I emailed Tim from Underwater expeditions and asked if they were going to continue the tuna trips after the refit.. and here is his reply..
"Absolutely, Bret!!! We will continue to do the same kind of fishing that the Big E has done in the past. We are planning to do as many tuna trips as we can after we get all the upgrades done. Thank You so much for the e-mail and I look forward in meeting you someday on the Big E. "
It looks like we will still get a chance to fish the improved version of the big E. Imagine that boat with a full galley and buffet... thats all its missing.. really. Maybe a head inside..
This news makes me very happy!!! what are niads?? (gonna be added for stability)
stabilizers, those little fins on the side underwater. i emailed mr. trahan about it earlier, cant put into words how exciting that would be. wow
I'm not really into head boats, but have always wanted to go out on the
Big E. I would think that if Under Water Expeditions has the money to buy the Big E it could afford to spend a few bucks on a decent website.
I would be interested in a 72 hour trip if it was limited to a dozen. I just don't like crowds. I'd rather pay more and have some space. You wouldn't have any rod storage problems, and it would leave plenty of room up above to haul a few thousand pounds of ice. Any hoo, this is good news for you guys who thought the Big E was history. It's also good news for scuba divers.
I think the big Question will likely be whats the cost....
I mean, it wont deter alot of us tunaheads but, It'll definitely deter the regular joe from using the boat which may be detrimental to the future of the boat.
I believe most obsessed anglers would rather do what MrBill said ...less is better and I would pay extra for that. There are no boats willing to do 72 hour trips, only a handfull up here in the Northeast so I believe its a great concept
they probably just threw together a website to get it up and collecting "hits" on the search engines. It will push it higher in the search for when they add/redo the website. then it already has the senority on the search engines....
I would love to fish it again... but have really "skinny" pockets Best part about it- there are several options for poor boys like me!
I'm w/ Mr. Bill in that I've been on the BigE w/ 40 people, & I thought it was a zoo. I world love a trip w/ 20-25 anglers for 3-5 days.
But I don't know if I could or would want to pay more than 2k for it.
It's still great to dream. sad part is, I'll probably find a way to be on that first long trip.....regardless. I love fishing on that boat.