2021-1-2: A new year means new upgrades for the boat! I’ve been wanting to fix the paint chip issue on the outboard cowling since I got the boat in 2018 so I’ve been waiting for a few ideal-paint 70 degree days to tackle this project.
The outboard is an early 90s Tohatsu 50 that runs smooth on the water. Over time, a few chips in the paint developed on the cowl and before you know it, the whole paint job was peeling off (the lower unit is fine). The sanding and painting seem like a pretty straight forward paint job – primer, paint, clear coat…a few layers of each) but the decals for an early 90s outboard motor were tough to find (eventually fount them though.
Progress is going smoothly and I’ll take my time with this – I want to be sure I do it right (no shortcuts) so that it looks like new when it’s time to lunch in warmer weather.
2020-7-1: Ok, so it’s not necessarily a lefty specific boat, but this is the official boat of Lefty Angler fishing! The boat was acquired used in 2018 and was in overall great condition, so not a whole lot of work seemed needed. I can see, however, how quickly boat ownership can get expensive – I serviced the outboard immediately after getting the boat, cleaned out the carbs, and fixed a few deep cosmetic cracks in the hull and my summer fishing gear budget was toast. I took it out to a couple of local SoCal lakes and it runs great! It’s a bit unstable as can be expected from any smaller vessel, but it catches fish – largemouth, smallies, and a striper were caught that first summer – what will future summers bring?!
Some boat specs:
* 15-foot fiberglass skiff with stainless steel railing
* 5 gallon fuel tank
* Tohatsu 50 Outboard motor (M50D)
* Garmin 74sv fishfinder/chartplotter
* Garmin 93SV fishfinder/chartplotter
* Garmin Panoptix Livescope (transom mounted)
* Garmin GMS-10 network hub
* Minnkota Riptide 55 saltwater transom trolling motor
* New, single run, battery cables
* Two 24 size Interstate Deep Cycle batteries
Future projects (expenses):
* Two 3-gallon fuel tanks to be kept in storage compartments (to better stabilize boat and shift from metal to plastic containers in the back. Weight is an issue.
* Stereo with speakers (2)
* 15-20 gallon bait-well for inshore fishing
* Possible battery upgrades