Anyone know what the Excalibur was? Vessel name before it. Taft brothers bought a new boat.

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  1. wildbunch

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    I chartered the Charisma for 15yrs and love the boat, but you are right about the new owner being an old grumpy ass. Have a great trip :) :cheers:
     
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    I'll take Chuck and his crew any day!!! This is a great addition to his fleet. Looking forward to fishing the boat... although I love the Legend!!!
     
  3. Born 2 fish

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    Trip planned on Excalibur looks like a comfortable trip can’t wait !
     
  4. Wandering Blues

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    I just looked at the video boat tour. Looks like a fishy platform and the refurbish was done right. Guess I need to tip my hat to the Taft’s. Looks like a good 3.5 day ride.
     
  5. finfan

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    Anything that the Tafts own is barely afloat.........
     
  6. writebrian

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    Heard on Let's Talk Hookup that Joel Ralston is the Captain of the new Excalibur. Anyone know his creds?
     
  7. fishfish

    fishfish I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Heard from HM office that Joel is one of the guys operating it. Office said it depends on the specific trip. Nothing set in stone on who's runnin it on any given day . Oh well...... Bummer !
     
  8. writebrian

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    What's Joel's story? Don't know what boat he previously captained or what his reputation is. Anyone that can chime in?
     
  9. fishfish

    fishfish I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Joel had a successful Captains career at the Landings about 10-20 years ago.
    He was also the previous owner of the Relentless which historically was quite the fish killer back in the day.
     
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    I saw the Excalibur when we were coming back to port on NLA on my 2day, it did stick-out like a sore thumb & was impressive, kinda like the Ocean Odyssey ....
    Big, doesnt mean fishy, just means roomy & high out of the water,,,
     
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  11. dalurker

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  12. spize909

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    Top Gun 80 is also narrow up the rails. I fished it a few times when they first had t done. Such a bitchen boat, I never could figure out why they designed it so narrow. It definitely makes a difference fishing tuna.
     
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    Fished on the Conquest on a few charters with him running it and then on the Relentless a couple times before he dropped out of sight. Great Captain!
     
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    LIKE
     
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  15. Joel Kaplan

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    All sounds good about the Excalibur and it's total makeover. My question is about the heads and showers. Can anyone please advise if they are way up front at the bow, or located in a better place. And if the showers are for real or are they of that old style, as part of the toilet area. Please advise. Thank you.
     
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    Never been on the boat, but in the walk through video you can see the heads are at the back of house but outside. They don’t show inside them though.
     
  17. Joel Kaplan

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    Big Bluefin Tuna, Caught Aug 20, 2016.jpg Thank you very much. It looks like they have done an excellent job of a total remodel and makeover. Looks to be a great fishing platform, as well. I guess that I'll soon learn about the showers. I'm going fishing on the Excalibur in August. Thanks again. Tight lines!
     
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    Hey fellas.

    Thinking about jumping on this boat Monday night for a one-day trip. I’ve never really liked fishing boats that are high off the water. Those of you that have fished on this boat... is that an issue? Otherwise looks like a great set up.

    Thank you!
     
  19. Pitchinwedge

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    Not too high off the water at the stern. It's big, comfortable, AND fishy. One of my fave boats. Joel and crew are awesome. Good luck out there!

    Edit: To clarify, as with any boat, it obviously gets higher at the bow....
     
  20. greenscales

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    Fished both under the old names of Charisma and Encore back when those weird fish with the extended pectorals were around and using a 196-8 & TSM-II w/softer 15lb and pinheads on size 8s - landed up to 30lbs on the rig when nothing else got bit. The height allowed me to actually get a little more distance, line of site on the bait, and put the rod tip straight down to avoid a bow from the wind - so distance to water helped. Just need to wait for the gaff. Not as fun when fishing plastics or wide open bites and you want to bounce fish. I fish hard baits a lot know w/long rods and think the higher platforms allow me to work them better.

    Usually great ride - but can snap a little w/the wide beam in the wrong trough angle. Keep in mind The boat is fat and was originally focused on dive over fishing. I want to get back on it soon myself.
     

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