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Paula Begley
10-09-2009, 11:00 AM
Byron asked for it, he got it. Let the discussion begin. :biggrin:


10-10-2009, 02:29 PM
So are we supposed to post photos of our boats? Here's mine.


10-10-2009, 06:02 PM
This is my ride. Mohawk Nova 16


Carolina Boy
10-11-2009, 08:16 PM
Da Skiff

& Da Yak

Carolina Boy
10-11-2009, 08:36 PM
:DI am sorry, I didn't at first realize that this was a new boat forum, Awesome so i guess it can also be a sounding board about how nothing absolutely nothing will break your heart like a boat. I left this past Thursday headed to the coast draggin my girl (flats boat) behind, she had just gotten outta the shop for oh about the zillionth time, this time she had new seals a new helm (my wonderful father kinda is to blame for that, sorry Dad?:eek:) and she just got hooked up with a new GPS coastal unit Garmin, SO excited to get down there. Weather perfect, my guide friends are slaying em, everything is great. I drop her in Fri am and "We have a problem!" Something is seriously not right and the engine is not going into gear, alarms going off, we limp back in on the troling motor, weekedn over:frown:. Whiskey Please DOUBLE. So yea i was at the beach how bad can it be...awful. The shop of course will fix it, and I called the mechanic who is great and he was so sorry but.....yea, no good. Once i finish Graduate School I am totally taking a outboard motor course. Sorry just had to let it out! Good thing I tied a bunch of Shrimp patterns :rolleyes:

10-12-2009, 05:23 AM
My striper and saltwater dream machine. Key West 176 Bay Reef, heading to the salt soon


Carolina Boy
10-12-2009, 08:14 AM
Hey Seagul, if your headed to the salt do youself and pick up some T-9 spray, they sell at West Marine, spray it on the outside of your trim/tilt trim tabs (if you got em) and most anythig else that will be exposed, the whole ounce of protection thing, don't forget the leave springs on the underside of your trailer, I had to replace mine recently, the frame of my aluminum trailer looked great but the srpings could have gone out at any tme on the highway:eek:, Got luck and they brokoe when I jacked the trailer up to pull of a tire. I spray the heck out of my boat beofre I go down here is the link, nice boat!


Byron Begley
10-12-2009, 08:44 PM
Hi Seagull,

Is that a Riptide ST with Autopilot on the bow? Sweet boat.


10-13-2009, 05:15 AM
That is a Riptide ST 70 with the 60" shaft and the Co-pilot remote. I also have the corded foot pedal control which I use more than the remote. I like having both hands free to do battle!

Byron Begley
10-14-2009, 06:38 PM

I've heard you need the corded foot pedal if something happens to your wireless remote system and it does happen. We had a wireless unit go out in the shallow water on the backside of St. Vincent Island, Florida. We had to motor through a maze of oyster beds and tore up a prop. Those corded foot controls are cheap insurance that go for about the same price as an outboard prop at least for my motor. And, you can continue to fish which is of most importance. I'm getting the Riptide 55 with a 48" shaft. You really got the shaft at 60".


10-15-2009, 05:23 AM
It is better to have both. I have had both a pedal and a remote replaced due to failure. The good news is there is a Minn Kota warranty center in Friendsville (a shop next to the owners house). The guy is great to deal with. I dropped mine off for him to diagnose, and he called me the same day that he had found the problem, and had pedals and remotes in stock, both covered under warranty. The pedal has small projections on the bottom to keep it from sliding on carpet, so I nipped them off and glued some non skid foam on the bottom. The cord is 18 feet long, so you can run it from anywhere in the boat, which is handy if you have someone in the boat who has not mastered "casting the big weighted fly". Better to have them up front! As for the 60" shaft, tall boat, tall guy, long fish, etc.

Be sure to get some spare batteries for the remote also.

10-15-2009, 08:48 PM
Hello All, Thought I'd try to post a pic of our "FAMILY" boat as my wife calls it. Of course my daughter says it's hers.

Carolina Boy
10-16-2009, 12:10 AM
Dude that is sic looking! what is that??? aside from a flats machine!

10-16-2009, 11:15 AM
Dang Earthworx I have boat envy now. Thanks for the depression and extra prozac. LOL. That is one nice ride.

10-17-2009, 07:49 AM
Carolina Boy, It's called a Talon F-20. There were only 8 made from the company in Sarasota, FL in '95. Poles pretty easy with three fat boys in 6" water. I'll answer the most fequent asked question: somewhere between 25-30 MPH:rolleyes:. Flyred, Thanks