Athletics and Recreation

CLIP – Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 5

CLIP – Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 5


All right, so, I had this good repeat
customer coming to the shop, and he’s getting his annual service done and he
asked me about installing some outriggers on the boat. I pointed him
right directly at the TACO Grand Slams. They’re gonna mount right in the hardtop, the retractable poles work, they’re gonna fit his cabin when he’s not using them.
So, I explained to him that if he picks out the set that he wants, I’ll get them
installed within a day. He was all about it. He told me go right ahead
and get him on the boat. We had the Bayliner come in. The guy
wanted some outriggers put on his hard top up there, and so he dropped a boat
off, Bryan came and got me, we walked out, we had a few discussions of ideas where
the guy would like to have them. He wanted them as far back as possible. So
okay, that’s all the information I need to know. So, I took some measurements
to get the measurement of the handle length and the frame of the t-top, so I
would have been measure away from the outside and the back side to make sure
we had clearance to be able to put these outriggers out without the
handles hitting anything. So, really easy to do. So I just measure off from
outside in and then from the back end, put in a little x, jump over to the other side and do the same thing. Now I’ve got to cut a hole for the outrigger that
passes through the top. So I get the correct hole size, run through with the
whole saw. I scarred it on the bottom and then I jumped up on the top. You don’t want to blow your holes for
the mounting screws right away, because you… you want to keep the outriggers as
straight as possible with the boat. So I dropped them in. I went up on the bow
and I looked, I went back and forth a couple times. And then you want to try to get it
as perfectly in the center of that circle that you cut out. That way you… you
have no rubbing when you go to turn the outrigger out and in. I’ve seen a lot of
outriggers out there that are kicked like this or kicked like that when they’re
you know supposed to be straight back, and it just looks stupid. So that’s… you know I made sure they were lined up perfect… perfectly straight with the back
of the boat, you know, then I drilled my mounting holes, grabbed some hardware, put
some caulking and 5200, around them and put the backing plates on, tightened them
down, installed the handles. Yes, after I get the handle in, I’m gonna go ahead and
do a test run on it back and forth a few times; get everything work and get all
the grease working and… and installed the collapsible holes. So, of course on the
base of it, that slides into the nice little locking pin they have on, that
put some protection on them. Well now that I got the poles in and
greased up, I’m going to extend them and I’m gonna put my rig… rigging in it for…
these are only gonna be a single runner so really easy to do. Not… not complicated
I’ve done enough of them I can do them in my sleep now, so. The owner of this
boat he has never had a set of outriggers. He just told me to set it
up how I would like it. And they got nice release clip, so when a fish does hit
that bait when it’s on the outriggers, the release clip is gonna release the
line, it’s gonna put slack in the line, and then all sudden the rods gonna take up
that slack and it’s gonna set the hook for you. Yeah, if you want to get a good
spread behind the boat you need outriggers definitely. He’s gonna love
these. All right, so just as I figured Steve got that outrigger job knocked out
in no time. Those taco outriggers came out incredible. They really looked good
on the boat. It’s ready to go offshore again and start fishing. He’s gonna be
super excited to use these things, and I can’t wait to see the fish that he brings in.


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