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About MarcoFishHippie

  • Rank
    Owner 2001 RF 16'
  • Birthday 12/24/1966


  • Homepage
    Marco_Fish_Hippie on Instagram
  • Interests
    Catch & Release Fishing primarily in 10,000 Islands area
  • Location
    Marco Island
  • Full Name
    Bob Burns

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  1. 2001 Redfisher 16 Restoration

    Hey Fish Slayer and Deck Swabber- I can't recall if I posted pics of the finished project with the SeaDek. Here you go!!! LMK if you have any questions or want to see close ups of any of the sections of the decking!
  2. MinnKota Ulterra Riptide Auto Deploy

    Question, has anyone else bought a MinnKota Ulterra Riptide? How has it performed? I bought one over the summer. Love it. But only when it works. After about a dozen uses the auto-deploy stopped working. I called MinnKota and they said something in the deployment mechanism must have bounced loose. They told me to take it to a service center, which is 50 miles away. I am pretty underwhelmed by MinnKota CS. I've talked to a lot of guides in my area and they've all had problems. Anyone else out there having issues? Any quick fix tips so I don't need to keep schlepping 50 miles when/if it goes out again?
  3. Push pole holders question

    For what it is worth... I bought an older Hewes and restored it last year. It had factory installed recessed push pole brackets. When I took out the rear bracket, there had been water damage and a fair amount of foam had rotted. I cleaned it out, put in some new foam and decked over it and put on above-deck holders made by Stiffy. These are also much better quality than the recessed.
  4. 2001 Redfisher 16 Restoration

    The support bar is from a company called Fishmaster out of Texas. I think the website is www.fishmaster.com. They have great products. I also got a casting platform for the bow and a few high quality rod holders. I used Marine grade gloss paint for the live well. My local paint dealer tinted it for me. Because the space was so small I had to brush it. This may be obvious, but if you brush, go top to bottom so you can keep paint even. Make sure you sand the heck out of it first. And when you are sure you’ve sanded the heck out of it, sand a little more! Any more questions, please let me know.
  5. new here, just introducing myself and accepting advice

    Welcome! Awesome looking boat! There's a ton of info on here. I just did some work on my Redfisher and got a ton of advice from the folks on line. Good luck with it!
  6. 2001 Redfisher 16 SEADEK Project

    Thanks everyone for all the positive feedback on the boat. It has been a ton of fun putting this project together and I am totally happy with the results. I wish everyone on here much luck with their projects. SeaDek was here the other day and installed the last few remaining pieces, so here are a few more photos. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! And tight lines and all that stuff too! MFH
  7. 2001 Redfisher Re-power options/ thoughts

    Hey GBach - I've never had an issue with porpoising on mine. What year is the 115 that weighs in at 487. I seem to recall mine is 418 lbs.
  8. 2001 Redfisher 16 SEADEK Project

    A few more little tasks I did while tinkering today ... mounted the fire extinguisher, a little cargo netting inside the front hatch cover. Also put some hooks on the anchor locker to hold up spare line so it doesn't sit on the bottom of the hull but stays out of the way. SeaDek will be back in two weeks to do the remainder of the installation. I will post more pics when they are done!
  9. 2001 Redfisher 16 SEADEK Project

    Thanks Gator - the original latches were pretty well busted up when I bought the boat. I replaced all the existing hinges with Gemlux friction hinges, which alleviates the needs for latches. I'm very happy that upgrade. Ironically, I just finished replacing the existing courtesy lights with blue LEDs. I like the idea of a bar under the poling platform. I will look into that. If you decide to modify your bench seat, I wish you luck - send pictures!
  10. 2001 Redfisher 16 SEADEK Project

    rdupre - thanks for the feedback. Good luck with your project! If you have any questions on materials or anything else, just toss a post here or email me at rburns2@gsb.uchicago.edu. I'm really happy with the storage space. It makes a world of difference!
  11. 2001 Redfisher 16 SEADEK Project

    Thanks! Yes, I did indeed mount the sissy bar and have taken no shortage of abuse from all my friends for it!!
  12. 2001 Redfisher 16 SEADEK Project

    thanks for the great feedback. Here are a few more pictures I took yesterday. SeaDek will be back in a few weeks to finish the project with siding on the gunwales and some work on the console. So more to come. Fin-Addict - to your question on the additional weight, I think it was negligible. I picked up the box with all the SeaDek cuttings and it couldn't have weighed more than a few lbs. But you raise a really good point. Throughout this process I've been very concerned with not adding weight. I took out 12-15 lbs when I removed the seat pad and seat back. I added back about 5 pounds when I built up the wall in the back. I think on an overall basis, I have probably taken off a few lbs so feel like I am ahead of the game. Thanks again everyone for the great feedback!!
  13. 2001 Redfisher 16 SEADEK Project

    My casting platform and cooler reflect a bit of my musical tastes! The Redfisher has been informally rechristened the Deadfisher in!
  14. 2001 Redfisher 16 SEADEK Project

    The seat configuration is one of my biggest pet peeves about the RF. It is a waste of space that could be much better utilized as storage. The biggest change I made during my little project was turning the seat into storage. I really spent a lot of time noodling over this one because I wanted it to look seamless. Here is the progression and end result. I am thrilled with it!
  15. 2001 Redfisher 16 SEADEK Project

    It's hard for me to believe that it was a month ago today I started working on my some miscellaneous projects on my 2001 Redfisher. This was my first foray into boat repairs or restoration or anything. So I was a little daunted. I made some mistakes along the way but overall I really enjoyed myself and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks to many of you regulars on this forum for passing along insights, advice and encouragement. It was really helpful. The payoff moment for me was yesterday afternoon when the folks from Castaway Customs (www.castawaycustoms.com) arrived to install the first phase of SeaDek on the boat. Anyone in Florida looking for SeaDek should call the guys at Castaway. They are great to work with and supremely professional. They came to my dock about two weeks ago to measure my boat with their laser device and were back ASAP to do the custom installation. Several of my friends in the Marco Island area have used Castaway Customs and their boats look great. At any rate, here are some pictures from yesterday's installation. Enjoy!