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MY NEW RIDE!!! WOOHOOOOOO - and a daddy / daughter outing...

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Hey guys,

 

Two quick reports -

 

First off, after getting skunked on saturday morning with Rich and SlowPoke, I decided I'd take my daughter out for one of her last panfish trips of the season. Well not only did she get into a bunch of pint sized panfish, but she managed her first ever, and personal best pike! haha All fish were caught and released with her pink barbie spincast rod! lol

 

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First of many gills and pumkinseeds

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She was mad at me for trying to release her catch without giving an opportunity to hold it, but after squirming out of her hands a couple times I just held the little toothy critter up for her.

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Rough trail out from our "secret" panfish and pike spot.....the same spot that had that net full of dead fish in it in the spring....

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On another note - I had a small tinny in highschool, but sold it about 7 years ago, along with my truck to help pay for college....well, it's 7 years later and I've got an education, a good job, and a new ride!!! The previous owner of all people was my boss and friend, Dave Mercer, so hopefully a little "Mercer's Magic" comes along with it, although I have a feeling it won't be seeing as many big bass with it's new owner! hahaha

 

My main reason for this post is that alot has changed in the past 7 years in reguards to owning a boat. I read up and did my boating test online, but I could certainly use any and all tips and tricks from experienced boat owners here on OFC. Please, if you have time treat me as though I've never owned a boat and shoot me anything that I might need to know from towing, to storing batteries, and even the fun stuff like, what you'd do to it if it was yours....like where to mount graphs etc .etc. This boat is going to my fishing machine, and family boat as well so most importantly for me is the safety of my young family. Tips for taking kids out on the water are most welcome!

 

My first couple questions are:

 

1 - first time homeowner, the the boat will be in my garage which is located below my living room. Is it ok to have the gas tank, 1/2 filled with gas inside my garage, or should I find a different place to store it? I'm thinkin fumes?

2 - How the heck to I fasten my Humminbird transducer to the back of my boat.....I'm thinking use marine adhesive of some sort?

 

Thanks as usual from everybody here on OFC - I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future.

 

Here's some pics....

 

My wife said Averie stood at the window for over and hour waiting for Daddy to come home with the new boat.

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Had to take it out on the bay for a quick ride last night!!

 

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.....and make a few casts before dark! haha managed 1 largie and was PIEVED when I lost it boatside...would have been my first fish in the boat, and not bad for an hour on the water....

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Cheers,

UF

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those are some great pics of the little one, hope you all enjoy tonnes of great family memories in the making with the new boat :Gonefishing:

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Great report and pics The Urban Fisherman :thumbsup_anim:

 

Two thumbs up for your little girl on her PB :thumbsup_anim::clapping: She's a natural :)

Nice new ride B) Congrats

Leechman

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THose are awesoome photos, you have a natural outdoorsgirl on your hands. Sure sign in the third pic, a squirming fish in her hands, she could have done two things, either totally freaked and started bawling,......or taken it in stride and laughed her butt off......from the looks of it, she loved it. Thats a good sign youve got a fishing partner for life lol

 

Side note: the boat in the backround of the second last pic isnt so family friendly LOL

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Congrats on the new boat ... and great shots of your daughter fishing. keep her interested and you will always have a reason to go fishing.

 

I don't think the gas in the garage shoudl be a concern presuming everything is sealed up between the garage and living space.

 

as far as tips go not much to offer . practice backing with trailer if needed .

Looks like a solid package overall .Make it comfortable and add any "nessesseties" to keep all the family happy.

 

Have fun

 

TB

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What a precious little darling you got there. I bet she'll follow you to the ends of the Earth just to be near you. I see a lot of skipped classes in her future :whistling: Give her an extra big squeeze for me.

 

Boats none to shabby either.

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Nice boat and kiddo. So does this mean less urban fishing reports?

 

A1) I always keep my gas tank outside. The garage is sealed but I always seem to smell a bit of gas from it. I also smelled gas with just the engine in the garage too.....this winter I may store it outside. If I smell gas outside it goes.

 

A2) I did not want to fasten my transducer to the boat right away so I used a $12 clamp from Tite-Lok "Big-C-Mount" and attached it to a piece of l-bracket iron from CTC I has lying around. It does not work at more thank 15mph (working on a solution for that) and a suction cup mount may work just as well (also $12).

A lot of people use a plastic bread board mounted to the hull (use marine sealant on screws) so future installations are easy.

 

forrest

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Great Report!!! Cute little girl and nice camo boat. My Daughters love fishing too had them out in the bay fishin perch its always a blast!!!

 

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Your girl is almost as cute as mine were at that age.....(and that is sayin' a lot!)

Keep it up, and you won't lose her boatside, but rather gain her boatside.

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Beauty pics. That's what memories are made of. Got some of my little girl now she's 19 yo.

 

The boat.......I want it. thinking of doing the Advantage pattern on my lund. Perfect duck hunting/fishing boat. The gas in the garage can be a problem. I can smell the gas in the basement if it is a bit hot out and fumes fill the garage. Happens now and then with the snowmobile too. Usually if I fill it too much. Doesn't seem to be a problem right now as my can is in the garage. Just make sure it the family smells something to remove the can from the garage before calling Enbridge and fire dept. It can be embarassing. Enjoy your boat.

 

 

RR

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I shot my PB Laker in a boat just like that! ;)

I knew it wouldn't take long to get 'er wet!

-Brian

 

Did you get her mounted Bri?!?! ;) how'd they deal with the BB holes? or did you use a rifle? lol

 

 

Beauty pics. That's what memories are made of. Got some of my little girl now she's 19 yo.

 

The boat.......I want it. thinking of doing the Advantage pattern on my lund. Perfect duck hunting/fishing boat. The gas in the garage can be a problem. I can smell the gas in the basement if it is a bit hot out and fumes fill the garage. Happens now and then with the snowmobile too. Usually if I fill it too much. Doesn't seem to be a problem right now as my can is in the garage. Just make sure it the family smells something to remove the can from the garage before calling Enbridge and fire dept. It can be embarassing. Enjoy your boat.

RR

 

LOL - the fire dept........

 

Thanks for the tips and comments guys!

 

cheers,

UF

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Did you get her mounted Bri?!?! ;) how'd they deal with the BB holes? or did you use a rifle? lol

cheers,

UF

 

Replica mount dude, I'm a conservationist!

-Brian

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