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About FullThrottle

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    Virginia Beach
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    fishing, family boating

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  1. FullThrottle

    R207 modifications

    Same as here: 71 miles to the Gulf Stream and deep water. I haven't taken it that far yet, but more because I haven't had time when it was worth going that far. Strange year for fishing. In North Carolina my son-in-law, so far has only caught 1 tuna in 3 trips. Normal years he be giving tuna away because his freezer would be full. I'm hoping that up here in Virginia we get some better numbers when the stream moves closer. To make my wife feel better about going out that far I added a Garmin inReach to my ditch bag. Sea Tow has said if I text/email them they'll come out 100 miles to bring me back in. The satellite texting/emailing via the inReach helps with non-critical issues and I have a PLB for critical problems. I also added a set of tools and emergency repair items to the boat. When I had the 28' Albemarle I got a crack in the hull. Not all the way through, but it had to go back to the factory for repairs. The boat would have sunk in minutes if that crack had opened up. So much for dual engines and dual fuel tanks, etc. All you can do is try to be prepared. Do your maintenance, check the boat, make sure your bilge pump(s) work and have the right safety and maintenance equipment onboard. Good luck with whatever boat you go with. We also looked at the Scout, but the one we were interested in had a 6 month backlog before we could get one, so it wasn't seriously considered as we wanted a boat before summer was over.
  2. FullThrottle

    R207 modifications

    Boatdogz, I'll try to shorten a long story. My wife bought me an 28' Albemarle and she and the grandkids never liked it (great boat for catching tuna offshore). Got the R207 because I was retiring and planned to do most of my fishing close to shore. However, I ended up 40 or more miles offshore fairly often and we decided on a larger boat. I was ready to pull the trigger on the R247, but my wife had fallen in love with the Sailfish. It was her turn to pick the boat and it's a great boat and now we can take the whole family out and have plenty of seating and comfort. The fishing part of the boat is good with one drawback, no gunwale rod storage due to the extra seating. Otherwise, it has a good live well, good size fish boxes and room to fish with the seats closed up. I've only taken it out once in 4+ foot very steep waves, but it handled them fine although uncomfortable as you can imagine. I try to avoid those type waves (and storms), but I took it out in them intentionally to ensure that if caught offshore in a sudden thunderstorm it could handle it, and that I could handle the boat.
  3. FullThrottle

    R207 modifications

    I don't have enough space left to upload much on this site, so you'll have to check at the other forum. Here is a list I posted there for R207 improvements: http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=6835 Another for underwater LED installation: http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=7087 I posted other information over on that site as well, but none were PDFs. and you just have to look through the Dual Console section to find the information. Since selling the R207 last summer I've been spending time on the new Sailfish doing the same type of improvements and then some (autopilot, outriggers, radar, etc.) Seems you can always find things to make the boat more 'your boat'. Like with the R207, now I'm running out of room for further improvements! So my new list of improvements is very small and most are to make better use of the available space on the boat.
  4. FullThrottle

    Switch Panel Electrical Issue- Where to Start?

    Interesting problem. I'd start by removing the +12vdc wire one at a time from the switches to see if I could isolate that way. Then I'd work on metering it out to see if I could find out where the voltage is coming from. You might also ask this on http://robaloboatowners.net/forums/ Perhaps someone on that forum has already experienced the problem and can take you right to the cause.
  5. FullThrottle

    R200 bilge pump wiring?

    On the R207 the auto bilge is wired to a CB on the battery switch panel. I don't know how the R200 is, but if it's the same it should be easy enough to track down how the CB is wired to the battery(s).
  6. FullThrottle

    R207 Swivel Seats

    I used this idea and had no issues with the line of sight. I went back and looked at pictures and sure enough my eyes are right at the top of the windshield. However, when moving, the bow is usually raised, so it never seemed to present a problem. Switching the seat bases moves the knob for better access and it doesn't hit the storage top anymore once raised. Overall, it was one of the better 'improvements' on the boat.
  7. FullThrottle

    Stress crack on console floor

    I used Boat Life I picked up at West Marine, but the screws were not loose. If I was working with loose screws I'd start with 3M 4200 and see if that holds. I"d consider 5200, but it would be my last choice if I thought I might want to remove that screw at some point in the future.
  8. FullThrottle

    Handheld VHS - Marine

    I have a Standard Horizon HX870 and have been happy with it. I have even used the GPS log for tracking my trips. It's now in my ditch bag as I mounted a fixed VHF on the new boat. For my offshore safety I have a Garmin inReach and PLB. The inReach does have a yearly subscription, but having text capability via satellite lets me communicate home and ask for non-emergency assistance if needed.
  9. FullThrottle

    R200 trolling motor in action

    Nice. It would be good for use for tautog fishing around rocks and wrecks rather than using wreck anchors and having to pull them up to move every 30 minutes. Strange that I've never seen anyone use them around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel for that.
  10. FullThrottle

    Yamaha Fuel Water Separating Filter

    Strange that Mercury doesn't include a filter. Having lost an inboard to ethanol on my previous boat I'm now religious about using an ethanol treatment to reduce water issues and depend on my water separator to ensure I don't lose another engine. Shoot, I'd probably buy an octane gauge if I lost another engine to ethanol/water problems. I do change the filter regularly and no, it's not cheap, but it provides some piece of mind knowing it's there doing it's job. The closest non-ethanol gasoline marina is about 40 miles away by boat. If it was closer, I'd probably use it, but the 80 mile round trip is too far.
  11. FullThrottle

    R222 -Livewell & Plug help

    Open the seacock. Seems Robalo's are shipped with the seacock closed and dealers never seem to open them.
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    I did have rust on one of my pull up cleats. On/Off cleaned up the fiberglass stains and I sprayed corrosion x down into everywhere I could. Still had some rust later on, but much less. The other cleats were fine. Guess the stainless has some impurities, but no expert here. One cleat out of 6 was strange, but they all appeared to be the same except for the rust stains on the one.
  13. FullThrottle

    State Registration Numbers

    Not sure what state you are in, but Virginia has specific font/size requirements.
  14. FullThrottle

    Trim Tabs for R180

    I'd like to understand tab sizing myself. My R207 had 6x12 and they worked fine. My larger heaver Sailfish has 4x12 and they works fine too. I'd have though the larger boat would have needed larger tabs - but I guess not. Maybe we'll get lucky and someone can explain how to properly size the tabs.
  15. FullThrottle

    R200 with Yamaha 150 Prop size

    From what I've read there isn't much reason to go to stainless until 250HP. I had aluminum on my 150 and it performed well. According to Ken at PropGods I could spend about $450 and maybe get 1MPH more than the stock aluminum prop.