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  1. SWFL21

    Gov Shut Down - Flamingo Fishing This Weekend

    Just got back from an overnight in Choko, no problems from launching at OR. Didnt see a single ranger out there on my way down to and back from Lostmens.
  2. Plans are in action! Taking my relatively new-to-me 21' MA down to chokoloskee in about 2 weeks. Did the trip last year in my Gheenoe, so the extra space will definitely be appreciated Planning on taking the outside and running crab traps down to Lostmens on the first day, fishing mostly inside - is it worth it to go all the way back to rodgers river bay? Id imagine that the fish are still transient and havent taken to their winter homes since its been relatively warm this winter... Day 2 will be kinda dependent on where we camp - id like to find a chikee if the bugs arent too bad. Day 3 will most likely be taking the outside back north, running trap lines. Thoughts on this very vague plan?! Is there any big benefit to launching out of Flamingo and heading north? Ive never fished the shark river, but it sounds awesome! Ill take any words of advice I can get.
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    ISO Lowrance

    Ive got one of those! Looking to upgrade to a HDS 9. Im located in Fort Myers
  4. Im moving from Fort Myers to Naples next week and really look forward to learning the 10k islands more intimately. Had some sporadic luck with all of my trips to Choko, but really want to find patterns and trends this time around. Holler if you ever want to fish! Ill bring the drinks!
  5. Hey folks, I dont plan on using the bimini that came with my boat. Anyone out there looking for a top in good shape? Its 86" wide, 62" tall, 64" fore/aft. Needs 1 new strap sewn in, no holes in the top, stitching on the side is starting to fray. $150, located in Fort Myers/Naples IMG_0636.HEIC IMG_0635 (1).HEIC IMG_0634 (1).HEIC
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    New locks for rod lockers? or new keys?

    I didnt think Gemlux stuff would be that "cheap" Definitely on the list for add ons down the road... Thanks
  7. Hey folks. Been putting the pieces together for my new-to-me 21' MA. I love the rod locker storage, but unfortunately the seller didnt have the keys... It looks like the locks may be a bit corroded, but ive got them soaking in penetrating oil in hopes that they might be able to get re-keyed. Who has done this? With any success? Where would be the go-to for new locks/latches in general? Thanks!!
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    Propeller Shops Fort Myers Area

    Ive been to Burris Prop in Cape Coral. Reworked a little prop for my Gheenoe... I was going to send another prop there way in a few weeks to get it brought back to life. Reasonable prices in my opinion!
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    She followed me home...

    Im pretty content with it! Of course a few more fixeruppers show up after thoroughly looking through the boat, but that was to be expected. Still pretty happy with what I got. Ill keep everyone updated as things go along!
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    She followed me home...

    Welp, drove up to Tampa yesterday afternoon to take a look at a 21 MA and guess what... It magically hooked itsself up to my truck and followed me home Seriously though, im very happy with my purchase. Its a 2000 with a 2000 ox66 vmax 225. Came with a used-3-times Rocket aluminum double axle trailer too. It needs a little bit of work, but the engine is mechanically sound and it looks as if the stringers have already been done (current owner didnt know what PO did) The stringers go all the way back to knees on the transom, which wasnt factory if I have read correctly. The work it needs - Trim tab actuators are dead, and I cant for the life of me figure out how to get the pin from the top of the actuator out to replace them... Needs rewired nav lights, bilge pump, livewell pumps. Will need new batteries in the near future, current ones are going on 5 years old I believe. Opinions on AGM vs lead? Prop needs to be reworked - or repropped... Havent been able to trim out at WOT due to the trim tabs being stuck down, but I believe this prop will do for the time being. What are some of your favorite things youve added to your MA's? IMG_0626.HEIC
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    2000 21' MA w/ 225 ox66, opinions?!

    Been trying to do some estimates as to cost of fixing broken things... who has done a re-wire of a MA? If you don’t mind me asking, what was the cost? Id be more than happy to take the time and do it myself to save labor costs. Just materials
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    2000 21' MA w/ 225 ox66, opinions?!

    Awesome, glad to hear I was pretty much on the same page. Didnt think about livewells, will definitely check for leaks. Will I be able to get a pretty good view of stingers/transom and knees through the bilge access? Im really hoping not to smell fuel, but whats the ballpark life expectancy on the tank?
  13. Hey guys, Long time lurker, new time member! Ive clicked on pretty much every possible link pertaining to a 21' to get as best of an idea as I can about future ownership. Ive recently come across a nice looking 2000 21' MA, with what looks to be a nice condition Yammi 225 ox66. Cant pull data from the engine due to its age, but current owner has no complaints (that hes told me about :P). Ill have a mechanic give it a good once over before sealing the deal too. The boat comes with a new aluminum double axle Rocket trailer, been wet just a handful of times. The hull has new gelcoat, looks to be in great shape too. Unfortunately has bottom paint on it though... Ipilot, Garmin, JP, pretty basic otherwise (which is fine by me). Batteries are 4-5 years old, so ill plan on replacing those sooner than later. My question for you guys is - what should I look for... Already planning on the following - Wet test, WOT overheating issues, hard starting. Stringer issues found by bilge inspection, spider cracks on bottom of hull or transom Electronics work, GPS, nav lights, trolling motor Soft spots in deck/hull Fuel quality seen by crap in filters What else am I missing?? This would be my first $$ boat purchase, currently own a Gheenoe Classic, but that doesnt count Been around boats my whole life, went to college for it too, just want to make sure im not completely blowing past something! Thanks guys.