I have room for 1 brave souls. Preferably one with top notch paddling skills. I will bust out the life raft if too many fish are caught.
Like I tell everyone, if the Sea takes me, she takes me. So be prepared to meet your maker or Davey Jones.
Just make sure you take care of your main and do the maintenance! There are many ocean vessels with nothing more than a single main and no redundancy. Many commercial single screw vessels with thousands of hours.... I spend hundreds of hours in my old Chris Craft single screw....
Epirb and a good VHF are a must!
Epirb is on the list too. But damn those are expensive.
They are not that expensive! You can get a PLB on sale for around $200.00..... A full tilt 406 EPIRB around $400-$500....
You have to make a choice when and where to cut corners.... there is a difference in dying for your passion and just being wreck less.... still your choice, but you will meet some scrutiny along the way...
Dude, if you can't afford either maybe consider a different hobby or jump on someone else's boat. Love the ambition but there is a line between stupid and adventurous.
What happened to our guy on here in his 19ft aluminum chasing tuna solo 40 miles from shore? I remember fishing with my wifes uncle. We are trying to get Coleman and we get Mark from the sea, 30 miles from westport just chugging along in five ft swells. MARK where ya at?
Man get a kicker or a vhf with DSC so at least the coasties can find your body and boat.
If you need adventure bring your boat to B'Ham with some gale force winds and cross Bellingham Bay. You will get enough adventure in that mess. Get through Rosario and it can be a magical place with fish, beer and islands all protected from the chaos of wind surrounding the islands. At least that is what I am told. A mermaid mentioned it to me one day and then a leprechaun echoed the same story.
Thanks for the adventure story, sounded fun, as I love adventures trips.
Is the cost of a PLB or EPIRB not really worth your life?
How is it a source of income? Honest question. Your overhead is certainly lower than most but if I won every tuna tournament in the NW, I could still write off heavy losses at the end of the year.
I'm doing the best I can with what I've got.
If you’re trying to make a living fishing why not start out deck handing in one of the charters?
I've seen you out by seal rock in past years. I also was the first person you met at the ramp for the WTC. You did you were going to fish it solo. I was like "whuht?"
I have an old suzi 4hp 2-stroke shortie that you can hang on there for the rest of this season. She ain't been fired up in years but ran first pull when I put her in the shop
Andre....folks are loving your adventures and just looking out for you.
Kicker or Epirb? I don’t have an Epirb, but certainly should get one.
If what you hit took out your lower unit, a kicker could have kept you going in right direction. VHF for help. So I lean towards kicker to keep you out of trouble.
If what you hit instantly brought on water? Epirb. You determine the percentages.
You also just do you and as Gspot said, keep up maintenance.
You picked a rough hobby to actually try to make any money at it, especially how you’re going about it. Sounds like deckhanding could get you a lot further economically. And then use that xtra coin to better outfit your hobby. Hell, many of the captains offer a place to sleep too.
I have a second PLB in my ditch box sitting on SlapShot. I wear mine and Norm/Carrie keep an EPIRB in their ditch bag. I haven’t checked the battery this year, but I will this weekend. If it’s still good, it’s yours, if you’ll actually wear it! You might need to have the battery replaced and you’ll need to reassign it to you and give a new emergency contact.
I used to overextend a too small boat with not sufficient safety equipment too. I was piss poor. I did always have a kicker and vhf. But not much more.I've thought about it. This just allows me to adventure more freely. Maybe I'll have to resort to something else later but I'm busting my butt trying to make this work for now.
I spend a lot of time out of Neah Bay so it's no surprise you saw me out there. You got me on a lucky day though because I rarely fish inside. I really appreciate your offer and I might take you up on it. I've really been holding out for a 4 stroke so I can plumb it into my main tank and not have to mix fuel on the go. I really appreciate the offer, it's really generous.
I'm glad people enjoy keeping up. And these are all scenarios I have contemplated. Probably whichever one I prepare for is the one that won't happen.
Laurence, that is an extremely generous offer and I will definitely take you up on it. I wear my life jacked every time I'm on the water alone regardless of how nice the weather is and a PLB would be no exception. And you could consider it a loaner. I'll buy you a new one when I can.
And guys I know you are all just looking out for my and worried for my safety and I honestly really appreciate it. If this whole thing doesn't work out the way I want then I can go do something else but this is what I love like most people here. I appreciate the support. I'll definitely keep everyone posted on where I go and what I do.
This weekend I'm going to Canada to fish and camp with some friends. But I'll be firmly planted on shore. I'm not taking the boat
I've got a vhf with dcs. And I never said I was smart. I just love fishing. I gonna die on the water someday and I'm OK with that.
Also 5 foot swells 30 miles offshore isn't very scary.
But I do like adventures. Which is why I'm chasing Marlin in a couple weeks down in SoCal!!