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  1. 12 points
    There is no greater love than to give one's life for another. Tomorrow is our day to think about the good men and women, who paid the ultimate price, so that the rest of us can enjoy a life with freedom, the pursuit of happiness, and the American Dream. Even if you are anti-war, or you are on one side or the other politically, there can and should be a soft spot in your heart that reminds you to be thankful for what our brothers and sisters did for us. We must remember to teach our children about the soldiers who died for us too. Do they realize the value of freedom and how lucky they are? That's all I have to say. Happy Memorial Day everyone! God Bless America!
  2. 12 points
    Finally underway... I have shot 1000's of build pictures for customers/ friends over the years, happy to be shooting my own build now! My 25 Hybrid sprayed last night, skin coat was applied this morning now off to VARIS infusion to complete the Lamination process. Much more to come in the next couple of weeks! Skip
  3. 8 points
    So.... I've been having some issues with my F150 on the Smurf. It's struggled to get to full power, sputtered, stalled and vibrated its way through the last few months. Like as soon as it hit 1000hrs it started getting an attitude. The last month has been a ride for me. Some of you know the story, but most don't. The week after July 4th started as any other. That Monday I went to bed and started to get what I thought was terrible heartburn. No sleep all night and an empty box of TUMS the next morning and still having heartburn/chest pain. I ended up in the ER the next day and I actually had a heart attack that morning. They pumped me full of blood thinners and heart meds and transferred me to a medical center with a cardiac department. I was admitted straight to the cath lab where they found 2 blockages in my left artery. One was 30% and the other was 20-25%, the larger one was "cloudy" around the blockage. They did not put a stent there because it wasn't a big blockage. I stayed 2 more nights for observation and the second morning I had ANOTHER heart attack. They hooked the defibrillator to me, ran me back to the cath lab and put a stent on the 30% now 60+% blockage. The last month has been full of Cardiologist appointments, time off work and another trip to the ER/Cath lab for another episode (inflamed tissue around the stent). Before the last trip to the hospital I got brave and took my son fishing. The Motor ran like $#!T, but I decided that I was going to run it hard and see what was going to happen. After hobbling around the house after a third visit to the cath lab and 7 inches of rain I decided to go out yesterday. Motor still ran rough, but the flounder were hungry. It ran so bad my wife asked me about it. (That's unusual) Today, I felt well enough to try it again. I packed a cooler with water and nitroglycerin then went out. The Motor bogged down and struggled to get to 5k RPMs. I decided, that with everything I'd been through recently, I was going to run it WOT EVERYWHERE hoping to have a reason to hang a new SHO 175 on the back. I'm heading to the ramp from Wrightsville Beach at a sluggish 5200RPMs and 34 knots. I'm standing up hoping to catch the boat ahead but not optimistic. Next thing I know, it's like I hit the NOS button. Whatever was choking that Motor up let go and I went from 5200 to 6200 and shot up to 42 knots in seconds. The initial shot threw me back in the backrest and I put the death grip on the wheel. It was like it was alive again. I ran it a bit longer ensuring that it was indeed back in business. I was relieved to have it back and thankful for the gift of a day. I called Gus (Whichwaysup) when I got it on the trailer and told him about the experience. He suggested I share the story since my personal injectors have had recent "issues". Life has a funny way of letting you know you're really not in charge. Laying in the hospital and ICUs I've had plenty of time to think about things. At this point, I'm just happy to be vertical and glad I get to enjoy days on the water for a bit longer.
  4. 7 points
    Put the name that has grown on me for a bit Carbon fiber with sea foam shadow any thoughts
  5. 7 points
    Capt Troy speaks the truth JWalk. They really don't last forever. Not sure where the negative comments about the forum stem from but I don't think that anyone meant anything mean, nasty, etc... about whatever was said or whatever you didn't like or feel was inappropriate. This is really a bunch of great dudes that love great boats but it is also far from a MBC fan-boy club as evidenced by Convertible13's post, I have been critical as well of the MBC but at the end of the day they're great boats and this forum is a wealth of knowledge that I've seen nowhere else, especially when you get these MA dudes runnin' their mouths about a 2007 double rod locker 21 Master Angler in seafoam star mist green, 4 live well limited edition blah, blah, blah... If you want drama head over to the Florida Sportsman forum, if you want to pray at the alter of Hells Bay, Microskiff.com is the spot to do that. This is where its at for anything Maverick or Yamaha related. Buy a Master Angler and don't look back. I drove a 21 from Flamingo to Summerland Key at a pretty brisk pace in some pretty snotty weather and I was more than impressed. Additionally... I personally thank you for not contributing to the prolific spread of bay boats throughout my native state of Florida. It's a tough fight but it's one we can win with hard work, education and encouraging the used boat buying public to say no to these non-indigenous invasive vessels.
  6. 7 points
    Just got done rigging this one and delivered it today. Had to share this one. Pearl Gray Hull, Pearl Gray Two Tone, Matterhorn White Deck, Matte Black Powder Coating, etc. Little skiff porn for you boys!!
  7. 7 points
    Found me a little fixer upper. 1998 21 MA. 1998 Vmax 175 carbed. 2007 Owens and Sons Torsion Axle Trailer. More pics to come. Gotta get the buffer out and go to town!!
  8. 7 points
    My newest! She had her first sandbar run last weekend. She will be fishing with her sister before I know it!
  9. 7 points
    Here's my 2009 21MA. I think it is the first year they put the tan/brown cushions on them. Double latches on the rod lockers were a change from some of the earlier ones. It was a demo boat at the dealers meeting that year, got the boat used with 11 hours on it. Driveway pics were when just brought home from Ft. Meyers Marine. Have some scratches now of course.
  10. 7 points
    Just gonna leave this here.
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  13. 6 points
    Thought I would post this fish'n report since reports have been slim. NOAA had predicted 1-2' seas on Friday . I had checked the seas and wind since early that AM, always showed less 10kts, tree tops were calm as of 9AM so I pulled the trigger. Grabbed some bait at Lanark Market,launched 'ole Greenbone at 10:30 for 13 mile trek to a new hole I was told that held some grouper in 40'. Got to the public # but bottom looked flat,idled a few hundred yards till a long crevice showed up, found some nice rubble and quickly put the anchor lock on. Believe me when I tell you the 1st six drops were 20-23" gags. Then wam--pulled in a nice 25". Next few drops were like the 1st six-all shorts. I tried to work 2 rods hanging one each rod holder but the bite was on, so it was just waste of bait if you didn't man the rod. I baited up a whole sardine ,dropped it down, 5 seconds later, rod was slammed, whoa , dang, fight on- that's when you find that drag was not quite tight enough!!Visions of grey man in the suit , danged big ole red snapper all danced in my head. Saw the color, Grouper!! Landed a 29 ½ " Gag came in to the boat. The snapper moved in as usual so I packed up and headed for the hill. Even a flats boat can get lucky off
  14. 6 points
    Came up to Clearwater/Dunedin to fish with a buddy and fished that full moon low tide in the middle of day. Got bait just off pier 60 in 20' of water. One cast and blacked out well with large threadfin and white bait. We were actually targeting redfish on the Belleair flat and on the other side south of coast guard station. We chummed heavy and kept catching small undersized snook out on the flat in potholes. I was a little surprised to see these guys still out in the open with the water temp dropping. I knew there would be some bigger fish out too then. Got this girl on a small whitebait in less than 2' of water just off the end of a dock in Belleair area. We then went and fished the east side of Dunedins deeper docks working lots of live bait as tide was coming in and caught multiple slot snook. Fish were very sluggish and we saw lots of fish that wouldn't eat. Not one snook ever came up and popped a stunned white bait like they usually do when chumming in warmer water. They probably were feeding on the full moon at night. Anyways it was a great few hours of catch and release snook action. No slot reds or trout though. All were undersized. I'm sure these snook will be off the flats after this front passes.
  15. 6 points
    Wow, you guys are getting good with those cameras! Although I try not to use my phone as a camera, I was on the way to the Dolphin Lab at Savannah State University to participate in the monthly dolphin survey when the sun came up just over Tybee Island, couldn't resist. The Marine Biology Department at SSU maintains a data base of all of Georgia's Coastal Bottle Nose Dolphins. As you may know, every dolphin dorsal fin is unique, like a human finger print. If they can get a sharp image, they can identify the animal and help determine the health of the overall dolphin population. I can't resist helping out as a volunteer. What better way to spend a 35 degree December day than standing in the bow of a 22 foot Whaler for 10 hours trying to catch a glimpse of a fin. I am sure that savvy Pathfinder owners know this but please make sure to tell other recreational boaters that you may know NEVER TO FEED WILD DOLPHINS. Yes, they are "cute" but no, it's not Flipper, it is a wild animal and once they learn that a boat can be a source of food only bad results can occur. This... activity leads to this... Let's give this calf... a chance to live a long life out there.
  16. 6 points
    Yeah that's a real fine piece right there. I'd go back to the sandbox to own one that new. At 67 mph it would be juuuust right.
  17. 6 points
    Here's mine in front of the bridge to Boca Grande. It's a 2000 MA 17
  18. 6 points
    These trucks are unbelievably tough and strong. I can attest that this truck will pull a 2200 TRS with no problems whatsoever. I had a 2010 that I traded last year and it was an absolute beast. Mine was probably a little more rugged though due to the Trump sticker it had
  19. 6 points
    2015 Maverick 18 HPX-V Asking Price: $43,500 This boat is in excellent condition and has been well cared for. Thoroughly washed and flushed after every use. Kept out of elements under fully enclosed carport and custom cover. Dealer maintained and will include records of all service. You will not find a cleaner 18 HPX-V. 2015 Yamaha F115LB w/ 240 hours and warranty until 2020 Minn Kota SE70 24v trolling motor w/ Odyssey batteries and on board charger Power-Pole Blade 8 Garmin 741xs flush mounted on console w/ thru hull transducer Fusion Audio BB300R head unit flush mounted on console JL Audio MX770 speakers (2) Tibor Push Pole Caddy Livewell w/ aerator White powder coated tubing Removable bow casting platform Custom SeaDek on gunwales, platforms, and under front hatch Ameratrail trailer w/ aluminum wheels and matching spare tire/mount. Removable Yeti Tundra 35 w/ SeaDek and Padded cushion
  20. 6 points
    When the Mother-In-Law comes in town for a few days, you have her teach you how to use the sewing machine she bought your wife a few years ago. Console cover Leaning post cover Power-Pole covers Big Green Egg table cover. All for around $130. Not professional grade but will get the job done.
  21. 6 points
    Been doing good in the intercoastal lately. Find the bait find the fish. Lots of finger mullet cruising the ICW at low tide. Flounder bite has been great. Mud minnows and jig heads. Love this time of year.
  22. 6 points
    Once again, PP comes through... I was having a problem with my C-Monster unit on the last trip.... The symptoms were as follows: 1.) Blowing fuses 2.) Engine going click click click when hitting the hand remote or up /down on the unit Called PP early Tuesday - left a VM at 0730...Todd called me back - yes, they actually call you back I went through the issues, told him what I had done so far - check all connections, etc. He then said, sounds like a engine short/fault - "I'll have another one to you in the morning". Arrived yesterday, I swapped out the unit, did a re-wire - baddda-bing Done.l Why have I owned 4 units ? 2005 (6ft), 2009 (8ft), then again in 2016 (2-8Ft)....I guess it's the reason above why? Great customer service And a product that just "works". DC
  23. 6 points
    Here are the names of several very good and proven security systems : Smith & Wesson , Ruger, Browning, Daniel Defense, Colt....etc. The main difference between a home alarm and a precision firearm is.... when the thief hears the alarm, they run.....when the firearm goes off....they can't.
  24. 6 points
    I'm now the very proud owner of this gorgeous girl. Ocellor went above and beyond showing me every detail in and out of the water. Through in tons of extra's as well. Thank you very much Rob and good luck to you and your family in your transition!!!. Very proud to be in this "club". I grew up in Tampa Bay and now live in Ft. Myers Beach (FMB) and have always dreamed of owning a Maverick!!! She's a 2003, but to me she's mine and brand new!!!! I'll be reaching out to you guys for help and suggestions as soon as I get used to her. Also, thank you MA guys on this forum for your continuous feeds and knowledge. It's comforting to know there's also someone who has probably been through pretty much any scenario possible on these MA's. Nag Juice, you were right, I walked on the 21' Hewes! Thanks
  25. 5 points
    Chip ended up with serious liver cancer and probably a lot more. He went from wagging his tail 1000 times a day this past weekend, to not eating Monday. Long story short, I had to say goodbye this afternoon. A quick true story. After my divorce 10 years ago, I dated a series of nice ladies, who all loved Chip. But the first time Debbie came to the house, she sat down in the den while I went to let Chip in to meet her, He trotted up to her, took one sniff, and quickly hiked his leg and sprayed her down! He never did that to any of the others, and has never done that since. That was his way of telling me she was a keeper. We have been happily married ever since! Good dog! I will miss him!
  26. 5 points
    This one showed to my house last night. I'm now a Maverick owner. Hopefully she treats me well.
  27. 5 points
    It’s a 2011 with SHO 250, Xi5 trolling motor, power pole. Great boat, I wish they still made them.
  28. 5 points
    And it comes with a 12 pack of the "High Life", now thats a deal!
  29. 5 points
    I think you are trying to carry too much of the blame here. your insurance company is opting not to fix the boat. All in all it comes down to them trying to find a way not to help you. I suppose they could have totaled it out and given you less than it was worth based on book value. You know the boat was not leaking when you bought it or when you paid them to insure it. all the pictures in the world and they would still be saying normal wear sorry we choose not to honor our side of the policy.
  30. 5 points
    Me and a buddy caught some nice ones yesterday in 28 feet. It was cold and rough in the AM.
  31. 5 points
    Until we get some progress pics I wanted to show this. The top pic is the current view of St Aug lighthouse. Hurricane Matthew blew down something that was blocking it, unknown to us. I love being able to see it and for last year I’ve been sayin it’s the only good thing to come of Matthew. The bottom pic is the new “proposed” view if we go up the full 10’. Silly as it sounds, this helps keep my sanity when I get over there. about every other trip have to grab the ladder and remind myself of this. I can’t wait to sit there and relax...smoke a cigar and just stare at it.
  32. 5 points
    MDS - you gotta stop dangling that thing with Nagjuice around. You are showing crack to an addict. Ever since he bought his (2nd) 18.5 MA, he's been jonesing for a 21. A late model 21 with an SHO is just going to be too much for the guy's heart. It's bad for his health. Have mercy on the guy, really! Gorgeous sled, awesome rocket on the back, that thing is a real treasure!
  33. 5 points
    IMO I feel all of these MA21 asking prices are So way too inflated. $27k for 2005, or 30k for an 06' All of these rigs need work and upgrades to make a more modern fishing tool. That adds up fast. Who know what happen to a 13/14 year old motor with only 200hrs. Way to many what if's at those prices.
  34. 5 points
    Hey guys sorry about the delay.... I've been working all morning. But I just wanted to thank everyone for all the helpful information, I took a look at the MA yesterday and it is truly in pristine condition... I put a deposit down pending sea trial and having Fort Myers Marine (where I've purchased a 2200 Pathfinder before) take a full look through boat and motor. I will keep you guys in the loop moving forward!
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    Coming home from camping at North Cape (ENP). Ran from Matheson Hammock Park, Miami to North Cape, fishing all over the place and only burning 36 gal. Only four to spare. What a great trip with my son..... Hopefully this summer we will cross over to Bimini.
  37. 5 points
    Maybe Im being sensitive cause I flooded (again), but I'll be honest with you I'd keep my fishing reports to myself for a while if that's how you choose to spend your free time in a war zone. There is so many people in need and not alot of help here compared to Matthew. So many single woman and elderly are currently the target for buzzards. I have plenty of stories from neighbors from Matthew If one of my friends came in my backyard and had time to fish rather than help me or my neighbors when they've needed help like never before, they'd be friends of mine no more.
  38. 5 points
    Nice shots you have taken here folks. It's amazing what you can see from the deck of a Pathfinder!
  39. 5 points
    I hate the Gym. I see a pair of running shoes and I run (in the opposite direction and only as far away as I have to). Exercise for the sake of exercise makes me cringe. If I am going to run, I need something to chase or someone chasing me. If I am going to exercise, I need some physical threat to my existance to keep it interesting. If you can't die doing it, I'd rather hang out on the couch. That's not to say I'm a daredevil by any means, I just can't get motivated unless there's some physical risk of pain to keep me going. It's a balancing act with 5 kids and a wife that want to keep me around. I wish I could stay in shape by fishing. Maybe if I caught more and bigger fish, or actually used the buggy whip more often it would help, but as it stands, fishing doesn't help my physique. I've always gravitated towards physical activity that is more 3 dimensional - Mountain biking (wow, that will do it if you are anywhere near hills, but not so much in Florida). Since leaving the VA mountains, I was at a loss to find a good replacement and my waist line was growing. I moved to Wilmington and I actually bought a kite-board but my wife made me take it back . We compromised and I took up surfing instead. If you want to lose weight, have fun, and build some serious muscle, take up surfing. You know the stereotypical surfer "dude" who is totally mellow and "chill?" He isn't actually all that mellow or chill, he's just so friggin' wiped out from the last session that he can barely move. It's an entire body workout, it's fun as hell, and I lost 10 pounds in a matter of weeks after starting. My upper body looks more like it did in college than it has at any time in the past 20 years since, and I've only been at this a year now. You paddle a LOT. I had no idea how physically demanding the sport was until I started doing it.
  40. 5 points
    Office view this morning.
  41. 5 points
    The time has come where the Pathfinder will be going up for sale. Yesterday I purchased a 23 Dorado as I found a deal that I could not resist. This blog has been a great wealth of knowledge for me over the years and I have enjoyed being a part of the MBG community. Once my Pathfinder does sell, I am sure I will still frequent this site as it is a much more enjoyable experience than posting anything on THT. Anyways, I will be posting the Pathfinder in the Classified section in the next week or so. It has been a great boat for me and has never left me stranded. Thank you for everyone's help and great advice over the years.
  42. 5 points
    Well, not exactly a sunrise but I always thought this shot captured the flats skiff experience. Snake Bight, of course.
  43. 5 points
    Had a chance to fish the last few weekends....one trip with my buddy Chris and two with Capt DonH. Most of the time we headed South and found some summer time snooklets (not the big girls from Jupiter)....but, fun anyways.... Found a few friends to go take home for dinner on the last trip - 2 nice slot reds and a random Pompano....good-eats Nothing too eventful - the MA17 continues to perform....previous trip - ran her easy and covered 67 miles in 14 gallons (28-30 mph)....last trip, ran her hard (32-34 mph) most of the day and covered 58 miles in 16.5 gallons - so, seems like we are still between 3.5 -4 mpg.....which gives me a nice 70 mile range which is as far south as I need to run. a few pics...
  44. 5 points
    Some pretty cool drone footage (not mine). Many memories of climbing all over these things - when they were well inland!
  45. 5 points
    Again I want to take a moment to thank Capt. Davis for taking me for a spin on his 2500 last Friday. It was the final thing I needed before pulling the trigger. Went to Fort Myers Marine this morning and signed the papers on a new 2500 Hybrid. I'm a basic boat kind of guy and this boat will be no different from my trusty 2200-V. I did finally catch up to the 21st century and put a pair of power poles on the stern though. Possible delivery date July 31st. I won't complain a bit if it shows up a bit earlier though.
  46. 5 points
    Mitz covered everything very comprehensively and the others chimed in intelligently too but, even though I'm a 17 owner, I must admit that the boat is by no means a speed demon and I often wish I had more top end. Thus, there is the possibility that I'll move up to an 18 at some point (or preferably a 21 if I can find the right kind of storage). Another thing to consider, and I know this may be argued by some, but the 17 just doesn't perform like you'd expect it to with a jackplate. If you don't care about having one then it's a non-issue. I've seen many more 18s with JPs than 17s. And even more so with 21s. Seems like the bigger the hull gets, the better the boat performs with one. BUT.... one thing I always keep in mind is that the hardcore anglers that come on my boat, both bait and fly, always say the same thing to me: "Don't ever sell this boat". jb
  47. 5 points
    Enough of these damn pictures, time to go fishing! Skip
  48. 5 points
    Hi guys, I thought you might like to see this build. First, I'd like to get the obvious out of the way. Yes, I broke my Pathfinder's stringers. However, I do not blame this on the manufacturer at all. The boat was fished in insane conditions offshore.... we put this boat through things a bay boat should have never seen! Not to mention she's 13 years old, and at one point spent years in the water, untouched and neglected. I think once you will read on, you will see the conviction and love I have for this hull. You may remember the last dream build I did, an 18' Hewes Redfisher we called "Mistress". MBC was nothing but helpful both then and now, and I'm very happy with thier products and service. I copied and posted this from many updates, so forgive me if it reads a lil funny. I hope you enjoy! Amost 1 year ago to the day, we completed a deck up restoration on my 2003 24' Pathfinder. Named after my daughter and in praise, the "Trinity" was born! The build caught the attention of Florida Sportsman, and won a spot on thier show "Dream boats", the "Tricked out Pathfinder" episode. Purpose built for my passion of sight fishing for cobia, she delivered big time, and after 44 days of fishing against 100 teams, we emerged as the 2016 Ultimate Cobia Championship winners. She was also a hit with the ladies at the sand bar.... and someone said it was mandatory to post a pic of the girlfriend in any build thread.... But it wasn't all fun and games. We fished this boat far offshore, many times in conditions no bay boat should ever see. The day we won the cobia tournament for example, there was a small craft advisory. One day we were racing along in the Intracoastal, and I hit some waves hard. BOOM! The sound was if I'd hit something solid... but there was no hull damage. Instantly, I could feel the deck moving beneath my feet, and the ttop was loose from the deck as well. I knew right away it was bad.... so we babied her home and trailered the boat to my shop. I removed the console deck rigging plate, and to my horror, confirmed the worse. We had cracked the stringers and separated the deck from them in one blow. This pic is hard to tell, but your looking at a crack in the stringers. After lots of soul searching, I decided I had only one choice... rebuild the boat stronger than it ever was. Much debate went into whether or not to pull the entire cap, or just cut the deck out. After thoroughly exploring the options, it was decided it would be easiest to cut the deck. My glassman, Jack at Full Throttle Powerboats, had been through both with this boat so he knew this was the best option from experience. Time to de-rig the entire boat. After a bunch of thought, I decided since we were pulling the deck, we might as well replace everything on the entire boat. First up was the seadek. Wow this stuff was tough to remove! Luckily one of my guys is a young lad with a tough back. And then we continued the derig.... Soon, we had the top, leaning post and console off the boat. Now it was time to cut the deck. Next we removed the tank and rigging, and dug out most of the foam around the stringer system. Next we removed the foam stringers entirely, and cleaned it up down to the hull. Instead of replacing with the regular foam stringers, we put in some composite board. After that, we used the old foam stringer shell to pour new foam back in around the composite board. We were planning on coating the old fuel tank with interprotect before replacing it. But while sanding, Noah found a couple pin holes on the top of the tank. We theorize this corrosion took place because of leaking battery acid, as the batteries were mounted right over this location. We will make sure that never happens again! So, the old tank was toast. I called ezell industries, who was the original manufacturer, and they still had the dimensions on file. The new tank arrived friday. We did a quick dry fit of the tank, and it fits like a glove. Now it's time to coat the tank with interprotect, and put the new fuel, livewell, etc lines in. And we've begun the tedious task of sanding the deck, and entire boat, inside and out in preparation to paint. Hopefully this week we will get the lines and deck back in, but time is not on my side as my customers boats schedule has priority. I'll keep you guys updated! Upgrades include painting the entire boat haze grey, powder coating all metals black, faux leather upholstery with matching color faux teak seadek. We also have an insane electronics package going that is probably going to make her the most advanced bay boat on the planet. Glass panel helm, etc, she is going to be out of this world. I'm being asked a lot why not more updates, so first, a little disclaimer lol. I stay extremely busy at work, so my own boat has to take the back burner. For those that don't know me, I'm a twenty year marine electronics technician. I stay very busy with rewires like this recent job: (Before) (After) And of course, electronics installs like this one, (Before) (After) Plus, I'm not rich, so I gotta work my butt off to finance this project one part at a time lol. Moving forward! Last time we left off at the dry fit of the tank. I did a bunch of research, and concluded that a product called "interprotect" was best for protecting aluminum both above and below the water line, so I rolled on three coats of it. Next, I installed the two new 1000 watt chirp transducers. First, the b175m, And next, the b175hw Here, you can see thier placement to the extreme left and right- Along with the 3d system, 16" display, and hs60 which is a dual 10hz gps sensor that also compensates the sounder image for pitch and roll, (wave action), there is a very real probability that this is the most capable fish finding system ever installed in a bay boat! Next, my least favorite task, sanding the entire boat. Getting started- Moving along.... I'm quickly learning to make cracks and dings disappear quite nicely Before After And now, Jack has finished the stringers which included glassing in these GIANT aluminum plates, which the newly improved tower will bolt into! Finally, it was time to drop the deck. I really don't know how Jack does it, the floor went back in perfectly! Before he has even made the seam, he told me to take my fat *** up on the deck and do jumping jacks all the way around the deck, and I was blown away. The deck feels better than it ever did, absolutely as solid as a rock! Jack could just fair it back together at this point, and it would be fine, but this world record speed boat builder is not one to rest on his laurels. He's going to grind a big groove all the way around the seam, and fill it with glass, fusing it back as one solid piece. Now the fun begins. Most of my equipment is here, and it's time to paint, modify the tower, build the new leaning post, powder coat every piece of metal on the boat, and begin rigging! We are going extreme every step of the way, and I get the pleasure of being the first in our area to install the new JL Audio 12" subwoofers that have been on back order for forever. At about $700 each, these things throat punched my budget, but it's going to be worth it! One thousand watts rms (continuous, not peak) is going to be absolutely staggering. As you can see, I was pretty impressed by these behemoths, that actually measure 14"! Hopefully the updates will begin rolling much faster now. My goal is to be finished in time to pre fish for the cobia tournament.... that's only a month away! We must defend our title! The floor is now complete! Tabs were glassed all the way around for the edge to rest on. The deck also had pieces of material glassed in so it would rest directly on the whole length of the new monster stringers. After dropping it in place, the edges were screwed together with little blocks to hold it together perfectly for glassing. Next, a groove was ground in all the way around the edges to lay the glass in. Glassed in now And finally, the glass was faired in. We also removed the engine, and after a couple of finishing touches we will be ready to paint. We have chosen Alexseal Kingston grey and will now paint the entire boat, inside and out. We aren't cutting corners anywhere, I've prepared inside of all the hatches, the bilge and everything. I plan on spraying it myself, in a friend's paint booth under the supervision of Jet/boat master painter Buddy Barnes, car finisher John Seng, and industrial painter Jeremy Platman. With the help of this dream team, I'm expecting some fantastic results. I've also began building my patent pending charging/switching system, and there will be many more details about this very special piece soon. ll again for the kind words! I hope you all will find this next update as interesting as I do.... As for details on my custom built charging/switching system, here are the details I announced today, copied from Facebook. "Introducing the Boattronics Power Distribution System! Please, I need all my friends to like and share to help me get the word out about this incredible system that does things nothing ever created before does to increase the capabilities and performance of your boats batteries and power systems! First, a little history. And then we will go over all the incredible features! Years ago, I faced a problem. I was building a flats boat, an 18' Hewes Redfisher. We put a crazy stereo in it, but didn't have the battery power we needed to power it all day long at the sandbar or dock without the motor running. First thought was, add more batteries. But I didn't want to do that if it meant taking up space, adding weight which increased draft, etc., that was not acceptable. It upset me to think about the fact that I had two deep cycle batteries on board for my trolling motor, that if only they were in parrelel, they could power my stereo all day. Unless I was using my trolling motor, these batteries were dead weight. But you can't put them in parrelel if you have them in series, or you have created a dead short.... and a bomb! I thought, hmmmm, someone must make some way to switch between this configuration, so I searched, and searched, searched, but no such product made would do what I wanted.... so I began designing a way to do it. The problem is obvious.... if something was to fail, it would go boom. So, my design had to be fool proof. It had to be designed in a way that it was impossible to create that short. Finally, I had it all worked out on paper. I built the first one, and it performed flawlessly! And, the original one is still on that boat today and it still works flawlessly. Since then, I have built quite a few more. I have never had a single problem with any of them! After years of refinement, I am now building universal versions for both 24v and 36v systems. I have created a box that houses all the components inside in a waterproof, sealed box. All the boats main battery switches, acr's, breakers, etc are all housed in one tidy package. Since they are in this box, it greatly reduces the rigging in the boat and makes the entire boat rigging cleaner. It safely charges all the boats batteries while the motor is running. It saves weight and space in the boat by decreasing the amount of batteries you need to power lots of high end electronics, stereo systems, etc. And when you flip the switch, you can power crazy stereo and lighting all day long without the motor running! The box can be locked, keeping thiefs from being able to crank the boat. Skiffs with 24 volt trolleys only need 3 batteries on board, no matter what crazy stereo, lights or electronics you have. A boat with a 36 volt trolley only needs 4 batteries on board, total. Rest assured your engine will start, no matter what. That is because in this system, the cranking battery is completely isolated to the engine, so it is always 100% charged. The sticker on the front can easily be changed and labeled for any accessories you may have on your boat. Sound like a dream? This patent pending system is real! It is battle tested in the field for 4 years so far. Pricing will be announced soon! At Boattronics, the future of boat rigging is now!" Moving on.... Fishing gnarly offshore seas in tournaments, I managed to crack my old plastic quick removal puck. No way did I want to risk my new 72" Ulterra going into the drink, as I know inevitably, I will be caught in gnarly weather offshore again. I decided to mill new ones out of solid aluminum.... totally indestructible. I'd heard about others breaking them, so I milled 20 of them. Now my trolley parts are ready for cobia war. Back to progress.... Sanding this thing has been an incredible task. I'm thinking I have around 100 hours in paint prep... and still have more work to do inside the boat. Sanding and fairing, and sanding again on the bottom was especially tough. Finally, I finished sanding the bottom. The hull sides had a couple trouble spots that I used a special black dust to expose before blocking them out. Before the paint process began, we did a quick dry fit of everything so the boat could be laser scanned for the new Seadek The new 72" Ulterra fits better than I thought it would lol. We put in 8 of the new cup/ rod holders in so we would have them all the way around the boat. Today I sprayed 3 coats of the Alexseal system grey primer, meticulously following instructions exactly as the manufacturer recommended. I got my first look at her in a shade of grey, and it came out beautifully! Chase from Castaway Customs gave me a sample of the mocha seadek we are doing the entire boat with. The mocha Seadek and perfectly matching uhpolstery will give the boat a needed soft and classy touch, as the rest of the boat will be all grey with black trim. Seadek everywhere! One time, my fat buddy sat on the seat in front of the console while we were plying through rough waters. Instantly, the ride of the boat improved noticeably. I begged my buddy to stay there, though he was taking an *** whoopin. That's when it dawned on me, that I needed to create a hatch in that location, and move my 240lbs in batteries there. Putting the weight there should disperse weight on the boat better, decreasing my draft, while definitely improving my ride! The weight closer to the keel will also help stabilize pitch and yaw. To top it off, now the new space inside the console allows me to comfortably sit inside when anything needs service. Running this boat for two years has given me insight on everything we can possibly improve, and indeed, we are building a much better boat than she ever was. First peek at the new battery compartment! Soon we will be ready to rig. Here, you can see some of the special wiring, with color codes and gauges to conform to all ABYC and NMEA standards. Monday I get sand the entire hull again, this time with 280.... then we paint!
  49. 5 points
    Im gonna have to get out and take some more pics.
  50. 5 points
    Here you go Whichwaysup..