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    Quote Originally Posted by shfishinsticks View Post
    2005 Mr. Pike 17 w/135. Not the fastest, but it gets me where I need to go and does so quietly!
    shfishinsticks, I'm pretty sure your 05 has the same hull as my 03 (shown above). I wish I had a 4s engine, maybe someday (but hopefully not too soon, $$$$$!!). What's your top end speed? Given smooth water (a rarity) I get 44gps pretty easily with 2 people and gear, although I usually cruise at about 4000rpm which is about 35ish. I'm sure if I worked at it I could get a few more mph out of it, but I figure it's never going to be truly fast so probably not worth it to me. It ain't bassboat-fast, but it's plenty fast to get me around a big lake--plus the lake I mainly fish is often pretty rough and I see very few people even in big bassboats going more than 40ish in any kind of waves so I'm not all that far off pace much of the time. I'm probably going to make a rear deck-extension for mine as well. Is yours a Prestige trailer? Looks a lot like mine. I'm also interested in the ladder you have--did you add it yourself? Is it screwed into the transom or bolted through it? Also interested in how you munted your bow sonar--to the floor or to the front wall? I wasn't sure where I'd want mine so I've currently got it on a platform I can move around at will, figured I'd find a good place and then permanently mount it. Where do you keep rods while you're fishing? I often stuff the butts agasint the front wall and lean the tips across the gunwale next to the drivers console...but I hate having the tips out there, and they can bounce in rough water. Have you come up with a better system?

    Anyway, I'd be interested in comparing notes if you're game. It's a nice rig and I have very few complaints with mine.

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    I believe the hull is the same as yours but 05 was the first year for the new interior layout. With a light load (me and one skinny person and some gear), I have got up to 48 on the GPS. With 2 fat people and 100# of dogs, I'm usually at 40-42 and occasionally 44.

    I've been considering a rear deck extension. There's not enough room on that back deck to be comfortable.

    My trailer is a Trailmaster channel.....I LOVE IT. It is a heavier trailer than what was under the leftover 2004 that I looked at.

    I added the ladder myself. I found it in the clearance section on springfield.com's website a few years ago and finally got around to installing it last year. It wasn't designed to be installed like I did so I had to have a buddy make the bottom brackets for me. The top brackets bolt through the transom and the bottom brackets just screw into the transom.

    The front sonar is on a ram mount with the ball bolted to the front wall. It's adjusted so that I can still open the front hatch.

    Rods when fishing......I do a few different things with them depending on who I'm fishing with. I made a 6 rod holder that mounts into my open seat base behind the driver's seat for when I'm fishing alone. If I'm going a short distance or just changing between a couple rods, I'll do what you do with your rods too. I installed rod straps on the floor on the port side. One where your dog is standing (tips go here) and the other one back by the rear livewell (butts go here). and the other thing I do with them is just slide them back in the rod locker. The rod locker in the floor is the biggest reason I bought the 2005 over the leftover 2004. The picture of the battery compartment......there's a cover that goes over them and that becomes the bottom of the rod locker.....right next to the console.
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    Thanks a ton for the reply! I'd love to see a pic of the interior, especially that rod mount--interior sounds significantly different from mine. I was going to make a 30" long/full width carpeted plywood platform (right up to the drivers seat base) level with the rear bench, with a 6" section that slants down about 1.5" on each end so the down-opening side-wall rod lockers/storage doors can still open, but I was going to keep the whole rig unanchored so I can easily pull it out when my wife comes along to sunbathe/read. Either that or one that's mounted on a hinge to the bench like the lund option that's now available and pictured above...we'll see, that's a winter project. I think it'll make fishing out of the rear a lot nicer and should add a lot of storage for a second fisherman too. Sounds like you have a rod locker in the deck, too--mine is pretty small (only 7.5 feet and trouble fitting more than 4 or 6 rods in there) and is on the port side wall.
    Fishing partners end up laying rods on the floor w/ tips hanging over the rear bench, and I'm always afraid I'm going to lose one out the back at some point--something solid to strap them to would make a big difference there...have to ponder that.
    This is the best pic I have of the interior of mine, I'd love to have an 8' long front deck and bigger rear deck but certainly can't complain! Champlain on a dead-calm morning, doesn't happen very often!

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    I use the port side storage to store my soft plastics. The in-floor rod locker is 'supposed' to hold 8 rods, but that's a dream that never happened. The bottom 4 have to be 6'6" max. I have NOTHING that short. I store my stern light on one of those tubes and the other 3 are unused. The top 4 tubes are supposed to be 7' max. I can fit 7'2" rods in the center 2 slots and I have fit 6 rods in the 4 tubes. Works pretty OK as long as they're in stick jackets.
    Lund Mr. Pike 17/135 Honda

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    Here are some pictures of my latest river rig. Its an 1856 flatbottom with a Merc 200 ProXS, 6' Power Pole, Motorguide Tour 82, perforated floor, and a stereo that will blow your ear drums out.










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    sweet.

    Cable steer? Do jets not have much steering torque?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mapdash View Post
    sweet.

    Cable steer? Do jets not have much steering torque?

    No sir, there is almost zero torque on jets. They dont have a skeg in the water or a prop turning to make the torque. Thanks for the compliments!!

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    That's a wild boat. How fast does that sucker go?

    I know next to nothing about jet boats except that people seem to use them on ther
    ir "river boats", I assume due to shallow water, floating logs, etc. What's the major advantages, do they have any drawbacks? Never seen one in action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacIntosh View Post
    What's the major advantages, do they have any drawbacks? Never seen one in action.
    Advantages: Go where prop boats can't. Best suited for shallow rivers. Some can run in as little as 4"-5" of water.
    Disadvantages: Rough water (if the pump ingests air....no thrust) and weeds & leaves (clog the intake and no thrust!)
    Lund Mr. Pike 17/135 Honda

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    Quote Originally Posted by shfishinsticks View Post
    Advantages: Go where prop boats can't. Best suited for shallow rivers. Some can run in as little as 4"-5" of water.
    Disadvantages: Rough water (if the pump ingests air....no thrust) and weeds & leaves (clog the intake and no thrust!)
    Correct! I run several shallow rivers with sand and gravel bars, shoals, rocks, trees, etc. These boats will run shallower than they will float. I havent got the perfect set up on this boat yet (still playing with the engine height), but as of right now it will run 52-53 (gps) on good water with a little breeze to create a ripple, loaded with 2 people. It should run in the 55 range when I get done with it.

    They do ride like a piece of plywood going across the lake in the rough stuff but the difference from the 17 footer I had last year to this 18 footer that i have now is pretty amazing. The 18 footer will take the rough water A LOT better than the 17 did. I'm not saying its great by no means, but its better. They do not like vegitation, it will clog the intake and cause the unit to lose power. You simply trim the engine up and clean the intake out.

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    P9050334.jpgP9050335.jpg 14 ft. alumacraft converted!!

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    That front deck on the hinge is pretty slick! Wish I would have thought of that when I rebuilt my Starctaft 10 years ago!
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    Updates for the year 2016: 2012 Bass Tracker TXW 175 w/2013 75hp mercury optimax ECU flash to 115 and spinning a 13 1/2 x 24p cupped laserII. 53 gps 5750 WOT. 1/2 fuel, alone and light gear. 2 HDS7 gen2 touch console and bow with Wi-Fi tablet linked to console unit. 6" manual hydrodynamic jack plate. Minn kota Fortrex 52" 24v 80# thrust. 2 Minn kota 12' talons. Boat pulled by a 2015 Chevy Silverado.
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    Good to see another jet boater on here! I love mine, but your rig is killer Marty! One of these days I will have to bump up to an 1856 or 1860 sized hull and a v6 engine setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTotty View Post
    This is a sharp looking rig! What is your performance with that 150 on it?

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    Heres my 2008 Bass Tracker 175. 2010 115 optimax 6" CMC jack plate 22P laser Humminbird 898c SI 788ci motorguide 70# pro series aluminum wheels 57.4 mph gps
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    A few updated pics.
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    Not bad BTO, not bad. Just kidding, thats one well equiped 175. Looks great.

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    Thanks ship. I think its nice. Gonna install a merc monitor in spring and im DONE. Lol. When you gonna make your mods to the 75 opti?

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