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Updated: 08/08/2014 08:17:18PM

Boats are always hungry

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16 Chaos Bonefish Edition

By Capt. Van Hubbard

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It’s time to catch up and fix all the things I’ve worn out from fishing so much this year. 2014 has been a good year, and I’m praying it stays that way awhile. It’s anyone’s guess what will happen between red tides, storms, politics, our crazy weather and the crazier-yet world. We have to just play the cards we are dealt.

My boat has held up well for the hard rides it’s conquered. In fact, it’s a lot stronger than I am anymore. I put a few scratches on the nice new paint Russell Clim from Advanced Marine sprayed last spring, so I’ll have to visit him with more money sometime soon. The Evinrude 200 H.O. I bought almost two years ago has been awesome. It’s the perfect match for my 23 Dorado. It has plenty of power, light weight and good fuel economy — what more could I ask for? She’s almost ready for her 900-hour checkup, but Luke Clim is very busy right now. My Loadmaster trailer is an antique ‘03; she’s needs some new wheels and TLC but still gets the job done. Don’s Trailer has kept her going for a reasonable fee. Under new ownership, Stump Pass Marina has improved and looks much better. They are constantly improving still. Abel’s Marine is the place I go to get things done right the first time. Top-drawer business and people, and they can identify and solve boat problems efficiently. And it’s time to go see Ryan at Omani to redo my T-top canvas. It’s been a few years; time sure passes fast these days. Last time I had it re-done I went to a lighter off-white color, which really helps with the heat. Dark blue looked pretty, but I fried when sitting up top.

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