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  1. Thanks for all the advice fellas. I have priced everything out and I can install hydraulic steering for less money than installing an octopus system. The folks at seastar got back to me today with part numbers so I was able to verify that. I will let you guys know how the install goes in another 2 months when boat gets out of storage. Sure wish it wasn't. So far away yet. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  2. It looks like I would still have to have either convert to hydraulic steering or get the octopus electro-mechanical system to attach to my power assist steer cylinder correct? Did you have to install that?
  3. Ok I think that I have made my mind up unless someone points a problem out to me. According raymarine I would have to install an octopus system onto my existing power assist cylinder to go along with an EV-200 system. I do not have enough room behind my helm for the type S octopus helm. It looks like I can convert my boat to over to hydraulic steering using a seastar helm and seastar cylinder mated up to my existing power assist cylinder. This would save me about $300 on steering parts alone. I will be able to use the less expensive EV-100 system to control these. Looks like with the raymarine rebate I can do all of this for around $1800. Now I just have to make sure that it is worth it. Hahahah Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  4. Thanks for taking the time with such a detailed reply scoffer !!! I did not see that rebate last weekend. I really do like the raymarine set up. Sound very simple and easy to use. I like that it can be used as a stand alone system also. All I want to do is point the boat in one direction and be able to not have to have my hand on the wheel at all times. Or turn around to watch the action behind me only to find that the boat had swung around 90 degrees because I had turned my body around 180 degrees. LOL.... not that that ever happens [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  5. Thanks mrhookup. I just saw that one and it says steer actuators are available but I don't see where unless they are talking about the octopus system I keep reading about. I think I may contact them for clarification. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  6. Autopilot Advice Hello guys, I am looking for a little advice to see if there is something that I have not found in hours of searching. I didn't see anything on here either which I thought was odd but maybe I wasn't using the right search words or something. I am interested in installing an autopilot this year as I am getting tired of chasing my boat all over and I always feel bad when yelling at my buddies or worse my daughters to keep the boat straight while I am setting or checking gear. Here is my problem. I have an older 24' Searay cuddy with an Alpha one I/O. I love the reviews and idea behind the Raymarine Evolution autopilot, but I have cable controlled power steering assist. Everything that I have read is that to go with this system, I will need to convert to hydraulic steering, dink around with the Octopus steering system and go with the more expensive EV-200 system. I have read that hydraulic steering is not all it is cracked up to be on an I/O and the Octopus system tends to make for harder steering when autopilot is not being uses. As much as I want Autopilot, This seems like a lot of work and even more money. Not sure I want to spend that on a 30 year old boat. (I am not buying another boat, I like not making payments while it is in storage or sitting next to my garage) The only system that I can come up with is the Lowrance Outboard Autopilot system. I would need to purchase a HDS finder/chartplotter to go along with it and I am not real exited about that as I am not a big fan of my Elite7. (not simple enough, and have had issues with software). Does anybody know any other options out there or had any experience with the Lowrance system? I have looked for Raymarines Sport Pilot system online for sometime now and have not been able to find a used one anywhere. I am used to the way my boat handles and can keep it fairly straight without really thinking about it anymore but that is only when I am at the helm not one of my buddies, not to mention that going out with just me and one other person is interesting to say the least when a fish is on or we have a double like we did several times last year. LOL Thanks for any advice that you can give me.
  7. Please educate me on this. I have a low range hds7 with built in GPS and have the navionics chip for it. What would be the advantage to having a dedicated chart plotter like this? Always looking for something to help me improve my fishing I don't want to add a gadget just because it would be cool to have a laptop on board. I am assuming that I would have to buy a radar to go along with this in order for that function to work? Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  8. Went 3.5 for 7 this morning. Set up in 80 FOW by 5:30 on a north troll. Marked tons of fish but no takers About 7:30 they finally started. High diver went off, got tangled with low diver, lost the fish and my low diver with my only BW speckled dick meat rig. A short time later 300 copper with tangerine Tarzan went off. Lost that one as well. Landed a small steelie on 7 color with hapee meal. Copper went off again and landed a nice hoe. Switch low diver to a mace face and within 30 seconds of having it set picked up a small hoe. Copper went off again but the fish was gone as soon as it hit. Picked up a very small king on the tangerine Tarzan/copper as well. Through him back to grow up. Had a lot of fun and not many fish to clean, not a bad day. The tangerine Tarzan has been my hottest lure this year. No flasher/flies had any action today. The cooler water was all between 60 and 100 feet. Once we went past 100 feet, the water warmed up to 62 degrees and appeared to get warmer the further out we went. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  9. That is Awesome !!!! Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  10. That is Awesome !!!! Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App
  11. Set up in 90 fow and headed northwest. Marked tons of fish in the upper 40' but could get a hit to save our butts. We got out to 125 fow and the high diver back 180 with a green spinny / green fly ripped off. Landed a decent size king. Stuck around 125 for another hour marking fish but no takers. Decided to head straight west to see what we see. Pulled in a little laker while changing gear on low diver green / yellow meat rig. No idea how long he had been on but was full of water and dead.... Poor fella drowned. We made our way out to 190 and took another laker along with marking fish again. Kept heading west, got out to 240 and the graph was barren. Headed back to 190 and picked up another laker in 200. Started heading south and finished the 11:00 bite off with a double. Steelhead and another laker. Speed was 2.5 at the ball and greens along with oranges were the ticket today. Sent from my iPhone using Great Lakes Fisherman Mobile App