|"My" Jones Brothers boat on Friday evening|
An old Mako I liked
Since the spring I have been looking at boats, a lot of them. Came close to pulling the trigger several times. I think the boat that I liked the most were Mako's in the 20-24 foot range. Some came with dual outboards. They were usually older, from the mid 1970's to the early 80's. I am lucky I didn't.
When I worked for Dave Choinard at The Fly Hatch he was a Jones Brothers dealer. I knew him when the Jones Brothers LT 19'10 Light Tackle Cape Fisherman came out. I always looked for JBs or Parkers, but the models I needed were never around or out of my price range. In the early summer Marine Max in Mansquan had the top JB for sale. It was $ 12,500 and looked good on-line. I didn't jump on it and when I went to look at it in September it was gone off the lot, the owner had pulled it.
So last week I decided to call Marine Max back to see if they had it again, they didn't, but another dealer in Point had it. So off I went. I liked what I saw. It was super clean and ready to roll. I took some pictures and told the guy I would be back over this past weekend. I went home and talked with the wife who is always very supportive. I reached out to Dave and some other guides who roll with JBs and they were very knowledgeable and helpful. Some suggested going for the 23 foot Cape Fisherman. I looked and looked and found a few for sale from throughout the country, problem was, for me, they started at the high 20's used.
So this morning I loaded up my friend and we went for breakfast in Point Pleasant. After chow we headed down to the dealer to go and see what I thought for sure would be my boat. I had numbers and pitches and plans in my head on what I would say. I drove down Route 35 and parked dead next to the boat with the bow pointing to the street. I looked over to my friend and said, "There she is." The sun was just past the boat and it prevented me from seeing clearly. When I moved my head I looked over and saw it, simple, plain, almost rude, "SOLD". We spoke with the guy who works in the shop there who told us a few people were hot on it this weekend and one came by yesterday and bought it. I had a sick feeling in my gut that lasted most of the day.
Oh well, now I have to go to Plan B. You know what they say, "You snooze you lose!"
|"My" Jones Brothers boat Monday morning|