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Due to the lack of any keel and a flat bottom and one fuck of a lot of mass --- these Mark 8's can be spun on a dime and are amazingly maneuverable. Also their lack of much superstructure makes them less susceptible to windage --- but then there's that no keel deal.
What one really needs to consider with these and with newbie skippers in training ---- Newton's 1st law, with particular attention to the 2nd half of that law --- about things in motion tending to stay in motion. When using the engines to spin it in reverse, the bow, with that massive ramp, had a tendency to keep right on coming around.
Judicious use of the throttle was advised. :oops:
The shop welders were kept quite busy re-welding on railing stanchions, and those steel and aluminum hulls had plenty of "Opps" dents.
Those fiberglass boats on either end of Rob's Mike Boat, wouldn't stand a chance if he just decided to pull on out and not be graceful about it.
 

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Due to the lack of any keel and a flat bottom and one fuck of a lot of mass --- these Mark 8's can be spun on a dime and are amazingly maneuverable. Also their lack of much superstructure makes them less susceptible to windage --- but then there's that no keel deal.
What one really needs to consider with these and with newbie skippers in training ---- Newton's 1st law, with particular attention to the 2nd half of that law --- about things in motion tending to stay in motion. When using the engines to spin it in reverse, the bow, with that massive ramp, had a tendency to keep right on coming around.
Judicious use of the throttle was advised. :oops:
The shop welders were kept quite busy re-welding on railing stanchions, and those steel and aluminum hulls had plenty of "Opps" dents.
Those fiberglass boats on either end of Rob's Mike Boat, wouldn't stand a chance if he just decided to pull on out and not be graceful about it.
pretty sure the one is a steel yacht?
 

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Don’t know when your FIL will depart Ensenada, but they’re catching big Blue Fin Tuna not too far south of there. Could make for a nice shake down run after departing the boat yard.
 

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Hopefully if he's even got a rod on the boat, he's got a Mex license, fishing or not.
Wonder how much "Federal" attention this boat will attract heading back norte from Mex waters ?

Dave, did you mention what Rob's plans are in AK for this vessel ? Run supplies to isolated areas ? or install a cat-walk and convert into a 3/4 day fishing boat ? Certainly a stable platform and you fish a lot of guys around the perimeter of the hold. Plus if you get a really big one, just drop the front ramp and scoop it up. 😁
 

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This is already a great thread. Looking forward to any up dates. I’ve made that run up and back to British Columbia a few times. Seems like there’s always a few days you get your ass kicked by weather either coming or going. Best place to jump on would be once he enters Pugent Sound. Then make the run up the inland passage with him. That’s a nice trip. There’s one tight spot called Seymour Narrows, where the tidal current coming at you is so strong a 10 knot boat is unable to make headway. No problem, you just wait it out, then catch the slack or favorable tide/current. Very good to hear your FIL got his shit back. Usually a very slim chance of that.
I live about 50 miles to the south of Seymore Narrows across from Denman /Hornby islands at Union Bay...Ran Seymor hundreds of times going to and from work logging up here... Google the Narrows , the largest non-nuclear explosion... quite a story... I'll be following this thread closely as well
 

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So does he plan to drive this all the way to Alaska? Or did I miss something.
 

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Thanks, now I want a landing craft! lol This will be really cool to follow along.
 

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Great story but the big take away to me is when I do my semi annual San Diego trip is either hide everything in the truck, or take everything up to the hotel room with you. 2 years ago when I went I never hear of stealing catalytic converters so as you can’t take that to the room I guess you just have to pray it’s there in the morning.
 

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How long before it shows up in the channel in havasu?

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Hopefully if he's even got a rod on the boat, he's got a Mex license, fishing or not.
Wonder how much "Federal" attention this boat will attract heading back norte from Mex waters ?

Mex fishing licenses are a must, and typically easy to attain. US flag vessels north bound from Ensenada are common. The Kilcher’s on the The Alaskan’s series have a similar boat.

Dave, did you mention what Rob's plans are in AK for this vessel ? Run supplies to isolated areas ? or install a cat-walk and convert into a 3/4 day fishing boat ? Certainly a stable platform and you fish a lot of guys around the perimeter of the hold. Plus if you get a really big one, just drop the front ramp and scoop it up. 😁
 

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Hopefully if he's even got a rod on the boat, he's got a Mex license, fishing or not.
Wonder how much "Federal" attention this boat will attract heading back norte from Mex waters ?

Dave, did you mention what Rob's plans are in AK for this vessel ? Run supplies to isolated areas ? or install a cat-walk and convert into a 3/4 day fishing boat ? Certainly a stable platform and you fish a lot of guys around the perimeter of the hold. Plus if you get a really big one, just drop the front ramp and scoop it up. 😁
I believe his intention is to drive it up to AK and haul loads for people. Something like this can make something like 35k a day in the right circumstances..
 

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I believe his intention is to drive it up to AK and haul loads for people. Something like this can make something like 35k a day in the right circumstances..
Perfect boat for that in every respect, they just need a bit more cabin area and a few niceties for overnighting. Great plan 👍
 

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If you get a wild hair and want to get on that as he heads el norte I'd recommend linking up in Sand Diego and riding to any port up from there based on how much boating you wanna grab on that vessel. Getting down to Ensenada is a task as you know while simply joining in SD is easy.... he'll have to stop there and show docs to Port Authority folks [Always a trip] and you could rendezvous easily.
 

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your father in law sounds like a cool guy to have some beers with and hear his stories. Kinda like my grandfather.
He's a Great Guy with Big Balls !!!
 

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He ended up driving around and found the brief case discarded and missing all the paperwork.. not far from there he found the people that stole it.. lol.

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He gets into a Mexican standoff with the guy and blocks their car in with his truck and said they can leave when he gets his shit back.

After some time the guy gets bold and gets a hammer out and sets it in the roof of his car.. Rob says “what’s that for?” The guy says “protection”. Rob saysyou are gonna need a bigger hammer.” Lol. The situation deteriorated and the guys figure out on the quick that this situation someone is gonna end up dead if it keeps on the path.. Some guy comes out of an apartment and all of a sudden the guy he has cornered produces all the paperwork and gives it back..

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I wouldn't mess with him !!!
 

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Dave we found your new boat, easy on the ankle and can handle the water that LOTO can throw at it!

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Yes I believe so! He just said bilge plumbing

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Pretty sophisticated compartmentalized bilge water pumping and discharge system, including oil separator and holding tank on those Mike 8's.
 

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I had a good conversation with Rob and would have liked to go help him with the lcm.
It's to bad the timing didn't work out. I am talking to a guy right now about taking a 128 ft, tug boat from Port Angeles Wa. down to San Deigo
 

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So Rob came back to Havasu for a day abd said hello to the dog..

He grabbed his trailer from Jason and Doniel down at the sandbar resort and headed back to Mexico.

he parked the trailer on the barge. I’m not sure what the plan is here but he might scavenge the AC unit off of it or something and then abandon it in Mexico.. lol.

Either way this is the current state of affairs. There is a full time guy working on the boat now.

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Maybe I missed it. Did he buy this down there or just having the work done?

Can’t wait to see how this turns out



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Landing crafts are bad ass if you want to haul a bunch of stuff to the middle of nowhere.. he go a deal on this one and is upgrading it
I wasn't saying that in a negative way. Its seriously interesting to me. Crazy story too.
 

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He could bring that boat to Havasu and make a fortune.
 

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Maybe I missed it. Did he buy this down there or just having the work done?

Can’t wait to see how this turns out



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He bought it at a government auction had it hauled to San Diego.. Then he drove it to Ensenada to a shipyard to have a wheel house and living quarters put on the back of it..

When it’s done he will drive it from there to Alaska and haul loads with it. it will make approximately 35k a day before expenses..
 

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He could bring that boat to Havasu and make a fortune.
He has another 45’ one and was asking me about running cars and loads across the lake to the landing and the palms etc..

I don’t think the local municipalities would allow it to be honest.
 

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He bought it at a government auction had it hauled to San Diego.. Then he drove it to Ensenada to a shipyard to have a wheel house and living quarters put on the back of it..

When it’s done he will drive it from there to Alaska and haul loads with it. it will make approximately 35k a day before expenses..
Jesus even if fuel was 10k that’s damn good money


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