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116 Dana Cunniff Re: Thanks for the answers! 2/14/2004 10:10:00

I have a heavier 2530, so not directly applicable to
your questions, but here's some points.

1. I use a Fortress sized one boat length interval
above my length, in rating. I use about 16' of chain,
which is extra. It is on a bow pulpit roller.

2. Usually you go at least 10% safety factor in buying
a trailer, so this means your total carrying weight on
the boat plus 10%. If you travel distances and over
rough terrain, I would go more. The relative cost
difference is rather narrow. I have a 7400 lb. rated
trailer and at the time it was the max. available for
a brand I was interested in. It isn't in the safety
factor solidly. For your weight, you can find a
trailer easily.

3. For your size boat, I can't answer regarding how
you will use the antenna and lay it down. Mine hangs
over the back of the hardtop cabin. I have to watch
out when I step out onto the port sidedeck to go
forward. Is one reason I like to keep sunglasses on,
so I don't poke myself. The taller the antenna the
lower the gain usually, though there are special
antennas. The shorter, the higher the gain (the more
of the transmitting beam goes parallel with the
horizon. There's more to it, but not for this note.
You have to pick one that fits your use, location on
the boat, but get a good one. I broke mine one winter
from snow damage and the original worked better.

4. I have a second transducer in the bilge (I have an
I/O) so it is a large bilge, and it is mounted in
front of the engine on the center-line flat. It was
selected to not have the same frequency of the transom
mount to they work simultaneously. I epoxied mine
after a brief test. Others use a cone and mineral
fluid so that there are no air bubbles beneath the
transducer. Either way works, but if you truly have a
flat surface, then epoxy is quickest. The cone helps
more when you aren't flat so it can taper with the
hull angle but it still shoots straight down.


--- rangertimbo <<a href="/group/parkerboats/post?postID=Vg-g9mwGLP9Pr2_2vcEb7yvp4RlY5x7i3jXJcC9Alc_T2JIZHNpiuhPhz--UtYOWq601AocOeUvHkn81SqDdoxf7">kstreagle@...</a>> wrote:
> Thank you. I am waiting for the delivery of the
> boat from Parker. To bide my time I
> mull over this kind of information. Meanwhile, I am
> missing the striper action at the
> VA/NC border.
> Perhaps it may help if I am more specific about why
> I asked these four questions in
> particular:
> Question 1) My reason for asking was more to find
> out if pulpit rollers are more
> suitable for certain anchor styles or does it
> matter? I have no experience with a roller
> or windlass. I have both Danforth and Navy styles
> and will be getting a claw for rocky
> areas/wrecks. I always use about four feet of chain
> and about three times the depth
> minimum for rode. Any one used a plow style?
> There's a new one out in Cabela's
> that has a self-righting feature to ensure proper
> position on the bottom. I just don't
> like paying for freight on things as heavy as
> anvils!
> Question 2) I believe the boat will weigh more than
> the dealer is willing to admit.
> 3250 dry wt + 475 Motor + 600 lbs. of fuel + 200
> batteries/anchors/stuff + 100
> coolers = 4500 lbs. minimum. I'm going to insist on
> a heavier weight rated trailer.
> Unfortunately, I launch in some really shallow ramps
> at times and will need a roller
> style. I can always convert to a bunk later (I have
> used bunk trailers all my life, but
> with much lighter boats- they are not difficult to
> retrieve). Teflon glide strips are "the
> bomb".
> Question 3) I'm trying to decide between an eight
> foot or a four foot antenna. I have
> had both and the storage issue is difficult to
> reconcile with the safety of transmit
> power/reach. I might just make a hole in the cover
> for the ant. I like the eight's
> ability to bring in places like Cape May, NJ, CG
> Station when I'm at the mouth of the
> Chesapeake Bay!
> Question 4) I have preferred using the skimmer type
> transducer epoxied to the
> interior hull in the past. It has provided good
> results, but I have not been able to
> adjust it for better arches. I don't buy boats that
> have balsa or foam cored hulls.
> This time I think I'll try a temporary mount with
> silicone and play with angle until I get
> it perfect. One of the benefits of epoxy is getting
> to buy a new unit when you sell the
> old boat- there's no removing J-B Weld!

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