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08-13-2019, 03:04 AM
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Views: 235
Posted By LKD

Sportfisherman Boot Stripe

Time to redo bootstripe on 55 sportfisherman

Thinking about out a change. Ideas with photos are welcome.
08-04-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,532
Posted By LKD

Intellectual Property

What you are describing is an intellectual property rights clause or clauses in your charter agreement.
Even if the customer agrees to it, you have no practical or cost-effective way of enforcing...
08-04-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,532
Posted By LKD

Link is fine

Link is fine: as Bernard deVoto wrote, "Between the amateur and the professional . . . there is a difference not only in degree but in kind. The skillful man is, within the function of his skill, a...
08-04-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,532
Posted By LKD

Definition of Unethical

Amateur: taking customer's money and delivering suboptimal product without advising the customer.

08-04-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,532
Posted By LKD


Welcome to the 21st Century. A finger on the screen marks a location or enables the tracking of your boat. Total idiots are using drones to capture locations. Inexpensive but capable outboard boats...
08-02-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,007
Posted By LKD

Got those, too.

We refurbished six Penn Graphite reels (three 4500SS and three 5500SS) with new drags, braid friendly line roller/bail assemblies, and larger Penn handles. The parts came from Mystic/Penn Parts. ...
08-02-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,007
Posted By LKD

VanStaal and ZeeBaas

we have had flawless performance from VanStaal and ZeeBaas reels (11 of them) including four purchased in 2008.
07-28-2019, 04:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,764
Posted By LKD

Spinning rods with plugs

In addition to the sound live bait advice by previous posters, here is another observation.

In the Gulf and in the Northeast, we have had great results (for YFT and small BFT) with three or four...
07-23-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,366
Posted By LKD

Haven't Seen SWR Measurements

The degraded transmit results suggest Standing Wave Ratio issues (SWR and VSWR).

Hire a qualified radio tech or buy/borrow an SWR analyzer or directional wattmeter.

I believe that West Marine...
07-22-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,457
Posted By LKD

Frequent Event

This happens fairly often.

Run line under prior line, tie bowline with 18 inch or so diameter loop.
Return to vessel, make line fast to vessel cleat.

Similar option is to make one end .of line...
07-22-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,397
Posted By LKD

Temporary fix

One thing that you could do if you are planning an off season fix is this:

1. In line with the lag bolt holes, drill a 2 inch hole (hole saw) through the sides of the stringer, with the hole...
07-21-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,397
Posted By LKD

Think about this

What you have inside those stringers are vertical pieces of plywood. Putting a fasterner into the end grain of pywood is seldom a good idea.

Any lag bolt is penetrating a thin composite layer and...
07-19-2019, 04:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 370
Posted By LKD

Reel covers

Before I get out the sewing machine and make these myself, has anyone found a source for non-neoprene reel covers made of sunblocking cloth for 30W through 130 conventional and medium to large...
07-19-2019, 04:19 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,397
Posted By LKD

Sound advice

missing information: stringer internal construction; source of water intrusion.

If, as is most likely, stringers were laid up over plywood cores, space inside of stringers needs to be stabilized...
07-17-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 763
Posted By LKD

Starbrite Non-Skid Deck Wax

This product is the best available solution for non-skid cockpits.

Applied in accordance with Starbrite's directions, it's not particularly expensive. You can buy a 16 oz bottle on line for $12.
07-15-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,944
Posted By LKD

Missing from this discussion

Missing from this discussion are the impact of ambient temperature and internal reel temperature and repeatability of process. We are sort of old school on this.

Here, we deal with typical...
Forum: Dockside Chat
07-14-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,706
Posted By LKD

Creative Use of Cardboard and Paper

You have to hand it to them -- selling paper and cardboard at furniture prices - and let's not forget the gourmet IKEA Swedish meatballs that were actually horsement:...
Forum: Dockside Chat
06-19-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,128
Posted By LKD

Kittens Need A Home

Okaloosa Island Kittens -- Free - Delivered within 200 miles with $100 gift certificates

12 week-old kittens born on sportfisherman

Pregnant 3/4 Maine CoonCat abandoned by Tennessee...
06-11-2019, 04:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 438
Posted By LKD

Electricity + small 13-year-old boat +...

Electricity + small 13-year-old boat + incompetent surveyor + novice boater = high probability of nickel and diming to death without total solution.

Save yourself a lot of grief, time, and...
06-01-2019, 04:57 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 88,357
Posted By LKD

A Russ Honore moment needed for USCG

In the 1980's, the Coast Guard, President Reagan, and Congress made a wrong turn and the course set is a bad one.

The Coast Guard itself had little interest in its traditional aid and assistance...
05-30-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 26,323
Posted By LKD

Operative Word: Sailboater

I note that the OP is a sailboater.

Having owned a large marina, I can say that Article I of the Sailboaters' Creed is to try to get something for free every day. I think that this is the case...
05-29-2019, 03:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 817
Posted By LKD

Antibacterial Dawn

Clean with 1 to 4 solution of antibacterial (orange) Dawn with hot water; then, flush with hot water. Repeat if required.

Sustainment: spray antibacterial Dawn along sides of bilges weekly; add...
05-28-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 96,690
Posted By LKD

Clearly Extreme Case -- but not isolated

Hope that thunderbolts, FWC, and swarms of litigators descend on the owner and operator -- but these scenes are a daily occurrence in Florida.

Distance from the passing boat to the moored vessel...
05-26-2019, 01:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 495
Posted By LKD

Surviving Holiday Weekend in NW Florida

rvThe annual influx of tourists on rental boats and pwc’s has begun. A new crop of knuckleheads will arrive every Saturday They are joined by Alan net of idiots in their own boats.

only apparent...
05-25-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,395
Posted By LKD

Inexpensive vs. free

We subscribe to Hilton's services and find that it's well worth the price: Hilton's Realtime-Navigator Fish Finding Service (

For a view of free NOAA stuff, look here...
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