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Walleyes

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The New Vessel
« on: September 16, 2018, 08:12:14 AM »
So after much deliberation and thought I decided in the end to go used instead of new. As some May know I was looking at getting a new Kingfisher built and I have to say the price was not all that bad. But it just didn't feel right for me. To spend $110,000.00 on a boat that I would only have out on the coast maybe twice a year just didn't  make sense. All the while I was still looking and keeping an eye out for a good used boat. This one came by me, I actually had a chance at it this spring and passed it up but the guy phoned me this week and asked me if I was still interested in it and I jumped at the offer. I had my Lund for sale and as it turned out he wanted to down size, so we did a trade and I gave him a few dollars on top.

It's a 1996, Wellcraft 264 coastal. With twin 2009 175 Suzuki's with less than 150hrs on them. Yamaha 9.9 kicker on power trim with less than 50hrs. 2 Scotty downriggers, Raymarine radar, 2 gps / sonar  combos, She's ready roll just needs some love and care. Mechanicaly and functionally it's in great shape. The fellow bought it in 2006 when he retired from Esso it had the original engines on it they read 197 hrs but they were 2 stroke engines in 2009 he put on these 4 strokes and he put less than 150 hrs on them so as far as anyone can tell the hull  only has about 500 hrs on it and it shows. It's needs a good buff and bottom paint but thats about it. Gave it a heck of a good cleaning today and ran some of the electronics through their paces, did a wet run in it yesterday ran great. For those that don't know Wellcraft have a reputation of being very solid built boats. This boat and to this day all the glass is hand laid and there is no wood in them, the stringers are composite filled fibreglass and the transom is solid composite so no rotting. She is a heavy vessel it comes in at around 7500lbs loaded

The bottom paint needs to be redone my big concern is not so much prevention with new bottom paint but just looks, that old stuff as you can see looks like crap. I didn't spend to much time on the bottom with the pressure washer but what I did it was coming off quite easy so it was not a proper job. In the spring when things warm up I will hit it hard with my pressure washer and after clean it properly and new paint. like I say for looks as much as prevention reasons. Also there are a couple fairly nasty scrapes in the gel coat one side so over the winter I'll strip all decals, do gel coat repairs, power buff the whole boat and buy new decals and pin striping, she'll look new by the time it hits the water next spring. Yesterday I stripped the whole entire boat of contents all cushions out of the cuddy. Sprayed the entire vessel inside and out with a good degreaser and pressure washed every nook and cranny it really freshened it up. Placed fans and a space heater down in the cuddy dried it out overnight and all today. I was quite worried about some of the top and deck as it was quite heavily black spotted and mildew dew to it being stored out doors summer and winter. There was even moss growing along some of the crevices in the back of the deck. Let me tell you that degreaser and my 3500 psi pressure washer made her look like new. I guarantee this boat has not looked this good in years, pulled all the black off her. Now it will just take a good power buff and she'll be like new. I am amazed how good a shape she is in, not a bad hinge or loose bolt she really is a tight vessel. A few minor modifications to some small things like replace hose clamps on fuel lines with stainless crimps just because I'm fussy. By spring she'll be ready for a new show and tell.





















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Re: The New Vessel
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2018, 12:45:15 PM »
Congratulations Captain Walleyes.

Obviously you did your homework in shopping for a new boat.

Hope you didn't shed a tear when you traded off your trusty old workhorse. :'( ;) :)

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Re: The New Vessel
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2018, 09:55:38 AM »
Looks good Walleyes, cosmetic is peanuts & can be easily redone, a good solid boat and engines are what counts. Should be some nice new pics next summer from the coast.

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Re: The New Vessel
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2018, 08:44:06 PM »
Nice boat Walleyes. Lots of good fishing years ahead.

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Re: The New Vessel
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 09:56:14 PM »
Nice boat. :)

Just don't hire a first mate called Gilligan. ;D

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Re: The New Vessel
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2018, 05:49:53 AM »
Very nice ride ...I'm pumped , I was just told ,our next
familly gathering is in Cold Lake ...Fish on !
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Re: The New Vessel
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2018, 07:33:59 AM »
Thx Gentlemen.

Yes she'll be fun out on Cold Lake for sure, as always with me guys any time you find yourself up in the area or you want to come up to the area and experience some great Trout fishing there is always an open invitation out for members.
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