Broken Boat,Broken Rod, and a Fat Skunk!

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by ivane068, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. ivane068

    ivane068 Professional hide and seek player..

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    Finally the weather outlook was good so I prepped everything Friday night to get an early start. I had tons of new gear to try out from all the Fred Hall splurging I did. So I get to the dock 6am Saturday, turn the key to boat and smoke, tons and tons of smoke. I turn her off and pull out of the launch ramp and start calling local shops to see if anyone has an opening, thinking and hooping it’s something minor in hopes of salvaging the weekend. I get a hold of this place called The Boat Grotto they seem legit, good reviews on yelp at least. I get there and they tell me my compression is 110 all around and the engine is bad, there explanation is it’s something internal no other explanation. There estimate is between 1500 and 2k to go through the outboard or repower for $8500. I thought my season was over before it began, but on the wayhome my wife says “hey that guy was trying to sell you real hard on repowering and he seemed kind of shady, why we don’t get a second opinion”. Long story short I end up at Hipp Marine in Kearny Mesa they tell me I have a bad coil and a few other minor issues a few hundred bucks later im out with a working boat.

    Moving on Sunday morning I try again this time things go as planed launch out of MCRD at 730 have a smooth ride out no issues. I picked up a scoop of dines on the way out and headed to the whistler. Tons of life out there birds where around water temp was about 58 degrees. Fished the bottom for a while for nothing. I made amove to some nearby kelp and started playing with my new Teramar, third cast on a light jig and on the retrieve snap the tip breaks of clean WTF seriously! I called it quits from there and fished the bay for a few hours with no luck. With this kind of start I hope things can only get better.

    Update: I spoke to the owner of the boat grotto Mario today 04/10, he gave me A sincere apology for what happened on Saturday and offered to make it right. We all have bad experiences with businesses once in a while but not many people take the time to apologize and attempt to resolve the issue.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p>
     
  2. Pulpo

    Pulpo Newbie

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    The title of your thread made me laugh, you need a beer. REGROUP !
     
  3. chase4

    chase4 Newbie

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    We all have bad days and you were just lucky enough to get yours out of the way early in the season. Ivan, thank you for your service for our country.

    "A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country now who no longer understand it."
     
  4. echo1er

    echo1er Newbie

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    ah could be worst as other people say.
    You could be in formation for field day.
    You could be standing duty

    Hope you get your day back Ivan. Make sure you don't take it out on the Jr guys.
     
  5. Mischief

    Mischief EST. 1980

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    Well look at it this way, you could be in Iraq ;)
     
  6. gved823

    gved823 Member

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    Good news Ivan, Shimano will replace your terramar. They did my 8 ftr
     
  7. Tunahead

    Tunahead Long Time Tuna Abused Member

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    SMART MOVE getting 2nd opinion, sounds like the 1st place a rip off.
    NOW you're ready hopefully to get out WHEN the fish start biting!
    GOOD LUCK and have a great season! LOL
     
  8. dkd711

    dkd711 Skunk Master...

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    Rod could have had internal damage from a drop or just from manufacturing, good news is they will replace it for free! Corp is in Irvine open M-F or local shops will do a swap for you but charge a service fee around $20 or so. Glad your motor issues didn't break the bank and Grotto SUCKS DONKEY BALLS for trying to rip you off like that!


    Tight lines bro!
     
  9. homeboyhero

    homeboyhero Newbie

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    you are lucky shimano has a service center in irvine
     
  10. jig-guy

    jig-guy Newbie

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    You will get those fish next time out. I am glad you did not have to get a new engine. The first dealer is an AH. No problem getting another rod you will be good to go next outing. Thank you for your service!
    tl
    jig-guy / Bill
     
  11. laderwell

    laderwell Newbie

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    what kiind of motor do you have? thanks for the advice about the Boat Grotto
     
  12. Innocent Bystaner

    Innocent Bystaner Innocent Bystander

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    Good thing you took it to Hipp Marine. They are the most honest guys and gals I've ever done business with. Maybe because they have "Marine" after the Hipp. Good honest folks there.
     
  13. ivane068

    ivane068 Professional hide and seek player..

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    Mercury 135 2 stroke, be carefull i went there based on the yelp reviews but now that i gave them a second look they look fake to. Also everyone i called laughed when it told them what the grotto said. And by the way hipp,s compresion checked showed 120 across the board.
     
  14. Fish Ninja

    Fish Ninja Newbie

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    Shitty way to do business! Shame on them! Hit up Shimano in Irvine for your rod. They will hook you up. They do good business there unlike the shady grotto.
     
  15. J-Dog

    J-Dog Member

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    120psi is what a new engine should have. Sounds like you have great piston/ring compression.
     
  16. gspot

    gspot Crazy for Cabo

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    Well, you got the motor fixed (screw the Grotto), boat ran fine. Compression good. Batteries charged. Bait pump working. New rod coming. Hey, it can only get better now that you have the small stuff squared away. Good luck this season. HooRah!
     
  17. SDWhaler17

    SDWhaler17 Newbie

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    x2 for serving our country, better luck next time.
     
  18. mattbush

    mattbush Member

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    In my opinion, that was a great way to start off the season. Chances are really high that you will have a much better time fishing the next few times out! Sometimes it's a good thing to get all the bad sh!t out of the way in one go out.
     
  19. gecsr1

    gecsr1 28' Aquasport "Reel Adventure II"

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    You should inform "YELP" on your experience there and maybe save another from getting caught up with a bad deal...

    Hipp Marine are the good Guys.... very Honest and Fair
     
  20. lynndeva

    lynndeva Fishing mom

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    nope, no bad luck..you could have went ahead with The Boat Grotto...but you didn't :hali_olutta: getting a second opinion sounds like you had some good luck..;) it's all about perspective :evilimu:
     

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