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1983 Gravois Aluminum Boat For Sale

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This is a boat we bought for commercial cat-fishing back in 1983 from Gravois boats. That was back in the time when they where just getting a foothold in the custom aluminum boat business.

They went on to become famous for their big v-bottom bay boats built for sport fishermen. I was over to their shop a few months ago and was blown away at their growth. They don’t do any more one of a kind boats. It’s all strictly big contract work now and they operate under the name Metal Shark.
The Quick Details:

  • 20 feet long with 5 feet flat bottom
  • Heavy welded marine aluminum
  • Center console/hydraulic steering
  • VHF marine radio and Furuno GPS
  • Fuel- 23 gal bolted down aluminum tank
  • Storage under forward deck
  • Large storage that was fish hold
  • Seating on top of fish hold
  • 90HP Mercury 8.5 years old
  • Double axle trailer – solid but looks bad
  • Tires – 3 new and one iffy.

My price is $6,890 and that’s down a little from when I first listed it.  I have never been without a boat and don’t feel anxious to be that way now. I just don’t seem to get around to using it and hate seeing it going to waste.

We ran the boat from Abbeville to Intracoastal City on June 25th and everything seemed to be in good order. Some of the pictures in the gallery below are from that trip.  I really should be giving boat tours instead of selling it. :)

I can be reached by email at all times at mermentau@gmail.com. I can be reached by phone at (337) 935-0218, but you will probably have to leave a message and let me call you back. I will call back.

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Update From Trapper80

A while back an armadillo trapping visitor who called herself Trapper80 sent us this report. Today I received an update that I am posting with permission. The trap we are discussing can be bought at Shopping Warehouse.

I was in contact with you several years ago when I first started trapping armadillos. I am the woman in Central Florida that had, at that time, caught and killed around 18-20. It’s going on 4 years this August and my count is now up to 81. I mark each capture on my calendar. The best week ever was when I caught 4. It’s been kinda slow lately but I know it’ll pick up. I do have 2 traps set at all times.

It isn’t necessary to bait the trap in any way. When  I catch one sometime during the night I usually leave it in the trap most of the day and it leaves a good strong scent that attracts others.  I have some really funny stories, like when I chased one across my front lawn, it ran across my driveway and along some shrubbery where it dead ended at the trap. It ran right into the trap. Slam….gotta love that sound.

The armadillos follow along straight lines, around garden edging, foundations and in my case, I kinda funnel the critter into the trap by using garden fencing. Once they enter inside the fence line, they just follow it which leads right into the trap.

I happened to turn on the tv the other day and it was Marty something from Wild Kingdom and the show was about “The amazing armadillo”. They were showing the armadillos right here in Central Florida. They made them out to be harmless and cute, even showing one escaping a gator attack.
I was hoping the gator would win.

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Havahart Armadillo Trap Maintenance

If you are trying to trap armadillos with the Havahart model we use here is a tip. Make sure to check the trigger as it gets older. Ours is 4 years old now and I have seen catch fall off only to find that it need a drop of oil or a tweak now and then.

The damage was getting extra bad and I was wondering why no catch only to find that the trigger was stiff. Testing it with a stick tells the story. You don’ t want a roach to set it off, but neither require an elephant either. Test it and think armadillo. The hinges get stiff and I use a little 30w motor oil and put a drop on the trigger also. I try not to get too messy with the oil so as not to repel my guests. :)

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Finally Got To Go Geocaching

Today my oldest grandson and I went geocaching and found seven. My first trip, but he had been a couple of times with his parents. It’s easy to see why it’s a growing outdoor hobby for all ages.

We had the standard hand held GPS, but also used my iPhone with the new Geocaching app to provide the cache information. We where doing a little friendly competition to see if the iPhone GPS could hunt with the Garmin hand held. The iPhone was pretty darn close, but not quite as good as the Garmin.

I’m sure there are many caches that you could find with the iPhone though. I have created a little .mobi mobile web site thinking that there might be a tie in here somewhere.

It’s not much yet but you can check geocashe.mobi and comment either here or via it’s contact form.

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