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> Maiden Voyage- Alumacraft Competitor 205, GOT IN THE WATER!!! Shenanigans Report
toothhealer88
Posted: Apr 22, 2018 - 10:05 am


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Congrats-let the fun begin,enjoy.

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Posted: Apr 22, 2018 - 10:41 am


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Thatís a beauty boat man Iím jealous

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HuskyMusky
Posted: Apr 22, 2018 - 11:47 am


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very nice boat

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Canuckbass
Posted: Apr 22, 2018 - 05:57 pm


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Great rig!!!

No guides needed, leave front of bunks out and carry some speed and it'll slide in place perfectly. They're made to fit.

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Posted: Apr 22, 2018 - 06:40 pm


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Enjoy your new toy Blackcrowe.

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Posted: Apr 22, 2018 - 07:09 pm


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Well at least you didn't forget to put the plug like someone I know,lol. Great report Blackcrowe,
She's a beauty, hope you have a great season on the soft water bud.

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Posted: Apr 22, 2018 - 07:14 pm


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QUOTE (Canuckbass @ Apr 22, 2018 - 06:57 pm)
Great rig!!!

No guides needed, leave front of bunks out and carry some speed and it'll slide in place perfectly. They're made to fit.

I agree....I have a pair of 12" roller guides on the very back edge of my trailer (they were on it when I bought the boat). I haven't touched either of them since I bought the boat 3 years ago. Line that puppy up with the trailer and keep the speed just a hair above idle and it'll slide right up to the front bumper.

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Posted: Apr 22, 2018 - 07:25 pm


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QUOTE (Goshawk @ Apr 22, 2018 - 07:14 pm)
QUOTE (Canuckbass @ Apr 22, 2018 - 06:57 pm)
Great rig!!!

No guides needed, leave front of bunks out and carry some speed and it'll slide in place perfectly. They're made to fit.

I agree....I have a pair of 12" roller guides on the very back edge of my trailer (they were on it when I bought the boat). I haven't touched either of them since I bought the boat 3 years ago. Line that puppy up with the trailer and keep the speed just a hair above idle and it'll slide right up to the front bumper.

Agreed, and thanks for the tip!

I used to do exactly that and will be trying it on a ramp I know. Challenge in this case was the water looked pretty shallow at this launch and I am not quite familiar with my motor depth when trimmed down. My old 40hp tiller was easy to turn quick trimmed up a bit... this 115 has some serious weight to it. You really gotta muscle it to turn when you trim it up a bit.

I expect it will take a couple of months to get accustomed with the motor depth, as well as controlling the giant tiller when trimmed up. Gotta start doing some left arm curls! Lol

I also like the guides when the wind is howling... I can make a mistake and recover easily. Power loading can get pretty hairy if lose your line late! Kamikaze!

Thanks for the compliments on the rig all, and if you see me on the water or at the launch, stop by to say hello!



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Posted: Apr 23, 2018 - 08:09 pm


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Great report.
Don't worry, first dates are usually awkward.

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Posted: Apr 24, 2018 - 05:22 pm


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Good read Crowe........I once launched out of bluffers with my son who was young at the time....
Backed boat in launch with son holding bow rope.......boat in .....I go to park.....get out of truck and my son is yelling.......dad.....DAD......the boats taking on water........I run down ..jump aboard....race to the back to feel a round hole where my plug should be.......sh•t......run to glove box .... grab one of many spares( always good to have a few spares).....plug the hole......phew!......turn on bilge.....boat is very full by now........tell son......remind me when we get back to check ramp for plug.....thought it must have fallen out......it was my sons chore to place it before we launched.........when we returned later that day......put boat on trailer.......and started howling......now there was two plugs in stearn of boat??????
My son plugged the live well drain.....lol
I quickly checked in the morning before launching but it was dark and we were excited to get into some kings......it's all good.........nice boat.......tight lines
Greg

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Posted: Apr 24, 2018 - 05:53 pm


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QUOTE (Dinky @ Apr 24, 2018 - 05:22 pm)
Good read Crowe........I once launched out of bluffers with my son who was young at the time....
Backed boat in launch with son holding bow rope.......boat in .....I go to park.....get out of truck and my son is yelling.......dad.....DAD......the boats taking on water........I run down ..jump aboard....race to the back to feel a round hole where my plug should be.......sh•t......run to glove box .... grab one of many spares( always good to have a few spares).....plug the hole......phew!......turn on bilge.....boat is very full by now........tell son......remind me when we get back to check ramp for plug.....thought it must have fallen out......it was my sons chore to place it before we launched.........when we returned later that day......put boat on trailer.......and started howling......now there was two plugs in stearn of boat??????
My son plugged the live well drain.....lol
I quickly checked in the morning before launching but it was dark and we were excited to get into some kings......it's all good.........nice boat.......tight lines
Greg

HHAHAHA!!! Thatís hilarious!

I think leaving your plug out has to be the funniest and most panicked situation when launching boats. I almost look at it as a passage of rights to become a boater. Most anyone that has owned a boat has made the mistake.

Two years ago at IBP I was feeling like a champ at launching and loading alone. I took pride in the fact that I was like a well oiled machine on the pad... then my cockiness got the best of me. I launched and tied the Princecraft up, and went to park the truck. When I returned I was about half a foot deep in water at the back of the boat... plug was back in the truck. Flock of Seagulls... I RAN!!!
Lol... embarrassing, and the carpet never seemed to fully dry after that mishap. Lol

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Posted: Apr 24, 2018 - 06:13 pm


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Make sure you put the plug in the right hole.. Live well hole is right there.. Trust me this mistake happens as well..lol

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Posted: Apr 24, 2018 - 06:46 pm


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In all of my years boating, I've never forgot the cork.

Here's a tip I tell guys that forget. Tape the cork to the winch handle so you can't unload the boat without feeling it. The boat might get a tad wet but catastrophy averted.

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Posted: Apr 24, 2018 - 10:17 pm


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Nice rig


We all have brain frats, but the plug is one thing I have never not had in place.

Keep a short checklist in my truck prior to launching. helps

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Posted: May 03, 2018 - 01:40 pm


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I picked up my new 19' aluminum last May and the trailer guides had been forgotten by the trailer manufacturer. They didn't come in til fall and I really didn't miss them. The bunks are set up so well.

I just put the trailer in the water until the bunks are 1/2 in the water and drive the boat on. It works great every time. Good hand winch and its all over.

Too often I see a boat retrieval with the bunk trailer submerged entirely upto the winch tower or the bunks submerged entirely. It always seems to end with the operator wet to his _uts and trying to float the boat over the trailer. It would be funny if it didn't take 20 minutes of ramp time and a lot of screaming and shouting to retrieve a boat.

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