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Old 08-04-2012, 04:42 PM   #41
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Just one little question...from an experienced boater of 25 years...

Who will be the skipper? Just kidding.

In all seriousness, are you both physically able to launch and pull out and trailor a boat of the size you are considering? If not, is there a dock hand at the marina who will assist ? Once the boat is in the water, it's a piece of cake to operate. Don't forget the drainage plug! BTDT...

Please consider taking a US Power Squadron (or similar) Boating Safety course if you have not already done so. It is time well spent.
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #42
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Talk about fish jumping onto a boat reminded me of the jumping Asian carps that have invaded the Mississippi River.
I have now developed a new phobia: fear of fish.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:48 PM   #43
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Just one little question...from an experienced boater of 25 years...

Who will be the skipper? Just kidding.

In all seriousness, are you both physically able to launch and pull out and trailor a boat of the size you are considering? If not, is there a dock hand at the marina who will assist ? Once the boat is in the water, it's a piece of cake to operate. Don't forget the drainage plug! BTDT...

Please consider taking a US Power Squadron (or similar) Boating Safety course if you have not already done so. It is time well spent.
Online boating safety course, boating license test, certification

Have fun!
We actually had separate boats as there were too many captains in just one!!!! But that was lake fishing and I could manage my own little dinghy on a puddle lake. Now that we are moving onto a huge lake and a river I will leave the role of skipper to my DH. That way I will get more fishing time .
DH has his PCOC which is mandatory for power boat operators in Canada. I am going to study up and take the test so I can be his back up.
Compared to launching the 10ft Polaris dinghy that DH used up til now launching this new boat is a piece of cake. No batteries to load in , no motor to attach, no hauling it on and off a high truck bed etc. Only thing I have to do is learn to back up the truck and trailer so he can be in the boat. I am heading out this evening to a large parking lot with a couple of safety cones to practice.
Our launch date is Aug 9th. We decided to wait until after the holiday weekend as we are having a heatwave and there will be hundreds of drunken boaters out on the lake. Being able to ignore long weekends is definitely one of the joys of semi-retirement.
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I have now developed a new phobia: fear of fish.
Dave Barry's been tracking the problem for years, and he says that it's far worse than we know...

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Just remember that BOAT stands for Break Out Another Thou$and.

If you have the money for all your boating expenses and repairs acounted for, then go for it. If however you end up with a boat, totally underestimated how much it will cost to opperate it, then it will be a misserable experience.

Just think, if you wouldn't hesitate to spend $500-1000 to rent a boat for a day, you're set for owning a boat. If however doing so would add alot of stress to your life and seem like an outrageous expense, give serious reconsideration to buying a boat.

My thoughts based on 5 years of boat ownership and giving serious consideration to selling it.
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How did you like the trip?
Many happy days on the lake.
Sometimes it is necessary to invest into quality of life.
I hope you did.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:41 AM   #47
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Just back from our second day out on the boat. It is everything we dreamt it would be - a day of fun and relaxation in an area that is close to paradise. The look of pure joy on the face of DH as he raced down the river told me that we made the right decision. It is his greatest dream come true. The picture of the boat was taken at a beach we found up the lake - we had it all to ourselves on a blazing hot day. When we left the launch there were salmon leaping all around us in the river so next up is purchasing salmon tags for our fishing licenses and trying to catch a couple of big ones next week.
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That is nice.
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Go Saoirse! Glad you are having so much fun.
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Awesome! What a beautiful spot, I am envious!
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We will need photos of the big salmon next as proof. We have heard plenty of fish stories.
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Awesome! What a beautiful spot, I am envious!
Harrison Lake, if I'm not mistaken.
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Yes, it is Harrison Lake. We launch in the Harrison river near Kilby and then head up to the lake or down to where the river meets the mighty Fraser.
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