October 18, 2019

The big boats are back in action, with angler Jon Cira bringing a big group for three days of fishing in late October.

On the first day back the Discoverer reports a Sailfish backed up with several Yellowfin Tunas.

Here was Jon’s email to us: “First day of fishing was awesome for both boats, lots a schooly tuna, sailfish and a big blue.”

Adventurer’s New Top feat. Custom Marine Jax

As you know the FishingNosara build team can’t leave well enough alone, so we are ready to upgrade the top on our 23-foot panga Adventurer.

We built this boat five years ago and after 500+ trips in the Costa Rican blue water, the bimini top is nearly worn out. This is the same top that West Marine sells for like 400 bucks, and it’s fair to say we’ve gotten more use value than we ever imagined.

With our bigger boats we have grown to rely on Custom Marine in Jacksonville to build custom tops and bow rails. The work they have delivered on our other boats are second-to-none.

For example:



For the Adventurer top we have a few unique challenges to overcome, mostly relating to the boat’s small size. The gunwale are narrow, so we are compensating with thicker baseplates (3/8″ instead of 1/4″).

Harper, Troy, and the boys at Custom Marine have tracked down a special order of extra-thick walled aluminum tubing.

In addition to the thicker materials, the top as a whole with be raked inwards. This triangulation will help distribute the forces evenly and hopefully prevent the sides from sagging.

The top on the Adventurer is taking shape and the rapid progress is exciting.

In this photo, right is the fore of the boat, left is aft. You can see the craftsmanship where the two middle pipe segments create a uniform curve from aft to fore.

The next steps are to add 2 antenna plates, 7 rod holders, and a custom canvas top. A collapsing/telescoping front hoop will be added to create 36″ of additional forward sunshade.

After a week of astounding progress, the bulk of the new top is complete.

The forward sunshade is getting a redesign, as Troy and Harper want to make it telescope into the top for storage rather than fold down. It should be a pretty stunning project once completed.

Here you can see that the telescoping front sunshade is starting to take shape. The two round tubes on either side of the top are the receptacles for the shade.

We will keep you posted here as the top is completed, then take you on her voyage to Costa Rica and her new home atop the Adventurer.

Off Season Maintenance 2019 – Week 4

The off season maintenance projects are all barreling down the backstretch and heading for the finish line. Speaking of finish, check out this awesome epoxy coat on iconic fighting chairs from the Wanderer and Discoverer:

So clear you can see your face in them! That’s also the goal for the skylights in Casa Tranquilo and Casa Surfeando:

Casa Caribe’s bathroom remodeling is complete. New tile and a new sink pedestal are the highlights.

Of course the best part of the offseason is when we get to add new fish-fighting weapons to the fleet. Remember that we started to build the new livewell for the Explorer using a bucket for a mold:

Now the form has taken shape been bulked out with seven-layer of Woven Roven fiberglass:

We fabricated the lid and lip by hand, slowly removing material until we got a snug fit.

Satisfied with the fit of the lid and the tank’s placement in the aft-starboard of the livewell, we proceeded to ad layers of chopped-strand fiberglass for a nice finish.

It is currently in place secured with epoxy, and once it cured it was ready for gelcoat and final assembly.

The new livewell looks great, especially now that the rest of the Explorer is freshly gelcoated and ready for action.

Look out fishies…The barroom-brawler Explorer fights dirty!

The other boats are in the process of final gelcoat and polish. It’s great to see the bulk of the fleet shined up and ready for battle.

New Merch for 2020

We have two great new items for sales this year in the CR offices, US boat show apperances, and the FishingNosara Online Store.

Keep your drinks cold while fishing and your filets frozen while traveling. This roomy cooler backpack measures 18″x15″x10″, enough room for 24 cans or 12 bottles.

Leak Proof Insulation on the main section with a watertight Front Pocket for phones, keys, and wallet.

Easy access Top kept the cold in when you need to grab a beverage.

Adjustable shoulder straps, easy Clean-up, long lasting, TSA / FAA Carry-on compliant.

Side pockets fits 22oz. Yeti-style cups…speaking of which:

You’ve been clamoring for this one! Yeti-Style Thermal Cup with FishingNosara and Nosara Paradise Rentals logos. Stainless Steel construction. Standard 22oz. size and shape. Fits all Yeti-style accessories.

Save the Earth, keep your drinks cool, and look cool doing it!