Craigslist Deal of the Day 03-04-15

Came across this post this morning while I was looking for my next project.  This is a 32 live-aboard sailboat for $950.  I’m sure It needs alot of work but it looks like it has a lot of potential!  I’m seriously considering buying this thing.  Checkout the full post @


Craigslist deal of the day 02-17-15

Found this thing listed today.  Its a 26 foot sailboat, needs a little bit of work, but this would be a really good project for someone.  My father and I had a 24 foot project sailboat a few years back that we did some work on and it really was a good experience.  They ended up taking a few overnight trips to tween waters resort on the boat.  If I had a place to keep this thing it would be moored right behind the house.  Unfortunately it drafts quite a bit of water so you’d need a nice deep hole to keep it in.  Here’s the link:  This boat could be a live-aboard for the right person(s).  Poster claims it even comes with sails.  Heck for $700 you could certainly make your money back by parting it out if it came down to it.00T0T_60bWwH0ujD4_600x450

BackCountry Flats Boats by Champion

Anybody else own a Champion made BackCountry flats boat?  There isn’t much information about them online, but I have seen a few people in the area trailering  or fishing out of some of the Pro-Guide models.  I haven’t seen any of the model that I fish, a 169 Ghost.  I think it would be a welcome addition for someone to start a blog or a forum just for BackCountry owners due to the fact that the company is no longer in business and it is so hard to find information about them.  Also a BackCountry only fishing tournament would be pretty cool.  Just some thoughts!  I know that some of their molds are now owned by Ranger, however, I doubt Ranger would want to hear about any of the problems associated with these boats.  Few they are, I believe them to be awesome boats with legendary fishability.  I’m sure there are still some guides out there running them to this day.  Some newer brands such as Beavertail and East Cape have come to take center stage for the flats and skiff boat category today, however, a lot of similarities can be drawn between the hulls that these newer companies are putting out compared to the hulls that were being laid years ago, when fishing the flats was not nearly as popular.

Ill post some pics of the boat later.  It’s having some work done on it right now and we are trying to remove some weight on it to get a shallower draft.  So far we’ve removed a bow mount trolling motor and a battery and a bunch of small hardware, so of course there are unsightly holes all over the deck that will be filled with marine epoxy.  In the past couple months the mechanical steering on the boat has become very difficult to use, making the boat unsafe.  My dad and I tried to fix it ourselves however, there is so little space to work that we couldn’t finish the job, so off to Boaters Paradise it goes once again.


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Craigslist Deal of the Day

Found this thing listed in the Sarasota-Bradenton section of craigslist. This looks like a heck of a deal to me. Most people on Craigslist seem pretty unrealistic, but this item is being offered at a fantastic price. Here is the link. Id love to see someone paddling or motoring around Matlacha in this thing!  If I had the money I would go scoop it up right now.



Today began with a hot cup of coffee, a cold breeze, and the sound of power tools in the air.  My dad and I decided to finish the false-floor in the skiff today.  Everything seems to be going pretty smoothly thus far.  The floor is solid and has a nice look to it.  Too bad it is going to be covered over with fiberglass!  As far as the fishing goes, the tide is very low this morning and with the cold just wearing off, I think the fish took cover in some deeper water.  I took a few casts with a Charlie’s swim bait on a yellow jig head with no luck.  I will probably take the kayak out later today as the tide is coming in to see what I can find.

Hello world!

Welcome to the Mariners Web Log!  This site will be a place to discuss and showcase all things marine.  Primarily the site will focus on the fishing culture of Matlacha and the surrounding areas.

I think today’s topic should note the weather conditions we’re experiencing on the water.  Here on Matlacha’s West Island, the wind has blown in the tide higher than I have ever seen.  Granted winter has really only showcased the tides low points, this tide is certainly abnormal.  On a normal saturday, I would be out on the water searching for snook and redfish from my kayak. With the conditions the way they are however, there is no way i’d be able to get out there safely (I wouldn’t even feel comfortable going out on the boat).  Its really got me in the dumps.  Luckily I’ve got a few projects to keep me busy.  I’m currently in the process of refurbishing an old boat with my father and I also need to make a ramp for easier entry and removal of my kayak from the water.  Check out what I’ve go in the works on the PROJECTS tab.