So Gents ... I finally have an Open Water Diver Boat to be PROUD of ... She is a 16ft, Fiberform w/ a 90hp Evinrude on her assssssssss end! I'm starting to take her out more and more, getting comfy with steering and setting longlines in current. Camo's her front end up with two cargo nets, and then zip tied the netting to the cargo, "loosely" ... This gives me room for 2-3 deek bags on the bow, keeping them off the floor and out of the way.
Just purchased 2 Rig'em Right 42 inch nets for her sides on the inside that can stretch width wise 10-18 inches. I will say that the last time I went out with a fellow DHC member, we decided that the blind posts need raised 6-8 inches, which will hide on the bow and stern profiles along the Columbia River. I built her to match / blend into the railroad berms that run along the river.
She can fit 3 guys and a dog "tight" or two and a dog comfy ... She has 3 gas tanks (overkill) two x 3ga spare tanks, and run one x 6ga main tank. I have 6 fog lights on her bow, set on two interstate marine batteries, and both set to different switches, ... run both sides going to blind, ... and only one side depending on what side I'm setting LL's ... Last issue I ran into on the trip was that the stern cleats are alittle to small ... Need about two sizes up for anchor rope, but other than that, minor changes here and there for personal preference, and she's good to go for next season, and seasons to come.
All and all, ... She's good to go for just a hair under $1600, ... that's everything!
Feeling like my diver rig is starting to come together ... I'd be interested in what you guys think?