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In the nineteen sixties I grew-up fishing with my Dad. Mom and Dad had blessed us kids with lots of outdoorsmen activities. I especially loved the deep-sea vessels, which took us on many ocean excursions.

As I became an adult I had small aluminum boats, to Bayliners, to a Crestliner bass boat. But when daddy died in 2013, it was sad fishing without him, and so I lost all interest. So I sold that boat, and got rid of all my fishing gear. Then in the year 2020, after purchasing a kayak, my love for fishing came back. And then somehow my kayak grew into a bigger boat. Imagine that. Below is my new boat, and the helm I’m now at.

THE VESSEL

  • A TARGA™ V-18 COMBO
    (A combo of performance, speed, torque, comfort & geared for the Angler)

COMFORT, CONVENIENCE & PEACE OF MIND

  • A 40 gal. fuel tank
  • Bow & stern eyes
  • 6 flip-up & 2 midship cleats
  • Bimini top (for the wifey)

LIVEWELL SYSTEMS

  • Lighted bow 19-gal. aerated livewell w/timer, recirculator & pump-out system
  • Aft 30-gal. 16 x 40″ livewell w/port bait bucket holder, timer, recirculator & pump-out system
  • Dual 500 GPH recirculating/pump-out pumps
  • Dual 750 GPH aerator/fill pumps w/timers

TROLLING MOTOR

  • Minn Kota® PowerDrive™ 24V, 70-lb. thrust

CONSOLE

  • SONAR: Lowrance® HOOK2 7 Combo w/TripleShot™ & GPS
  • SONAR: Garmin echoMAP Plus 4 5cv w/ a CV20-TM
  • SeaStar™ hydraulic steering w/tilt
  • Integrated tackle storage
  • AM/FM Bluetooth® stereo
  • Standard Horizon HX300 Marine Radio
  • Mercury® control box

INTERIOR

  • Elevated bow & aft fishing decks
  • 5 pedestal seat base locations
  • 2 movable, 360°-swivel & lock, folding angler seats
  • Storage compartments throughout the boat
  • Bow, port, and starboard rod lockers
  • Aft deck w/split flip sections & jump seats
  • Aft deck rotomolded storage for 3700-series tackle boxes
  • VERSATRACK® accessory-mounting channels
  • and much more.

ELECTRICAL

  • 500 GPH bilge pump
  • Bow, console & interior lights
  • Bow panel w/12V outlet, bow aerator & trim switch
  • Navigation & LED courtesy light
  • 3-bank battery charger
  • Interstate® batteries: 1 cranking, 2 trolling & 1 for back-up engine
  • Charging ports for phones
  • and more.

THE ENGINE

  • Mercury® 200HP V8 XL Pro XS® FourStroke 💪
  • Deep deadrise & reversed chines
  • Set-back transom designed to deliver undisturbed water to the prop for faster, smoother takeoff & better performance
  • Pressed-in strakes for optimal performance
  • Stainless steel propeller

BACK-UP ENGINE

  • Mercury 9.9HP Kicker, w/hydraulic steering & electric start, all operated from the helm

CONSTRUCTION & EXTERIOR

  • Color: Starlite Charcoal & Gray
  • Diamond Coat™ 2.0 finish features industry-exclusive powdercoat & clearcoat
  • All-welded, .125 aluminum Deep V hull, transom & stringer system
  • Robotically welded, all-aluminum box-beam transom
  • Reverse chine hull design for drier ride & better handling
  • 8′ 6″ beam & 7′ 4″ bottom (more room & stability)
  • Aft swim platform w/boarding ladder
  • Removable ski tow pylon
  • and much more.

CUSTOM TRAILER

  • Two axle trailer, powdercoated w/GALVASHIELD®
  • Inner frame-brake line system w/1-point bleed
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • Chrome wheels & matching hubs
  • Space-saving swing-away tongue
  • Integrated boarding steps & safety handle
  • Heavy-duty load guides for easy, centered loading
  • LED lighting

ROD & REELS

  • For saltwater: Penn Squall, 6’6” rod. Reel is a Penn Squall 30-LW bait caster
  • For fresh & saltwater: A Penn Spin Fisher VI, 7’0” extra fast action rod. Reel is a Penn Spin Fisher VI 4500
  • Freshwater: Light rod is a Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Carbonlite 2.0, 7’2”. Reel is a Carbonlite 2.0 Spinning Reel – Model JCT2000.

Enjoying God’s creation from a mariners perspective is a phenomenal experience (Gen. 1:26, Rom. 1:25). “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Here’s my Boating & Fishing tag.