I just bought my first river boat a couple weeks ago. A 1992 Wooly Xtra Plus W/ 150/105 Evinrude Jet. Yep, it's probably the one you saw on craigslist. I talked him down NO REGRETS!
My favorite advice for newbies I saw on an old thread was the guy who said, "teach yourself to enjoy standing in a cold shower while tearing up hundred dollar bills" This has been an expensive hobby so far. STILL NO REGRETS!
I spent a couple days doing minor maintenance and took it out to 3 different lakes to get the feel for the boat and to build my confidence in its reliability before I took it to the river the first time. I have helped buddies navigate a few times, but it's a whole other story when you’re the one holding the wheel!
I have already learned so much and have so much more to learn I know! (Take the high bank Dummy) This forum has already been a lot of help. Now I have some pretty good idea's on how to get my boat off the bottom of the Su if/when I manage to put myself in that situation again!
The guy who helped me and my girlfriend un stick the boat said I had too much fuel on board. It has a 57 gallon tank below the floor, rear/center. Of course the tank was full because I was always taught never to leave the landing w/out a full tank. I wasn't exactly sure where I was planning on going that day but didn't expect to go too far past the Deshka or Willow. In the future do you think it is a good idea to try and estimate fuel or should I always head out with a full tank?
Also, the same guy said I needed to get rid of the cable steering and go with hydraulic steering. What are your thoughts on that? I know it's expensive!
Thanks in advance for your feedback...