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Bigsfish 08-30-2016 05:17 PM

Long time lurker, really long time

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.

MurrayM 08-30-2016 05:52 PM

Welcome aboard...we accept your pedigree :thumb:

Bigsfish 08-30-2016 06:05 PM

Thanks Murray. I'm more a mongrel than pedigree. 😳

CPseudonym 08-30-2016 06:09 PM

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

MurrayM 08-30-2016 06:13 PM


Originally Posted by Bigsfish (Post 474762)
Thanks Murray. I'm more a mongrel than pedigree. 😳

Better yet! :thumb: :thumb:

(Don't really trust those ironed pants, plucked & tweezed, not a hair out of place, white sweater tied around the neck types anyways...)

RT Firefly 08-30-2016 06:16 PM

Welcome aboard.

hmason 08-30-2016 06:18 PM

Welcome. Now wasn't that cleansing?

menzies 08-30-2016 06:18 PM

I think that get together was last February! :)

Welcome anyway!

CPseudonym 08-30-2016 06:22 PM


Originally Posted by menzies (Post 474772)
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.

Bigsfish 08-30-2016 06:24 PM


I guess I was mistaken, I thought a new one was being planned for this February. I joined and didn't need to! LOL

Sortie 08-30-2016 06:35 PM

Welcome aboard. There was one last year and it will repeated this February.

Sue Marie
Merritt Island, Fl.

markpierce 08-30-2016 06:58 PM

Geez. What took you so long to voice, Bigsfish?

Bigsfish 08-30-2016 07:07 PM

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.

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

Thanks guys.

markpierce 08-30-2016 07:14 PM


Originally Posted by Bigsfish (Post 474795)

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

Thanks guys.


FlyWright 08-30-2016 07:16 PM

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!!

Bigsfish 08-30-2016 07:44 PM

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

HopCar 08-30-2016 08:55 PM

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!

Bigsfish 08-30-2016 09:04 PM

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.

menzies 08-30-2016 09:08 PM

You girls need to get a room.

FlyWright 08-30-2016 09:13 PM

ROFLMAO!! :rofl::rofl::rofl:

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