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Planobilly 08-15-2017 07:26 PM

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Hi folks,

My name is Billy and I live in Homestead, Florida. I am considering buying a trawler. I have a 28 Contender pretty much loaded up with everything one can put on a center console for sports fishing.

The trawler will be a second boat used for longer trips around here and in the Bahamas. I had in mind to buy a older 34 Mainship. I have seen several for sale for under 50K.

I have sworn my next boat will have a bunk, a coffee pot, and a air

I am 70 and the center console beats me up at times and every time I try to spend the night on the boat it

I have owned several boats, outboards to 32 foot, and three sail boats to 42 foot. I have a lot of boating experience but have never set foot on a trawler.
I have a 100 ton Masters and have run many boats both large and small.

I will make a post in the Mainship forum to get some feedback.

I am always looking to make new friends in the boating world.



O C Diver 08-15-2017 07:33 PM

Welcome to the forum! Lots of members fish off their boats.


RT Firefly 08-15-2017 07:41 PM

Welcome aboard.

Alaskan Sea-Duction 08-15-2017 08:00 PM

Welcome Billy!!!!

HopCar 08-15-2017 08:06 PM

Welcome aboard Billy! I spend some time in Homestead building small wood boats with my friend Snapper. I always look forward to lunch at Rosita's. Guava jelly from Robert is Here. Strawberry shakes from Burr's. Cinnamon buns from the Amish bakery! Damn, now I'm hungry.

hfoster 08-15-2017 08:10 PM

Welcome Billy.

Looking forward to have you and some of your input on TF.

Cheers Mate.


Pack Mule 08-15-2017 08:14 PM

Welcome to TF Billy .

Planobilly 08-15-2017 08:20 PM

Thanks for the welcome!


BTW, I still have two or three Hopkins Carter T shirts Parks...well perhaps covered in fish

HopCar 08-15-2017 10:31 PM


Originally Posted by Planobilly (Post 583593)
Thanks for the welcome!


BTW, I still have two or three Hopkins Carter T shirts Parks...well perhaps covered in fish

Good to hear! Fish blood means you had a good time while wearing them. I retired and sold Hopkins-Carter back in February but all of my employees are still there. If you need something, give Manny or Ronnie a call.

Another Homestead connection, Ronnie is a Miami historian. He found the grave of a Homestead boy killed in WWII in the City of Miami Cemetary. The grave was unmarked. He worked with the Homestead VFW to get a headstone for the hero.

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