This is a boat we bought for commercial cat-fishing back in 1983 from Gravois boats. That was back in the time when they where just getting a foothold in the custom aluminum boat business.
They went on to become famous for their big v-bottom bay boats built for sport fishermen. I was over to their shop a few months ago and was blown away at their growth. They don’t do any more one of a kind boats. It’s all strictly big contract work now and they operate under the name Metal Shark.
The Quick Details:
- 20 feet long with 5 feet flat bottom
- Heavy welded marine aluminum
- Center console/hydraulic steering
- VHF marine radio and Furuno GPS
- Fuel- 23 gal bolted down aluminum tank
- Storage under forward deck
- Large storage that was fish hold
- Seating on top of fish hold
- 90HP Mercury 8.5 years old
- Double axle trailer – solid but looks bad
- Tires – 3 new and one iffy.
My price is $6,890
and that’s down a little from when I first listed it. I have never been without a boat and don’t feel anxious to be that way now. I just don’t seem to get around to using it and hate seeing it going to waste.
We ran the boat from Abbeville to Intracoastal City on June 25th and everything seemed to be in good order. Some of the pictures in the gallery below are from that trip. I really should be giving boat tours instead of selling it. :)
A while back an armadillo trapping visitor who called herself Trapper80 sent us this report. Today I received an update that I am posting with permission. The trap we are discussing can be bought at Shopping Warehouse.
I was in contact with you several years ago when I first started trapping armadillos. I am the woman in Central Florida that had, at that time, caught and killed around 18-20. It’s going on 4 years this August and my count is now up to 81. I mark each capture on my calendar. The best week ever was when I caught 4. It’s been kinda slow lately but I know it’ll pick up. I do have 2 traps set at all times.
It isn’t necessary to bait the trap in any way. When Â I catch one sometime during the night I usually leave it in the trap most of the day and it leaves a good strong scentÂ that attracts others. Â I have some really funny stories, like when I chased one across my front lawn, it ran across my driveway andÂ along some shrubbery where it dead ended at the trap. It ran right into the trap. Slam….gotta love that sound.
The armadillos follow along straight lines, around garden edging, foundations and in my case, I kinda funnel the critter into the trap by using garden fencing. Once they enter inside the fence line, they just follow it which leads right into the trap.
I happened to turn on the tv the other day and it was Marty something from Wild Kingdom and the show was about “The amazing armadillo”. They were showing the armadillos right here in Central Florida. They made them out to be harmless and cute, even showing one escaping a gator attack.
I was hoping the gator would win.
Today my oldest grandson and I went geocaching and found seven. My first trip, but he had been a couple of times with his parents. It’s easy to see why it’s a growing outdoor hobby for all ages.
We had the standard hand held GPS, but also used my iPhone with the new Geocaching app to provide the cache information. We where doing a little friendly competition to see if the iPhone GPS could hunt with the Garmin hand held. The iPhone was pretty darn close, but not quite as good as the Garmin.
I’m sure there are many caches that you could find with the iPhone though. I have created a little .mobi mobile web site thinking that there might be a tie in here somewhere.
It’s not much yet but you can check geocashe.mobi and comment either here or via it’s contact form.
I have been fascinated with Open Source software ever since discovering computers and the internet. They are labors of love for the developers and free tools for those that can freely grab them. The Firefox browser is a great example.
The biggy for me though is to use something as a substitute for Windows. Not because I need to or hate Microsoft, but because I can. It’s part of living in the Free World that is Open Source. Well lately I have my second Linux based operating system installed and it is a little challenging for my age group.
I have the openSUSE 10.2 that is just out in a release version. It challenges me and for help I frequent the LinuxQuestions.org forum where helpful Linux folks hang out. They had a poll that I would like to share titled “How Old is Everyone Around Here?” It clearly shows that I’m in the minority at age 62 and makes me feel better about being slow. They are all just so darn young. 🙂
Here is an example of what Eric calls a Sticky Popup. Put the mouse on it and the off to make it go away, or hover another tooltip link.