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  1. 11 points
    Many of my close friends know the challenges my daughter has had over the past years.....however, yesterday was a day to remember.... At 32, she's obtained her Doctorate in Nursing from John Hopkins, the #1 nursing school in the US and maybe the world.....walking down the isle was un-imaginable 5 years ago.... At the commencement they spoke about community and support for all of those who were receiving advanced degrees.......the lesson learned......If your kids, wife, significant other.....whomever.......can dream it and you support them.....nothing is un-attainable.....
  2. 10 points
    I went and done it. Matched the motor to the boat.
  3. 8 points
    I am not a member of the NRA and I have never owned a Yeti product. My Redfisher came with an Engel. It's sturdy, works well, and is more affordable than a Yeti. I like to fish, hunt, and shoot sporting clays. But, the Right to Bear Arms is not about sportsman and hunters. It was intended for citizens to protect themselves against tyranny in government. The preservation of The Constitution and the 2nd-A, AS IT WAS WRITTEN, IS the single most important thing that all Americans should be concerned about. There is a very well orchestrated effort under way, to dismantle The Constitution and disarm the American People. The actors in this production are positioned in all areas of influence, including those who teach our children in public schools and universities, the news media, entertainment and sports, large corporations (global), and all branches of government. The propaganda machine is running at full throttle and every gun-related event is eagerly used by the mainstream media, for fuel to feed the anti-gun argument. Anyone who doesn't see it is not well informed, or in denial. IF the 2nd-A is lost, global despotic control will prevail, free speech and individual liberty will be lost, and the goal of a New World Order will be complete. There will be two classes of people - the Haves and Have-Nots. The Middle Class as we know it will become extinct - absorbed into the Have-Nots, without any more opportunity for advancement or pursuit of The American Dream. Watch the movie "Doctor Zhivago" and you'll get a glimpse of how things will be when citizens are unable to defend themselves. Nothing will change it forever more, unless God hits the reset button. Sorry for the dark outlook, but you have to take off the rose colored glasses if you want to see past all the propaganda and deception. The mainstream media conveniently avoids mentioning that we have a mental health system crisis going on in this country, with a shortage of mental health physicians and proper treatment facilities. People with mental illness who need care and treatment are released from institutions after 30 days, regardless of their mental health condition. But of course, instead of keeping crazy people away from guns, the solution is always to put gun restrictions on all citizens. That's because the completion of the final phase of the Master Plan depends on the elimination of ALL guns currently in the hands of law-abiding American citizens. Here are some historical quotes from some of our Founding Fathers, and other famous scholars: "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- Thomas Jefferson "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956) "Who will govern the governors? There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves. They alone, if well informed, are capable of preventing the corruption of power, and of restoring the nation to its rightful course if it should go astray. They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of government" -- Thomas Jefferson "When the people fear their government, there is Tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is Liberty." -- Thomas Jefferson "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -- H.L. Mencken "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." -- Patrick Henry "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." -- Thomas Jefferson "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato "A Patriot is merely a rebel at the start. In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." -- Mark Twain "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." -- Edward R. Murrow "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams "Those who already walk submissively will say there is no cause for alarm. But submissiveness is not our heritage. The First Amendment was designed to allow rebellion to remain as our heritage. The Constitution was designed to keep government off the backs of the people. The Bill of Rights was added to keep the precincts of belief and expression, of the press, of political and social activities free from surveillance. The Bill of Rights was designed to keep agents of government and official eavesdroppers away from assemblies of people. The aim was to allow men to be free and independent and to assert their rights against government." -- Justice William O. Douglas (Laird v. Tatum, 1972)
  4. 7 points
    A couple noteworthy snappers from this week.... 31.5" Muton and 25" mango
  5. 7 points
    Gotcha (But just waiting on the day I read that with Slyshons name next to it)
  6. 6 points
    Y'all are crazy posting those pics, when SCOT sees this thread he's gonna grab your guns first! BTW, we are allowed to own fully automatic guns and silencers. You just gotta give Uncle Sugar an extra $200.
  7. 6 points
    Hmmmmmm, I don't remember the Constitution saying anything about "responsible" gun ownership. Maybe the effort of the gun control advocates should be to amend, or change, the U.S. Constitution. Let's just go ahead, and figure out where the country is on gun ownership!!!!!! PERIOD!!!!! You just ignored my comments on how I see liberals working on this issue. I can promise you that if so called "assault rifles" (which are nothing more than semi auto rifles that look "bad" and maybe have a bigger mag) were banned, and the weapon of choice for mass shootings became pistols, they would then be screaming for "pistol" control. In fact, just in the last few weeks, I heard more people are killed in mass shootings with pistols than with assault rifles. To me, the NRA simply represents an equal, and opposite reaction. You would never hear from the NRA if there wasn't such a loud clamor from the liberals for "gun control." Give the liberals an inch, and they will snatch a mile!
  8. 5 points
    Bay boats are pretty much like pontoon boats .
  9. 5 points
    Would have been waaaaaay cheaper to let me take over the reigns of the MBC from Mr Deal as discussed earlier and bring back the tiller Micro and beef up the transom of the 21 MA to accept a Vrod 400R. .... and we would have won the skiff challenge with Shane and I piloting the HPXV 17. Just sayin'.
  10. 5 points
  11. 5 points
    Great point! Not apples to apples here, but here are some pictures for ideas - similar to what Smilemaker suggests. This particular bass boat builder installs the transom bracing first, and then ties in and integrates the stringers and deck supports. Looks very strong. Has to be, to handle the horsepower they hang on them!
  12. 5 points
    True story. My first crossing, about 35 years ago, I took a 21 Bayliner cuddy from West Palm to Walkers with my wife onboard. I pulled up to the dock at Walkers, tied up, and jumped up on the dock. There was a grizzled looking old salt standing there . He looked at the boat, looked at me, then asked if I crossed over in that boat. I swelled up with pride, and with my chest poking out, proudly answered yep, I sure did! The old salt took another slow look down at the boat, then looked back at me and asked.......”You got a death wish or what?” This was before I knew better!
  13. 5 points
    Who's this SCOT fellow? If we could get him to join the forum we could put an end to this and go back to bashing bay boats (well, I could anyway).
  14. 5 points
    Performed 100 hr maintenance including Seastar helm hydraulic steering pump reseal and the Smurf rocked on the lake
  15. 5 points
    What some people don't realize is that the ultimate objective of those advocating for gun control is an ulterior motive. It is not just to "control" so called "assault" weapons. They utilize what I call the "creeping" philosophy. A little here, a little there. If there were still mass shootings, say with pistols, or even auto loading shotguns, after an assault weapon ban, what do you think "gun control" advocates would do then? They would than be advocating "control" of pistols and shotguns. The NRA is essentially the only firewall between "total" gun control, through banning, and the rights afforded to US citizens under the 2nd Amendment. Maybe the NRA screams a little, and seems over the top a little, but I sure as heck pull for their success!!!!!!! Who else is advocating in an effective manner for our 2nd Amendment right? Hmmmmm? The alternative ain't a pretty outcome!
  16. 5 points
    Got my Seadek installed this week, Just in time for the Rainy Holiday weekend. Seafoam over Black, Castaway Customs.
  17. 4 points
    2008 21 Master Angler- Carbon/Kevlar 250 HPDI2 approx 250 hours 2013 Ameritrail trailer(brakes fully replaced Mar 2018) Hummingbird 858c HD with down scan 8ft Powerpole blade Minn Kota Riptide 80lb Boat is in excellent condition. Pics where taken 2 days ago and speak for the boats condition. 39k Jon
  18. 4 points
    I'm confused. Who's 22' TE w/250 SHO is this?
  19. 4 points
    I'm not sure how I feel about this.....can we just get the 21 MA or the 17/18 back for a bit? We need more info on this 26MA....that's really weird write.
  20. 4 points
    Fellas... this boat is a cream puff. (just like the owner) :-P But seriously, it's pristine. Super clean inside & out. Jon spares no expenses maintaining his boats and scrubs them meticulously after every trip, even inside the hatches... which is why I always try to meet him at the ramp. lol Someone will get a gem, if you've been waiting for a super clean 21 MA... this is it. Josh B.
  21. 4 points
    Got an update from Brett on this - waiting for pics an will post them up when I get them. He has extended the stringers and beefed up the knees that connect the transom to the hull. We're making progress. Fixing the issue and making her stronger than ever back there. Probably overkill, but I don't ever want to worry about this again, and I wouldn't want a future buyer to, either. Pics to follow as soon as I get them.
  22. 4 points
    Hey Gang! Thought I would sign up and introduce myself after stalking your forum for a number of months! In the midst of purchasing a new Atlantic Blue Hull and Cosole Redfisher 18. Super excited to join the Maverick family. I have owned 2 different Sailfish CC in the past 12 years and sold my 2008 2660 earlier this year. It was a well used boat with nearly 2500 hours on the clock and 27000 miles on the hull! Since then I have been crawling over all sorts of bay boats, skiffs and flats boats and was continually drawn back to the Redfisher. Last week my local dealer received the boat I’m purchasing and I had a “have to have it” moment : ) I put a deposit on it and patiently waited for a weather window for a sea trail which came yesterday. All went well and looking to take delivery the middle of next week. Looking forward to the mobility of a smaller boat and the chance to get around the state a bit and fish some different waters. Boat at is powered by a 115 SHO which seems like the perfect balance of power and efficiency. Came from the factory with a power pole and Garmin 741xs. I will be adding a trolling motor in the future but wanted to see exactly how I fish it before making a decision. Look forward to getting involved with this forum and contribute when I can! Tom from West Palm Beach
  23. 4 points
    Went offshore yesterday and gave her a good needed wash this morning....😎
  24. 4 points
    Yes, but she knows this mistress is a much better choice than the alternative😉
  25. 4 points
    So a few updates. Discovered that somewhere between 2000 and 2003 models, MBG updated this design and in 2003 models forward, the stringers are tied into the transom. Not sure if that happened in 01, 02, or 03, so if anyone has an 18 from those years and can check I would be curious. Spoke to Brett from Parrot Boatworks who is doing this work (find him on hull truth, he does some old seacraft rebuilds on there, fun read). He has already ground out the port stringer and reglassed it. Apparently the trim tab screws had penetrated the hull and were allowi g water to seep into the void in the stringer, soaking the foam. that had to be dried out and addressed before he could glass in the stringer. He used 4 layers to cover the stringer and tab it in, see pics. There was only one layer of cloth over the stringers before. We will be extending the stringers to the transom, just have to figure out how to allow water to get from the area outside the stringers to the bilge. The starboard stringer has no issues, but he is going to grind that down and address that the same way, since we are in there. More updates as I get them.
  26. 4 points
    Proud to say that I am now a Maverick owner! Got a great deal on Master Angler 17. Thanks again Flats Nerd!
  27. 4 points
  28. 4 points
    Guys can we put this to bed? Reading through this thread is like watching a 24 hour news network like MSNBC, Fox or CNN. It’s ok that we disagree, but going back and forth on a boat forum with the hopes of changing someone’s mind in regards to a highly debatable topic such as gun control isn’t who we are or what this forum is. In the words of my late grandfather who wouldn’t talk politics with anyone....He said he wouldn’t do it because he doesn’t care what you have to say and you don’t care what he has to say. That’s kind of what I’m seeing here except we’re talking about it. Note: I made a comment early on, and I deleted it. It served no purpose and didn’t help anything. It’s still the Internet....
  29. 4 points
    St. Augustine. Oldest continually lived in city in the US. Cobblestone streets in the old section, a Spanish fort, plenty of restaurants and bars, Flagler buildings, etc.
  30. 4 points
    well, wait a minute, I think it does matter. Remove support from an organization that advocates for gun ownership, and you remove support from those who benefit from it, members or not. Maybe symbolic, but sure feels like a lot of folks with a lot of power and money want to eliminate the right for everyone else to bear arms. A lot of those folks advocating for gun control have a lot of security teams that are well armed. Funny thing about that.
  31. 3 points
    Replacing the original zero bling wheels:
  32. 3 points
    I suspect a Wall Street Prime rate of 6% in the next 12 months will have a cooling effect on luxury consumer spending,,,,,this will be interesting. just 18 months ago Prime was 3.75%. Prime was 3.25% from 12/08 to 12/15.... keep your firewood dry boys...
  33. 3 points
  34. 3 points
    This right here along with... Front and rear decks, walk on gunnel rod lockers and a stand up console / lean post livewell. A mix between a 21 Master Angler and a 21 Fusion. Oh and make it 23 feet long!
  35. 3 points
    all together now, NagJUICE nagJUICE nagJUICE! C'mon man, scratch that itch! I might even be your friend if you had a cool boat like that. After you sold your MA I questioned your manhood, but this might restore my faith in you.
  36. 3 points
    Got this done today. What a huge improvement. Now I can clean up down there. Thanks Zach. (On edit: pics aren’t in the order I posted, but you get the idea)
  37. 3 points
    A good friend of mine has stepped up and struck this deal. I think he is getting a beautiful boat!
  38. 3 points
    Earlier this week I posted a picture of a console door I made, another member Coto recognized the console and a sticker on the side and reached out to me. Turns out this is originally his boat that changed hands some before I ended up with it over its 19 year life. I have done a lot of work to it (which I should probably put up here as well) to get it back in fighting form. I have had a blast making the connection and learning more about its past as well as knowing it has long been a fishing machine. You never know who you will come across!
  39. 3 points
    Yep, since you're in there better than new should always be the goal within a reasonable budget overrun...slippery slopes are my specialty
  40. 3 points
    Very good Mr. TicTac! I just looked at this thread for the first time and about half way through I could only think of one thing...."RUN Forrest....run"!!!
  41. 3 points
    Trout on top water...South Georgia
  42. 3 points
    Capt DonH and I finally got to take out the MA17 with the new setup from Ralph @ AIM Welding.... Here is a pic at the shop... What a huge difference to have something to grab on when the boat is moving about on the water.... I know it's not for everyone...buts, let me tell you, for those of us with bad knees or back...Both Don and I found ourselves just having something to grab a nice addition. The front grab rail is not finished yet as I have not had a chance to add a few rod holders for a chunking rod...but, I will say...it worked as planned.. NO grabbing the SIMRAD when standing or losing balance...and the front grab rail is a nice addition when stepping off or up with a rod in hand. Thanks again Ralph....Job "Weld" done dc
  43. 3 points
  44. 3 points
    Jem, we might agree on gun rights, but when it comes to boats, you know full well that my Master Angler is way better than your Pathfinder, even with a broken stringer and a mothballed hull mold. Dont make me challenge you to a duel. Ain't skeered.
  45. 3 points
    Update: picked up a 1900v Saturday. Supper happy with it. Spent the day buffing out and getting the shine back. Just need to apply a good coat of wax.
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    And they turned into this.
  48. 3 points
    Word on the street is that the back deck of my MA has been cut and removed. should have pics soon. This is the moment of truth to see if both stringers are delamed or just the one known issue. Either way, this will give us a clear view of the boats interior. When she is back together, she will be perfect - no wondering!
  49. 3 points
  50. 3 points
    We sent the Smurf's lower unit out to a Yamaha shop to be resealed and they added new water pump, so we took the opportunity to re-paint it too.