The new MARC VI, set for the Miami Boat Show
I’m now well into that “groove” where we travel each weekend with the Salt Water
Sportsman National Seminar Series. Out of the eight stops, we’re down to the final three: Palm Beach (Feb. 12), Biloxi (Feb. 26) and Boston (March 5).
The “home town” South Florida seminar is awesome. No airports, rental cars, hotel
rooms, or snow! Best of all, there are so many friends here, it’s like an annual reunion. And you can bank on the door prizes being “extra heavy” for this seminar. It’s tradition!
I’m also looking forward to the Biloxi seminar, which will be at the IP Casino Resort& Spa. The casino seminars are always a blast. Plus, this could very well be the most important seminar in recent Seminar Series history, as there’s so much to get into as far as what’s going on species-wise, environmental-wise, etc. after that oil disaster. Then, there’s Boston - the final stop on the tour. I always seem to get into that “last day of school” mood for this one! For when it’s over, it’s time to get back to fishing, rather than just talking about it!
In between each seminar, we spend about three days tearing down the courses and visuals from the previous city, and rebuilding the courses and visuals for the upcoming city. Each city has its own unique topics and, therefore, visuals. In addition, I work closely each week with my television show producer, Kevin Tierney, editing a television episode for VERSUS. And then I compile and write my monthly column for Salt Water Sportsman. Trying to find spare time now is as hard as finding the proverbial needle in a hay stack. But, I’m not complaining; Quite the contrary.
The big excitement here is my new boat – a 2011 Mako 284 center console, powered by twin Mercury Verado 300hp outboards. The boat will be on display at the Mako booth inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, during the Miami International Boat show February 17 – 22. That Friday, Saturday and Sunday – from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., I will be in the boat signing and giving away my television T-shirts. So, stop by and say hello!
The boat just came in on February 7, giving us a whopping three days to “fine tune” it for the show (rig the outriggers and teaser reels, fabricate the weather enclosure and have it lettered). Today (2/8), Drew Caterson, from Action Canvas in Marathon, drove up to Broward County to take measurements for the enclosure. He will have it completed and on the boat in the next day or two. I registered the boat this morning and then rigged the outriggers, center rigger and teaser reels. Image Graphics 2000 did the lettering and will apply it tomorrow (2/9). On Friday (2/11), Mako takes the boat to the Convention
Center for their move in day. How’s that for cutting it close?!
Elec-Tra-Mate Teezer reels
E-box with twin Lowrance VHF radios
The control center
Four Shadow-Caster Marine underwater LED lights - Bimini Blue