Ken L

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  1. The cone of sound that the transducer emits is fairly narrow and it would be hard to mount the transducer close enough for the fins to enter it.
  2. It's really suprising how totally unproductive it is to tell others how to have a good time and yet so many are so willing to do it. Zuma, for all you know Sizz runs 20 miles a week and just likes to tinker not that he needs to to make it OK. When I had my TM's I would have very much liked to try a prop with a bigger pitch but couldn't find one.
  3. Please correct me if I'm wromg but wouldn't increaseing the hieght of the suspension also increase the ground clearance below the tranny? Isn't that the problem?
  4. I would guess that the guy wo told you that has had more experience than most of us and cetainly me so he was probably right. In theory the center of gravity should always be ahead of the rear axle or the whole thing will wander under way and could come around sideways under heavy braking. On the other hand why trailer it at all if the car is going to carry most of the weight. http://www.*****/faq_trailertowtips.aspx
  5. Check the back side of the scuppers behind the seat.
  6. All these things work but heavy batteries need to be held pretty firmly in place. As my friend MrSinbad pointed out to me what happens if the yak flips and hits a hatch?
  7. I know what the owner's manual say. I also know what the techs who fix these things say. You don't need 12 volts. The circuitry is designed to take the 12 plus volts from a boat battery and reduce it to a constant 8. 8 NiMH AA's will run most for a full day. 8 NiMH batteries connected in series have an operating voltage output of 9.6v. The reason this is important is that most chargers come in 4 or 8 cell configurations. If you get ten AA's you will get 12 volts and need an extra charger but it won't add a minute to your run time.
  8. The actual voltage these things use is 8. They typically operate off a 12 volt battery in a boat but reduce the actual voltage to a constant 8. It will not work on less. Almost anything you're likely to put om a kayak will not drain a 4 AH sealed lead acid battery. Many kayakers use 8 NiMH AA's. Anything much over 2300mah will take you through a long day.
  9. Suggesting to someone who has never paddled a kayak before to try before you buy is like sending a kid with a learner's permit out to buy a car. Any decent dealer is going to know what's going to fit you and what's not. As for all the other considrations, there is a learning curve here and it's steep. If you go with what's popular it won't be hard to resell if it turns out you don't like it. If it's popular it is so for a reason so the chances are you will like it.
  10. Since heavy pressure isn't necessarry cam lock buckcles will work as well as ratchets at a bit less money. Just make sure you insert the nylon strap into the back side first. I always tie a knot in the tag end close to the buckle as well. If there is enough tag end left over close the door on it and tie another overhand knot inside. This won't substiute for a cable lock but it will make it just that much more difficult to steal. Otherwise as above in the previous post.
  11. Oh to be so smart as to never be caught by a sudden change in the weather. Only a week ago I paddled against wind and rain as hard as I could and barely made 2 mph. If the wind had a greater fetch the waves would have been scary instead of just wet. For most of that morning there was no more than a light breeze. As I drove away from the launch the only thing disturbing the lake surface was a light drizzle. There was no mention of that sudden increase in wind anywhere in the weather reports.
  12. I will never be on the water when the conditions are more than I can handle. Except for the twenty or so times a season they get the forecast for wind wrong.
  13. My first FF on a Yak was a Bottomline 1100. Very small and cheap. If I could find it I'd sell it to you. It had and they just about all have temperature readouts and I did catch fish that I had marked a few times. It barely sipped power. You could probably get a full day out of seven AAA's.
  14. I don't know. I'm again thinking out loud but it sounds like the two drives are analogous to bycycle gears. Top gear is capable of much higher speeds but the first few revolutions are the toughest. In the final analysis faster speeds require more effort even though it might be more efficiently delivered.
  15. Just thinking out loud but most short wide yaks seem to hit a paddling wall somewhere around 3.5 to 4 mph. The turbo's seem to hve enough to push through this but the effort needed increases exponentially. This really begs the question on how these fins will do in the Adventurer.