BOATING & FISHING

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As I became an adult I had small aluminum boats, from Bayliners to a Crestliner bass boat. But when daddy died in 2013, it was sad fishing without him, and so I lost all interest. So I sold that boat and got rid of all my fishing gear. Then in the year 2020, after purchasing a kayak, my love for fishing came back. And then somehow my kayak grew into a bigger boat. Imagine that.

Regarding my current vessel. The V18 Combo was created with the “Great Lakes” and the Ocean in mind. Though it’s an excellent Bass boat (or for general fishing), it’s also a combination of luxury (or comfort), pleasure, skying, and all with much torque and speed.

In February 2021 I created a new Facebook group called Fishing in California with no profanity. You are welcome to join. I am also a member of the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).

THE VESSEL

  • A TARGA™ V-18 COMBO
    (A combo of performance, speed, torque & comfort geared for the Angler)

COMFORT, CONVENIENCE & PEACE OF MIND

  • A 40 gal. fuel tank
  • Bow & stern eyes
  • 6 flip-up & 2 midship cleats
  • Bimini top (for the wifey)
  • Power steering

LIVEWELL SYSTEMS

  • Lighted bow 19-gal. aerated livewell w/timer, recirculator & pump-out system
  • Aft 30-gal. 16 x 40″ livewell w/port bait bucket holder, timer, recirculator & pump-out system
  • Dual 750 GPH aerator/fill pumps w/timers & 500GPH pump-outs

TROLLING MOTOR

  • Minn Kota® PowerDrive™ 24V, 70-lb. thrust (it was an eye sore & in the way – removed it)

CONSOLE

  • SONAR: Lowrance® HOOK REVEAL 7 Combo w/TripleShot™ & GPS
  • SONAR: Garmin echoMAP Plus 4 5cv w/ a CV20-TM
  • SeaStar™ hydraulic steering w/tilt
  • Integrated tackle storage
  • AM/FM Bluetooth® stereo
  • Cobra MR F45-D Stationary Marine Radio (Coast Guard registered with MMSI & DSC) & a separate HT for others.
  • Ham radio (FCC lic. K2PTL)

INTERIOR

  • Elevated bow & aft fishing decks
  • 5 pedestal seat base locations
  • 2 movable, 360° swivel angler seats
  • Multiple storage compartments
  • Bow, port and starboard rod lockers
  • Aft deck w/split flip sections & jump seats
  • VERSATRACK® accessory-mounting channels
  • H6 Seat Pedestal Double Rod Holder
  • and much more.

ELECTRICAL

  • 500 GPH bilge pump
  • Bow, console & interior lights
  • Bow panel w/12V outlet, bow aerator & trim switch
  • Navigation & LED courtesy light
  • 3-bank battery charger
  • Interstate® batteries: 1 cranking, 2 trolling & 1 for back-up engine
  • Charging ports for phones
  • and more.

THE MAIN ENGINE

  • Mercury® 200HP V8 XL Pro XS® FourStroke 💪
  • Deep deadrise & reversed chines
  • Set-back transom designed to deliver undisturbed water to the prop for faster, smoother takeoff & better performance
  • Pressed-in strakes for optimal performance
  • Stainless steel propeller

BACK-UP ENGINE / TROLL MOTOR

  • Mercury 9.9 EXLHP Command Thrust Pro Kicker, w/hydraulic steering, power tilt & electric start, all operated from the helm

CONSTRUCTION & EXTERIOR

  • Color: Starlite Charcoal & Gray
  • Diamond Coat™ 2.0 finish features industry-exclusive powdercoat & clearcoat
  • All-welded, .125 aluminum Deep V hull, transom & stringer system
  • Robotically welded, all-aluminum box-beam transom
  • Reverse chine hull design for drier ride & better handling
  • 8′ 6″ beam & 7′ 4″ bottom (more room & stability)
  • Aft swim platform w/boarding ladder
  • Removable ski tow pylon
  • and much more.

CUSTOM TRAILER

  • Two axle trailer, powdercoated w/GALVASHIELD®
  • Inner frame-brake line system w/1-point bleed
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • Chrome wheels & matching hubs
  • Space-saving swing-away tongue
  • Integrated boarding steps & safety handle
  • Heavy-duty load guides for easy, centered loading

RODS & REELS

  • Saltwater: For big game fish a Penn Ally Heavy Boat Rod, w/ a Penn 115L2 (9/0) Senator conventional reel
  • Saltwater: A Penn Squall, 6’6” rod, w/ a Penn Squall 30-LW bait caster reel
  • Fresh & saltwater: A Penn Spin Fisher VI, 7’0” extra fast action rod, with a Penn Spin Fisher VI 4500 spinning reel
  • Freshwater: A Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Carbonlite 2.0, 7’2” light rod. With a Carbonlite 2.0, Model JCT2000 Spinning reel.

FISHING ACCESSORIES

Enjoying God’s creation from a mariners perspective is a phenomenal experience (Gen. 1:26, Rom. 1:25). “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Here’s my Boating & Fishing tag.