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Bought this Sunday night. Lowe UV1467. Garmin CV53. All 2015. Very clean, P.O. took great care of it, he did a great job wiring it also ! ! Otherwise it's bare bones.

Itching to get it on the water, see how it performs with that 9.8HP. Gonna put a bow mount hand control TM on it. After using a few times, put a deck with storage in it?

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My ride is 15' 6" long. It's a discontinued Bell Rockstar. It's Kevlar, weighs 32 pounds, has a 27" beam, and walnut trim. It is not tricked out in anyway and isn't much to behold, since it's Kevlar, which a fingernail can nearly scratch, but it takes me to some fine places. It's on sawhorses now in my garage, as you can see, but a photo of "the Canoe of a Thousand Scratches" on equally beaten sawhorses doesn't convey what it does, what it means to me, its true value, and its true home. The other four pics are my Rockstar at home:

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2 hours ago, ol'crickety said:

My ride is 15' 6" long. It's a discontinued Bell Rockstar. It's Kevlar, weighs 32 pounds, has a 27" beam, and walnut trim. It is not tricked out in anyway and isn't much to behold, since it's Kevlar, which a fingernail can nearly scratch, but it takes me to some fine places. It's on sawhorses now in my garage, as you can see, but a photo of "the Canoe of a Thousand Scratches" on equally beaten sawhorses doesn't convey what it does, what it means to me, its true value, and its true home. The other four pics are my Rockstar at home:

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Great tools should be scratched, and your boat name matches your fishing personality....a Rockstar ?

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I'm out of likes, so thank you, Alex. I used up my likes in this thread because there are some seriously beautiful rides! I used to write a column for Canoe & Kayak magazine called "Rides," where I'd interview paddlers about their favorite boat, why they loved it, and where it had taken them.

 

My favorite question was, "Where would you like to paddle one day?"

 

I loved hearing about their dream paddles. One guy told me that he'd like to paddle the Thames River source-to-sea.

 

Then one day he called me and said, "I'm going. Wanna go?"

 

So, I did! We had to walk the first 15 miles because there wasn't enough water to float a canoe, even though a canoe only needs a few inches. There were so many sheep, swans, and herding dogs before London. So many pubs too!

 

On the upper river, we had to operate the locks ourselves. I loved that!

 

London doesn't permit canoes because of the jet-powered ferries and requires a guide to keep you alive, so we switched to kayaks for the end of the trip. 

 

But my favorite ride is my Rockstar. It's light enough for an old woman to carry and then it carries me to bass. And more bass. AND MORE BASS!

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Not sure if this qualifies but here’s my ‘ride’. It’s a Classic Accessories Colorado Pontoon Boat. Assembled size 9’L x 5’W x 33"H (to top of seat), Weight: 71.5lbs +/- after adding the deck, 7” pedestal riser for the seat and milk crate for the rods and stuff. Oars were too heavy and cumbersome so swapped them out for a 98” kayak paddle. Not bad for pond fishing. I can even mount a trolling motor in the back with room for the battery in the rear basket.

 

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20 minutes ago, sdw215 said:

Not sure if this qualifies but here’s my ‘ride’. It’s a Classic Accessories Colorado Pontoon Boat. Assembled size 9’L x 5’W x 33"H (to top of seat), Weight: 71.5lbs +/- after adding the deck, 7” pedestal riser for the seat and milk crate for the rods and stuff. Oars were too heavy and cumbersome so swapped them out for a 98” kayak paddle. Not bad for pond fishing. I can even mount a trolling motor in the back with room for the battery in the rear basket.

 

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That license plate ?

 

Sweet ride!  

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7 minutes ago, AlabamaSpothunter said:

That license plate ?

 

Sweet ride!  


Thanks! I’m a big Gilligan’s Island fan and it just seemed to fit. ?

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31 minutes ago, sdw215 said:

Not sure if this qualifies but here’s my ‘ride’. It’s a Classic Accessories Colorado Pontoon Boat. Assembled size 9’L x 5’W x 33"H (to top of seat), Weight: 71.5lbs +/- after adding the deck, 7” pedestal riser for the seat and milk crate for the rods and stuff. Oars were too heavy and cumbersome so swapped them out for a 98” kayak paddle. Not bad for pond fishing. I can even mount a trolling motor in the back with room for the battery in the rear basket.

 

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Here's what I love about your ride: the height and stability. You're just the right height. Close enough to the water to have jumping bass splash you (I love when they do that!) and to make it easy to grab 'em. It looks like you could easily stand to look over reeds or stretch your legs. 

 

What's the purpose of the two handles on either side of the seat? BTW, I love that seat too. It looks so comfy.

 

P. S. - I see that canoe too. 

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29 minutes ago, ol'crickety said:

Here's what I love about your ride: the height and stability. You're just the right height. Close enough to the water to have jumping bass splash you (I love when they do that!) and to make it easy to grab 'em. It looks like you could easily stand to look over reeds or stretch your legs. 

 

What's the purpose of the two handles on either side of the seat? BTW, I love that seat too. It looks so comfy.

 

P. S. - I see that canoe too. 


The two handles are where the oars were. There’s 3 positions for them based on your reach. I left them for grab handles for carrying it when needed. If you have good balance (which mine is not so good these days) the deck makes for a good platform for casting as well as stretching your legs. It’s also great for when I fumble a lure by catching it instead of it going right into the water. ?

 

The seat came with it and is surprisingly comfortable. I thought I’d have to upgrade it but it’s good to go. The canoe is off limits to me due to me taking an unexpected bath one day. Balance is a good thing to have. Until you don’t. It rarely rears it’s head but it did that day and the canoe was taken off my play toy list. ?

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Sorry you lost your sure-footedness, Mr. 215, but hooray for your Classic Accessories Colorado Pontoon Boat. I think it's a wicked cool casting platform. 

 

Bonus: You can joust with your 98" kayak paddle. 

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13 minutes ago, Darnold335 said:

My river runner. Yamaha 60/40 jet. 80 thrust terrova. Nothing special but gets the job done6A7A6371-33D9-4561-BE10-9398579E9990.jpeg.c288fab70d69a598c028cc63abf0f322.jpeg

And I see the pooch has a matching life vest. ?

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And I see the pooch has a matching life vest. ?

Ironically being a lab/ golden retriever mix he HATES being wet. My wife and I adopted him 5 months ago. He was a stray for two years then in a shelter for 6 months down in SC. Another shelter up here picked him up and had him for about 6 months. He loves being on the boat with me.

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1 minute ago, Darnold335 said:

Ironically being a lab/ golden retriever mix he HATES being wet. My wife and I adopted him 5 months ago. He was a stray for two years then in a shelter for 6 months down in SC. Another shelter up here picked him up and had him for about 6 months. He loves being on the boat with me.

Best fishing partner you can have.

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After scouring the interwebs nearly daily for over two years and missing out on an almost identical boat once by 20 minutes due to a salesman sending paperwork to the wrong person, I was finally able to upgrade the old 1997 Sport R70 to 2016 Z518C. Loved that old boat, and it took me everywhere I wanted to go and never gave me a bit of trouble, but it was time. I've got a few more upgrades to do to the new one before I consider it complete but after putting about 1/4 of a season on it I'm absolutely loving it. image.png.465d891376b4a2076176c904cfc9a44b.png

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5 minutes ago, TheSwearingAngler said:

she’s not the prettiest but she doesn’t leak a drop inside.
There are major modifications planned for this winter.

I like the use of flagpole holders and crab-trap floats for the outriggers...exact same items I used on my old canoe.

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4 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

I like the use of flagpole holders and crab-trap floats for the outriggers...exact same items I used on my old canoe.

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My winter plans include doing a seat setup like that and moving the outriggers behind like you had. I also plan to lighten the outrigger crossbeam, while making it a touch easier to install and adding a trolling motor mount and rod holders to it. Ambitious but necessary, I cartop and put it all together at the launch so light, easy and modular is necessary.

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I finally remembered to take a picture of my "new" boat. I've been wanting a Ranger RT 188 since my buddy bought one in 2015. I decided last June it was time to part ways with my old 1995 Stratos 285 Pro XL that I've fished out of for the last 26 years and in August I found my RT 188.  It's a 2016 with a Yamaha 115 V max SHO. It had only 8 hours on it when I bought it. I don't know how you could own a boat for six years and put only 8 hours on it but I got a practically new boat for $15,000 less than a new one.Ranger.thumb.jpg.5c7722f2fde64505c4d81292076459b0.jpg

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