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  1. Seafarer_Bob

    Recommended VHF Antenna Length?

    Agreed. I just installed an 8' on the roof of my 228. I bought the shims but it stands straight without so I omitted them, very stable, great reception. Let me know if anyone wants a great deal on the shims. Also have a spare set of shims for my TACO outrigger bases I didn't use.
  2. Seafarer_Bob

    Grady white seafarer 228 live well

    "Also do you get much water coming back up through the self bail scuppers?" I have a 9.9 kicker on one side and 3 batteries on the other. Full live well, fuel, coolers, crew it'll be a little wet.
  3. Seafarer_Bob

    4HP KICKER?? Enough to push a 246 at 7knts?

    No way. My Seafarer 228 gets just over 5kts with an almost new Yamaha T9.9, just under 6kts if I tilt up the main engine. Against a strong headwind and seas, with the curtains on I barely make headway and I've had windy days I could not tack into the wind if I didn't tilt up or help steer...
  4. Seafarer_Bob

    7/31 Ocean City MD tuna

    I made another tuna run on my Seafarer 228 out of OC last Sunday. Really calm so i was able to cruise at 24kts going out which is rare and good since neither of my crew had ever been offshore. Got a little late start and arrived at Massys around 7:30, probably 75 boats or so. Pulled into the...
  5. Seafarer_Bob

    Recommended VHF Antenna Length?

    Hi KY Grady, I'm getting ready to install the same antenna and bracket on my Seafarer and notice you have leveling blocks installed. Did you fabricate them yourself or where did you purchase them?
  6. Seafarer_Bob

    Oregon Inlet Tuna

    The area I fished is about 7 miles north of what they call the "Tuna Hole" which is about 35NM east of Oregon Inlet. It's where the continental shelf quickly drops from 400' to 2000', there's a lot of structure and this is the closest the gulf stream gets to the US east cost outside of FL. My...
  7. Seafarer_Bob

    Oregon Inlet Tuna

    Earlier this week I ran my Seafarer out of Oregon Inlet for some of the best tuna fishing I've seen in a while.
  8. Seafarer_Bob

    Battery upgrade for 228 and a question

    Understood. I'm just looking for a little boost and something to help top them off if I put the boat away a little low and maintain them if I'm away for an extended period.
  9. Seafarer_Bob

    Battery upgrade for 228 and a question

    That would be nice, what battery monitor will provide charge level? I have room on my dash for another small display or I'd be interested in something that would integrate with my Garmin 8510. I'm planning to add a 100w solar panel on the roof and it looks like most solar charge controllers...
  10. Seafarer_Bob

    Battery upgrade for 228 and a question

    I considered the Blue Sea system but my understanding is when the motor is running, it parallels all batteries and I was told it's not good to have different battery types on the same system. The Yamaha isolator keeps house and starting batteries completely separate, unless I combine them for...
  11. Seafarer_Bob

    Fishing ?

    The boat is all packed up and hitting the road in a couple hours for the next month in Big Pine Key, many pics to follow.
  12. Seafarer_Bob

    Battery upgrade for 228 and a question

    Same start battery No on board charging yet, I store the boat in a yard with no power so the next step is to install a 100w solar panel on the roof with a solar charge controler The main engine is an 05 F225 that comes with the aux charging port so I just installed the Yamaha isolator lead...
  13. Seafarer_Bob

    Battery upgrade for 228 and a question

    Thank you, that addresses my main concern. I plan to leave the house switch on "both" most of the time to keep them parallel but would like the ability to isolate them if one has a problem. #2) Just realized I omitted the pic of the red button. Assuming it's a breaker, should it be...
  14. Seafarer_Bob

    Battery upgrade for 228 and a question

    I finally completed the battery upgrade in my 228 as i just added a bunch of electronics and getting ready to install a sterio. Now I have two Optima group 31 AGM deep cycle for house on one switch connected to the motor with the isolator cable and one Optima high performance starting battery...
  15. Seafarer_Bob

    Sideshift bow thruster to a Grady

    My brother's boat has it with twins and it's hardly worth using, can't imagine it on a single.
  16. Seafarer_Bob

    Cabbin window gaskets? - Seafarer 228

    I ended up removing and Re caulking the window which addressed the poor fit. Then just glued in auto glass weather strip and applied a thin layer of silicone lubricating gel on top. Not sure how well it'll hold up but it actually worked pretty well last season at a fraction of the cost of...
  17. Seafarer_Bob

    Updating stereo on boat 228

    I'm sort of in the opposite situation, I ditched the old lady a few years ago, now my new GF wants better tunes. Also, out at dinner a few weeks ago the only question her friend had about the boat was if it have good tunes so there you go. The X wouldn't have known what a sub was and doubt I'd...
  18. Seafarer_Bob

    Updating stereo on boat 228

    Looking forward to seeing pics. Assuming you mean the 7.7's are going in the cockpit inspection ports facing back, I'll be interested to hear how they fit and sound. No Sub? I'm looking for a sub that will fit in the inspection / pump access port under the copilot seat. Good luck on your...
  19. Seafarer_Bob

    Updating stereo on boat 228

    Are these photos two different install options?
  20. Seafarer_Bob

    Updating stereo on boat 228

    Thank you for this link. This is generally what I'm thinking about speaker placement but those forward speakers under the helm are lower than I'd like and I often keep bags or a small cooler on the floor there which would further interfere with the sound. As an alternative I may install the...