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Old 03-22-2007, 11:57 PM   #61
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I've got a Seahunt 186 escape w/115 yamaha. Great for short trips out the inlet and around the bay. For now I'm in NJ. 45minutes by boat from door to Atlantic City. Goody for me!

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Re: How many here have a boat?
Old 03-23-2007, 09:23 AM   #62
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350 - Repairs & maintenance
Just so others don't think this is typical, your $60/yr for repairs and maintenance would be extremely low. That would barely cover supplies for winterizing. And all work would have to be done by yourself. So, yes, if you get lucky and have zero repairs on a used boat over six years, your cost could be this low. But, I'd use your $350 as an estimate for each year as a more typical number.
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Still coming to terms with boats. I own 3 empty boat slips. I kinda like it that way.



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Just bought a boat last night. $40 for a 4-person inflatable boat. Got out on the lake by myself last night after work. Hard to paddle solo. May need to get a paddling buddy, or oars, or a kayak paddle, or a different boat!
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Just bought a boat last night. $40 for a 4-person inflatable boat. Got out on the lake by myself last night after work. Hard to paddle solo. May need to get a paddling buddy, or oars, or a kayak paddle, or a different boat!
That's not a boat, it's a "dinghy".............
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:01 AM   #66
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. May need to get a paddling buddy, or oars, or a kayak paddle, or a different boat!
You may need all of those. Get a kayak. A four person inflatable is only good for easy whitewater or a diving platform at the local lake. Hard to make go in one direction. Do not go out with your wife and expect to get somewhere. Double kayaks without rudders are called 'divorce boats' and I can only imagine that trying to direct an inflatable raft is worse (except for going down a river).
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You may need all of those. Get a kayak. A four person inflatable is only good for easy whitewater or a diving platform at the local lake. Hard to make go in one direction. Do not go out with your wife and expect to get somewhere. Double kayaks without rudders are called 'divorce boats' and I can only imagine that trying to direct an inflatable raft is worse (except for going down a river).
We have been out in jon boats at the local city lake plenty of times and had no problem. In what way would this inflatable be different from a jon boat? Lack of keel?

I usually have significantly more powerful power/forward strokes than DW, so I have a little downtime for corrective strokes like J stroke or rudder strokes.

I managed to get the inflatable going so-so with 1 forward stroke, then a couple rudder strokes.

I wanted to get this inflatable so the family can go out on the lake we live on. Other suggestions for a family-sized paddle/oar operated boat that can be carried/dragged 50-100 feet to waters edge?
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The problem would be the lack of a keel or skeg and the lack of a rudder. really good canoe paddlers may be able to keep some forward progress with j strokes and compensating paddle technique but I find it tiring to paddle four times on one side to one on the other to keep going straight when a rudder solves that. The big problem with inflatables is they can get really blown around, usually too much freeboard and surface area for flatwater use. For two and even three a kayak or any number of boats work. There are good inflatable and folding kayaks which you assemble at the water edge. I have a large folding double kayak which has often taken three people out. Past 2 or 3 it gets harder to get a large functional inflatable or folding boat. I know of some Russian models. For hard boats there are more options but they can get heavy and expensive but add more seaworthyness.
Now if you are just taking your inflatable raft (I have one, not used in a long time) out to the lake to play, its great. But if you actually plan to paddle accross a lake and carry food and camping gear then just plan to do the crossing before afternoon winds come up or make sure the winds are behind you or you may not get to your destination. Don't ask me how I know.
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We have been out in jon boats at the local city lake plenty of times and had no problem. In what way would this inflatable be different from a jon boat? Lack of keel?

I usually have significantly more powerful power/forward strokes than DW, so I have a little downtime for corrective strokes like J stroke or rudder strokes.

I managed to get the inflatable going so-so with 1 forward stroke, then a couple rudder strokes.

I wanted to get this inflatable so the family can go out on the lake we live on. Other suggestions for a family-sized paddle/oar operated boat that can be carried/dragged 50-100 feet to waters edge?
Wouldn't a good ole rowboat chained to a tree work? All you have to carry is oars............
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The boat is mostly just for screwing around on the lake and 'sploring. The lake is pretty small - approx 1500' long and 250-300' wide. The wind typically blows straight towards my house if at all, so I can always get back home. Or I can beach the raft and then carry it back up the shore. Looks like I'm already back in the market for a "better boat"
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Old 03-31-2007, 11:53 AM   #71
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We live aboard a 46’ Nordhavn trawler and plan to cruise from Seattle to Alaska and then down to Mexico and beyond in the next 5 years. Not the cheapest thing we can do but for us it’s what we want. We have spent the last year selling the house and clearing out all of land side baggage so all we own is on the boat and in a small storage locker. The freedom is fantastic.

If you are serious about living and cruising on a boat, do it. Damn the cost. You can spend as little or as much as you want.

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Wow, big boat! Trade you my 5 kayaks and camping gear

I dream about full time boating but it would take a big lotto ticket or selling the California house to get a big boat. Maybe wife & I should crew around, do trawlers need crew or is it only sail boats?
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i've had two sailboats ... both wonderful ... and always more expensive that can be anticipated. knowing that before hand, the expense did not diminish the experience. but "things" happened, and i no longer had the time to spend sailing ... now that i have the time back, i no longer have the required strength.
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:10 AM   #74
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I have a 22ft Grey Seal , and couldn't be happier.
I have her on a swing mooring that costs me $50 a year , and I can easily trailer her home , if I want to work on cleaning the hull .
Otherwise , she trailers very well behind our 4x4 camper , so we can go whever we want , sailing , or trailering , then sailing.
The fuel tank holds about 20 litres , so every now and then I'll take her for a long run under engine power , just so I can put a little fresh diesel in , apart from that , its all plain sailing !.
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Here are a couple of photos of my boat Huon Seal.
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I have a 10' 8" Porta-Bote with a 5 hp Briggs & Stratton outboard. This is for the north branch of the Potomac River which on most days is shallow enough to walk across with hip waders.

The Porta-Bote is unusual in that it folds up and the seats and transom keep it in a boat shape when assembled. Assembly takes about 15 minutes, takedown about 10. The advantage is that I don't need a trailer, it stores in the garage leaned against a wall, and the seats, transom, and extraneous gear goes in a giant duffel bag.

I bought the boat used from a guy who intended to use it as a tender for his 30' sailboat and it had been wet once. The outboard was a store demonstrator.

I told the family that DW and I had just returned from a "West Virginia river cruise. That's a ten-foot rowboat with a 5 hp outboard, a cooler with ham 'n cheese sandwiches, and a box of fine wine."
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We had a 24 ft C&C sailboat for many years. Really enjoyed sailing it. Was also delighted to sell it and stop paying marina fees.

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After many years of boat ownership I've come to find that the best boat is someone else's. (heh)

I've took a PT job last year selling them and it's a lot cheaper. In the industry BOAT stands for Break Out Another Thousand.
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After many years of boat ownership I've come to find that the best boat is someone else's. (heh)
Same here. We used ours several times a week for the first ten years we had it, but less after that and after twenty years we sold it. I have never wanted to actually own another one since we divorced, because I am not willing to put as much money and work into maintaining one as my ex-husband did.

Actually we caught more fish BEFORE we had a boat, back in 1976 when we were just fishing from the shore behind our apartment on Little Creek, in Norfolk, Virginia. We could go out there for an hour or two after work and invariably catch plenty of catfish, bluegills, or the occasional large mouthed bass for dinner. I probably wouldn't eat fish out of Little Creek now, but back then we were young and unworried about water quality or toxicity. Those were the days - - not a care in the world.
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After many years of boat ownership I've come to find that the best boat is someone else's.
I agree, we donated a boat to boat angel in 2008. Last year we bought a place with a dock in place w/boat lift in south carolina. Now neighbors boat is kept on it and we have a set of keys, get to use his boat for the price of gas.

Also, we rent boats in Florida at the Air Force Base, costs less than $100 bucks for an afternoon.

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