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    Walter Machowski
  1. 1996 Bonefisher 16 Gunnels Uneven

    It is hard to tell in pictures but from looking it appears that the cap may be rotated on the hull or one side of cap is sitting higher. When the hull is removed from the mold it is trimmed Occasionally the trimming is a little off and the cap sits uneven. Starting in the middle draw lines every foot or so on each side at the rub rail and measure the distance from the top of the deck to the first edge down . Corresponding distances from the bow should be the same.
  2. Seat Mounting Suggestions?

    If you have a bad back I would go with one of the stool type chairs. The swivel post works ok for the bass fisherman as they are not rocking and rolling. The support and security is no comparison. I have the bass swivel and fishing partner has the stool. Give me the stool anchored by a turnbuckle any day. There are numerous attachments available for a turnbuckle but it will have to mount to the large hatch. It will make the hatch heavier but should work out. Someone on the site must have done it by now.
  3. Fuel tank came loose / HPX owners check this out.

    I would not use the tank to support anything. It is a critical part of the boat and should be well supported. I would glass support blocks to the side of the hull and run aluminum angle from side to side. Space the two aluminum angles far enough apart to make a shelf to hold the batteries. The tabs welded to the tank should have been designed to be strong enough to support the tank and gas, not the weight of the batteries.
  4. Fishing shoes

    I will have to take a look at the soft science. How are they on odor. I need something that will at least smell better than dead bait after a day of fishing
  5. Trailer Advice

    State law varies. I think Florida might require them. Not worried about a ticket but if you are in an accident it might work against you if they are required
  6. Ameratrail Aluminum Wheels

    Thieves like to steal pretty trailors. I like a well used plain trailer with well kept springs bearings and tires. Those wheels are to lust for but like a wife nothing better than the one you have.
  7. The official "What did you catch today" thread

    Not so much sting as ooze. If you have a cut or rub your eyes it will burn. They are messy and you better scrub the boat immediately if you get them on the boat. Do not put in a live well .
  8. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    Lauren hit the nail on the head. The knees are there for transom strength. They do nothing for the stringer. If you read enough forums you will find transom problems with the way they are hanging these monsters on the back without enough support into the hull and flimsy foam cored transoms. They need to have an internal aluminum transom core and aluminum knees going to the stringers
  9. 2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    When using the pvc pipe cut it in half lengthwise and create a u shape that you can lay flat edges down. This allows for better flow of water along the hull. If you keep it round the water will need to get over the lip of the pvc pipe.
  10. The official "What did you catch today" thread

    Spade fish eat what are called cannon ball jelly fish. They are the big jelly fish without stinging tentacles. You fish over structure place a couple on a line and cut someup for chum. They will come. Put a small piece on a small hook and enjoy the fight. A 3000 spinning reel and light tackle will give a huge fight. Also good eating. Here is a picture of them on the surface.
  11. The official "What did you catch today" thread

    Does glad I didn't catch it count. A 12 tiger shark took an interest in our jelly ball while spade fishing. Would have been trouble if he had liked the smell. He nudged it but not the right flavor for him
  12. Considering 1998 Hewes Bayfisher 19ft 4 in

    I would find out exactly what happened. Was there insurance money involved. Obviously this is not normal wear and tear. Abuse or accident. I would want to know
  13. GPS/Finder Combo decisions

    360 is nice for fishing near shore reefs. It allows you to keep the reef in perspective as the boat swings on the ipilot One of my fishing partners moved up to the hybrid and regrets switching from hummingbird to garmin. The bow setup for garmin transducer is ridiculous
  14. Small Swim Platform on an 18’ Redfisher?

    It seems all the new boats have a side fish door. Us small boats don't want to be left out.
  15. Stand up livewell, plumbing, mounting etc..

    I installed a livewell in an older boat years ago. One big thing to look into is if you can adjust the volume. I had a drain half way up and a drain at the top. It was nice to have the ability to use it half full to cut down on weight. They had one on their website similar to mine. I would recommend the lower longer one if it would fit.