Well folks, it didn't turn out well. Despite better judgement -- due to pressures of an impending baby, Pearl relocation and bluecat spawn.......we trudged forward and decided to participate in the riverbend tourney. We fished a few spots and the old motor got to a point where we weren't comfortable with it. The weird noise turned into 'a motor slipping' so we called it quits and idled back to the ramp. Fortunately, we made it back so it kind of felt like a victory. On the positive side, I know it's not the powerhead--- at least I hope this is positive. Anyway, it was a bit surreal as I know this will be the last trip for a while -- at least until the wife rids herself of this creature growing inside of her and the kitty's quit the spawning. In the meantime, I'll get the boat back in shape. However, word on the street was that there will be some impressive weights as some folks were all over them....... Not for us however. I'm going to mow the yard now.