Just retired in January, and have started fishing again. Bought a project boat, and am getting out one day a week, mostly to Union Reservoir and Boyd Lake.
I honestly wouldnt fix graphics, they will just get messed up again, or maybe its just me but i have got some nice scratches. I havent fixed them and it is alot less upsetting now when i get more. Most from having to tie up the boat in strong winds fishing by myself so having to get the truck. Those electronics will be great, just get the settings dialed in. I have the 80lbs ipilot on my 17.5' competitor. Many days i wish i had the 112lbs thrust.We have a Terrova 80# trolling motor with I-Pilot. I tested it and its working. We just bought a Helix 9 to replace the old funky Raytheon that is currently on the boat. The DW and I spent an him hour at the car wash this morning just getting the dust off. I also ordered some new graphics to replace the ones that have suffered a little dock rash. Work in progress.
We found this boat on WalleyeCentral advertised for $7500. The owner, a teacher in Aberdeen SD was honest about how it looked, and told us that it had been fished very hard, and kept under cover in a barn. He omitted the part about how it was covered with dirt road dust and man it was filthy. Nevertheless, it was sound, the motor has been maintained and only had some dock rash and minor dings on the outer hull. The seats were gross, and it just needed a ton of cleaning, and minor maintenance. The pedestals in 2 of the 4 seats were stuck in the receptacles, and required extraction using a pair of barrel jacks. ($19 rental) We spent a couple of hours at the car wash using degreasers and brushes to get the motor and hull clean. ($25)How much does a setup like that run Rob? I will be looking to purchase something similar soon.