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    Evinrude Etec G2 250 H.O. Review

    The G1 was awesome motor the first couple of years! Wait till the eyelashes fall off the French Canadian junk! Your 10 year warranty will be awesome while you are sitting on the dock waiting until parts are available. People waited over a year for parts on the sexy G1 and the knowledgeable people won't buy one on the used market. this is why you normally don't see them on the higher end boats.
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    Electronics Box R222

    I made one out of Starboard. Put my radio in one part, a small compartment and a tackle box storage in the other. There should be tabs on your T top already there to mount it.
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    R222 bow backrests

    I did not through mount them. I believe there are 8 holes and I used large stainless screws that didn't go into the live well.
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    You can see pictures in the members gallery
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    I have a R222 and I mounted mine with gimbal mounts and Cannon 12V plugs so they can easily be removed when I just want to cruise. Check out Magnum Metalz downriggers. They are cheaper more compact and have more pulling power than any other brand and I have tried or used them all. The only thing they do not have is auto stop but with the clutch mechanism they have you do not need it. Very nice riggers! http://www.magnum-metalz.com/downriggers-1/
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    R222 bow backrests

    Yes they look and work well!
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    R222 bow backrests

    No they do not. Originally I was goin to thru bolt them and put a plate inside the box but decided to just go with big screws and sealed them up real well. They are very sturdy mounted this way.
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    Rod Tree on R180

    I mounted Magnum Metalz rod trees with 3 rod holders on each on my gunwales and have not had any problems for 2 years now. I would say you wouldn't want someone to use them as leaning posts but they are rigid for what they are designed for. I have a R222 and the Magnum Metal trees have a very small footprint at the base (I believe 4" x 4" ). I did have to make some shims out of Starboard so that I could mount them more forward where the contour of the gunwales drop off a bit.
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    Empty net I sent a PM.
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    R222es power?

    Boat tests are done with 1 guy and minimal equipment and fuel on board. I have a 250 on mine and with a crew and gear it does what the 200 performance test did. No replacement for displacement or in this case just raw HP! With a light fuel load and just my wife on board with no other gear trimmed perfect in calm seas it will run about 43. Add 3 fat fishermen, full tank of fuel, beer, ice, food and fishing gear and I guess you see where I'm going with this.
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    Sure will I'll try to get them in a day or two
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    I bought the boat as a new non-current in Florida last May and had it trailered to Wisconsin. I wanted a 250hp and the dealer was the only one that had one in stock with most of the options I wanted. I installed all the electronics, fishing gear and kicker myself. That video was taken on my way to Sturgeon Bay and the picture at the Dock is at the high class joint Door County (Waterfront Mary's).
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    My motor is mechanical I have seen those electric motors I'm not sure I would like that and had a friend that had them and took them off as he had to have 2 more batteries to run the trolling motor. I like the kicker as it also keeps hours down on the big motor as well. I live across the Bay in Marinette. I fish Sturgeon Bay a couple of time a year. If you want to see a picture look in the Gallery in the members photos. Hope you enjoy your new boat.
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    Hey Otis I own a 2015 R222 that I bought new last year. I set up for trolling for salmon so but I set everything up so it can be removed quickly and easily for when I want to just go for a ride. I have the Yami 250 and it would not troll slow enough so I put a 9.9 Honda kicker on it I love it so far I live in Wisconsin up by the UP boarder and do most of my fishing and cruising in Green Bay I love the boat so far.
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    R222 bow backrests

    I will try another dealer. My local dealer is not very good and I did not buy the boat from them so they are reluctant to really provide any type of service.