"I have a friend who has a Kingfisher that's 15 years old and it looks like new. When I saw the photos of Elliot's boat I wondered what the heck had happened to it. All depends on how the boats are used and stored, I guess."
"Chris is right, but there may a solution that provides for the best of both worlds: One of the men who helped build my boat was a talented woodcarver. He carved a "leaping trout" figure and mounted it to an aluminum arrow…"
"I have had Coat It brand epoxy that I purchased from TAP plastics for a number of years. Is that the product you're talking about? It has Kevlar fibers in it. It has served me well here in the Midwest, where river gradients are not high,…"
Thanks for the intel, Jonathon. I am exploring options and will keep you posted. I am certainly in favor of going this route. My boat is a restoration project and frankly, I want to get it in the water. I want it to look nice, but also want to be realistic about how much $ i put into it vs how much I paid for it, etc. I am also of the mindset that boats will take a bit of a beating, so i want the paint to hold up, but i won't cry if I get scratches, so to speak. Going the route of thinks like Toplac seem time and cost intensive , . . which if this was a boat I built from scratch, i would go that route. Now I want to get it in the water to fish.
Jonathan, Steve Sobba with a question in regards to your trailer modification foum answer a few months back using 3" tubing, .0625 wall thickness and stone tube bushing? Can you elaborate on the stone tube bushing arrangement for me ? I am building my own trailer and would like your comments. Thanks Steve
Thanks for the note. I think you can get one of those frying pans from Cabela's. That is where I got my last one. I live in Big Rapids, MI. I have a place on the Muskegon. I have always needed to be near water......
Thanks on the FJ comment... it was my "winter project" before the boat. It's a pretty rare one - 1983, last year they were made. Toyota only sent 300 over to the U.S. that year. It is as close to "Original" as I could make it.
Now it's a "Steelhead Chasin Machine" and will go just about anywhere.
I live in the western end of the state, but I've traveled and fished a little in northeast WI and in the U.P. and love both. The Menomonee River is a terrific drift boat destination.
I don't think Door County changes much. Parts of it are terribly commercialized while other parts of it remain pleasantly undeveloped. Three friends and I went fly fishing for carp on the flats on the lakeside last summer. Hadn't done it before, but would happily do it again and plan to do that next summer.