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Discussion in 'Boats' started by jewiehaven, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. kev209

    kev209 Moderator

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    She looks great, I would be a bit upset selling her. Just for curiosity have you seen her since you sold her and what condition is she in now. We had a small tray truck some time back it was kept in showroom condition, we saw it about 12 months later, it was fit for the wrecker.
     
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  2. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    And seeing ladies involved again. Welcome Old fisho Noel.
     
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  3. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Kev. Yes. We had a call from the new owners about a year later. Tony needed to find out something about her many pieces of electronic equipment. She lives on the Hawkesbury River now, and he says she is treated like a goddess, and they are as much in love with her as I was. Typically Spanish: Tony cooked a monstrous paella for about 18 of us the night before he towed her away. It was the first time she'd left Eucumbene in 17 years.
     
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  4. diesel

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    That's the type of water I like to fish Noel. It's getting harder to find the quiet spots these days, especially now that kayaks are fast becoming the most popular fishing platform just about anywhere you go.

    Jeff :cool:
     
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  5. Rod Bender

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    Well...this is my ride! :cool:
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    One of our members may be familiar with this track! I haven't ridden the bike since the onset of winter and am now putting it off until the finish of magpie season!:eek: The rear wheel rim is just let us say 'heavy duty' as are the spokes so it carries my weight easily. I have bags that fit on the pack rack and can get enough fishing supplies in there to last for hours! These tracks offer some great access to spots along the Broken and Goulburn Rivers. Am going to have to go into training again! When I used to ride down there I was always 'gonna' take the fishing gear but never did.
    cheers
    Team Armstrong
    Doin' my best to avoid drug testing!
     
  6. AWL

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    Nice wheels there Bender:cool:
     
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  7. Ditch

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    Hi Guys, just signed up to the forum so I thought I`d post some info on my ride as a first post. It`s a late 1970`s 4 meter fiberglass Bertram Caribbean ski boat that I purchased 20 years ago for a $1000. Came with a 65 HP Mercury Blueband, back to back seats & a homemade tilt trailer.

    Stripped it down in 2003 & repainted it in blue (was aqua), rebuilt the gearbox on the merc.

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    Re did it again in 2008, this time painted it black, stripped out the seats & fitted a flat floor, carpet & pedestal seats. Added a Minn Kota transom mount motor for trolling. Added some rod holders & a homemade rocket launcher style rod rack.

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    The old Blueband was becoming a bit unreliable, so replaced it with a new 40 HP Mercury "Lightning XR" 2 stroke, new forward controls & power trim in early 2012. Also replaced the transom electric motor with a 55lb bow mount Minn Kota. The motor had only done around 12 hours, the dam levels were very low & the boat was parked up at the end of 2012 with a bent axle on the trailer (long story!) & worn out tyres.

    Had it covered with a tarp under a tree, the tarp had collapsed in like a swimming pool liner & filled up with leaves & water. The spiders had taken over & the whole thing was a mess until I dragged it out at the start of August & got to work cleaning it up.

    Ripped out the plywood floor which had rotted & replaced it, along with new carpet. Sanded down the top & repainted it. Removed the bent axle & straightened it. The trailer had 10 inch wheels, so I decided to replace them with larger ones, also had to replace the guards to get the new wheels & tyres to fit (15 inch). Rewired the whole boat & trailer, sanded & re varnished the old wood dash.

    The motor took a bit of work, the carbys needed cleaning as the jets were blocked. Paid the rego, got the trailer inspected & registered. Took me around 4 weeks to get the old girl back on the water.

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    Want to add a Bimini down the track & maybe upgrade the seats.

    Iv`e had her out every weekend since, once to Copeton Dam, once to Lake Keepit & 3 times to Splitrock Dam which is only 1/2 an hour away. Even managed to catch a few fish!. Got it set up the way I like to fish, trolling & casting around the timber & can have a bit of fun as well if the fish are not biting.

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    Forgot how much fun it is out on the water........looking forward to some great fishing this summer.
     
  8. Sprinter

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    Hi Ditch welcome to the site!:)

    I have to say I think the boat looks great in the black. I might be biased though as mines black too. You should be proud of your work. It looks a million dollars.

    Look forward to some stories of your fishing with it.
     
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  9. Ditch

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    Cheers Sprinter, could have just bought a new boat but I like the old girl & with the new motor feel a bit safer to keep her on the water. Lucky to have 3 large impoundments within 2 hours drive so hope to be hitting them hard over summer. I can hear that 1 meter + Cod calling.........have already caught a 70 cm one 3 weeks ago (although was fishing for Golden Perch at the time) so looking good so far.

    Tight Lines!
     
  10. Old fisho

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    Pretty impressive first post. Hope we never see the last post. Noel
     
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  11. Rod Bender

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    Welcome aboard Ditch!
     
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  12. Sprinter

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    Ditch has inspired me to finally post a picture of mine:)
     

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  13. MSB

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    Hey Noel

    I am new to the site and just browsing the place, came across the picture of the "May Fly" what a crackin boat, must of broke your heart to sell her, also a pretty reasonable Queenie in your profile picture, where are you based Noel.

    Ron
     
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  14. Old fisho

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    G'day Ron.

    Welcome. Hang around, this is a good little forum, but like others it takes a while to get to know the guys. When you do they are rock solid, and if you needed a friend one day, they'd be the first with their hands up. Some of us have been here for a few years, though I've only met one, kev209, I now see many of the others as old friends, perhaps mates is better.

    Yes it was a sad day for me at least. A heart and soul job of work went into her, Along with an electrical/electronics guru mate from Canberra, we spent almost a year of weekends in rebuilding her as an almost marine toy, with everything that opened and shut built in; inc fridge, cooker, sink etc, and operation was all from the chair. Even had four channel stereo speakers for the AM/FM, and CD player. Main and auxiliary engines were both on full forward control with power tilt. I built the power tilt unit for the 20 merc auxiliary out of bits we had.

    I'm now seven years at Tuross Head on the NSW south coast after being near Canberra for many years, and love it. Been retired for years.

    The queenie was a good fish; just over a metre and came off the sand at Dundee Beach a couple of hundred kms south west of Darwin during one of our many trips around the country.

    Where are you and what's your fishing style?

    Hope to see more posts from you soon. Noel.
     
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  15. MSB

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    Hi Noel

    I live in Narangba which is in Brisbanes northern suburbs, I fish saltwater and more often then not I fish the Pumicestone Passage and all the creeks that run into it. The passage is full of mangroves and runs between the mainland and Bribie Island for about 25 klms and was closed to pro netting in 1995, a good portion of it is also a regulated green zone. You can catch anything from whiting to snapper pretty much all year round.

    Only fish during the week now I am retired, as to much traffic on the water on the weekends. Lots of fish, prawns and crabs available if you put in the effort, pic of my transport and fishing partner attached.

    Ron
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    Hi Noel

    Just in case you missed some pics I posted earlier of a camping spot I go to in the passage thought I would post you the pics again so you can see what the Pumicestone Passage looks like

    Ron
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  18. Old fisho

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    This is not an 'I can do better' post, it's more like I can do worse. Somewhere recently was a pic of the smallest mud crab caught. Here's one of the perhaps the smallest fish ever taken on a soft plastic.
    Photo0030.jpg It actually happened and is not staged.
     
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