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About johnd

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  1. Insurance Renewal Question?

    My insurance guy told me 2 months ago rates had already gone up and for those with older larger boats in marinas they can no longer purchase inexpensive policy covering just the vessel, need $1M liability to. The insurance companies got hammered in the TX storms last year. Many exited market. There was more, but that's what I remember.
  2. 1997 Maverick Mirage 2

    Seatrial Tuesday afternoon. I’ll let you know.
  3. Yep..it’s in full mode

    We ran from launch pads to Cocoa Beach pier. Everywhere. On Sunday the port was full too..but we ran deep unsuccessfully looking for dolphin
  4. Careful running early morning

    Horrible, but seems totally avoidable. 0400 it’s dark and outrunning your vision is unsafe. Lighted, reflectors or not..he didn’t just bump it, he put it into the marker. That’s speed and careless.
  5. I’m a broker, my advice is YOU hire an independent 3rd party. Compression test is simple enough yet there are other things a mechanic should look at (see above posts). Sellers are not always fully truthful to their brokers and at the price level of a smaller 15 year old boat, commission is pretty small, so Broker probably doesn’t have time (or funds) to really inspect. (I’m listing an older Maverick for a neighbor and it’s really a favor, not worth the energy /effort to earn money.).
  6. Mullet so thick off the beaches you can walk on them.
  7. 1997 Maverick Mirage 2

    'Nitz", aka Mark, redid the entire trailer this weekend. I looked at it yesterday. Galvanized and only thing he didn't replace was the tongue. Solid trailer. I had just bought my RF when neighbor Mark and his buddy bought this Mirage 2. We have fished together for years. This Mirage gets skinnier than my RF, they would pole in on a school of reds and I just had to watch (couple of inches makes a difference some days). Loved my Lappy, but sure were a few days I would have traded straight up. Super well cared for. As a favor (I'm a broker) I'm going to help Mark sell the boat. He's really busy with work and already tired of CL tire kickers. So if you are looking for a solid platform in a classic M2, shoot me a pm. It's been in garage since they bought, but today is on lift behind house ready for a ride. (soon as wife and I return from trip to explore Florida's big bend, will get lots of photos and do the formal posting on all the sites).
  8. Tips?

    In Apalachicola. Thank you
  9. Tips?

    Traveling to the forgotten coast next week. Not bringing a boat. Tips on wade fishing in the bays or other areas. Maybe suggestion of guide in area. Thx
  10. Trailer fail

    The hub did NOT lock up. Bearings fine (had greased just a few weeks ago). Best guesses 1) rust 2) over tight 3)under tight. I have no idea what the cause was, however have purchased 2 new hubs and will replace both and save the one I put on as an emergency spare. Then remove the trashed fender and hope to replace. my tool box has paper towels, grease for gun, gun, 4 way, large screw driver, jack, needle nose and standard pliers, wire and stuff to fix a light, some 2x6's. Adding 4x4's and maybe 6x6's, small shovel.
  11. Trailer fail

    Local ramp less than a mile from home, so generally don’t carry tools or spare parts. In August completed west coast trip, so had recently greased bearings, etc. Coming home from ramp heard a loud clicking sound followed by watching my tire pass me. This is not a good thing. Quickly got to side trying to get to sidewalk, but as I slowed trailer dug into dirt. Things to add to my tool box: 4x4s and 6x6’s and more blocks of wood and a small shovel. Got it dug out, jacked up. Hub and bearings fine, the 6 lug nuts had sheared off! New hub, wheel fine & back on. Fender trashed. Fortunately on a small local road and only going 30 mph. This would have been horrible on the interstate.
  12. September Tarpon Fishing

    Mullet run just starting in East Central Fl. Tarpon been scattered, but already some solid days nearshore. Snook bite has been on fire. The “however” is this storm, while hopefully well north of us (folks in NC please prepare) gonna blow up the waves.
  13. replacement hatch cable?

    400 lb blue mono, crimp on ends.
  14. looking for a new tackle box

    Solutions have changed over the years..currently have some cheap ($8) soft side bags from Harbor Freight with Plano boxes in them, labeled, in bow area. Also got a Shimano backpack that holds 4 boxes, leader, other stuff for when I’m going on someone else’s boat. And a freaking closet full of boxes with too much stuff, so I can swap depending on what I’m doing.
  15. Expired Flares

    Don’t do that, I was informed years back. Violates some kind of boating safety law. Put them in a separate container and clearly mark “expired”. Then it’s ok to have on board. But do not mix with in date ones or in your ditch bag. I can’t remember if it was FWC or USCG, but I had both in my ditch bag and got a stern lecture.