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Dubbies 04-22-2018 05:04 PM

Hey guys and gals, Looking to learn!!!
 
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Hey team!

My name is Ryan. I'm looking forward to chatting with you all about fishing and MB in general! I have lots to learn but willing and excited about it :)

I grew up fishing at Victoria Beach where you usually just throw off a pickeral rig and wait for a perch to swallow the hook completely or reel up the occasional silver bass, catfish or pickerel. So... pretty limited in techniques!

I just bought a 17 foot speed boat. A seahawk. Whatever the hell that is! 125 hp motor on the back. I went with this guy because I want to take my son tubing and water skiing this summer but also want to go out fishing quite a bit. It's definitely no fishing rig but with the open bow I figure I can get a few guys on here fishing no problem. I've attached a few pics of it. If you see me out and about on it, make sure you say hi!

Hooking up some cup holders and a fish finder to it. Little nervous about drilling into fiberglass since I've never done it before and more nervous about putting the transducer in the wrong spot. Hopefully I nail it. I've watched some youtube vids.... some helpful, some not.

Planning a trip to West Hawk Lake (most likely) when it warms up a tad. I promised him we would do a bunch of camping trips and bring the boat out so if anyone knows some good camping spots for fishing that have a boat launch at the campground (or close by) let me know!

So far my plans are: Drop the boat in the water at Maple Grove Park and take some of the guys to the Pony on pembina for a bite to eat. After that is a blur for the summer!

I look forward to chatting in the future. Thanks for having me :D

Crimson Night 04-22-2018 05:46 PM

Welcome to the forum!

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Dubbies 04-22-2018 05:49 PM

Thanks!

First boat I've ever owned... I'll try not to crash into you.










No promises.

Crimson Night 04-22-2018 06:32 PM

Don't worry I don't have a boat that I can take anywhere so a lot of the time I'll be stuck on shore or using small watercraft. I could buy myself a nice boat but I should probably be responsible and put my money towards more important things as much as I like fishing.

Well all levels of fishermen are here so you'll fit right in anyways.

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Dubbies 04-22-2018 09:04 PM

Yah, I cashed out a bunch of shares when my company sold so I took the majority and paid down my mortgage.

That being said, it was a good sum so I took a small portion and bought a boat. Figured my quality of life can improve a bit after all the hard work I put in there haha.

I was going to take it to Victoria Beach where my cabin is and just throw it there for the summer but then I'm stuck there and there's also a huge waiting list to dock the boat. Plus it's expensive as hell. This way I just store it at my sisters which is only ten mins outside the city (20 mins from my condo) and I can go anywhere.

Really excited to take it out in West Hawk. Good fishing and the lakes are smaller so they're not too choppy. Good for water skiing and tubing with friends/my son.

Deadbeat Lebowski 04-22-2018 10:00 PM

Welcome.
The Alberta plate in the boat made me think of home.
Plenty of video's on youtube to help you install anything on that boat. Measure twice and drill once ; )

Dubbies 04-22-2018 10:26 PM

Yah, I'm not even sure why that was in there. The boat was registered in MB before I bought it, so... hmmmmmm

rikmon 04-23-2018 11:57 AM

Oh yeah. With all of the talk of Lake Winnipeg and West Hawk Lake, please learn of which lakes are in the zone of Aquatic Invasive Species and decontaminate accordingly.

abousetta 04-23-2018 12:13 PM

Dumb question, but did you get that motor checked out before purchasing. I ask because I bought a boat with a Force engine (looks like the one on the back of yours is a Force as well) and they are unfortunately a piece of ****, parts are rare to find and cost a lot more than they're worth. You might look into the costs of ownership over the years on this before investing more into it. Of course, if you're good with motors, then it just might be trying to secure parts (when needed).

Dubbies 04-23-2018 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by rikmon (Post 1334802)
Oh yeah. With all of the talk of Lake Winnipeg and West Hawk Lake, please learn of which lakes are in the zone of Aquatic Invasive Species and decontaminate accordingly.

Way ahead of you my man! I've already done so and will be very careful. It's actually in the boating course when you get your licence too. I have a wash bay I can use and I'll take care of it before I leave the lake :)

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Originally Posted by abousetta (Post 1334810)
Dumb question, but did you get that motor checked out before purchasing. I ask because I bought a boat with a Force engine (looks like the one on the back of yours is a Force as well) and they are unfortunately a piece of ****, parts are rare to find and cost a lot more than they're worth. You might look into the costs of ownership over the years on this before investing more into it. Of course, if you're good with motors, then it just might be trying to secure parts (when needed).

Yah, I hadn't heard of force before I started to look at buying a boat. I was skeptical at first.

Bit of a story...

My sister and sister in law get this guy to fix their motors on their boats religiously. They said he's really good, quick, and honest. With that being said, they asked him if he knew of any boats being sold out in his neck of the woods that would be in my budget. He said he didn't have any but one guy who was storing his boat on his property was and it was in good shape. So he showed me the boat and motor (with no intent on pushing me since it wasn't his boat) and told me he has been on the boat and has personally done all the work to the motor when it needed it. He told me every time he made a suggestion like, "Hey in the next year or so you might want to look into replacing ________ because it's starting to wear down but you have some time for sure" then the owner would just tell him to do it now.

My sister in law fixes her motors when she can so she's really good with this kind of stuff and she said it's super clean and looks to be in good shape.

I'm pretty confident it's been super well maintained but that being said, I could head out on the lake for the first time and the thing starts on fire... praying that it doesn't.


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