Big boats are great. There’s nothing like the feeling of running across the water at 70+mph on a crisp, clear morning headed out to your favorite fishing spot. But let’s face it, speed doesn’t catch fish, it just lets you get to them sooner. And outboard motors aren’t necessary or even allowed on a lot of great fisheries.
For those lakes, I’ve been using a smaller aluminum boat with no outboard and very little else in the way of the comforts that my Phoenix has in abundance. The only problem with this boat is that it’s not as stable as I’d like and I’ve been waiting patiently for the day I managed to fall out of it because of this shortcoming. As amusing as the video of that potential exit from the boat would have been for you the viewer, I’ve decided that I’ve tempted fate long enough and it was time for an upgrade. With year end close outs deals going on, I did my part to stimulate the economy and purchased a new 18 foot, 60 inch wide Tracker Grizzly. This new boat is considerably wider and a foot longer than the older boat, so it should be much more stable, although an unpremeditated exit from it is still always possible.
The only problem is, when I say I bought a boat, that’s exactly what you get, a plain boat with nothing installed. One of the fun things about owning a boat is that there’s always something that you can add to it and there’s no better feeling that doing that work yourself. Most boating accessories aren’t that complicated to install and there’s nothing going on this boat they I can’t install myself.
The first and probably most important step is mounting the trolling motor. Check out the video below and I’ll show you how I went about it and why I chose to mount it in an unusual location. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post updates of the progress in getting this boat ready for the water, with videos on installing the depth finder, wiring the batteries, setting up my camera mounts and anything else I decide to add to the project.
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