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 #236679  by DOBEMEJUWA
 Thu May 18, 2017 8:30 pm
Hi folks, new here. Joined cause my boat came from Colsville. I'm in KY.

We've had our Raider 22/72 for about 7 years now, and well just love it. Added some bow safety rails that are detachable and stow in the bow locker, just for those days fishing from the bow in big seas. Set up a 24 volt auto-pilot trolling motor, as we use it for Striped Bass Fishing here in KY and spend time trolling live baits a lot.

Here's our dilemna. I had heart surgery a couple months back, I'm 63, and wife and I still want to fish, and stay out of the weather but just need something a little smaller and easier to handle . Maybe like a 18 foot Trophy Walkaround, or maybe a smaller raider with a canvas top and full side curtains for creature comfort. Any suggestions on boats makes to look at? All help and thoughts appreciated. We just gotta down size cause this ole guy just don't have the horsepower I used to : [thumbup]
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 #236689  by downriggeral
 Fri May 19, 2017 9:56 pm
Wow nice boat! Raider makes some nice 18 to 19 foot boats with soft tops that should be easy to handle. Recovery from heart surgery takes time, believe me I know! I have a company ifishsolutions if I can be of help in the process.
Tight lines Alan
 #236692  by stryker17
 Sat May 20, 2017 5:34 pm
not to do with the boars, but hang in there and don't let it get you down. I am 81, have had 3 heart attacks, 6 stints, and 1 bypass, and still hit the water as often as I can, buoy 10 to Roosevelt its all good. Just learn what you can do and pace yourself, things will work out.............I have an 17 ft alumweld stryker (my handle ) works great for us .....good luck......
 #236696  by DOBEMEJUWA
 Sat May 20, 2017 6:20 pm
Hey guys, thanks for the info and kind thoughts. Retired Army, retired Fed Civ Service, total right at 30 years service to country, don't know how to quit, and just trying to figure out what the new load limits are for the valve job they did to my "motor". It's all good. I'm gonna hate to see this boat go in a way. In the fall when temps are in the 40's, with just a small coleman propane heater in it, we used to run out at dawn in t-shirts . And its not at all afraid of rough water.

I'll stay in touch, let ya all know how stuff works out. Stryker, your words and experiences are an inspiration to me. So you make sure you take care of yourself so us "young guys" have a good example to follow. [thumbup]
 #236700  by hewesfisher
 Sun May 21, 2017 6:16 am
From one veteran to another, thanks for your service. I'm retired USAF.

What about the boat you have is hard to handle now? Can only think launching/loading would be any more work than before your valve job. If launching/loading is the source of additional stress, get a powered winch to ease your effort. Once in the water it should be just as easy as driving your car or truck. You've got a very nice boat and will be hard to downgrade.
 #236703  by Bodofish
 Sun May 21, 2017 8:39 am
hewesfisher wrote:From one veteran to another, thanks for your service. I'm retired USAF.

What about the boat you have is hard to handle now? Can only think launching/loading would be any more work than before your valve job. If launching/loading is the source of additional stress, get a powered winch to ease your effort. Once in the water it should be just as easy as driving your car or truck. You've got a very nice boat and will be hard to downgrade.

My thoughts exactly! The only tough part for me is winching the boat back on the trailer and the anchor, which is going to have a winch of it's own shortly. An electric winch is an easy solution for the trailer and I'm pretty sure you'll have a dock at the ramp so no climbing on over the bow. For that you can always get a fold away ladder mounted to the bow. Check out Mean Chicken, it's a Jetboat forum, most of the bigger boats have bow ladders. I think once you get the little things sorted out, you'll find the boat you have now is easier for you to operate and relax on than a smaller boat. Take it easy and take your time but just keep moving. :cheers:

And thanks for your service!
 #236723  by DOBEMEJUWA
 Mon May 22, 2017 7:41 pm
Great thoughts and muchly appreciated. The feedback is valuable to me cause just not to sure now doing the "post partum depression thing sometimes, and spending too much time thinking about what broke instead of what got fixed. I do need rethink this.

To a degree, its all that goes with a boat, humping batteries, changing oil, lower unit oil, swapping trailer tires, cleaning it up to get ready for a trip and then again when back. Canvas on to store, then off to trailer and launch. And point well taken, what makes me think that stuff is going away when the next rig hits the driveway?

Again thanks for the thoughts, it's helping me work thru this.
 #236724  by DOBEMEJUWA
 Mon May 22, 2017 7:55 pm
Just a little background.

Born in PA, south east part of state closer to the Cheaspeake Bay than the PA state capital. First boating and fishing was with my dad, in the bay, saltwater, for Striped Bass, that would have been in the early 1960's. Funny thing, look at the picture of my dad's boat we fished from then my Raider now. I guess it came honestly. Army Active 1972-1992, then Reserves while Fed Civil Service. First boat I actually bought was in 1994, a pontoon we kept til 2010 when the Raider came on board. Met and Married wife in 1980 while assigned in KY she's from Louisville.
She loves Stripped bass fishing like me. We also hit small KY lakes for bluegill, bass, catfish, white bass, and even chase some Muskies on occassion.
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 #236728  by sickbayer
 Tue May 23, 2017 4:27 am
FWW ill touch on a couple of things . selling your boat will lose you money, tax on the new boat will lose you money I really think you are better off getting a side door on the hull for entry and exit and electric winch for the trailer. sometimes a smaller boat is not the best way forward. congrats on stayin alive mate!
 #241268  by DOBEMEJUWA
 Wed May 02, 2018 9:09 pm
I'm selling it. $32,000 or best offer, via email rhamme2014@gmail.com or (270)735-7814

At these links: more detail

1. http://www.fishin.com/forums2/album.php?albumid=376

2. http://www.fishin.com/forums2/album.php?albumid=375

22' - 72" SEA-RAIDER 22' - 72"
WELDED WALK-THRU WINDSHIELD LENGTH 22'
ALL WELDED ALUMINUM TRANSOM BEAM 94"
2-SWIVEL SEATS ON*STORAGE*BOXES BOTTOM WIDTH 72"
RUNNING LIGHTS BOTTOM GAUGE 0.19
AUTO BILGE PUMP SIDE HEIGHT 35"
VINYL COVERED 5/8" TREATED PLYWOOD FLOORS SIDE GAUGE 0.125
SIDE STORAGE TRAYS INSIDE DEPTH 28"
57 GAL FUEL TANK 22' SEA-RAIDER AFT DEAD RISE 16°
STORAGE IN THE FLOOR & OPEN BOW FORWARD VEE 35°
W/WAVE BOARD OR*LARGE*WELL*ALL*MODELS PERSON / CAPACITY 8 / 1250#
NFB STEERING*ALL*MODELS WEIGHT CAPACITY 2150#
DECK AND SIDEWALLS ZOLATONE PAINT MAX. PROP H.P. 250
GUNWALE TRIM W/VYNAL INSERT BOAT WEIGHT 1875#
6 - SWITCH ELECTRICAL PANEL VERTICAL HANDRAILS HARDTOPS
1 - WIPER & HORN

River master seats on boxes
Sleeper seats aft OEM Upgrade
Porta potti box (removable) with privacy curtain
Rear cover and Bow cleat
4 speaker am/fm/cd system
Hummingbird 581i Combo,500 Series,Internal GPS Combo
Temperature/Speed Sensor TS W
Minn Kota Power Drive V2/70 24v trolling motor,70lbs thrust, 60" shaft
Quick Release MKA-16-02 Quick Release Bracket
Minn Kota COPILOT
Minn Kota Auto-Pilot
Motor : Honda BF135AKX, rigging equipment/controls, 5 gauge package,dual batteries w/ switch, aluminum prop
Trailer : EZ Loader galvanized bunk trailer,4700lb capacity,oil bath hubs,spare tire/wheel,led lighting
Inland Boats to Customer, Elizabethtown KY.
Bow and Stern Scotty Rod Holders and Mounts
Custom Aluminum Bow Safety Rails and Mounts
Dual main engine batteries with A/B switch.
Dual group 27 trolling motor batteries with mounted 2 bank charger,BOW MOUNTED BELOW DECK
 #241558  by DOBEMEJUWA
 Fri May 04, 2018 5:09 pm
Thanks Tracker. All good things must end and the memories will carry me.