Background

I love to fish. As a young boy, I started as a bait fisherman. Later in life, I became intrigued with fly-fishing. While living in Central Oregon, I fished a lot of lakes and reservoirs and there are lots of options in that part of the world! A friend of mine introduced me to river fishing and steelhead. I remember shaking large trout off our lines while steelhead fishing and grumbling about the nuisance. Ironically, these are the same trout that we sought out just a couple months prior! Every couple of years or so I would find the opportunity to fish in the ocean. Most of these opportunities came in the form of a charter either off the Oregon coast or down in Mexico. The ocean has always intrigued me but the opportunities to fish it have not been that plentiful … at least not until recently.

My wife and I moved to Irvine California in the 4th quarter of 2013. The ocean is 20 minutes from our home and the weather is almost always incredible! I booked a fishing trip on one of the local charters shortly after moving to SoCal. Don’t get me wrong, I love fishing but the party cattle boat experience is not for me. That first charter trip got me thinking about other options. Ultimately, I decided on purchasing a sea kayak and rigging it to fish. I bought a Hobie Revolution with pedal power and a livewell. I have gone out just about every weekend for more than 2 years, weather permitting. The limited range, 10 miles, is now my biggest obstacle. I watched boats speed off into the distance as I day dreamed about how great it would be to have the range to go find the fish rather than hope they come to me. I made a decision last year that I would begin looking for a boat. After a long search, I finally found the boat!

She’s a 1990 Grady White Sailfish 25 (28′). She’s structurally sound but needs a little cosmetic TLC. The boat is powered by twin 2004 Mercury Optimax 225’s rebuilt in 2011 (200+ hours on the rebuild). She sleeps 3 has a galley, head and shower. It’s everything I want but there is some work to do to fully realize the potential. I don’t have a lot of experience with boat repairs and cosmetic enhancements but I figure now is the time to learn. The internet can be such a great resource, especially youtube. I thought it would be motivating and fun to chronicle the journey of restoring this boat. The restoration will probably take about 30-45 days. Some of the work will be hired out such as any welding, bottom paint, and some of the nastier gel coat repairs. Everything else I will need to figure out how best to do it myself. The blog will not end upon completion of the restoration. I am sure there will be more upgrades, adventures to chronicle, fish to cook and who knows what else!

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