Off Season Maintenance 2019 – Week 3

Work continued into week 3 with more progress on the refitting the fleet for the 2020 season. Captain Carlos reports that the repairs on the Discoverer are complete and they are in the process of deep sanding and cleaning.

The hull repairs under the bathroom floor are complete, and the floor has been fiberglassed back in place.

We also plan on using this opportunity to clear some obsolete wiring and tighten up the wire runs on the big battleship. Back aft, the teak wood covering panel has been removed and replaced with fresh 5200 sealant.

The Adventurer has been similarly stripped and sanded.

Keen-eyed fans of this boat will notice the new gunwale mounted rail-mounts up front…These will be integral to a forthcoming secret weapon that we are adding to the 23-foot switchblade’s arsenal of fish-catching weapons.

Speaking of secret weapons, the 27-foot Explorer is getting a new toy this year with a fully-integrated livewell. We used a discarded bucket as our form for the first fell layers of material.

We are going to install this on the starboard side over the back of the splashwell, which will make it accessible to the rigging station and also help control the outflow of the tank.

Next week our shipment of gelcoat arrives and we are looking forward spraying and polishing. Speaking of a fresh new look, the staff has pressure washed and re-stained the fascia of the main office.

Here’s a before/after look:

Looking fresh!

Thanks for all the kind words on social media as we continue our work. We’ll keep everyone updated as we get the boats and houses in tip-top shape before the new season starts in November.

Off Season Maintenance 2019 – Week 2

Work continues to prepare Nosara Paradise Rentals and FishingNosara for another season of fun family fishing adventures.

The Explorer has been completely stripped of equipment and old gelcoat. This is the first time the tower has been removed since is was installed in 2010.

Captain Fico expects the Explorer to shine like  new dime by the time the season starts in November.

The Discoverer is also getting our attentions this offseason. For years we have monitored a small crack in the front-starboard area of the hull, and have spent many hours laying on the ground fixing the crack from the outside.

Now we have the chance to cut open the bathroom floor and inspect the repairs from the inside. A few heavy layers of fiberglass should put this problem behind us for the life of the boat.

Casa Privada’s kitchen is getting a long-overdue facelift. Check out this sweet new countertop and backsplash.



The 2 bedroom house Casa Caribe is also getting new tile and fixtures for her bathrooms. Plus the kitchen is getting a fresh look.

Off Season Maintenance 2019

Still basking in the glow of our record-setting 102 trip month of August, the team continued to fish into mid-September. However the time has finally come to refit, repaint, and reload the fleet for an exciting 2020 campaign.

Outside of basic maintenance we don’t have any large-scale projects in store for the fleet this year; however once we start pulling them apart we will certainly find stuff to address.

The Explorer is already stripped and ready for new gelcoat, and the other boats will get the same level of attention over the next six weeks.

Elsewhere, we are upgrading the bathrooms of several of Nosara Paradise Rental’s older units.

It may be the ‘off-season’ but we don’t take days off around here!

October 17, 2018

As we barrel into the new season, the FishingNosara team is putting the finishing touches on the refitting and reloading of the fleet.

On the Discoverer we have replaced the old Polynesian teak covering panels with new pieces of a local-sourced wood called Guapinol.

The flagship Wanderer is also getting new Guapinol for the transom, plus is getting fresh runners down the gunwales.

We also have replaced all of the rod holders with Screw-less holders from GEM Products.

We’ve used these bad boys on the Harvester and are stoked to apply them to our old flagship.

Also the in-deck fuel tanks have been pulled, scraped, and re-painted.

Now that the essentials are in place, it’s time to clean her up and re-assemble.

The rest of the Wanderer has come out nicely and we will get her splashed this week.

Also Captain Alex has finished the rehab work on the Harvester and is ready to rock-and-roll.

Meanwhile, Casa Privada’s added bathroom is completed. No more going into the main house for late-night needs.

September 14, 2015

The Discoverer is still fishing during September while almost every other boat in the country is on the hill…just because fisherman take a break for the rainy season doesn’t mean the fish do.

Ryan Torbert and his posse proved it on September 14 when they scored a pair of Rooster fish releases. The first one was a bit puny, but the second was a very respectable 20+lbs.

Nice work by the battleship!

October 15, 2014

Jacksonville’s own John ‘Porkchop’ Porcella knocked out a wide variety of sea life on board the Explorer, highlighted by this big Amberjack:

Later in the day they went offshore and roped a Double Sailfish release!

Excellent performance from Captain Carlos and the boat that doesn’t know the meaning of ‘off-season’!

September 28, 2014

Kyle Sawicki and Lindsay Sawicki Powell ain’t scared of a little off-season Extreme Panga Fishing.

Check out this madness:

Marlinvimeo1 from Kyle Sawicki on Vimeo.

At 4:00 this nasty Black Marlin evades capture, skyrockets past the motor, and breaks off the leader.

At 4:10 the Marlin comes up to wave good-bye. Insane!

These Jacksonville anglers for a fun-filled five hour trip on the Explorer…after a pair of early Marlins on the line, they kept at it and their efforts were rewarded with a cooler full of delicious Dorados.

costa fishing video 2 from Kyle Sawicki on Vimeo.

Four big Dodos, a few Bonita, and a small Cierro Mackeral on ice…All in a day’s work from the unbeatable Super panga Explorer!