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Updated: 02/01/2018 08:30:03AM

Time takes a toll

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By Greg Bartz

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Everything has an expiration date. Everything on your boat — the carpet and interior, the engine, rods and reels, even the hull — all of it will give out over time. The guides fall off rods and the blanks get loose in the handle. Reels have gears that give out or bearings that seize. Engines, even with constant maintenance, wear out (though with a little love, they last much longer). Carpet and upholstery wear out no matter what you do to them.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. Fair question. I have gotten into that spot where it seems to appear that I am in the state of “replace.” All of my fishing stuff is on the verge of being replaced. Since last summer, I’ve bought 12 rods and 10 reels. The carpet in my boat has finally worn through and has one spot where I am standing on fiberglass. The seats are cracked. My motor right now is my biggest enemy. The boat hull itself and the trailer are OK, but a new coat of wax might shine it up. As time goes on, small things start to go on it and it is seemingly a never ending battle.

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