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St. Thomas Airport - Catches Record Blue Marlin!
THE SHORT REPORT - REFRESH (F5) OFTEN
Spring has sprung and its time to start thinking about your trip to the Virgin Islands! We've had an exceptionally busy winter with the weekly training of the MVP students, selling ads and publishing an 84 page magazine, plus promoting the Virgin Islands and the ABMT at the Miami show and at the Lauderdale party honoring this year’s top captains and many of the industry greats. We are now at work fixing this website (photos not displaying properly) and you guessed it... making plans for the 5th Annual MarlinFest, 3rd Annual Wet N' Wild (no babies center console tournament) and of course, the 45th Annual USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. Proudly, the ABMT's Marine Vocational Program (MVP) is also celebrating it's first year as a stand-alone 501 (c)(3) non-profit, vocational training program. Tournament profits now serve the children of multiple organizations. Photo: John Rybovich 105 yrs.
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!
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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