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Old 10-19-2012, 03:20 PM   #41
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Stupid (me) calls out... "Need help?" Reply... (Over the roar of the water) "What the .... are you doing here!" and... "Is that thing plastic?" We flew past so fast, son in the bow, which was periodically three feet out of the water, and then buried in the foam... Canoe filled and we somehow got to shore, and "lined " the canoe and camping gear past the rapids to a place where we could camp.
Did you ever find out what happened to the guys on the rock?
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Old 10-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #42
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so we bit the bullet and got the trawler, which has all the speed of an average sailboat, but 3x the room and none of that pesky tacking business.

We went one step further ( or back, depending on how you see it ) and bought a roomy power catamaran... it has the pluses of the trawler, but can also go faster if/when we have the need for speed (fishing tournaments, beating weather changes, etc). I can't wait for our retirement next spring to start some long-distance cruising on it!
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:05 PM   #43
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I'm on my 3rd pontoon boat in 30 years. The current one has been docked in my back yard for the last 15 yrs. we're only allowed a 10 hp max, so I get great gas mileage - usually around $20 worth of gas per summer. Today was a sad day - I took it out of the lake, and I'm getting it ready for winter storage in my garage
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Triton Bass Boat
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Kingfisher Bass Boat (see a trend?)
Grumman Jon Boat
Sears Gamefisher fishing boat
Home Made boat when I was a kid

I'm a fisherman, obviously.
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I have no plan to buy, rent, or use a boat, sorry. You guys are light years ahead of me !
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:04 PM   #46
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Triton Bass Boat
VIP Bass Boat
Kingfisher Bass Boat (see a trend?)
Grumman Jon Boat
Sears Gamefisher fishing boat
Home Made boat when I was a kid

I'm a fisherman, obviously.
You da man! I can relate.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:24 PM   #47
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The real joy of boating for me is parking the beast (pontoon) in a slip within a full service marina.
Launching and recovery is nothing short of a bitch, but with the slip, I can be moving 60 seconds after boarding. This flexibility is about half of the joy of boating for me.
We can pack a cooler, pickup a sub, and enjoy a quick lunch on the water in the same amount of time it would take to simply get the boat to, and in the water. Sunsets are included during the evening cruise.

Other than that, it's a huge money pit. Thinking about renting next year.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:33 AM   #48
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I currently own a Skeeter SL190 with a Yamaha 150. Just love this boat and motor; fast, draft is 15", good for tubing and knee boarding. We have been on some real nice vacations with this boat.

That said, my dream boat is more of a small navy:
1. ski nautique for fun with kids
2. Patoon Boat for cruising, nice early breakfast with wife in middle of lake and family dinners at sunset.
3 Ranger or Triton Bass Boat with something large on back to feed the speed gene



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I currently own a Skeeter SL190 with a Yamaha 150. Just love this boat and motor; fast, draft is 15", good for tubing and knee boarding. We have been on some real nice vacations with this boat.

That said, my dream boat is more of a small navy:
1. ski nautique for fun with kids
2. Patoon Boat for cruising, nice early breakfast with wife in middle of lake and family dinners at sunset.
3 Ranger or Triton Bass Boat with something large on back to feed the speed gene
My best friend bought a deckboat a few years ago. I think it is a pretty good compromise between a pontoon and a runabout and you can put a big ol OB on it to feed the speed gene.
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Donzo, we met a young guy who sailed one of those from NY to the Abacos Islands when we were down there. It was a small boat for that long of a trip, but he'd made it.
I think you'll enjoy motorsailing in it--we got to the point we were very lazy sailors, so we bit the bullet and got the trawler, which has all the speed of an average sailboat, but 3x the room and none of that pesky tacking business.
Sarah, I have heard of some brave people using these for open water sailors. Not me, it would be a great Catalina Island and coastal cruiser tho. I will use it for lakes. I really like the larger motor part of the equation. I will sail alot on Lake Tahoe. The weather there can change quickly for the worse - you really need some power to get back in safely-

TP It is an interesting boat with good room in the cabin. I sailed on one last year. It was a blast!

MP - there are alot around. I am hoping to find one close by and "cheap". I missed one by a couple hours - excellent shape, went for $12,000.
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You da man! I can relate.
I guess I should mention that at the moment, I'm boatless!

I sold my last one when I moved up to Wisconsin, and now that I'm back down south, almost for sure going to retire in NW Louisiana in a matter of months, not years...I'm starting to get the itch to begin boat shopping again. Yep, it's about that time!

I don't see how anybody could live in Louisiana or Texas and not be a fisherman!
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I guess I should mention that at the moment, I'm boatless!

I sold my last one when I moved up to Wisconsin, and now that I'm back down south, almost for sure going to retire in NW Louisiana in a matter of months, not years...I'm starting to get the itch to begin boat shopping again. Yep, it's about that time!
Me too, sold my last one Dec 2010, been having second thoughts lately. A real LBYM dilemma/dilemna...with an answer that's unique for every individual.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:36 PM   #53
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I got started in boating as a child when my parents took the family on our yearly vacation to a lake in southern Michigan. My dad had a 10Hp outboard motor that we used on a small aluminum boat that came with the cottage. I can still remember the thrill and excitement when my dad allowed me to take this boat out on the lake by myself the first time at about age eight or nine.
My dad then bought a small wooden outboard boat which we used for water skiing.
Once married we owned two 18' open bow run-abouts before we bought a 32' cruiser about 12 years ago. We still have this boat on Lake Erie. For me boating is much more than just cruising across the water. It's a lifestyle. I enjoy the comraderie of the other boaters at our marina and all that goes with being around water and boats.
I am now a member of the United States Power Squadron which is an organization dedicated to promoting boating safety. I am a certified Vessel Examiner and really enjoy spending 4 or 5 hours at the boat ramp on a Saturday morning examaining boats to be sure they have all the required safety gear. It's a way for me to give back to a recreational activity that I have throughly enjoyed my entire life.
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I am now a member of the United States Power Squadron which is an organization dedicated to promoting boating safety. I am a certified Vessel Examiner and really enjoy spending 4 or 5 hours at the boat ramp on a Saturday morning examaining boats to be sure they have all the required safety gear. It's a way for me to give back to a recreational activity that I have throughly enjoyed my entire life.
As a near lifelong boater, thanks for helping keep us all safer on the water...
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I was going to sell this baby this year, but I decided I would give it "one more year". The cost to store, moor, maintain and use it is still less than the loss I would take by selling it in a high pump price/gallon environment.

I have been a boater for 25+ years, have taken all sorts of safety and specialized courses (weather, navigation, marine electronics) with the US Power Squadron. I get a nice 25% discount on my boat insurance for having taken all of that coursew*rk.

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Did you ever find out what happened to the guys on the rock?
When we got down to Warrensburg, we did find out... They were "pro's", or as pro as ya get in canoeing... thus the beavertail paddles. It was a wood/canvas OldTown canoe... and quite old. I didn't know much about them back then, but a new classic can cost more than $10,000, tho not back in those days, I don't think. The place where they wrecked was the "big drop", which has been the end of many canoe trips... When the river is really wild, an aluminum canoe can easily get bent in half... Saw that on the
Green river in Mass. when the Yankee Power company released the cooling pond back up.

Everyone who has ever done any boating has at least one death defying experience.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:46 PM   #57
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I've only owned one boat, and I still consider it to have been the perfect boat - a 17' Cape Horn center console. Stable, safe, quick, shallow draft. And what made it absolutely the perfect boat, when I decied to sell it after 4 years of ownership, I sold it back to the guy I bought it from for the same price I bought it.

Can't get much better than that!
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Unlike many of you, I got into boating later in life -- just 4 years ago. We got a 22 ft. pontoon boat with a 90 hp Mercury. One of the best purchases we have ever made (notice I didn't say investment!). We, and our friends and family, have had a lot of pleasure cruising the inland lakes and Rideau Canal system in Southeastern Ontario.
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