Depends on how good you want the cockpit finish to be. You can wet sand it and get it smoothed down pretty good, but you'd have to gel coat it and try to fill in the uneven spots, which is time consuming. I'd just sand the best you can and then spray the liner.Great to find this, as I just bought the same boat and year. Yours looked to be in a wee bit better shape. I'm still working on getting the trailer into shape.
Any tips, such as how to get the glue from the carpet off the fiberglass? I want to do a spray in liner but not sure if I am going to tackle that now. Rather fish till fall and deal with the teal carpet.
Keep posting pics though and great job.
Great minds think alike - my brother has that same idea. Maybe this winter - I really want hydraulic steering next, so the trailer would be behind that.Man that is a sweet float you got there! One thing that would help set the combo off is getting that trailer rhino lined or line-x'd. Not nit-picking at all, just an outsider looking in. That is a fantastic transformation.
On the fly rod, it is really a delicate game of presentation. I am not exaggerating - a lot has to line up for it to happen. When they are schooling on top and sucking off the surface, something small that stands out, like a gnat fly. It has to be placed right in the eat cone (similar to tarpon on the fly), so that the fish sees it and eats it. Since they don't have teeth and don't run when they eat, it is a game of feel most of the time. Sometimes you can see them suck it in, other times you can't depending on water clarity and wind. The slightest tug means fish on. We fish them when they are tailing and cruising the shallows too - I either use a damsel, or a small bitters, which always performs. Fishing this way is like fishing for spooky bones and the king of the tease, the permit. But they'll eat when it is done right, and it is rewarding because presentation and mechanics have to be right. I've turned Bpolish onto the game - he loves it, but he's also easy to please.How are you catching the carp schooling shallow?