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Old 06-27-2014, 12:55 AM
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I've had several boats over the years and they all had Taco Grand Slam 280 bases. The elevation of the outrigger can be adjusted by placing the outrigger in the detent and tightening the knob. Probalem is that the detents never match up from one base to the other. This is my first time with 20' riggers the difference in elevation in the same detent is quite obvious from the port to the starboard one. About a foot. Is there someway to adjust the position of the detents? When you have a nice boat you don't want one outrigger a foot higher then the other.
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:29 AM
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Wish I had a fix for ya, but this issue is precisely why we went with the Taco Grand Slam 380's instead of the 280's. The 380's have the inner crank for precise elevation control. I'd upgrade them and get rid of that issue for good.
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Funny I thought my 280's were the only ones that did that. Let us know if you find a cure.
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380's are $1700 bucks! That sucks!
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My Lee's are the same way!!! I love the Lee's, but it really get on my nerves!!!
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I went with the 380s
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by ThreeLittleFish View Post
380's are $1700 bucks! That sucks!

Agreed, but look at the big picture. If you bought them new, you already paid probably $1000 for the 280's, so we're talking a $700 difference. I guess it comes down to how much them not being level will annoy you and your clients each and every time you look at the boat for years to come. You run a nice operation that keeps your boats booked solid. One quick charter (or two max) will cover this and it would be out of your mind forever. What's that worth to ya?
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And you don't have to climb on the gunwales to raise and lower them. That's worth the $700 right there.
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Originally Posted by Captain_Dave View Post
Agreed, but look at the big picture. If you bought them new, you already paid probably $1000 for the 280's, so we're talking a $700 difference. I guess it comes down to how much them not being level will annoy you and your clients each and every time you look at the boat for years to come. You run a nice operation that keeps your boats booked solid. One quick charter (or two max) will cover this and it would be out of your mind forever. What's that worth to ya?
Point taken.... but it will take many more than two charters to cover the cost. Mine are really off and it really bothers me so I'll dig deep and get a set of the 380's!

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Exactly why I went with the 380's and being able to make all adjustments from inside the boat
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I have 380's with Bly carbon fiber riggers. Great combo. I really like the set up. The bases are simple with the light riggers.
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Went with the 21 foot bly's as well. Very light and easy to adjust
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Originally Posted by haneomfs View Post
I have 380's with Bly carbon fiber riggers. Great combo. I really like the set up. The bases are simple with the light riggers.
X2 - Fantastic combo
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Originally Posted by haneomfs View Post
I have 380's with Bly carbon fiber riggers. Great combo. I really like the set up. The bases are simple with the light riggers.


Same setup we have and it's a great system which gives us a very wide spread.

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Anybody thought to just remount / redrill one base to match the other.
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Originally Posted by Captain_Dave View Post
Same setup we have and it's a great system which gives us a very wide spread.

Have 20' Bly's in the 280 mounts and they are not level and it bothers me too. Going with 380's sounds like the only fix
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I hope that's not the case for my 280s on my new YF. expecting to have her this wed. Will check with my 21ft cf silvers from Bly.
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All I can say is we had the 280 style that came with our old boat when we bought that and I will NEVER have that style again. The safety aspect alone in not having to ever climb up on the gunnel again while out fishing makes the 380's well worth it, never mind the perfect and exact height adjustments cosmetically. I fish solo a lot and I go no matter how rough it is, so the safety factor itself is well worth the price of admission.
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I hope that's not the case for my 280s on my new YF. expecting to have her this wed. Will check with my 21ft cf silvers from Bly.
Your boats coming out of the factory and mine's going in! Maybe we'll cross paths! You'll love the boat!
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All I can say is we had the 280 style that came with our old boat when we bought that and I will NEVER have that style again. The safety aspect alone in not having to ever climb up on the gunnel again while out fishing makes the 380's well worth it, never mind the perfect and exact height adjustments cosmetically. I fish solo a lot and I go no matter how rough it is, so the safety factor itself is well worth the price of admission.
I keep mine at the angle that I use them so I don't have to climb up and adjust when offshore. I just swing 'em out when I am ready to use them. The carbon fiber Blys allow me to run with them fully extended.
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