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Old 05-16-2016, 11:37 AM   #151
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Update:
Both front storage access holes were enlarged.

That grab bar..
Hoping to plumb electronics wiring inside didnít happen.
The grab bar has aluminum tongue and groove mounts between pipe and plates, no room inside.
Next best optionÖsimply ... drill an inch and a half diameter hole in the grab bar base, the thicker aluminum base that bolted to the boat and .100 aluminum subfloor. Piece of cake, right?
Lol, no.
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Soldered, shrink-wrapped connections and fished the wires and hose under floor. Iíll mount transducer and gps receiver tonight.

Built a seat back out of Star board, chamfered for the o/c look and got it mounted.
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Bolted electronics to the backside.
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Hydro-Turf came in. Iíll start cutting templates this week.
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Getting close..
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:07 PM   #152
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Awesome! That turf will look good in there!
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:16 PM   #153
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nice!
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:52 PM   #154
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This thread has win written all over it.
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:41 PM   #155
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Can't wait to see it with the turf in it.
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:49 AM   #156
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She's looking great, improvements are over the top.
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:03 PM   #157
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I might be a bit late but i used to watch my brother Polish the aluminium tanks and wheels on his 379 pete and after the last polish bar he would use a gasoline soaked rag to get the black stuff off kinda worked on swirl marks as well
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:00 AM   #158
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Marine electronics update:

Trading my fishing buddy for an old…but new, never mounted GPS/sonar.
Seemed like a good way to save some coin on a boat project that is way over budget, right?

I need GPS and good marine mapping to keep my aluminum prop off the shell.

Had the box, owner’s manual, all the parts and she powered-up when I hooked it to a battery in the garage.
Here we go.

Simply…mounted the unit in the boat, fished the wires under the floor, mounted the antenna, mounted the transducer and first power up.
Antenna not sending GPS info to unit.
Checked everything, over and over.
Not receiving signal.
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Ok, I’ll get help from the world wide web.
And according to the internet, the LGC 2000 antenna is possibly the worst GPS antenna ever made.
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Sweet..
It worked once, for 15 seconds and now is dead.

Maybe the problem is the antenna.
Maybe it’s the unit.
Or maybe it’s the cable.

What is for certain, its out of warranty.

A generic antenna and cable is less than $150 and may or may not work, depending on which software version of the LMS 330c my unit is operating on. I’ve wore out my welcome with Lowrance tech support.

Last ditch effort, soft reboot of the unit.
Viola, we are receiving GPS signal.

Hulk smash avoided..

Now to get the maps working.
The unit came with a Navionics Premium Hotmaps SD card, preloaded with the “Southern Lakes” maps.
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Inserted the card in the unit and powered-up.
The unit was defaulting to the crappy Lowrance built-in maps.
Scrolling through the menu, the two options were the Lowrance Maps or a tiny Navionics “demo map area” in Miami Florida.
It’s not reading the SD card.

I have the Navionics ap on my phone, a username and can log in to their website.
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I’ve Downloaded the software to update my maps and card on my home computer, it sees my chip and acts like its updating it, but not sure.

Looks like Jan, 1, 2016 Navionics discontinued the Premium Hotmaps.

So..
I have the $15 Navionics ap for my phone, which doesn’t help with my Lowrance unit.
And I have a discontinued Navionics Premium Hotmaps SD card which was preloaded with maps of the Southern United States, which my unit doesn’t read, but the Navionics software on my computer can see.

Guessing I will have to purchase another Navionics SD card?
And will a new card work with my outdated unit?

Did anybody besides Alwaysinshorts actually read this tale of woe?
I'm all ears if you got any insight..

Hopefully can speak to a human at Navionics today.
Anything can be accomplished with time and money.

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Old 06-23-2016, 03:46 AM   #159
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Sorry about your luck. Keep plugging away and you'll make it happen


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Old 06-23-2016, 01:41 PM   #160
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Awesome project!
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Old 06-23-2016, 05:05 PM   #161
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I vote that you use that as a depth finder only and invest in a nice handheld unit with updated everything. Best of both worlds that it can be used elsewhere (like in the car instead of your phone, hiking, hunting elk in CO, etc.) and you can keep the depth finder on full screen mode instead of split screen when screaming down the river.

You could also just use your phone for GPS if there is a good enough app.

Aside from that, if you want an all-in-one only I would spring for new and not throw any more money at that unit.

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Old 06-24-2016, 03:41 PM   #162
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Great job
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:34 PM   #163
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That's awesome
Great idea
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:19 PM   #164
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One of the best posts I've seen!
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:42 PM   #165
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Wow very nice project
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:39 PM   #166
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stand up center console looks awesome
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:18 AM   #167
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Update:
Hydro-Turf install.

First-time using Weldwood contact cement.
No undo button with that stuff.

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Then came the rain.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:32 AM   #168
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:35 AM   #169
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Boat is looking great!

Still jealous of how good a shape your CJ is in. One of these days I'm going to restore mine.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:37 AM   #170
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Back at it.
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Made her look a little bigger, eh?

Everything takes longer than I think it will, the rain delays didn't help.
But flooring is almost done.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:41 AM   #171
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Looking good
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:42 AM   #172
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still looking good!
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:45 AM   #173
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Baller Son!!!
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:43 AM   #174
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turned out great!!!
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:07 AM   #175
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Looking good!
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:14 AM   #176
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Wow, very cool build. Nice job.
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:19 AM   #177
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That dog will hunt.
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:32 AM   #178
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That's going to be the brightest boat on the water on top and bottom! Nice looking though and should get the job done. Great job so far.
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:39 AM   #179
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Looks sweet!
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:16 PM   #180
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Clark, did you get the maps figured out for your head unit? If not one problem could be the size of your SD card for the maps. That unit is limited to 1gb cards so it will not be able to read anything above that. If that's a newer Navionics Hotmaps chip then it includes the HD maps and you will be way over in size. I'm not familiar with the hotmaps version, maybe you can take maps you don't need off to reduce file size. I'm fairly certain on Navionics+ you can. All of this assuming your navionics dongle that came with the chip will let you switch to your own 1gb card. Just throwing out ideas...
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:48 PM   #181
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Spot on Samson,
My buddy had bought a 2gb card, it was never going to work.
Navionics tech said they no longer offer a card that would work with that unit, I'd have to find a used one.

Hook5 preloaded with Navionics+ on its way, should be here this weekend.

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Old 06-28-2016, 02:15 PM   #182
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Looks great!
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Old 06-30-2016, 02:47 PM   #183
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Update:
Turf done.
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Old 06-30-2016, 02:58 PM   #184
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:32 PM   #185
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Man that look sharp... With those colors, you need to call it Gin & Juice...
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:45 PM   #186
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Slicker than Owl $**T right there!!!! Congrats!
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:09 PM   #187
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That's awesome


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Old 06-30-2016, 10:11 PM   #188
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I'm GREEN with envy! Bet that girl can scoot!


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Old 07-01-2016, 06:40 AM   #189
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Great job, love that turf.
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Old 07-05-2016, 07:40 PM   #190
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Man that looks sharp !!!!
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:44 PM   #191
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**** that turned out NICE!
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:48 PM   #192
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Very awesome build man ! Heck of a job, I bet your boys love it.
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:26 PM   #193
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How in the world have I missed this build til now? Sir that thing is looking mighty fine! Great job!
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Old 07-07-2016, 06:58 PM   #194
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Does that stuff get hot? I'm going to do it on my build
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:17 AM   #195
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Does that stuff get hot?
Took it out last Sunday.
It didn't absorb water, its non-slip and we were barefoot all day.
Boat didn't get hot.
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Got my starboard rod holder mounted, but rods didn't fit snug.
Glued some scrap to the holder and...silence.

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Not trying to be the Hydro-turf poster boy.
But between the comfort and how much quieter the boat is now, the stuff improved an old aluminum boat.

Thanks for all the compliments, hoping to hit the coast soon as these winds die down a little.
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Old 07-08-2016, 01:20 PM   #196
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Hey I'm glad your giving an honest opinion on the stuff, I'm debating covering the decks on my 20' with the stuff


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Old 07-08-2016, 02:14 PM   #197
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Quote:
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Took it out last Sunday.
It didn't absorb water, its non-slip and we were barefoot all day.
Boat didn't get hot.
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Got my starboard rod holder mounted, but rods didn't fit snug.
Glued some scrap to the holder and...silence.

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Not trying to be the Hydro-turf poster boy.
But between the comfort and how much quieter the boat is now, the stuff improved an old aluminum boat.

Thanks for all the compliments, hoping to hit the coast soon as these winds die down a little.
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Hey I'm glad your giving an honest opinion on the stuff, I'm debating covering the decks on my 20' with the stuff


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I honestly don't think I'd own another boat without it.
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Old 07-08-2016, 02:32 PM   #198
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man that turned out great!
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:55 PM   #199
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Awesome build/refurbish that turned out bad to the bone. I have a 2000 model 1652 WeldCraft side console, float pods, with a tunnel, jackplate and a 50hp Johnnyrude. I have had more fun with it than any other boat I've had. She runs plenty skinny, gets up shallow and speed is pretty good with a dinged up ss prop (33mph). I went the cheap route on the hydroturf and just bought the stuff from Harbor Freight http://www.harborfreight.com/anti-fa...mat-61241.html and used 3M 90 spray adhesive for the back bench and front deck. Haven't gotten around to doing the floor of the boat yet. It's definitely not the quality of Hydroturf but I'm on a limited budget with this little rig. It sure makes a difference on the heat though.
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Old 08-13-2016, 08:55 PM   #200
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Where did you get the Hydro turf from?

I've been reading several different sites and this seems to be the hot setup.

I've found a couple of dealers, but they only offer kits.

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