This has been quite the winter for me so far :crazy: For those of you who haven't heard, the river has already claimed a brand new $300 stainless prop and a Rod Reel (Surge Elite and Abu Garcia 7000i). Well my good fortune continued yesterday. With the recent fishing report that our dear friend catfishchris gave us about Dink catching the 89 pound blue, Stitch and I had been re-infected with blue fever again, BAD! Even though we had swore off fishing until warmer weather arrived, we re-lapsed and gave into the addiction! :roll_eyes: It was chilly cold morning, I was worried about the boat ramps condition due to the latest freezing rain and snow, so Stitch decided to run over and check the ramp out before I hooked up the boat. He soon called me from the ramp stating that the ramp was in great shape and that it had been salted! WOO HOO!! I was pumped now! I just knew we were gonna find the fish today and was stoked to get out on the river. I picked up Stitch, who had just about every article of clothing from his closet and we headed to the river. When we arrived, I got to see for my own eyes that the ramp was in wonderful condition given the current conditions. So we then began to layer ourselves with many different sweatshirts and various jackets and coats. Got the boat ready to launch, cleaned the snow off the front deck, placed the rods in the rod rack and Stitch backed me down the ramp. The trusty 'ol Yamaha started on the first crank so no problems there. Stitch then backed me the rest of the way into the water and I floated off the trailer with the motor running. I was floating down the river putting my hats and gloves on letting the motor warm up. Once I got all prepped for a cold run to the bait hole, I sat back down in the drivers seat with intentions of driving over to the ramp to pick up 'ol Stitch. I grabbed the steering wheel that's when I realized I had a problem! The Steering wheel was locked solid! I couldn't move it to save my life! I then hollered over to Stitch not to park the truck just yet and then began tugging on that frozen steering wheel until I heard a loud *SNAP*. Now the steering wheel is spinning free, but the motor isn't! I had broke the damn steering cable somewhere in the linkage. Now here I am, floating down the Missouri river with no way of steering this damn boat and facing the opposite side of the river from where the ramp is. Here I am thinking *how in the hell I am going to get the boat back on the trailer*?! I finally figured out that I could use my body weight to somewhat influence the boats direction when the boat was in gear. I was literally leaning all the way to the right over the gunnels hovering above that 35* water. It took my a little while to get back to the ramp but I eventually made it without any other problems. Just perfect! Now here we are, all dressed up and no where to go! So, we decided that since I have to replace the damn steering cable, I might as well re-due the layout of everything in the boat. I so far have moved the console forward 2 1/2 feet, removed that monster rod rack and the two fix mounted seats that were in front of it. I am now going to install new swivel seat posts in the floor of the boat, one behind the console and one parallel with that on the other side of the boat. Removing the monster rod rack will open up the back of the boat, I will now install 3 rod holders on each side, similar to what Cuz and Gary have set up in there rigs. Now, when we set up to fish, all I will have to do is swivel around and sit facing the rear of the boat ON-TOP of the poles! No more sitting up front and then running to the back when a fish is on. All I will have to do is lean forward and grab the pole!! I must admit, it looks like a completely different boat! I can't wait to get out and give it a try. I think I will wait for warmer weather though! :roll_eyes: I haven't had the best of luck here lately!