OK, so it sounds like the Koffler is going to be history tomorrow morning, when a gentleman from Whidbey is coming to take delivery of it. I am sure glad that I didn’t have to drive down to Eugene to make the delivery for the other fellow who wanted to drive up from Sacramento. Im also glad that it is staying here in the Northwest. The Koffler had some good fish karma and I hope the new owner gets to use her often.
I’ve been wanting a saltwater boat for a couple of years, as I’ve never owned a motor boat let alone one that is equipped to take out in the sound and possibly to Neah Bay. After ready Dennis Dicksons stories about bucktailing for Coho, it got my lips a smackin’ and ready to chase Silvers in open water. Here is the article for reference.
I ended up picking up Gil’s Tiderunner. Its a 15′ cuddy with tons of freeboard and a 20 degree V. Its a little jumpy on the bow, but I want to add a fuel tank in the cuddy to help weigh it down and also add range. I also put on my Honda 5 hp 4 stroke wihch I’d picked up last year and used a few times on the Koffler. The Honda is going to be a nice kicker for downrigging for Kings and a good backup in case anything goes wrong with the main motor. The main motor is a 2001 2 stroke Yamaha 50 in pristine condition. The motor burn clean and its quieter than some 4 strokes I’ve been in, I am amazed by the performance and the longevity of the Yamaha outboards. I went through the whole boat, electrical, safety, mechanicals to make sure she is ready to go, safe and reliable. The last thing I want is something bad to happen in the open water.
A couple of things that I am going to add to the bow is a Rip Tide Minn Kota foot mounted electric trolling motor, the kind that the bass guys use. This will allow keeping the boat at the right angle while two fly fisherman cast from the boat. I also want to fabricate a cast brace of sorts, to allow the bow angler to safely position themselves and be able to cast to spotted fish.
If anyone has any ideas on what to do, I would love to hear your suggestions. Also, any other suggestions to have on board would also be appreciated.