Back in the water……

After a slow make-over the wood boat is finally back in action. Sporting a new ash keel, several coats of epoxy finish and marine varnish, and a brand new 50hp Yamaha tiller, it is looking good.

The motor has about 20 minutes of running time on it. Seems really quiet, even at full throttle. Only one small issue…..the handle is much longer than what the Merc had making the driver’s seat position somewhat tight. Solution……..add another seat base maybe a foot forward.

18 feet of wooden fish catching fury. That 60 incher is sure going to look pretty against the cedar and oak!

7 thoughts on “Back in the water……

  1. WOW!! She's beautiful. We can't wait for that first ride. I suggest popping the back seat out and puttting in a tasteful lazyboy lounger. Let's ride.

  2. Really looks like it turned out GREAT….
    I'm sure you might have to let Matt know the boat is ready to take him fishing again.
    That Yamaha tiller might be an upgrade to that merc you were running.
    Now go get that 60"er….

  3. Gord,

    This is way too nice to fish out of. Why don't you take off the Yamie, put it on the boat I will be using next year and use the boat as a coffee table in the lodge? It would be a very nice conversation piece.

  4. Perhaps you could photoshop Margie into the photo?
    Oe you could bring back the little barbie boat to park along side the big guy?
    That boat can be filled real easy in spring with a couple of guy's from Green Bay, it will then not be a lonely boat anymore…

  5. Hi Gord…Congratulations on a fine effort to get your boat back on the water this year. And very good thinking to arrange the tiller seating for a comfortable ergonomic fit. This will make driving out to Gull Island and back a real pleasure.

    I'll bet that the Yamaha Owners Manual offers useful suggestions for properly breaking in the motor and using a substance called oil in the crankcase. These tips can come in handy if you would like to run this motor for more than a year or two.

    Incidentally, I had a hour meter installed on my boat when my Honda 50 was brand new. This inexpensive guage made it simple to keep track of the 20 hour break-in that Honda recommended, as well as when to change the oil/filter. The engine is now in its 10th season with about 1500 hours of running time on it. Estimated engine life is 3200 hours, so I'm thinking I won't be needing another engine for quite a while.

  6. Boat looks great. It's a Gem for sure. Look forward to being back up next spring. Busy here at work but have been managing to put some fish on the deck now and then.

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

Trevor Benner

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