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THE SHORT REPORT - REFRESH (F5) OFTEN
Fishing is good here in the Virgin Islands. The springtime drift of seaweed on the South Drop and the nesting of the Laughing Gulls in the mangroves came right on schedule. And along with it came the expected run of dolphin, blue marlin and white marlin. Ran into Capt. Ray Walters (SF Grander) yesterday who said the wahoo fishing has been some of the best he's seen in a long time and he's predicting a great summer for blue marlin. Mojito was here over for the holiday but we didn't catch up with their news. We're busy with the weekly training of the MVP students and this past Saturday (4/15) the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) started providing the kids with an eight Saturday sailing session.
Received Capt. Joe's Reel Tight Report. We are very proud of Joe and Jimmy's success and we wish them much luck and enjoyment with the new boat!
Joe's report: After a grueling no fishing season, including the loss of our '42 to fire, and a lot of time in the boat yard, things are starting to shape up for operation
We've received our new 36' Invincible. Had it shined and coated by new DiTEC products applied by Global Preservation Systems. Excited to see how it holds up to what hopefully becomes a future travel schedule towing it behind the new 86' Merritt
We haven't taken delivery yet but today was our very first sea trial. I think it's fair to say everyone was thoroughly impressed. At 75% fuel, and full water added to her approx 150,000lbs, she rode just like any other high performance luxury sedan.
There's still some fine tuning to do, and some weight still to be added, but the numbers shouldn't change much.
The pair of tier3 M96 2600hp MTU's spun the 43x63-7 blade wheels unbelievably smooth and quiet. Runnin through a range of rpm's, even under simulated fish fighting maneuvers without smoke, At responsive action that had passengers hanging on. Top speed was a legit 38.5kt at 92% load. I can't call it cruise just yet (further testing to be done) but at 1850rpm we saw 30kt at 63% load and 130gph.
Can't help but start to feel anxious as delivery nears. Really looking forward to getting back out there and put everyone's hard work through the paces.
Also, since the 36' will be our "dingy", the replacement tower 42' Invincible is only a week or two away.
EVERYONE READS ON THE EDGE! Just ask beautiful Sam! And that's 9 year old MVP student "Boom Boom" on the cover.
18,000 magazines were printed in time to debut at the 2017 Miami Intl. Boat Show! They are now being distributed (year-round) to marine locations on the mainland, from Key West to New Jersey. Magazine is also online (20,000 web viewers) and a link to the online magazine is provided our 5,400 Facebook followers! There are two racks featuring the magazine on the ABMT's 1282 lb. IGFA world record centerpiece in the St. Thomas airport (baggage claim area) and the publication is widely distributed around the island via public racks.
On The Edge is a great advertising buy and the profits of the magazine help to support our marine vocational program.
TOP ANGLER - STEVE "Spanky" McFARLAND - 4 BLUE MARLIN ABOARD CHAD DAMRON'S 'SODIUM' CAPT. RANDY JENDERSEE
Second Place Angler - Rod Windley - Third Place Angler - Andy Venable
RELEASE MARINE'S 'BEST BOAT' AWARD ROD WINDLEY'S GULF RASCAL CAPT. BILLY BORER
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