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bigsnook35

1995 Hewes Bayfisher 18

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Picked this up a couple weeks ago for a steal. The previous owner hadn't been using it and it was wasting on a lift. Hoping to give it a new life with a lot of fish blood on the decks. I haven't done a whole lot to her yet. Hopefully over the next few weeks she will be revitalized and ready to go. I will make sure to update as progress is made. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Glad to be a part of this great family.

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Got all new wire ran for everything in the boat. Mounted the trolling motor to the bow. Got the 2 trolling motor batteries mounted under the console. Now time to figure out what I want to do to replace the original switch panel. I'll keep you guys updated as I get closer to finishing the light refurb of the boat and get it fishing.

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Got all new gauges, radio, speakers, and some under gunnel led lights to put on over the next couple of days. It will hopefully be on the water by Tuesday at the latest. Riding around Punta Gorda before bringing it back home to Tampa.

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Well hit a snag with getting the boat done. When removing the lower unit to replace the water pump and impeller the water tube snapped off. Waiting to get parts from yamaha to fix. Did get a few more things buttoned up on the console. I'll post some pics and keep you guys updated.

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Well got the motor put back together a couple weeks ago. Took it out on the bay last Saturday for its maiden voyage. Put in at Pinellas Point and fished the flats for awhile. A buddy that was with me wanted to prefish Apollo Beach area. We started the run across the bay with no issues until about 1 mile or so from our destination when I started to lose RPMs. The boat wouldn't stay on plane. Took the fuel filter off and poured the fuel into an empty bottle to see the problem. With all the commotion of trying to get the boat put back together and finish I neglected to address the fuel system. Naturally this didn't become an issue until we were all the way across the bay. The motor would hold an idle so we got as far a. We could until it started to spit and sputter. The next 2-3 hours were spent trolling across the bay with the trolling motor. Needless to say I was worried about the batteries dying and being completely stranded. The batteries held up all the back to the boat ramp.

Got the boat back home and started on repairs earlier this week. I have since replaced all fuel lines and filters. I am having a company come out Tuesday morning to clean the fuel tank to hopefully start me anew. Hopefully later next week I can give a better update with possibly even fish on the deck.

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