option Robbie as the reel spool has too much pressure when winding up with a high drag setting.

The level wind mechanisms also need to be set up so hands and fingers cannot get caught up in them so belts or pulleys on the outside are no good.

I do have a new idea which I think will work just nicely but again I will need to speak to an engineer to see if it is feasible and cost effective to try and build.

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18 hours ago, aussie123 said:

That is not really an option Robbie as the reel spool has too much pressure when winding up with a high drag setting.

The level wind mechanisms also need to be set up so hands and fingers cannot get caught up in them so belts or pulleys on the outside are no good.

I do have a new idea which I think will work just nicely but again I will need to speak to an engineer to see if it is feasible and cost effective to try and build.

Nice mate. I look forward to seeing it. You are a genius you know. I hope not an evil genius haha

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We went out deep again about 2 weeks ago and gave the reel a huge workout and again it never missed a beat.

It was hauling up 2-3 cod most drops and it did it with ease although we did blow up the drag in one of our other electric reels due to the huge work load that both of the reels copped.

The electric drag system seems to be holding up nicely and after we do a 2 day cod trip this week, I will bring the reel home for a full strip down and parts inspection to see how everything looks inside.

Here is a short video of one of the drops we did.

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