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Thursday  February 22, 2018

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USB Outlet 12 Volt DC
Before & after photo


Ice on S Lk. MI
Feb. 15, 2018


GoPro Hero 6
7 hours of record time!


2/14/18 Manistee Harbor
Gulls on the ice!
Photo by Take 5


New Video-Audio System
New 2018 Hardtop Cam


 

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    Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

2/22/18  Another warm spell is on the way.  Lasting well into next week with temps in the high 40° range.  This brings the early season anglers another step closer to Lk. MI 2018.
              Sometimes I know better and just get by with EZ cheapo fixes.  The bow light on my 1987 Sea Ray uses an expensive double bayonet socket Perko light bulb. 
               I've put dialectic grease on both ends and sometimes this problematic bow light still won't come on unless you flip the nav light switch 2-3 times.
              Talked myself into upgrading to a LED green & red bow light that gives 50k hours of service.  The safety aspect is beyond question.  You must show yourself to other boats when it's dark, or you're a navigation hazard.
              Cost to replace running lights is cheap compared to a ticket the U.S.C.G. can and will write.  You see C.G. in the Manistee, MI's harbor at dark assisting others, or looking for poorly lit boats.   Once the C.G. spots an infraction, you'll get a free boat inspection that brings in ALL safety gear into question, including flares.  So, if you ain't up to snuff 100% in all departments ...this can get real expensive in a hurry.
              Common sense says treat the C.G. the respect they deserve.  Once I had a mouthy charter customer becoming confrontational towards the C.G.  This put me between a rock and a hard place.  Just make sure your boat is legal in all aspects ...at all times!

2/21/18  The high temp yesterday topped 50° at my place.  Perfect weather to begin boat projects.  Upgrades are in order for dated China cheapie halogen aft deck lights that draw a lot of juice and only provide marginal light.  Last year replaced the trailer's waterproof stop/turn signals with LEDs.  This was a major a step up from old style filament bulbs.
                Best news about LED light sources? ...they've came down a lot in price. 
LEDs have an extremely long life span and use a lot less juice.
                Adding a USB outlets to provide extra runtime for the GoPro hardtop cam.  Face plate & auxiliary DC sockets were installed with a 1 1/8" hole saw thru the fiberglass.  New dedicated USB outlet has 1amp and 2amp ports.  Click marine USB outlet
               GoPro Hero 5 & 6 electrical draw is 5V at 1.5 amps.  Use only a 1amp USB port, or risk hurting the camera.  Final wiring hookup will be completed by this weekend. 

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Tom Huggler 
"Fish Michigan" 
March 1999

"The action on Lake Michigan continued at a frantic pace... the crew went on to land 7 Kings (Chinooks), 1 Coho and 9 Lake Trout on the half day Charter." (17 fish)
 
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"Sunday Detroit News" 
August 1984

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