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  1. I don't think so. But there are different types of resins with different charateristcs. Eg you can get polyester resin or epoxy resin. Polyester is cheaper and the most commonly used. Epoxy is more adhesive and more waterproof. There is another type - vinly ester, which is somewhat in between in characteristics. Just remember that not all cloths and mats are compatable with all resins.
  2. I use 4 kg maxima ultra green leader and 4 lb braid. It doesn't seem to put the bream off in the Georges river. The braid is a lot stronger than the 4lb rating. Often I am able to straighten the jig head when snagged and get the lure back. Also I have landed plenty of flathead and jewies to 84 cm on it.
  3. Well that's why they do it - to keep the cost down. There is no real drawback other than it can be prone to dry rot.
  4. Bear in mind the Formosa Classic has a plywood floor - I don't know about the Tabs. PS: No problem if you want to cast to a school of tuna in a cuddy - just position the boat accordingly.
  5. I'd do a water test to make sure everything is working. Was the motor run at all over the last 6 years and was it serviced? If not it might be hard to even start, the carbies might be gummed up, pistons could be stuck, the impeller will probably have degraded. The boat might not be that cheap once you have factored in the price of a new motor. The trailer will need new tyres and possibly new bearings. Also there is a good chance the steering has siezed up. You are probably up for a new battery too. I would also check the floor for any softness and look along the bottom of the hull for any deformities. Unless you want a project boat you might be better to buy one that is a going concern, ie one that is being used and everything is working.
  6. Six years old is still a young boat, if you mean the age is that long. Fiberglass boats can last indefinitely but a wood is often used in construction which is prone to rotting. Try flexing the outboard when tillted up to see if there is any movement/ cruching sounds. Also you can tap around the transom with your knuckles and if any areas make a dull sound then this is a warning sign. It's a good thing that the boat has been stored out of the water as permanently mored boads are prone to osmosis. PS: What make and model is it?
  7. Well we all benefit from a bit of protection. Wind and spray, especially in the winter. The sun in the summer. It also improves safety a bit having some structure up front (less likely to be swamped). More dry storage too. I can't think of much of an advantage in a centre console for offshore fishing. You can still cast from the rear if you position the boat, and more often you will be trolling or bottom fishing.
  8. It's not that unusual for that to happen occasionally. Does it still occur if you turn the key again?
  9. kingfishbig

    Storing a motor

    Oil injection is not premix. It rules out running you motor dry of fuel as you will have oil being injected into the carbies as the fuel runs out, making it very hard to start again. If you are not going to use it for a while either run it at home every month or so or use a fuel preserver.
  10. kingfishbig

    Storing a motor

    There is some debate on this but I think it's a good idea. Provided it is a premix 2 stroke (sounds like it is if it has carbies).
  11. I'm not sure if it saves much time driving on compared to winching and there is a bit more risk of damage to the hull or the propeller. But a big reason for me is that you don't have to dunk so much of the trailer. This makes a huge difference to longevity and maintenance. Very little of my trailer gets dunked in the water and I don't dunk the axles or bearings either (it's a 5.4m glass boat with a single axle trailer).
  12. You will need a five to one gearing at least (reduction ratio). Depending on how strong you are or if you have a helper perhaps get a 2 speed with the extra ratio being 10:1. That's assuming you boat is 5m or under and not too heavy (if on the heavy side ie 900 - 1000kgs then definitely get the 2 speed).
  13. There are mini jack plates available which would suit you boat and motor and that are quite affordable. It's not hard to make your own out of aluminium angle either.
  14. I use Z Mans most of the time. Sometimes I give the Gulps a go if the fishing is a bit quiet - but the difference in the attrition rate is huge. PS: I haven't had any problems with Gulps deteriorating if they are in an unopened packet.
  15. 30lb braid would be a better choice. Minnows and poppers will give you a better chance. Don't worry about casting distance as kingies cruise in close. I have had some success with the Rapala CD mag range. A tip is to glue a bit of sheet lead to the tail and this stops them tumbling during the cast.