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  1. Good questions! I run an 80lb Motorguide and have the 120mAh batteries setup as 24v.. Short explanation = I charge everything from solar panels on the roof and being a 12v system, I run a thick cable between the two batteries (with Anderson plugs) so they when the cable is pulled apart, the batteries are back to being individuals at 12v. Longer explanation = I've built an ss316 chassis at the transom to house Neutrik connectors that are connected to the 4 batteries on the boat. 1 main, 1 accessories, 2 for the Motorguide. When at home I plug in the charge controllers to the panel and each battery is looked after. The 2 batteries for the Motorguide need to be disconnected from each other before this or you'll start hurting things. I didn't want to go to a 24v charger as I had the 12v solar in place and apart from their purchase price I now charge the boat plus a multitude of other things at home from the Sun. Cheers, TC.
  2. Maybe this helps you...A version of what the guy has on eBay - I had this plate made from 3mm stainless 316 bolted to the boat and then the motor attached to it. Cost me nothing (sorry I know that's not helpful) but it's just a piece of plate steel with then edges bent to give superior rigidity. TC.
  3. Yesterday morning put in at Woy Woy, looking forward to a few hours by myself was almost crushed when attempting to start the motor... Dead, dropping to 6V when the ignition was turned. After a few choice words (as the engine fired up fine the day before) there was enough power to bring the engine back up and I engaged the Motorguide and off I went and happy to say I got those few hours by myself!! It's the 24v model and would have been on for around 3 hours and systems voltage dropped from 12.6 to 12.5 which is absolutely perfect... I've got the main battery on recondition mode with my Ctek so I'm hoping it's just a blip and not terminal... TC.
  4. Thanks for confirming the Coast is better, but I'm just never home till 7 or 8... I'll do a drive-by visit to some areas close by like Abbotsford and Cabarita next week - thanks Waza. I won't fish around Rhodes due to the residual dioxins so aiming further East is a better option. I'll have a crack this weekend and see what happens. Cheers, TC.
  5. Aiming to get out on Sunday morning at similar places.. Taking bait and we’ll see what happens.. Whereabouts do you get yabbies? I usually run with chicken for bait but when Spring hits I’d love to try the little guys. Cheers, TC.
  6. Living on the Central Coast and working in Sydney means leaving early 5 days a week to miss the traffic. I'm thinking that I should not be so keen to get to the office but bring a rod and gear with me and check out some areas along the way. Work is at Rhodes, so trying anywhere close is not going to happen so I'm asking for ideas where I can have a go (land based) and I'd love to target squid. Thanks, and I look forward to writing a bit about the experience. TC.
  7. Hardys Bay and the surrounding area produces all year round and a decent variety of species with the majority being flathead and bream. I hit that area first each time I go out, and rarely leave empty-handed. TC.
  8. Check the frequencies used on older models as the Fed Govt has sold off a lot of bandwidth over the past few years. There is less need nowadays with mobile coverage, but it never hurts to have a backup. TC.
  9. "Bang for buck" hands down Motorguide every time. I know I've had mine a short time, but it performs brilliantly. As onearmedfisho also said - the GPS is far more accurate that any video, and the price savings are not to be ignored. Good luck! TC.
  10. The issue is with salt in the air whilst out and about - as we all know it gets into EVERYTHING.. I'm not going to spend time worrying about it only because you could go through the time and cost of coating/spraying the join over X years (not to mention the number of times I'd forget) and still have a problem. If I run into issues, just cut and re-crimp into new connectors. TC.
  11. I see where you're going with it, scrub out a letter etc etc. I can't see anyone getting the chance as she sits on my property with the bow to the street and covered to the trailer line. If anyone comes near the house I'll get them on CCTV. Appreciate the concern but I'm comfortable with it. TC.
  12. Hi Fil, The turtle I saw was at least 50cm across, so let's hope there's more than a few of them around. Cheers, TC.
  13. Hi anthonywardle and 61 crusher, No name as yet. I'm working on a large format sticker design with, you guessed it, The Count as the focus. In the meantime I have ordered the plain lettering of "The Count" to go across the stern so at least she'll have a name. I'd better check the registration records to make sure I can use it though...... The boat is a Quintrex 475 Freedom Sport (bowrider) with 75hp 2-stroke Mercury which has been turned into my fishing boat purely through lack of use by the rest of the family. I'm going to put up a more detailed description in the Members Boat section with the mods once I'm done. Next round is to start working on that bait board and next week I'll get some additional rod holders installed just to make life a little easier and provide more options. Cheers, TC.
  14. Thanks JA1990. Right now I'm happy to stay in Brisbane Waters. Living at Kariong gives me a choice of launching at say Koolewong if I want to head towards Gosford/Erina or launch at Woy Woy if heading South. The calmer waters definitely appeals and the more I fish, the better I'm getting and am at the stage where I 'always' bring something home for dinner. At some point I will start to venture wider and that is only a natural challenge I'll put on myself. I love learning new things and although I don't post a lot the information is definitely gleaned and used. I've been itching for the Motorguide for about a year and now I have it, I feel my horizons will expand. Just the sheer ease with which it responds to your commands is sublime! Cheers, TC.
  15. Great time on the water - agree 100%. Water temp feels around 21/22 so there's got to be plenty of fish around, right? Leader clean cut through twice as the bait was taken, pulled once (but hey, could have been the knot), and lost once to what felt like a cut after a few minutes of struggle.. There's definitely flatties in the area as well as blue swimmers. It was after sunrise when it happened but I didn't have my sunnies on so I really can't say what it may have been. The second part of the reason I moved from drifting the channel (apart from the lack of fish in the esky) was to get out of the armada of boats returning from whence they came and there was plenty. Add to that the growing number tearing through the area in their rush to get outside and add a healthy quantity of water skis - resulting in the area becoming chopped up. Moving no more than a hundred metres East gave me clear seas with a hint of rising tide and that day it worked out for me. I was quite oblivious to the growing number of craft out on the day and leaving my new spot around 11am revealed the true extent of the situation. Between the sand flats of Booker Bay and the wharf at Woy Woy I would have passed 50 boats, with the vast majority at anchor wetting a line. Makes me happy that I chose to get out 5 hours earlier! Cheers, TC.
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