Captain Tuttle

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About Captain Tuttle

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  • About Me:
    Life-long salt and freshwater fisherman.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing and everything fishing-related.
    Lifetime member of Trout Unlimited.
  • What I do for a living:
    Solve problems, save money, and make my clients happy.

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    Salem Sound

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  1. Dealers get rebates or paid for financing, so offering cash can be a detriment to the sale. If you are going to pay cash, withhold that info until the end. Additionally, if you have a trade in that's in decent shape, you can often get more by selling it directly to a buyer.
  2. Sams, you might get more interest on Classic Aquasport. A lot of brand loyalists doing rebuilds. Great hull.
  3. You clearly haven't seen the size and point of my nose.
  4. 35 degree water or 35 degree air I'm not getting in my kayak. A good VHF is your best friend in any emergency.
  5. Yes, I agree in part. No doubt, the reliability of Toyota historically beats Chevy, Ford and Dodge. I have a 2004 4Runner with a lot of life left and as much as I'd like to trade up, the cost of cars increased due to all the computers and safety gear. The exponential cost increase of newer cars is increasing the cost of used cars to the point where four- and five-year old Tacomas and 4Runners offered at their original MSRP. As you pointed out, this is a good thing if you like to trade in on a regular basis. I like to drive my vehicles until the wheels fall off, so if the frame is going to rust out in 10 years, that doesn't work for me. And manufacturers only "make good" on their flaws if their backs are against the wall, and even then a class action is necessary. Remember Fight Club, A x B x C = X, where A is the number of vehicles in the field, B is the probable rate of failure, and C is the cost of out-of-court settlement for that failure. Additionally, if a recall hits a bottom line too deeply, the manufacturer will just ignore it and hope it doesn't blow up. There are multiple lawsuits against Toyota for frame issues. Additionally, I have been the victim of Toyota's "service bulletins" (i.e., this should have been a recall). This is an example of car manufacturer hoping that a design flaw doesn't turn into a recall. I've done my math, a lot of it, and concluded that the amount of times I (and probably most people) actually need a truck for towing, off-road adventures, and bad weather is limited to 2-3 weeks a year. I would be better off renting for those three weeks and driving a used Civic as my full-time car.
  6. Ford has 0% financing for 72 months for the F-150s over $50K (but not the Raptor). I'd bet the deals get better as the year goes on.
  7. If my frame looked that bad after 6 years, I would not buy another truck from that manufacturer.
  8. I would have loved to watch the kayaker v. fluke battle. I'm laughing just thinking about it.
  9. I did learn that doing the cargo area was a bit of a waste of time and money. The LTD 4Runner has a sliding cargo deck (you can raise it to like a shelf). In order for deck to not shift the position of the carpet, you need rubber backing to support plastic prongs the pull the carpet forward. Then there were a dozen plastic discs in the factory carpet that must provide some type of support to the cargo deck. At that point, I said TIKCUF and threw it down, cut to dimension. Lesson learned: getting a cargo area rug from a junkyard would have been a better option.
  10. LOL!
  11. Reliability is word usually associated with engines. You'll get a lot of opinions on engines, but the best advice I got was chose an engine with a good mechanic nearby who will service it quickly for you during the summer months. Most hulls are reliable. Some are better in rough seas. Marine manufacturers give warranties on hulls like the automotive industry gives warranties on drivetrains, because they are not going to fail in the first 10 years. What does fail on a boat is the deck, gas tank, wiring, etc. Stand on some 30 year old Grady's and you'll likely find a lot of soft spots. Grady is considered top tier manufacturing (although they use wood in construction - reason to use wood in this day and age) where SeaPro is considered mid-tier. SeaPro has a reputation for being a solid boat, with an all fiberglass transom. Some people in the industry considered them at the top of the mid-tier line. Good luck on your quest. You could study this for years. Take the plunge but don't get yourself into too much debt. Eventually, you'll learn that there is no such thing as the perfect boat. The best type of boat to buy is the one that you'll use often.
  12. There are a lot of good boat builders out there that few people have heard of. These boats have lower resale values because of it. I love Grady's, but the resale prices are outrageous. Based on your wants, a SeaPro 206 WalkAround model could be had in decent condition for under $20,000.
  13. Birds on bait and two tail slaps were witnessed while surfing on Wednesday.
  14. I've got to finish my North Shore bike. It's like a Canal bike but is camouflaged to blend in with high-priced landscaping.
  15. Thanks. I just got back from Cape Ann the May 1 to ? No Parking ban is being enforced.