Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-30-2016, 05:17 PM   #1
Guru
 
Bigsfish's Avatar
 
City: Miami River
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Gotcha
Vessel Model: Grand Banks. Heritage. 43
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 772
Long time lurker, really long time

All

I have been a lurker on TF for over five years and always enjoyed the discussions from guys like psneeld who says it right, short and sweet. Many of you have helped me out many times with various problems and I would still be lurking except I read about a planned get together in February (Ft Pierce) and thought it would be fun to put a face with the names. Will I be disappointed? LOL. Depending on the dates I hope to attend and I'll buy you a beer. (A not "the" beer as I read you guys can drink).

A little about me. I have been a boater in southeast Florida for 60+ years and a customer of Parks' grandfather, I remember when Parks was more interested in ultralights than boats. I still visit his shop almost weekly as I keep my boat on the Miami River near his shop and his people always get what I need.

I've had a few boats over the years: Matthews, Chris Craft, Hatteras, and last boat was a 34' custom walk around Crusader that I had for 22 years. I used that boat all over Florida and the Bahamas for fishing but as you get older fishing is work and I wanted more comfort. I always admired Grand Banks but they were too slow so when they came out with the new 43 Heritage with pods (after two years I hope the problems are now corrected) that can cruise at 20knts I ordered hull 10. I have taken it to the Bahamas twice, to Key West and up to Stuart.

That me I hope I don't embarrass you guys and admirals. Thanks for your time.
__________________
Advertisement

Bigsfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 05:52 PM   #2
Guru
 
MurrayM's Avatar
 
City: Kitimat, North Coast BC
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Badger
Vessel Model: 30' Sundowner Tug
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,874
Welcome aboard...we accept your pedigree
__________________

__________________
"The most interesting path between two points is not a straight line" Murray Minchin
MurrayM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:05 PM   #3
Guru
 
Bigsfish's Avatar
 
City: Miami River
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Gotcha
Vessel Model: Grand Banks. Heritage. 43
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 772
Thanks Murray. I'm more a mongrel than pedigree. 😳
Bigsfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:09 PM   #4
Guru
 
City: Hotel, CA
Country: Fried
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 8,246
Long time lurker, really long time

Mongrel is the pedigree of most of us. I sometimes wonder if I should continue to associate with any group that accepts me as a member.

Welcome aboard
__________________
Craig

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they've been fooled - Mark Twain
CPseudonym is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:13 PM   #5
Guru
 
MurrayM's Avatar
 
City: Kitimat, North Coast BC
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Badger
Vessel Model: 30' Sundowner Tug
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,874
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bigsfish View Post
Thanks Murray. I'm more a mongrel than pedigree. 😳
Better yet!

(Don't really trust those ironed pants, plucked & tweezed, not a hair out of place, white sweater tied around the neck types anyways...)
__________________
"The most interesting path between two points is not a straight line" Murray Minchin
MurrayM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:16 PM   #6
Enigma
 
RT Firefly's Avatar
 
City: Slicker?
Country: Bumpkin?
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 9,296
Greetings,
Welcome aboard.
__________________
RTF
RT Firefly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:18 PM   #7
Guru
 
hmason's Avatar
 
City: Westport, CT
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Magic
Vessel Model: Grand Banks 46 Europa
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,670
Welcome. Now wasn't that cleansing?
__________________
Howard
Magic, 1996 Grand Banks Europa
Westport, CT and Stuart, FL
hmason is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:18 PM   #8
Guru
 
menzies's Avatar
 
City: Jacksonville
Country: USA
Vessel Name: SONAS
Vessel Model: Grand Alaskan 53
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1,669
I think that get together was last February!

Welcome anyway!
menzies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:22 PM   #9
Guru
 
City: Hotel, CA
Country: Fried
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 8,246
Quote:
Originally Posted by menzies View Post
I think that get together was last February!

Welcome anyway!

It was but another one is being planned. If I wasn't committed to exploring Washington state via road trips for the foreseeable future I might have taken the iron bird out to participate. Maybe next year.
__________________
Craig

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they've been fooled - Mark Twain
CPseudonym is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:24 PM   #10
Guru
 
Bigsfish's Avatar
 
City: Miami River
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Gotcha
Vessel Model: Grand Banks. Heritage. 43
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 772
Menzies

I guess I was mistaken, I thought a new one was being planned for this February. I joined and didn't need to! LOL
Bigsfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:35 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Sortie's Avatar
 
City: Merritt Island,Fl
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sue Marie
Vessel Model: Prarie 29
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 249
Welcome aboard. There was one last year and it will repeated this February.


John
Sue Marie
Merritt Island, Fl.
Sortie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 06:58 PM   #12
Master and Commander
 
markpierce's Avatar
 
City: Vallejo CA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Carquinez Coot
Vessel Model: 2011 Seahorse Marine Coot hull #6
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 9,782
Geez. What took you so long to voice, Bigsfish?
__________________
Kar-KEEN-ez Koot
markpierce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 07:07 PM   #13
Guru
 
Bigsfish's Avatar
 
City: Miami River
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Gotcha
Vessel Model: Grand Banks. Heritage. 43
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 772
John
Hopefully the dates will work with my schedule and ill be there. Sounds like fun as long as the weather is nice to run up the outside and avoid mist of the ditch.

Mark
No need to post as I was getting the great info off the board.

Thanks guys.
Bigsfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 07:14 PM   #14
Master and Commander
 
markpierce's Avatar
 
City: Vallejo CA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Carquinez Coot
Vessel Model: 2011 Seahorse Marine Coot hull #6
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 9,782
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bigsfish View Post
...

Mark
No need to post as I was getting the great info off the board.

Thanks guys.
Share!
__________________
Kar-KEEN-ez Koot
markpierce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 07:16 PM   #15
TF Site Team
 
FlyWright's Avatar
 
City: California Delta and SF Bay
Country: Sacramento, CA, USA (boat in Vallejo)
Vessel Name: FlyWright
Vessel Model: Marshall Californian 34 LRC
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 9,473
Welcome to the world of posting, Bigsfish! Glad you decided to speak up.

Tell us more about Parks! How young was he when you first met him? Ultralights? (airplanes, not beer, right?) Got any pics? Tell us ALL about him. I'm sure he'd love the bio you could write about him....I know we will!

Good to have you aboard!!
__________________
Al

Custom Google Trawler Forum Search
FlyWright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 07:44 PM   #16
Guru
 
Bigsfish's Avatar
 
City: Miami River
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Gotcha
Vessel Model: Grand Banks. Heritage. 43
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 772
Yes, expirmental plane that had floats on them to use on the water. He had a few at the old store in storage.

I could tell you a few things but I'll be banned from the store and he will send Ronnie to put a bullet in my brain. I will say he has a great family and the proof is how many years he kept his employees LOL
Bigsfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 08:55 PM   #17
Guru
 
HopCar's Avatar


 
City: Miami Florida
Vessel Name: Possum
Vessel Model: Ellis 28
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,170
Bigfish now I'm going to go nuts trying to figure out who you are!
It would save me a lot of brain cells if you'd stop in and say hi!

My ultralight period was at least thirty years and a hundred pounds ago!

I don't think you have to worry about Ronnie, he is like a teddy bear, and not a very big one at that.

Welcome to TF!
__________________
Parks Masterson
www.hopkins-carter.com
HopCar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 09:04 PM   #18
Guru
 
Bigsfish's Avatar
 
City: Miami River
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Gotcha
Vessel Model: Grand Banks. Heritage. 43
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 772
Parks. I say hi to you whenever I see you but you keep an executives hours. Thirty years goes by fast and probably 100 pounds plus for me. ��

Thanks for the welcome.
Bigsfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 09:08 PM   #19
Guru
 
menzies's Avatar
 
City: Jacksonville
Country: USA
Vessel Name: SONAS
Vessel Model: Grand Alaskan 53
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1,669
You girls need to get a room.
menzies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2016, 09:13 PM   #20
TF Site Team
 
FlyWright's Avatar
 
City: California Delta and SF Bay
Country: Sacramento, CA, USA (boat in Vallejo)
Vessel Name: FlyWright
Vessel Model: Marshall Californian 34 LRC
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 9,473
ROFLMAO!!
__________________

__________________
Al

Custom Google Trawler Forum Search
FlyWright is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:40 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012