Archive for the ‘Boat’ Category

Adding Boat Radar Rocks.

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Last year I purchased a Garmin 1204 xHD radar for my boat. It was a great addition and really looks good on my boat. I should have purchased a 24 HD dome. My major problem is the Trailer.?? I had to have a custom plate that folds 180 degrees so I do not take every low hanging powerline or tree.?? Second Problem is on the water bridge clearance. If I have any doubts I will fold the unit to avoid?? problems. I have brackets so It will not bounce once it is folded ready for transport.. Ed Miller of High Tech Marine in Middle river did the install. I am very happy with the install no problems or issues. The main reason I wanted an open array is to locate birds feeding on bait fish. It works really well out of the box. Garmin has several settings and we can pick up crab buoys on flat days without any adjustments. It is a great addition for night navigation or fog.


Here is my Boat docked in Ocean City Maryland.


Floscan Data from the gauge

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I have run my Proline about 4 times since installing the Floscan Gauge. Here is some data I have received.

My home port is North of the Fishing Grounds so every time I leave to fish I must head south.?? Heading south into the waves and sometimes wind I can adjust the boat for a 30 Knot cruise speed with a fuel consumption of 13 gallons per hour each motor. Time to the fishing grounds is around 40 minute boat cruise.

While trolling for fish I have only one motor running with a fuel consumption rate of 2 gallons per hour.

The ride to port is north with the waves and sometimes with the wind. I can cruise 27 ??? 29 knots with a fuel consumption rate of 10 -12 gallons per hour per engine. ??

Total Trip fuel consumed 48 gallons not too bad.

Fuel Consumption with Twin 225

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Installed gauge in my panel

I stepped my game up last year and bought a used bigger boat with twin engines. It was a great price and I could not pass it up. The boat was a foreclosure sale on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I found it on the website I purchased my Trophy 5 years ago from this company and it was great experience too. I recommend taking a look.

With a new boat you need to figure out how it operates and how much fuel it will burn. On normal rock fishing trips I would motor 30 miles to fish, troll all day and return to my port on around 50 gallons of fuel. The fuel tank holds 200 gallons so I am not too concerned with running out. I like to keep my tanks 1/2 to full of fuel. I quickly found out offshore is very different, you are fighting waves ever 5 – 10 seconds and sometimes very windy conditions. This can throw a curve ball at your fuel calculation. So I purchased a gauge called “Twinscan” from a company called Floscan Instrument. Co. Inc The gauge is very simple with two indicators needles that displays how many gallons per hour each engine is consuming. The gauge will also display total of fuel consumed so you should have a very accurate measurement of fuel in your tank.

Installed flow sensors

The Twinscan unit ships with a gauge and two sensors. Each sensor is installed on the fuel line to each engine. My engine is 2 stroke so I do not have a return fuel line. You need to supply the 3 wires per sensor to connect the sensor to the gauge. I purchased triplex from the boat store so each sensor has one bundle of wires. The colors match up except the red wire is connected to the green inside the triplex.

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Installed flow sensors side view

Installation is very simple install the cables and connect the sensor s with some position requirements. The install kit has all the connectors and heat shrink tubing you need to connect the gauge. Last connect the power wires, ignition wires (2) and a reset switch for your total gallons display.
Fuel line
I did experience a problem not with the installation but inspecting the fuel line I found the inside part of the line was separated and cracking. This looks like a huge fuel delivery problem so I replaced the entire fuel line.

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Fuel line split

We tested the install and everything worked fine. I want to launch the boat soon so I will post my fuel data.

The Sounds and Smells of Spring

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Rockfishing is comming soon !! Hope everyone has started to prepare, I have.

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