Power Boating Anyone?

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  1. Cody Fousnaugh

    Cody Fousnaugh Very Well-Known Member
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    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.
     
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    I think I've been on every type of boat except a canoe. The most time boating was when we lived on the Fox River in Illinois.

    The yacht was on Lake Michigan.
     
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    A yacht, wow. Remember the size? Was it the sailing/sails type or non-sailing type? Did you ever drive it? Sometimes my wife will get behind the wheel and throttle. When that happens, all I can say is "hold on". She hits the throttle, the bow goes up, then comes down on plane and we are whizzing thru the water.
    I've never been on a sail boat or canoe.
     
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    I have no idea, about any specifics of any boats...it was husband's boss who owned it but we were friends with him

    The sailboat was his also...

    He also had a house with and in ground pool in the house.
     
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    Rich dude, hugh? My wife cleans ours. I laugh because she tries to make it look like a new (2017) boat, but can't get the boat, inside or out, shiny enough to look that good. While she is doing the cleaning part, I check the batteries and any other mechanical or electrical stuff I can do. We sure have a lot of fun on it.
     
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    Yes, very rich but sadly he died in his 50's from a brain tumor....money isn't everything.
     
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    Money can mean a lot for people that don't have or have never had it and wished they did. Money can sure make life easier and definitely more fun.
    We didn't pay that much for either of our boats, compared to what some folks pay for a boat. However, the older the boat, the more repair money has to go into it.
    Some people think we are rich, because we own one. That definitely isn't true.
     
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    after 4 yrs in the Navy I had trouble sitting in a rocking chair
     
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    Never owned one but had access to a couple of them when I worked for Yar-Craft, a boat building company.
     
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    My German father came from a long line of fishermen. My grandfather, uncles, and father, (my dad was one of thirteen), worked a string of commercial fishing boats and sold their catches to The Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco. Many of our family moved to the Gulf of Mexico after the war in the '40's. I spent a lot of my childhood working on my uncles shrimp boat, and it never dawned on me that I was working instead of playing.

    My father was taught welding in the navy, so between fishing and welding, and the farming my mother added, we were always able to make a living.

    I got my first and only speeding ticket under the Kemah, Tx. drawbridge at the age of ten.

    I water skied for two years before I learned to swim.

    I raised my children on the San Jacinto river, lake Livingston, lake Houston, and all over the Gulf of Mexico.

    You can get a good family sized boat for about the cost of a couple of family vacations.

    I can't remember not owning a boat of some sort that provided either food or pleasure.
     
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    Living still in Vegas, with it's proximity to Lake Mead, we bought a brand new cuddy-cabin, made by Fiber-Form, 24 feet long, a new experience for sure. It was pretty heavy, had a Ford 302 V-8 inboard drive, 60-gallon fuel tank. L. Mead has two gigantic main bodies, connected by a fairly narrow passage maybe 400 feet wide, with steep cliffs of beautiful color. We ventured all the way in to the second "basin", and I realized it was entirely possible to run out of gas on a lake like that! Once, just floating about, consulting my charts, I determined the lake there was about 300 feet deep. My wife and her sister, then 16, abruptly dove overboard. I was horrified, poor swimmer that I was! Admonished by me regarding the depth, they merely shrugged it off.

    Realizing we were soon to go our separate ways, I advertised the boat for sale. A man stopped by wih his wife, looked it over, and declared he would buy it, subject to a test ride. We dragged it out to the lake, met him with his wife and child, and proceeded to go out about 10 miles or so. Then, abruptly, one of those desert high wind fronts came up, and before we knew it, waves were fearsomely high, 6 feet and more! I started heading back, the waves coming toward us from about 30 degrees right of my intended direction. I steered off course into each wave as it hit, huge amounts of water coming up over the cabin, with the impact of hitting a wall! I thought the boat could break in half. It withstood the pounding apparently without incident. Elmer's child, I forget his age, was sick. I, too, felt sick that the sale was obviously doomed. We made it back in, I backed the trailer into the water, got the boat back on it, and Elmer declared that having witnessed the strength and ability of the boat, he would buy it!

    My one and only boating experience. Frank
     
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    We've been caught in a couple of rain falls, but (thank God), no lightning. Quickly put up the bimini top, so we didn't get soaked. Actually, we are, what is called, "Fair Weather Boaters". If wind is too high, or predicted to be too high (for our liking), boat doesn't go out. If rain or t-storms are in the forecast, boat doesn't go out. Smoke (wildfires) will stop us from going out as well. Boat doesn't go out at all unless my wife is with me.

    We bought our current boat on Craigslist. Since buying this boat, have had a number of things done to it, including new block and drive repair. Back in 2008, after moving from Colorado and leaving our boat there on consignment, we started looking at cabin cruisers. Found one very nice one, but cost $27k and we couldn't get the credit. Besides that, it seemed somewhat big to be hauling back and forth to Lake Norman. It was great looking inside and out, but would have been financially, and physically, impossible for us to upkeep. Cuddy cabin we have right now can keep us busy enough.
     
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    We have owned several boats, the last one being a bass boat 17' with a 150 HP motor....that thing was like a rocket on water and I would not go out on it preferring instead to let hubby risk his own life while I watched from shore.

    It sank when a mini twister went through and took it down while docked overnight.....I did a happy dance and counted the insurance money.
     
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    @Cody Fousnaugh Desert winds are tricky, and you're right on about watching forecasts before venturing out. The marina in my case always had flags flying indicating wind prediction, and there was no warning when we went out. The wind an hour later was likely > 20 mph, maybe double that. Beautiful lake, Mead is, but can be treacherous.
    Frank
     
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    Why we don't like saltwater boating here (but do go on our river here):

    Salt and Brackish water can do a number to an outdrive and engine. Have to wash out the drive/engine each time after being on the water.

    Too much navigational crap to learn/understand.

    No "No Wake" areas to fish at.

    Also, can't forget the tides. Coming in during low tide can get a boater stranded.

    Much, much rather boat in freshwater!
     
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    Someone mentioned a canoe and it brought back this rememberance.

    I was very young maybe eight, nine or ten and was very introverted. So my mother signed me up in this program for kids mostly for the summer. Somehow I found us heading for a wide spanse of water. Didn't have any idea what was to happen next. Us kids were all lined up and then a few at a time were loaded into several now know as canoes. I was so, so scared. With each paddle stroked I thought I was going overboard. My stomach never felt anything like that before. There was no enjoying any of the surroundings cause all I did was kept my head down so I didn't have to see the water. I do remember that it was very, very quite and all I remembered hearing was the oar as it came out of the water for the next move forward. We probably weren't in the water that long but if I knew what eternity felt like I'm sure that was it.
     
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    At one time my ex and I had a very nice "power" boat that we used mostly for fishing but sometimes for skiing too. Then one day I hinted that if we had a boat with a cabin area we could have even more fun on our boat when it was just the two of us out on it. So a few weeks later my ex came home with a bigger boat with a cabin...and it was alot of fun for us until...

    One weekend my ex took some of his guy friends and his son fishing. To this day I don't know what happened on that boat but when he got back from that fishing trip I could tell he was really "shook up" about something but he wouldn't talk about it no matter how many times I asked him what was wrong. Two days later the boat was sold lock, stock, and barrel...including my emerald green rod and reel. I didn't care about him selling the boat but I was very upset that he included my fishing gear in the deal. :(
     
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    We have never slept on our boat. The Cuddy Cabin is too small. It's nice to lay out the seat cushions and lay down in it for a short time, but other than that, just too small. Have seen some Cuddy's that were bigger, with a small propane stove, frig and small sink, but cost to much.
    Our boating season is right around the corner and we are extremely glad of that.
     
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    Ours was a nice size cabin...but no kitchen stuff in it. I love fishing as long as it isn't deep sea fishing and enjoyed many fishing trips on both our boats and just riding around in them.
     
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    We done quite a bit of trout (rainbow) fishing. Still have all our freshwater fishing gear we used in Colorado. There were also times we "beached" the Bowrider and relaxed on the beach under a canopy.

    We sold the saltwater fishing gear we bought here in 2009. Never used any of it. Before we leave Florida, we may go out on a 1/2 day fishing boat, so wife can say she ocean fished once.
     
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    [​IMG]
    Our boat. Do have a bimini top to keep the sun off of us (but not on in this photo)
     
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    Us in Colorado after a couple hours of trout fishing. [​IMG]
     
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    Finally a picture of us. It's from 2005, but still a picture. BTW, wife had no problem holding the fish for the photo, however I had to fillet them.
     
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    Florida boat (first picture) is a much more powerful one, as in 5.7L/350/V8 engine, than the one shown below in Colorado, which was a small "four-banger" aka 4-cylinder.
     
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    @Cody Fousnaugh , I have a question for you. I have an remote controlled, solar powered gate for my drive way. I was told that the solar panel powers a marine type of battery. It has been busted into four times so far, and last time they busted the gate totally off it's supporting column.

    So I have someone coming out today to tell me what it will cost to repair. If it's too costly, I'm thinking of just having them repair the column and turning the gate back into a manual shutting gate like I use to have.

    Now my question. What can I do with the solar screen and marine battery? I don't want to throw them away, and I know that just storing them isn't a good idea either.

    What would you do with such parts? Can they be repurposed?
     
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