Small Boat Striped Marlin

This fish, estimated at 135lbs, was taken from our project boat Toy Boat 2, near the 225 Fathom Bank off San Diego. The fish hit a small spreader bar.

Safety Note :

EPIRBs Required by Major Tournament

March, 2010 - The 3rd Annual Ft. Myers Beach Kingfish Shootout has announced that entrants will be required to carry satellite emergency beacons aboard their boats.

The ruling is a result of a highly publicized incident in the Gulf of Mexico, in which three football players died from hyperthermia after their boat capsized. The football players did not have a distress beacon, and were only discovered after a three-day search which covered over 16,000 square miles, and cost an estimated $1.6 million.

Click HERE to visit the tournament website.

USCG Warning:

Beware of Shoddy EPIRB Replacement Batteries

Nov. 30, 2009 - The USCG has released a Safety Alert regarding shoddy EPIRB replacement batteries. Click HERE to read the full story...

OSJ Moves to New Platform:

We're Back!

February 8, 2009 -'s been a while, but we have finally finished migrating OSJ to our new platform (Expression Engine, from Ellis Labs). OSJ now shares the same technology base as our sister site, Beyond The Breakwater

Why did we do it? We found we were spending more time working on the infrastructure of OSJ than we were on content. With this change, we can focus on the business of putting together content for this site!

Look for new articles and blogging notes shortly!

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Video Clip :

How to Pull Start an E-TEC 90

Pull Starting an E-TEC 90
Nov. 5, 2010 - The Evinrude E-TEC 90 is one of the largest motors you can pull start, and supposedly one of the easiest. We couldn't do it when we tried a few years back, but we think we figured out what we did wrong, and try it again...

Viable Alternative to an EPRIB?:

Here SPOT!

The SPOT satellite messenger promises to be a fun tool which will make you safer offshore. Should you buy one? Click HERE to read more.

Staying Organized:

The "Rack"

OSJ Storage rack
One of our project boat's most unusual features is our stainless luggage rack in front of the console.

Click HERE to get the whole story on what went into the thought and design...

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Recent Features

Manufacturer Profile:

Jones Brothers Marine

Jones Bros Marine
Jones Brothers Marine makes a great skiff. Click HERE to take a look at what they've done...

Boat Profile:

The Good Skiff

The Good Skiff
Can a wooden skiff be a good offshore boat? Click HERE to read about the Good Skiff...

Guide Boat Profile:

In Search of...Conway Bowman

Capt. Conway Bowman
We catch up with the host of "In Search of Fly Waters", and take a look at his ride. Click HERE to take a look at his Triton 240LTS...

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Fishing on the Edge:
Going It Alone

Safety tether
Fishing offshore by yourself is not for everyone.

Click HERE to read about some things to think about before you try it.

You Know You Want to Try It!:
On The Fly Setup

Deep fish on fly gear

Bluewater fly fishing is a young sport that poses a special set of problems for skiff fishermen. Here are some ideas and suggestions on how to set up your skiff to maximum effectiveness, and minimize pain. Click HERE to read the full story...

Making the Most of It:
Weekend Warrior Tactics

Most of us have a limited amount of time to go fishing. What can you do to maximize your odds of catching fish? Click HERE to find out...

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View From the Helm

Quick Field Notes:

2010 Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show, Long Beach

Some quick notes from the 2010 Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show in Long Beach, CA. Click HERE for the full story...

Feb. 17, 2009:

Mustang Survival Rescue Stick

Mustang Survival Rescue Stick
Mustang Survival's innovative Throwable PFD...

Click HERE to

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Vessel Log

Oct. 15, 2009

Ouch! EMM Woes

Nothing that $1,300 can't fix...

Sept. 18, 2009

First Marlin & Charging System Woes...

A 135lb marlin offsets alarms & dead batteries...

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Project Boat Scorecard

Raymarine DS600X
Check out the long-term performance of the various pieces of equipment we’ve installed in Toy Boat 2.

Click HERE to take a look at our Project Boat Scorecards.
E-TEC Operating Costs

Bombardier Recreational Products
Is Evinrude's E-TEC motor more costly to operate than a 4-stroke? Or not?? Here's the latest on our long-term cost data:

Latest expenditure - 10/22/06:
Replaced oil pump assembly to address false low oil alarm (warranty repair)
Cost: $0.00

Total expenditures, as of: 10/26/06:
Total: $146.41

Latest forecast of resale value @10 years - 01/02/07:
Estimated value: $2,300.00

Latest forecast of Total Cost of Ownership over 10 years - 01/02/07:
Estimated TCO: $7,229.00

To see how this compares to our estimates of costs for a Yamaha F90, click HERE.