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  1. His price was great too. For the number of cheap covers I've had over the past couple years that have leaked, I should've had this made a long time ago haha
  2. John mann did an amazing job. Just picked the boat up. The cover fits like a glove. All the corners and wear spots are re-enforced. I'm really happy I sucked it up and went the custom route. The material is super heavy and the water beads right off. I'm sure it will last years to come. Thank you all for the suggestions. Hes got my recommendation of anyone is looking for a quality canvas guy
  3. Nice! That's a heck of a deal on that boat, even with the work it needs. Goodluck.
  4. First off. Sweet rig. Second, I looked at a winner center console a few weeks ago. I had never heard of the brand so did a little research. I found that they were one of the first companies to use an all fiberglass grid layout. So, no wood in the construction to rot. They made all sorts of boats including bass boats. The company was named after their hulls winning a few offshore races. The center console I looked as was built like a tank. Very stout boat. Unfortunately the owner wanted about double what I truly thought it was worth. O well. That's about all I know. Sorry I cant be more of a help
  5. I cant say I've run spoons behind a dipsy or with a SD. But, I run a spoon behind a slide diver every trip. Slide diver with 50ft of lead, then 5 ft flouro leader, then spoon. It is often my best rod honestly. When the fish wont hit the riggers they will hit that slide diver. I know that was a little off topic but spoons behind slide divers work very well
  6. Second trip in a row for rainbows. It's funny how I have never caught one before this year. Now I have gotten 3 so far, one 7lb, one smaller probably 3 pounds and this one this morning at 5 lbs. What surprised me was that it came 80 ft down. Anyway, love these rainbows
  7. When it cuts out, does it get to full rpm? Meaning, if wide open throttle is 5400 rpm, does it get there or die at 2500? When I bought my mercury 60hp 2 stroke used, it only got to a certain rpm. Then it quit. Ended up being an electrical issue. Bought a new piece and it was good as new. I'd have to look back at what the issue exactly was.
  8. X2 on gluvit. Good stuff. Just make sure the aluminum is super clean before you put it on. Also Jamestown distributors is great. I ordered all the epoxy for sealing both the wood floor and transom. Make sure to use marine grade ply. Not pressure treat. Itll eat the aluminum. It's not cheap but worth it.
  9. Yeah. For me, it came down to buying a newer boat, but not knowing what I had. Or, rebuilding mine and I know exactly what I have and that it is all brand new. I had just done a bunch of work on my motor so I knew it was solid. In the end it was fun building it the way I wanted. I also splurged for a few shiny things that came into play haha. Somehow a new Garmin fishfinder/GPS made it's way onto the dash. Weird haha
  10. I cant say to what the value of the finished boat would be, but I can talk a little about the money I've put in mine. I completely gutted my starcraft holiday down to the bare aluminum, sealed the rivets with gluvit, new foam, new floor, new vinyl, and new transom, new seats etc. If I think about what I paid for the boat plus what I've got in it in materials and time, I think I'm upside down in the whole project. That being said, I have no intention of selling the boat and I know structurally it's like brand new. The other benefit is that you can build it to exactly what you want. But, those islanders are a very desirable boat for lake O, so you might make out ok. Honestly two of the most expensive things will be anything that has to do with the motor and the new canvas. Materials such as flooring, epoxy etc aren't too expensive. Just buy the best materials you can and dont skimp out. You dont want to be doing it again anytime soon. If it were me, the first and most important thing to check is the transom. Is it original? What shape is the wood in? The transom is such an important structural piece to the hull. And any stringers but I have a feeling those are all aluminum in that hull. As far as limit, I have no idea. Maybe others could speak to what that finished boat would be worth.
  11. Two weekends ago I caught a nice 24 inch rainbow. Probably the most beautiful one I've seen. Such vivid colors. It was hooked square in the bottom lip. No blood, clean hook. I didnt even bring it in the boat, so no picture. Brought it up to the side of the boat and said "my god that's the prettiest rainbow I've seen", grabbed the pliers and with one flick the hooks came out and it was swimming off. Cayuga has been truly awesome this year between some really nice browns in the spring and now the rainbows. Amazing
  12. Yeah. That material is what he suggested. I told him to go with whatever he thinks is best, since he knows way more than I do about it haha. Even with the best materials his price was great. I'll make sure to post some pictures of it afterwords. Thanks everyone for the re assurance that the investment will be worth it. I never really doubted it, but just had to put my mind to rest
  13. Good idea. We talked about using top gun which is an acrylic like sunbrella but wont stretch and is more wear resistant. Just as heavy, so I think itll last a long time. The cover will almost always be on the boat. For the winter its stored in a family members barn, but I will probably still keep the cover on. Or put the crappy one back on and keep the new one inside the house. Havnt gotten quite that far yet lol
  14. Sounds good. Thanks everyone. Sounds like it will be a worth while investment and probably something I should have done a few years ago
  15. So, funny story, that is who I am lined up with. I'm on his list. I'm not doubting him at all. I know it will be amazing and he will be using top notch materials. I'm just wondering about how waterproof a good cover actually is?
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