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Everything posted by conocean

  1. New Master Angler???

    Relax Gents.....not many of us are going to cough up the dough for a new 26MA. The mid 20' c/c & bay boat market is booming. No doubt that's where a lot of money is being made by several manufacturers.
  2. Trailer Advice

    FL Hwy Patrol officer told me that any boat trailer with a load of 3,000lbs+ must be equipped with brakes.
  3. Access to Content / Marvin Keys

    Be careful down there, cup cake. Thefts of boats, boat accessories, trailers & vehicle smash-n-grabs are rampant in the Middle to Lower Keys at night. A client of mine in Little Torch Key says it's getting worse since Irma, which is a shame.
  4. Theft deterrents

    Based on my experience in the yacht & boat insurance industry for the past 20 years, trailered vessel theft is nearly nil when one or more trailer wheels is made inoperable by attaching a device that would take a thief considerable time to remove. There isn't any chain, cable or lock available that takes more than a few minutes to pick, cut or weld thru. Insurance data shows that thieves will rarely target a boat that takes more than a few minutes to steal. Motion lights, cameras, dogs, etc are great deterrents but keep in mind that thieves can be armed and confronting them while in the act could lead to a life changing situation. On the other hand, there's a reason many thieves choose to do their dirty work unarmed. Why? Because unarmed thieves that are caught hire attorneys to work their cases based on weapon laws when they are held against their will at gunpoint. My friend who works in the state attorney office sees this all the time and the thief is back on the streets within weeks. I'm no attorney but apparently none of us have full legal immunity to draw our weapons &/or shoot anyone unless our lives are in danger. It's disgusting! A case study I read showed a homeowner who shot a thief while stealing a camper in his driveway and the homeowner served 2 years in prison. The castle doctrine was found not applicable in that case since the thief was unarmed and did not threaten harm to the homeowner. The only thing the homeowner could've done legally was to stop, apprehend and hold the thief against his will until police arrived. Perhaps a stun gun would've been the perfect solution in that situation. (hint, hint!) Disabling a trailer wheel seems like the most sensible way to prevent my boat from being stolen and avoiding confrontation in my driveway. I really like the coupler box idea too!! Please post pics of that if you can Lap it Up.
  5. 2001 Maverick Master Angler 18.5

    Pretty boat! It appears as if that thing hasn't seen much of the Glades from the looks of its relatively unscathed bottom. I'd be surprised if it isn't sold soon. Good luck!
  6. Gotta Have Rod Holders For DA Chunk'n

    Nice. Chunk a Rama!! My Choko neighbors and I are going to have a Friendly Chunkin Tourney next weekend. Longest overall redfish, snook or tarpon wins unless someone catches a larger number of catfish than the length of the biggest fish. Should be fun! Don't tell me that you store that classic MA outdoors with no cover!
  7. 2014 Pathfinder 2200 TE 250SHO

    This Pathy should help scratch your itch quite well!
  8. 2014 Pathfinder 2200 TE 250SHO

    Ohhh ***...!
  9. Theft deterrents

    Spot, Gost & Seatrax make the more well known theft trackers.
  10. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    In MBG's defense, they're so busy with today's production that they don't have a lot of time to go back into their MA archives and find the info. The MA models have been extinct for over a decade and I doubt they will be resurrected any time soon so let's give them a break! Any qualified repairer should know the best course of action to fix whichwaysup's MA.
  11. Bimini Run

    Thefts in Bahamas on center console vessels has always been an issue and it's getting worse. I've seen it happen at all of the major marinas throughout the entire Bahamian chain. If I were taking a fancy center console to the Bahamas I would make sure the motors were equipped with prop & lower unit locks, steering ram locks, ignition disable unit &/or theft tracking device. This is widely suggested info by all agents with experience handling boat theft claims in the Bahamas.
  12. Bimini Run

    Would you mind stating the carrier name that is allowing Bahamas navigation for your boat? That info could be very helpful to others on this forum who may want to do a Bimini trip on their Pathys this summer!
  13. Bimini Run

    All good advice! Also, leave nothing on the boat that has value when you dock overnight. Prop & lower unit locks can’t hurt. Make certain you & your guests have passports. Clear customs upon arrival. Make sure your insurance policy includes coverage for the Bahamas. Many policies won’t extend navigation outside of US waters on vessels under 27’. Have a great time!
  14. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    That's how we would do it at Merritt's.
  15. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    It matters not why MBC did what they did back then. The MA line has been extinct for quite some time. Kind of like the Gremlin and/or Pinto models of the past. We can pontificate for days about those type of things. Now that you know there's a void between the stringer and the transom the only thing that matters is that your boat is fixed to be good as new!
  16. German Shepherd

    I'm so glad Bob's son didn't get bit. Surely someone will want that beautiful dog! I will ask around. Over the years I've had a few friends who put their dogs down in the backyard after they attacked a family member. Sad for all.
  17. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    The stringers in my 1995 17' MA did not attach to the transom. Crazy!! What's even crazier is that we all didn't hear about more stringer failures & hull cracks in the MA line.
  18. Safety

    Most accidents on the water are avoidable by being alert. People staring at their GPS screens instead of the water ahead is becoming more of an issue every week. Having safety gear easily accessible & up to date is a must. The week before last I was running an unmarked yet well known trench between islands in the ENP and I see a guide on a direct course with my boat about 1 mile away. I kept edging to stbd to avoid the direct heading. We were running 30mph and this trench is no less than 75 yards wide. As we got about 50 yards away from each other he turned hard to port and passed on our stbd side. If I didn't slow down and turn to port then we would've almost come close enough to slap hands. I had my 15 year old son & his best friend aboard. My son immediately turns to me and says "WTH Dad, even I wouldn't be stupid enough to do something like that! Wait, isn't that the same guide that nearly ran into us while we were fishing two years ago near Rabbit Key pass?" Sure enough he was right, this was the second time we've had a close call with the same guide. Why?? Because he always stares at his dang GPS screen instead of reading water & paying attention. I don't believe in smearing names but this is a well known ENP guide and it's inexcusable. I cannot wait for the opportunity to have a conversation with him at cip the next time I'm down there.
  19. Fall Choko trip

    Most people get stuck on the bars in the ENP due to looking at their GPS screens rather than reading the water. That's fact. I suggest you idle around the first day at low tide to get a feel of where NOT to run. The rentals at Choko Island Park are reasonable and decent. There are dozens of really good places to fish within sight of Choko and you won't even need to get on a plane. There's nothing more rewarding than finding fish using a map & compass instead of using GPS.
  20. Yeti Cooler Challenge

    Wow, this is crazy! https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/04/24/nra-yeti-blow-up-video-protest-national-rifle/547001002/ http://video.foxnews.com/v/5775733627001/
  21. Ahem....you mean, full-time fishing for a month until you replace the tank and re-wire in August??
  22. We’ve had enough.....honking wind & side ways rain. Leaving Choko now, a lot of sore lipped marina snook in our wake. I’ll be back to enjoy the post storm bite with my son & his besty for a week starting Tuesday.
  23. On board charger

    Stealth ac/dc system and you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner! 🤘🏻
  24. It’s been 2 days since we’ve seen sun in Choko. Snook are chewing good at the marina. Massive sailcats are beating them to the lures sometimes! 😲
  25. All Quiet for Now

    Ditto. Thanks Bubba!