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  1. Sigh. Truly sad news. I hope his passing was as easy as it could be. My sincere condolences to his family. He was truly a renaissance man and an inspiration to me ever since I began my journey both as a fisherman and an artist. A loss to us all. Swamp
  2. Humm I think a humidifier might make me homicidal. I'm contemplating turning on the A/C just to dehumidify the house. Cut and paste from NOAA: Humidity93% Wind SpeedNE 12 mph Barometer30.18 in (1022.0 mb) Dewpoint68°F (20°C) Visibility10.00 mi Last update21 Nov 10:53 pm EST More Information: Local Forecast OfficeMore Local Wx3 Day HistoryMobile WeatherHourly Weather Forecast
  3. Capt, I use the same setup on anything that is likely to see harder use. I usually only leave about a 1-1.5 knot length between knots. You are leaving a little more, any reason why? Swamp
  4. Nice Mark. Glad you hit another milestone. Given the colors, holiday gifts? Yeah, there are no winners in a knife fight only survivors. You are gonna get cut if the other person has any clue at all.
  5. Yes I would expect to be a bit OCD about the weather forecast is an occupational hazard. I know that whenever I am going out (or even non-boat fishing) I check the weather obsessively the 12 hrs before. How many times after getting up in the morning have you found a t-storm on radar right where you are planning on being even though there was "no" chance of rain? The local news said the same about it not really having a chance to develop too much. Of course the same folks were pretty adamant that Ian was not going to be a Charlie either. They were correct of course, but not in the way they wanted. I'm actually hoping for a couple of inches of rain, things are drying up here faster than I want. Still need to burn many yards worth of branches and trees from Ian. Still I'd rather forego the rain than have Florida get another nasty storm. Sucks that you had to cancel, but I don't blame you. Hopefully you can reschedule.
  6. I'm right there with you, I don't have a choice but to put 3/4 of the wheels under when I launch and just the top of my fenders stick out when I recover the boat. Hurricane Ian is not going to have helped boat prices. Thousands, probably tens of thousands, of boats are totaled. A lot of people are going to be in the market once the insurance checks comes in. MSRP on most major brand skiffs is more than my first house cost. I'm glad there are some smaller mfgs that are still trying to get people into reasonably priced skiffs, still they have to pass their rising costs down to the customer. Capt, watch the weather, potentially some tropical grouchiness headed for the east coast. Swamp
  7. The theory is that immersing a hot hub can draw water into the bearings from the rapid cooling. While I think it is possible at least on paper, I'm not sure that such a small not really "hot" space is really going to draw water or not. Oil bath or bearing buddies should negate any of that, again in theory. Personally I've never had water intrusion, I use bearing buddies more to ensure that there is a supply of fresh grease available to the bearing. I have had bearings go "dry" beyond a period of time that I admit I should have checked or prophetically repacked them anyway. For me bearing buddies are insurance against my own stupidity. If they are the reason I've never had water issues, then bonus.
  8. I grew up mostly in the Hampton Roads area of VA. There was a tackle/hunting shop close to "downtown" Newport News that was probably already there when Sir Walter Raleigh was stomping around the area and eyeballing Pocahontas. The place sold everything from marlin gear to BB guns. What they also did was buy raw dried furs from trappers, it really was a trading post. I did not know this at first so I was surprised when I asked if they had muskrat fur dubbing that the sales employee kind of chuckled and said he'd be right back. He came back with this long flat cone like form that looked like it was made of oil paper. It wasn't until he handed the thing to me that I realized it was a muskrat hide still inside out from being on a stretcher. I think it cost me around $4. I still have it and you can barely tell I've used it. I have tied I don't know how many casual dress nymphs from it. The casual dress nymph was my goto for sunfish/bluegill as a kid (VA is not far enough south for them to be called bream!). Boy do I wish I had bought other furs but I was still wet behind the ears and didn't have the foresight. Sigh. I have been racking my brain while typing this to remember the name of the shop but I'm drawing a blank, sorry, I'm pretty sure they were on Jefferson ave. Hadn't thought about that in years. I'm working on a bream/bass box and I think I'll tie up some casual dress nymphs to throw into it just for the sake of catching some bream on them once again. Swamp
  9. The title of the tread says it all. That sucks...
  10. Yep, glove-less temp check whenever I pull any trailer far enough to have to refill fuel. If all I've done is pull the boat at non highway speeds for a while I'll pull over and check after 25-30 miles. Blown up a few tires myself, I have gotten in a habit of replacing them when there are any signs of dry rot/cracking/damage. The Florida sun is hell on rubber, I never wear tread down to minimum height, so it's been a while since I popped one. I also learned the hard way that if you blow a tire the absolute first thing to do is get another spare before continuing your trip, even if it's a cheap one. The second tire will blow if you don't. Fish be damned, having to abandon a boat to get a new tire is an exercise anxiety. I did that once, no thank you. My boat has been sitting for a spell, so it will get new sneakers before I pull it to more than the nearest ramp for a water test. Guilty as charged about not usually having spare bearings in the truck. Though on "road trips" I do. Instead of carrying bearings, carry a hub with the "new" bearing installed, it's a lot faster when traffic is zipping by your head at a 100mph. plus you don't have to get grease all over you hands. If I hauled my boat around as much as you do I think I'd carry three spares on hubs, or just have a tire service follow me! lol
  11. Thanks for the explanation. I agree about not submerging the hubs especially when they are "hot" from being on the road. Unfortunately I have an older trailer design (which I don't like). It's a crank/winch up with center rollers and carpeted bunks. I have to almost submerge the fenders on many ramps. As far as I'm concerned it's the worst of both worlds, not float on and not easy to winch up either. I drive the boat up it up till the bow is a few feet from the stop and then winch it up the rest of the way since I am alone 99% of the time. Love my walk board. I've got it down to a science since I absolutely refuse to be "one of those guys" that ties up the ramp. Knock on wood, despite having to dunk them I've never had a bearing go out on me (at least not a boat trailer). I am a fervent believer in bearing buddies and I think that is why I've done so well. I'll also jack up each wheel at least once a year, spin the wheel assembly and tug on it sideways. If I hear anything or if it doesn't feel right I'll repack or even replace the bearing, cheap insurance. I contract for a place that goes through over a thousand tons of steel plus I don't know how many tons of stainless and aluminum a year. The place has branched out into custom fab work as well, so more aluminum is being used all the time. Amongst other things we weld up major components for govt contract boat trailers. This is for the boat trailer fabricator next door. All of the trailers made next door are top of the line aluminum. Every once in a long while a trailer comes back in with a boat on it. Large long fast boats that have 5+ of the biggest outboards that money can buy. The last one had 400's on it and I suspect it now has bigger motors on it, just because they can. The kind of boat I can't afford to start the motors on for a monument and turn them off again. 10 seconds idling at the dock probably costs a grand. Getting welding done or doing it myself is not an issue. But I also agree bolt on is the way to go. I'll probably buy/build an aluminum trailer at some point but it's not likely to be at the top of my priority list for a while. Steve, folks down here do it differently, they "summerize" their boats for when they leave to go back up north for the summer. LOL Swamp
  12. HI Capt, I figure that you have been doing this long enough that you are using the exact equipment you want. My plan it to replace my trailer with aluminum at some point so I am curious if you see a problem with aluminum. BTW I will be using all SS hardware and electrically isolating it from the aluminum to avoid galvanic corrosion issues (saltwater sucks sometimes). Swamp
  13. This is just a guess, but I wonder if the construction methods are as stringent or as unified for mobile/pre-manufacured homes as they are for site built homes. If that is the case there's no telling what they might find once they get into it. I will say that the least they could do is explain that and then say they won't bid on those jobs because they have just been burned too many times. If that's the case you'd think there would be companies that have the experience and would specialize in that kind of work, it doesn't make sense to me either. Again, pure conjecture and it doesn't really help Norm. Glad you have found someone for the issue at hand.
  14. I've placed a few orders with them and have been pleased overall. The owner was very pleasant to deal, my orders have been sent correctly and expediently. I've had one or two hooks that had open eyes on them but that's it, honestly I've had the same from every hook mfg. I've ever used. I'm good with that. The beads have been just fine as well, both brass and tungsten . The one item that I was not as expected was some brass cones, the surface of the cones was mat not polished. I expect that the "next shipment" will address the issue, I'll try them again when I need some. Frankly all of the "discount, cheap, bargain" hooks are as good or better than the name brand hooks we used for decades. It's a good time to be a fly tyer in that regard. Having said that, if I was a commercial tyer I'd probably stick to "premium" hooks. I say that not because I think I'd tie better flys or catch more fish but because I imagine commercial tyers are like most businesses and paying a premium for a consistent reliable product is money well spent. Me, I can afford a bump in the road every once in a while and would rather put the extra money in my gas tank to get me to a off the beaten path spot to wet a line. Obviously YMMV and your needs may be different than mine. Swamp
  15. Thanks, I appreciate it. Glad that you are doing better as well I was rather concerned. Swamp
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