How many of you have owned a boat, specifically a power boat, now or in the past? If not owned, how about having fun riding in one, zooming down a lake or other waterway? What about fishing, skiing or tubing behind one? Wife and I were around power boats in our teen years. Her mom had a cottage at a lake in Michigan and the family had a couple of boats, one of them being a ski boat. I've got pictures of her riding on the ski boat a number of times. She loved the boat and the water. As for me, my Uncle had a ski boat and I got to go with him and my cousins whenever I visited them for a weekend. The rest of my experience came from being in the Navy and spending most of my years onboard a ship on the water. When we lived in Colorado, we bought our first one. It was a 1989 16' Invader Bowrider, with a 4-cylinder engine. Used it for cruising on local lakes, trout fishing, "beached" it and relaxed on the sand. It was an older, but descent power boat. Kept it in the garage of our house we had then. Named it "Cowboy" for those days I was involved in rodeo. When we left Colorado, we consigned it to the same place we bought it from. Our next boat was bought here in northeastern Florida. It is a 1992 20' Celebrity Cuddy Cabin with a 5.7L/350 engine in it. Had it since April 2009 and, like many boat owners, have had a number of repairs done to it that cost. But, then again, owning a motorhome or camper can be expensive as well. Currently, we are awaiting the warmer weather here (mid March) before taking it out. It is now in Dry Storage, which has made it much easier on us "physically". A forklift takes it off of a rack and puts it in the water for us and when we return, same forklift takes it out of the water and puts it away. No more "launching" or "retrieving" for us.