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by JNG
12 May 2019, 15:56
Forum: Boat House
Topic: trolling rod holders
Replies: 10
Views: 657

trolling rod holders

Tite-Loc clamp on or Scotty.
by JNG
12 May 2019, 15:53
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Junk or Gem - Trophy Strike Trolling Motor
Replies: 7
Views: 635

Junk or Gem - Trophy Strike Trolling Motor

There is a reason why Minnkota and Motorguide are still 'Kings of the mountain' in a market awash with cheap trolling motors. It's because none of the cheapies come close to the initial quality and long term reliability of MK and MG. And what about parts/service when something does eventually breaks...
by JNG
28 Apr 2019, 10:46
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Some thoughts on batteries for small tin boats.
Replies: 15
Views: 1825

Some thoughts on batteries for small tin boats.

I bought the batteries last fall when I started wiring the boat. Without looking for the receipt and going by memory, I want to say I paid $153 +/- for each battery. I had no battery to turn in for the 'core charge'. So after tax and core charge the cost was just under $350 +/-. I'm still impressed ...
by JNG
22 Apr 2019, 20:42
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Battery life without a charging system
Replies: 19
Views: 1595

Battery life without a charging system

Further more I just remembered that when I was planning the layout for the new Jon boat, I went to the local Interstate battery store with wiring diagram in hand. The counter guy I got seemed to be more knowledgeable than the typical dumb counter jockey that seems to get that job. I explained what I...
by JNG
22 Apr 2019, 20:24
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Battery life without a charging system
Replies: 19
Views: 1595

Battery life without a charging system

I have no reason to lie. That's what Interstate told me in reference to their brand of deep cycle marine battery I was using back then. Johnson Controls told me that in reference to the deep cycles I use to back up the fire alarm controls at my place of work. While each battery is smaller than the t...
by JNG
20 Apr 2019, 19:52
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Battery life without a charging system
Replies: 19
Views: 1595

Battery life without a charging system

12 volt lead acid flooded cell deep cycle or dual purpose batteries are best charged via a charger that has an output of 10-15 amps. These batts need an input of 10-15 amps for the best life span and proper charging. This is straight from Johnson Controls recently and Interstate told me basically th...
by JNG
20 Apr 2019, 11:23
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Battery life without a charging system
Replies: 19
Views: 1595

Battery life without a charging system

Ahhhhhh........

The ole trickle charger. They do NOT properly charge a deep cycle battery. Period. Buy a 12 volt charger that inputs 10-15 amps. It can be an automatic charger or a manual.
by JNG
20 Apr 2019, 07:06
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Battery life without a charging system
Replies: 19
Views: 1595

Battery life without a charging system

So your TM would draw somewhere between 25 and 30 amps. Just go with 27 amps it will be close enough. If you post what your battery is I can look up the specs for you. For example Autozone 29dp-dl or Interstate srm-27. Sometimes the company selling the battery hides the amps hour info from consumers...
by JNG
19 Apr 2019, 20:50
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Battery life without a charging system
Replies: 19
Views: 1595

Battery life without a charging system

Are you referring to how long the battery will power your stuff before a recharge? If so what matters is the amp hour/reserve capacity in minutes capacity of your deep cycle. Fish finders generally don't draw enough amperage to matter. As a real rough general rule of thumb you can assume your trolli...
by JNG
19 Apr 2019, 16:26
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Some thoughts on batteries for small tin boats.
Replies: 15
Views: 1825

Some thoughts on batteries for small tin boats.

Been out a few more times since my last post. I still have not pulled the batteries down more than 25%. Last Saturday's trip was a doozy. Windy and I was pulling cranks for saugereye. Really expected to see a significant drop in the batteries state of charge after that trip. Nope, only pulled about ...
by JNG
17 Apr 2019, 17:11
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Is the 2nd Gen Terrova really THAT bad?
Replies: 25
Views: 2822

Is the 2nd Gen Terrova really THAT bad?

I know that the MK is more popular (I have used mostly MK myself), but I am loving the MG xi3 that I put on the new jon. Paired it with a MG R3 variable speed for the transom. MG got it right with these newer motors. Neither motor has given me a bit of trouble so far. I wouldn't discount the xi3/xi5...
by JNG
14 Apr 2019, 17:30
Forum: Rods & Reels
Topic: How Many Reel Mfg's Are There Really?
Replies: 14
Views: 1635

How Many Reel Mfg's Are There Really?

Rods are maddening. I have given up on trying to figure them out because so many can source blanks from the same supplier then build out the rods however they wish it becomes very hard to make apples and apples comparisons... I wish there were a brick and mortar retailer selling rod building compon...
by JNG
13 Apr 2019, 14:46
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Some thoughts on batteries for small tin boats.
Replies: 15
Views: 1825

Some thoughts on batteries for small tin boats.

Two factors I deal with that are ' battery drainers '. One is I troll a lot for stocked rainbow trout. I also troll for saugereye. Almost constant running of the trolling motors for the entire time on the water. Number two is I live in the wind swept plains of Illinois. Invariably the wind is blowin...
by JNG
08 Apr 2019, 08:49
Forum: Motors
Topic: Motor Manufacturers - what is good?
Replies: 20
Views: 1323

Motor Manufacturers - what is good?

Tohatsu makes the smaller Nissans, Mercurys, and Evinrudes. Tohatsu, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha are all good. I would choose Honda first then Tohatsu but really all are good motors.
by JNG
08 Apr 2019, 07:53
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Some thoughts on batteries for small tin boats.
Replies: 15
Views: 1825

Some thoughts on batteries for small tin boats.

I am blessed with an enormous amount of water within 30 minutes drive time for me. All are small lakes/ponds. The largest is 1000 acres and has no hp or speed limits. One is 180 acres and has a 10 hp limit. The rest (literally dozens and dozens of bodies of water) are just a few acres in size to abo...