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Thread: Invader is ready for the season
May-29-2012, 06:05 PM #1
Invader is ready for the season
I've been spending huge amounts of time getting one of the Invaders ready to go to BoLA on June 23rd.
This project started last August when the boat was stripped down and the deck removed. Pulled out the leaking 42 gal fuel tank and had Vince at American Tanks build a custom 60 gallon one.
Wound up replacing a complete stringer and one bulkhead - recessed the foam and stringers to install a piece of 3/4" ply glassed to the stringers and foam - a 1/2 deck was glassed over the top. Used fine ground walnut shells for the non-skid - this was covered with gelcoat and webbing was applied for texture.
Installed a combo leaning post, tackle storage and 30 gal bait tank.
Boat was completely rewired with marine grade wire. I can't seem to find the fuel & volt gauge, hence the holes in the console.
Oh yeah, added a new Etec 90 - Took it out for a test run yesterday to get some break-in hours and figured we'd fish for a few bass. The bass were exceptionally willing to play and we caught/released around 40 in about 3 hours.
Everything worked as planned and the boat is ready to head south!
May-29-2012, 06:13 PM #2
Nice work gramps. It'll be good to have you back out there.
Is that vinces old leaner?
May-29-2012, 06:16 PM #3
There's lobster in BOLA?
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May-29-2012, 06:29 PM #4
Yes it is - did a bit of rework to make the bait tank function better - it seems to work real well but have only tested it on calico's - haven't really got to test it on bait....
Oh, the calicos were taken for a boat ride and released...
Looks like I should have made the trip down to the islands yesterday afer reading Nicolai's post.
May-29-2012, 06:31 PM #5
May-29-2012, 07:24 PM #6
Nicely done. She was made for LA Bay. We'll probably pass you on the road heading north on the 23th. Safe travels.
May-30-2012, 09:27 PM #7
So is that a custom combo leaning post, tackle storage and 30 gal bait tank? I'm looking for something similar." The Looper"
May-30-2012, 09:36 PM #8
Looks awesome Steve!"What is the MLPA anyway? They are the meanest people ever!"
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May-30-2012, 09:53 PM #9
Nice. That thing will scoot if required, and still sip fuel.
Congrats on the rebuild/upgrades. Best of luck down there.
May-30-2012, 09:59 PM #10
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