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Pictures / Video / Re: CW - Mokai Sights and Sounds
« Last post by Relichunter on Today at 10:06:58 AM »
Itís so cool seeing fresh water thatís that big! I hope to get to Lake Erie next summer though.

It was an exceptionally calm water day. I have been boating on Lake Erie (normally in our old 24' dual helm cruiser) for many years. It can get rough surprisingly fast where 24' is the smallest boat I would want to be in. We used to keep our boat docked at the Grand River marina. It was nice to hop on and go for a day of walleye fishing. As we got older, the boat got a little too big for my wife to handle so we sold it. But I made many trips between the lighthouse and the break wall on my way out to the lake. I would fish anywhere from 4 to 25 miles out. GPS enabled autopilot helped get me home.

To show how calm it was, attached are pictures of the break wall itself and a view looking back from the break wall at the Coast Guard station at the mouth of the Grand River. As for the calm day, by comparison I can't tell you how many times I have seen enormous waves crashing over the top of the break wall when fishing for steelhead from the break wall leading to the light house (sometimes the waves crashed over it too and it's much higher up) or the pier just opposite the Coast guard station. We drive down there sometimes during stormy weather just to watch the 10' or more waves crashing into the break wall. Nature is truly beautiful and amazing.
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Chat / Re: New owner!
« Last post by Craig5251 on Today at 06:40:53 AM »
Question: I am interested in putting my 40lb thrust trolling motor & battery on the Mokai, to cruise on the Delaware/Raratine canal in NJ.
( no gas motors allowed ) I have seen a couple posts, but very little detail or pictures.
Any suggestions?

Thanx!
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Chat / Re: New owner!
« Last post by Craig5251 on Today at 06:35:53 AM »
Sometimes it's worth the effort.
Have you ever watched Rocks Cousteau videos?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f30IB2aQ0IY

I subbed.
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Boats For Sale / Wanted / Re: 2017 Mokai ES-kape
« Last post by strick on September 26, 2020, 08:39:46 PM »
Off the market for now....

strick
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Chat / Re: New owner!
« Last post by CC-CODER on September 26, 2020, 06:36:04 PM »
Sometimes it's worth the effort.
Have you ever watched Rocks Cousteau videos?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f30IB2aQ0IY
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Mokai ES-Kape 2.0 / Re: 2.0 Review
« Last post by Mokai Dreamin' on September 26, 2020, 05:33:10 PM »
I understand what you're saying, but I think you will find the reality to be different than the theory in this case. A real simple experiment adding just 6 inches to the joystick makes it very top-heavy and prone to moving around by itself due to the weight. Every little wave you hit is going to cause the stick to move. Just holding on to the thing with your fingers versus your whole palm makes a big difference as well. You need steady,  subtle movements, not jerking. If you could stiffen up the spring considerably, then I would say a long joystick would provide more subtle movements, but again the reality is different than the theory in this case. You're changing one variable without changing another.

By all means give it a shot and report back. I think it's good to experiment. It's just my personal opinion it's not going to work, but happy to eat crow if you find it superior. The exchange of ideas and experimentation are what these forums are all about.
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Mokai ES-Kape 2.0 / Re: 2.0 Review
« Last post by msfitoyfactory on September 26, 2020, 05:16:08 PM »
If you do decide to go with an extension, then I would suggest picking up one of the end caps as well, as otherwise you're going to be collecting water, and have a sharp edge on the top. I'd also suggest not pushing it completely down or you're going to probably end up tearing the boot prematurely. I'd round the bottom inner edge to avoid a sharp spot or edge as well.

I think you're going to find in use the thing becomes hypersensitive, so as I said I think it's a bad idea, but by all means give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

One of the biggest problems with the joystick is you are controlling both the steering and throttle simultaneously, so it can be hard not to affect one or the other inadvertently. This is were cupping the joystick with your whole hand and then flexing your hand helps. It's one of those thing that takes training your muscles, but  once you master it you'll find you can get some pretty fine control out of the thing.

The other thing I will suggest to you after putting 20+ hours on mine and leaving it out in the rain, etc. is two remove the whole joystick and bring it inside. While most of it is waterproof,  the area around the key is not. I've had moisture creep in and  twice now have gotten zero response from the joy stick.   Flipping the ignition switch back and forth got it to work, but the thing is only as strong as the weakest link.

I think Tom's point is well taken here. A simple mechanical system would be far more reliable in the long run.  The older this boat gets the more likely it is you're going to have electrical issues.

In the short term bringing that joystick inside and letting it dry out between outings I think would be a good preventative measure.
I will give it try when I get my 2.0 sometime in November...correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it will do the opposite and lessen the sensitivity having a long fulcrum would allow small input...let's say we exaggerate and use a one foot pole extension...then moving the tip of the extension would result in very small input at the base...at least that's the way it works in Photoshop when one is trying to rotate an image near the point of rotation as opposed to further away from it...
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Pictures / Video / Re: CW - Mokai Sights and Sounds
« Last post by Craig5251 on September 26, 2020, 03:43:07 PM »
Itís so cool seeing fresh water thatís that big! I hope to get to Lake Erie next summer though.
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Chat / Re: New owner!
« Last post by Craig5251 on September 26, 2020, 03:39:49 PM »
I had to clean out the grate at least ten times, but I knew that part of the river has tons of grass.
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Chat / Re: New owner!
« Last post by CC-CODER on September 26, 2020, 03:14:04 PM »
That river sort of reminds me of the Mahoning River a few miles up from the dam where I launch.
Watch Out for that there Grass!!
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