This is WON’s Repower Report, brought to you by Suzuki Marine. This feature showcases one of many repower projects performed by Suzuki’s professional dealers and mechanics in Southern California. Each new report will feature product specifications on different Suzuki engines for all types of boats, as well as the story behind the project about the anglers and their boats.
In this issue we talk to Mike McCoy.
What’s the make and model of your boat and how long have you owned it?
I have a Boston Whaler 18’ Guardian, owned since 1995, it’s a 1990 and had two 70hp Yamahas when I bought it. This is the 3rd Boston Whaler I’ve had. It’s one of the most sought after Whalers. The Guardian is a commercial hull with more fiberglass added for sturdiness, making it a small boat with big boat capabilities.
How do you use the boat – Fishing, Diving, etc..?
I mostly fish in the ocean but I’ve made one trip to Crowley for the trout opener and it’s the only time it’s been in freshwater. I’ve been down to Baja numerous, San Quentin, Mulege, La Paz, etc. I go to Catalina all the time and fish inshore along the coast.
What was your most memorable trip on the boat?
I’ve had so many good trips it’s hard to tell. 3 halibut limits in one day, catching white seabass, chasing the yellowfin a few years ago. Just too many good trips for one to stand out above the rest. I go out alone a lot and always prepare with a handheld VHF, kill switch, and auto inflatable life jacket.
How did you decide to repower with a new Suzuki?
I’m retired and on a fixed income so wanted to get the best deal. Unfortunately, the best deal was a motor on the East coast but I couldn’t get it with a warranty unless I spent a bunch of money from an authorized dealer. Maurer understood what I needed and did a really good job, and added new steering and a single Suzuki 115hp motor.
Any other major projects or upgrades on the horizon for your baby?
I’ve changed the position of the bait tank, battery cables ran into the console, patched the holes on the back, painted the back part of the boat. Redid and installed new instruments and ignition system, bilge pump and bait pump. I did all the work myself other than install the motor, and will do more work as it’s needed.