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About geeviam

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  1. Great looking RF 16! I like the matching color on the topside and black powdercoat to match the SHO. I think this makes it official - there are now two Redfisher 16s with factory rigged VF115 SHOs. It's been a great boat for us. My wife loves that it is a stable fishing platform and hardly moves, even when walking the gunnels. It looks and behaves like a larger boat but fits in my 21' deep garage with room to spare. Great performance and gets 7+ MPG @ 34 MPH. It always gets a lot of looks and compliments at the boat ramp from Bass fishermen on the lakes here in SC. Congratulations! Hope you enjoy your new boat as much as we have!
  2. Time to Re-power

    Wow! Well, did you buy the Y.E.S. warranty? Sounds like you did everything right from the get-go. Maybe it's time to stop buying all that extra oil on your own dime, maintain the expanding oil at the correct level, and just run the motor like a scalded ape until it either fixes itself or blows up. It kinda sounds like that's what Yamaha is telling you to do anyway. It might just be a lemon.
  3. x2. Dabear is Da Man! When he shares some knowledge, I pay close attention too.
  4. 2006 Maverick 21 Master Angler for sale

    Good eye! That explains the 225 instead of the 250 hp as well.
  5. My New (to me) Hewes ‘93 Bonefisher

  6. WTB Skiff under $10k

    What a great find! Nice setup with the Etec 90 too. Congratulations!
  7. 2006 Maverick 21 Master Angler for sale

    Oh Man! That is an awesome new toy! Congrats!
  8. WTB Skiff under $10k

    All kidding aside, I know all about staying within the budget when buying a boat. My previous boat was a 1978 14' Sears Gamefisher Tri-Hull with a '87 Evinrude 15 hp. Had a lot of fun in that old boat. Ranger boats are well-built. The Banshee is very wide and stable with a flat bottom that floats shallow. If it fits your needs, you should go with it. Good luck with your search!
  9. WTB Skiff under $10k

    LOL. Yeah, I forgot to mention you might not have to salt your food if you eat your sandwich while running in a Ranger. The bread might get a little soggy though!
  10. WTB Skiff under $10k

    I was very interested in the Ranger Banshee a few years back. There were some great deals on them because it seems they were donated to just about every outdoor sports charity auction, as a raffle prize back then. However, like Fin-addict said all too kindly... they are known to be the wrong choice if you want a smooth ride in a chop.
  11. It's no secret around here that I love the Merc SpitFire X7. The problem is that Mercury does not make it in a 18 pitch or 20 pitch. An 18 pitch would be perfect for my Redfisher 16, and a 20 pitch would probably be perfect for your HPXV 18 (based on Dabear's numbers). There is a big gap in top-end RPMs between the different pitch sizes on a SpitFire X7.
  12. 2017 - a very good year 2018 - hope I can say the same, but not counting on it.
  13. Salt Deposits Or?

    Hope not, but it could be gelcoat blisters that bubbled up and then settled down (dried out). If it's just road grime, Jason's method using a clay bar sounds like the best way to remove contaminants from the surface before waxing.
  14. WTB Skiff under $10k

    Shadowcast - $8,410 (16' with 9.8 hp Tohatsu tiller and galvanized trailer) It's a very basic, minimalist, tunnel hull. Not going to have a soft ride or perform like a Hewes or Maverick, but it's within your budget. Other than something like this, I think you're looking at a serious project hull, if you want to stay in that price range. Project hulls can be full of $urprises that you didn't count on!