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Well I’ve done it again  I’m constantly doing modifications to my little yacht lol

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My Big Rig.  I don't get there fast, but I get there.  Edrive supposed to go up to 5 miles an hour.  It malfunctioned the first time I took it out.  It has been with Jackson for about a month.  I pedal and paddle where I want to go.  The pedal drive is awesome as I can hold my ground when I need to by peddling backwards.  

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Love the micro power pole, it is a life saver, but you need to be judicious in its use.  If out on the water all day, you can run the battery down (It always runs down when in the down position, never in the up position, of course).  I have had it die on me twice.  I was in about 3-4 feet of water both times, but in the thick weeds. I could have easily gotten out and sloshed around in the thick vegetation, to manually pull up the pole, but lucked out both times, once another Kayak was in the same area and another time a paddle boarder was coming by.  

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I just recently purchased my my first ever boat. It is a 2015 Tracker Pro Team 175 TF w/75 Merc. From this picture, only real change is new prop and working on installing new trolling motor now. Engine had only 55 total hours use on it, and 80% of those hours run at less than 70% power. Boat looked brand new and was garage kept. I feel like I got a steal of deal and we love fishing in it!

 

I'll get a better picture soon.

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2 hours ago, roadwarrior said:

Man, it looks brand new!

 

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I know, find of the decade for me, and the motor just purrs flying across the water. :)

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I got a new kayak about 5-6 weeks ago, a 2020 Native Slayer 10 Propel in the Grey Goose color.

I was checking sites daily to see if any would come back in stock, and I thought I got lucky when one single one just happened to come in stock at a certain store, so I quickly ordered it.

I got received it pretty quickly, but as you can see from the pictures it was damaged pretty bad and unfortunately had to be returned. So, now I'm back at square one and will most likely have to wait to next season to get one.

But, I have decided that with my handicapped foot, a pedal drive is out of the question, even a hobie drive, so it's either going to be a Old Town Sportsman 106 with a Minn Kota or I will just get another paddle kayak.

 

 

 

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Picked up our new 2021 Vexus AVX1880 Friday! Awesome boat! Ultrex iPilot Link TM, HB Helix bow and console, Mercury 115 Pro XS pushing her. Took a plant tour and got to see our actual boat being built. If you're looking for a tin boat, be sure and check out Vexus!

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Way north bass guy - thank you! Will do. Got the inspiration for the engine colors from Evinrude.

My plan is to use one of the knock off seadeck type of EVA faux foam floors. Either red, or gray with red stripes. If I had the money, I'd get two tone red/grey and route in "Skeeter".

This winter I plan on getting most of the stickers back on the boat, and trailer. I found some on discontinueddecals.com  . Gonna put red "Mariner" stickers on the sides of the engine, "115" (vertical) on the back of the engine.

Have aways to go, it's been a fun project though! I was scanning craigslist ads for another project boat, wife wasn't happy! She wants me to keep this one, and use it.

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I hesitated to post my boat on here just due to the fact its a little low dollar set-up when compared to the high end boats I see. Well I guess we're all proud of what we have and use so here's mine. I used to have a bass boat and sold it after 14 years when we went thru a big move and bought a house in another state. When I went looking for something my son and I could fish in I had new budget restraint's and completely different fishing spots and launch area's to deal with. I had three different things that were must have's and the rest I could work with, had to have a walk thru hull design - had to be small enough to navigate the smaller shallower places we would fish - had to have an electric start engine with alternator to charge starting battery. Found this Lowe as a package locally and it fit the list, just needed me to turn it into a fishing boat. Here it is all set up to fit the two of us and well in the budget, motor sips gas and Tacoma pulls it effortlessly, it will launch in 20" of water and don't need a ramp or launch site. If the truck will get it in and its clear to the water we're good :) Four years of hard fishing and its worked out fine for us.........

 

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39 minutes ago, Tatsu Dave said:

I hesitated to post my boat on here just due to the fact its a little low dollar set-up when compared to the high end boats I see.

Boats like this are some of my favorite rigs to spy.  

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On 9/29/2020 at 7:39 AM, Tatsu Dave said:

I hesitated to post my boat on here just due to the fact its a little low dollar set-up when compared to the high end boats I see. Well I guess we're all proud of what we have and use so here's mine. I used to have a bass boat and sold it after 14 years when we went thru a big move and bought a house in another state. When I went looking for something my son and I could fish in I had new budget restraint's and completely different fishing spots and launch area's to deal with. I had three different things that were must have's and the rest I could work with, had to have a walk thru hull design - had to be small enough to navigate the smaller shallower places we would fish - had to have an electric start engine with alternator to charge starting battery. Found this Lowe as a package locally and it fit the list, just needed me to turn it into a fishing boat. Here it is all set up to fit the two of us and well in the budget, motor sips gas and Tacoma pulls it effortlessly, it will launch in 20" of water and don't need a ramp or launch site. If the truck will get it in and its clear to the water we're good :) Four years of hard fishing and its worked out fine for us.........

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Nothing wrong with that boat, and definitely nothing to be ashamed of!  They all work the same in the long run!  Looks like a nice clean set up!

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On 9/29/2020 at 7:39 AM, Tatsu Dave said:

I hesitated to post my boat on here just due to the fact its a little low dollar set-up when compared to the high end boats I see. Well I guess we're all proud of what we have and use so here's mine. I used to have a bass boat and sold it after 14 years when we went thru a big move and bought a house in another state. When I went looking for something my son and I could fish in I had new budget restraint's and completely different fishing spots and launch area's to deal with. I had three different things that were must have's and the rest I could work with, had to have a walk thru hull design - had to be small enough to navigate the smaller shallower places we would fish - had to have an electric start engine with alternator to charge starting battery. Found this Lowe as a package locally and it fit the list, just needed me to turn it into a fishing boat. Here it is all set up to fit the two of us and well in the budget, motor sips gas and Tacoma pulls it effortlessly, it will launch in 20" of water and don't need a ramp or launch site. If the truck will get it in and its clear to the water we're good :) Four years of hard fishing and its worked out fine for us.........

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That looks great. What model is that and what mods did you do?

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Its a V1467WT and we did a lot, it was pretty much boat, motor, and trailer when we picked it up. Cut a plywood casting deck from a cardboard template and covered it with marine carpeting, braced it underneath and above to bow mount. Installed a swivel seat base with extension and an upholstered seat. Closed in the bow above and carpeted along with an anchormate and 45# thrust MinnKota Edge foot controlled trolling motor. Installed a holder for the frt seat extension, put in two deep cycle batteries, one wired straight to the front troller with a resettable circuit breaker. Back battery for motor starting and charging as well as power for Garmin striker 5cv sonar (only regret should have gotten 7" screen) and gps w/water temp and boat speed. Installed a transom saver plastic mounting block for transducer, that way no holes in transom below waterline. Covered back half seats w/carpeting and added two more seat pedestals and flat velcro rod holders. Put a vertical four rod tube rod holder and two single tube trolling rod holders. Added a spare wheel and tire mounted on trailer, a rear transom saver to hold motor up and from hanging on transom when towing. Added two rear side bunks to bring in straight in wind or current, installed front and rear keel rollers to guide boat on trailer straight. Put bunk slides on the rear carpeted bunks to protect ends and make boat easy to launch and pull on, a pad for the anchor to ride on towing and at speed on water. A stainless vinyl covered trolling motor release, paddle in stainless clamps, rear ratchet transom tie downs. Added second upholstered seat to rear, and a heavy winch strap that wouldn't fold over on itself when pulling on. Still adding things as we go and enjoying it now more than ever! :) 

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