g_maxson wrote:Is water dull or shiney?
I wouldn't change a thing. It's the duck killingest boat made. We have 3 big brothers and put over 1,000 birds on the floor of the boat last fall.
"1,000" , I am trying to get my head wrapped around that
Are you a guide?
I believe it I hunted out of my big brother the last 7 days of my season (all the time I had left after it got off the semi) and between 2 guys we killed around 80 birds. murdered the divers and even manage a few honkers.
I've been lerking around this thread just reading the responses. I have been running UFOs and been around MLBs up until now and they handle the rougher water well. However, they really suck when its less than a 1' chop; the boats stick out horrible. I wasn't satisfied however with the profiles and the workmens ship of the boats. When I had guys climb over them you could hear the boats crack a little. So I decided I was going to do a little homework, when I saw on my Destination X video they had a segment of LBLB the where they showed the building process as well as three guys standing on an apparition and the boat didn't make a sound. I proceeded to watch them gun in 1' chop and the profiles were that of the old style busicks. I wanted one to say the least.
I'd like to state my experiences with LBLB. I contacted Tony in October last year and proceeded to purchase a Big brother from him. After I made the full payment in October I had zero contact with the company, I couldn't get them on the phone or even responded to my email. I waited till mid December and was just about ready to send pay pal after him to refund my money when I got a tracking number. The semi dropped the boat an all I can say is I was in love at first sight! I however wasn't happy with the way I was treated throughout the process but I loved the product, minus a few minor changes.
I decided after those 7 hunts and seeing the difference in the way the birds worked my rig I was going to get a second LBLB even though I hated the way tony treated me. I started contacting Tony in May and it was aperient that he was a very busy man. The worst part was that I really enjoyed talking with Tony. He is a very nice and caring person but I think he had way to much on his plate this past year to handle layout boat customers. In July I received a phone call from Kelly stating that he had bought LBLB and that he would be handling my order from here on out.
I went ahead and proceeded giving him my order for another big brother and all the accessories the company offers. I even decided to get a total of two extra splash guards so I would have them on hand during duck season if one were to wear out on me. I also stated that I wanted a 12'' tall splash guard because the stock one I had waves splashing right over it in swallow water. It went ahead and paid the 50% down and I thought all was well.
About 3 days later I receive a call from Kelly stating that what I wanted to do was not worth all the work. He said that he could run me a boat in about a week and it would be the same as the boat I currently had. However he said he would not feel right doing so. He told me that he hated the splash guards and that he wanted to remodel them.....he said that it would take time but that he thought I would be loads happier with them, and the new system he wanted to employ. I was amazed that he even would come out and state this to his customer. Most companies would have completed my order and then it would have been my problem. He gained a lot of my respect in that phone call!
Kelly continued to contact me almost weekly explaining the problems he was having with the website, creating the splash guard etc but he maintained to be very transparent with me. I understand completely the problems he was having changing things about the company for the better. All of the features he is adding to these boats is for the end user, ok this means it is doing absolutely nothing to boost profits for him. Simply improving on the best product in the market. He is planning on getting all the bugs worked out and getting this company to the point of one week wait time for a boat which will be huge. He has been very good at listening to my feedback on the splash guards and a handful of other things as well as accommodating me as best he can.
My boat and all of my accessories were delivered as of Wednesday. Everything looks great and I can't wait to use it come Oct 12th on opener. I will definitely be purchasing the new splash guard system as well for my older bonnie. Sure it took a little longer than either one of us had planned but I feel that I was getting a lot better product and I enjoyed the conversation we had over this experience. I will continue to do business with him!
I will get some pictures up this weekend of the new designed splash guard against the old style, as well as some of the accessories.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight with no vision- Helen Keller