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#569426 - 10/17/17 10:09 AM End of Season Stats  
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Fruit Heights, Utah
Preparing to do the dreaded deed in the next week or so and thought I'd share the pain of another very weak season.
Kids are getting older and Busy with college and work. My relative seniority at work is really low, so getting vacation to get away from work for more than 2 days in a row is almost impossible, and Pier Pressure is For Sale in dry storage.
All this adds up to another very low hour season, in fact the lowest number of hours yet at only 6.7 engine hours.
Burned through only 29 gallons of gas, and only towed 335 miles.
ON a good note, the admiral and I got out twice on our own, and decided that being Empty Nesters might not be such a bad gig after all, as it harkened back to when we first got married and would take the boat out for a dinner cruise after work, and just enjoy the calm of being on the water.
Since we only need to pay insurance and gas, and no maintenance was needed this year, our total cost of engine time was less than $10 per hour, or much cheaper than renting.


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#569427 - 10/17/17 11:46 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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I'm kind of in the same boat as you are. (OK, that was a bad pun. Sorry). We didn't spend as much time on the boat partly due to the heavy smoke in the air from forest fires here, in OR and in Canada. Also, it's much easier to have everyone over for an afternoon of swimming in the pool and a dinner of ribs on the Treager. It's hard to beat that combo.

We didn't get out on the boat as much this year as most. We did make a trip up the Snake River with the club to Fishhook Park in the spring. I don't have an hour count, sorry, but it involved passing twice through Ice Harbor Lock, 4 days on the boat and about 10 cruising hours.

Then we made a trip down the Columbia to Umatilla, OR for their Umatilla Landing Days weekend. Another club event and it involved passing twice through McNary Lock and a fun weekend topped off with a great fireworks show on Saturday night that was almost right over the boat. About 12-14 hours cruising time for this one.

We had a few afternoon and evening cruises but nothing major. Just a chance to get out on the water. We stayed on the boat a couple of nights at the dock after parties at the club where I didn't want to drive home, and that's about it. We probably only put about 40 hours on the boat


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#569428 - 10/17/17 12:45 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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A slow year for us as well, but at least we are not done yet. We took a two week vacation on the boat this summer and are still planning a weekend trip before hauling out for the winter.

With one daughter coming home from college for a gap year to make money for med school and the other heading off for her freshman year in college, this has been a crazy summer. I sometimes go to the boat in the middle of the week just to hang out and do some chores, but not so much this year. I am hoping next year will be much different...



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#569430 - 10/17/17 01:55 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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West Michigan
Short season since we bought the boat late in the year. Can't tell you total hours. But I will say we bought the boat with 160 hours on the clock, it now reads 141 hours.......

What we actually did:
8 weekends of overnights on the boat ( East Jordan, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Muskegon)
9 days of boating and camping at Torch lake
6 days of boating on lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan
4 weekends of just local day trips on Lake Michigan

Guessing maybe 60 hours we put on ourselves, but we will never know for sure.


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#569431 - 10/17/17 02:04 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Capn Morgan you have less hours now then when you bought the boat? Had 160 hours now has 141 hours ???


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#569432 - 10/17/17 02:49 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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#569433 - 10/17/17 02:54 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
Capn Morgan you have less hours now then when you bought the boat? Had 160 hours now has 141 hours ???



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#569434 - 10/17/17 03:07 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
Capn Morgan you have less hours now then when you bought the boat? Had 160 hours now has 141 hours ???


Maybe he did a lot of boating in reverse gear.


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#569435 - 10/17/17 03:11 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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We did more boating this year than we have in a long time. Probably 12 days on the water with our boat. Another 8 days house boating on Bull Shoals. Great summer - hate to see it come to an end.


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#569436 - 10/17/17 03:12 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Admiral

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PA and Smith Mountain Lake
This weekend's forecast is mid 70's for both Saturday and Sunday so I will be winterizing one of those days. We boated locally in May before we trailered it down to our lake house for Memorial Day. We then spent a week at the lake house in June and July and trailer it back to PA for our annual Raystown trip. Then hauled it back down to the lake for Labor Day and brought it back home a few weeks ago. We burned through a few tanks of gas and thankfully were able to do all of our refueling on land. Not sure how many engine hours we put on as that quit working a long time ago. Since getting new trailer tires in July we trailered 1,106 miles (I am keeping a spreadsheet).


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#569437 - 10/17/17 07:01 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Kind of a slow year for us. A lot of non boating related activities early in the season that put boating on the back burner. We ended up at a new marina this year that we really like and looks like it will be a good fit for us.
A quick tally looks like we had 15 launches, 40 hrs on the boat, 676 miles on the water and a ton of squeaks and giggles from the granddaughters, all without a single problem of any kind.

It was a good year.


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#569438 - 10/17/17 08:32 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted by GoFirstClass
We did make a trip up the Snake River with the club to Fishhook Park in the spring. I don't have an hour count, sorry, but it involved passing twice through Ice Harbor Lock,

Is this the Ice Harbor Lock?
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#569439 - 10/17/17 08:52 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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We had a record year, more than 75 engine hours and over 800 gallons of gas used. We did at least 8 overnight boat trips, dozens of day trips and one 16 day trip. It was an awesome season that ended this past Sunday after a nice day trip and Winterization. Can't wait for next season. Boat ran great and only necessary repair was a new gimbal bearing, if memory serves.


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#569440 - 10/17/17 11:30 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Let's see, hours--all I got to talk about is the wrong kind of hours... from the 1st day of summer till today: I took 1/2 day off June 25th, 1/2 of July 2nd and all of July 3rd off, then on Labor day I took 1/2 day off. I spent 6 hours at the lake Sunday 9-24, and the past 2 Sundays I've spent 5 hours at the lake, getting ready for winter. All time not at the lake has been spent working. Every day I start around 8 am and shut down around 1 am. My 'free time' consists of trips to the post office, UPS store and grocery shopping to break the monotony. When I do leave I take the wife's Mustang most of the time, and it's computer tells me I'm getting 11.8 mpg... and even at that I've only put $35 in gas in the thing all summer. So, if I counted right, it's been 16 weeks plus 5 days-- 117 days since summer began, I've had maybe 4 days off, and deducting an hour per work day to compensate for all my cruising (lol), the calculator says I've put in around 109 hours per week in this dungeon.

It's frustrating as hell but damn the money's been good! But damn does good business make the boating life suck--- took a 1/2 hour cruise on June 25th, that's it. Took two 1 hour cruises last year, and only 2 cruises in the Chap the year before that. And the poor SkipperLiner, I got a few weekends in April and May to work on it before the hell broke loose. Got most of the holes patched and it's about 4 hours worth of work from done enough to sandblast, but--- I need 3 uninterrupted days off to get it wet-blasted, fix any surprises, and get 3 coats of coal tar epoxy on the thing-- can't let it flash-rust after blasting, and can't let the prior coats of epoxy dry before the next coats. And after I finally get the bottom done, I need to work on the top. At least I can do that while it's floating! wink I can barely find 3 hours off let alone 3 days. Not even a hint of a vacation this year.

As Joe Walsh sez, "I can't complain but sometimes I still do"... grin

--maybe next year...





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#569441 - 10/18/17 05:50 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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We are on our 5th season with the Formula 33 footer, and overall a good year. Everything worked well, except one of the trim senders. I didn't keep track of the hours . . . but maybe 40 hours, 300-ish gallons of gasoline, which is about average. After 5 years, and the things that I have done and added to the boat, I'm feeling like it is 'dialed in' thumb

In terms of the extended family fleet . . .
My brother traded up his 22 foot center console to a 30 foot 'big boy' boat (Grady-white 305 w/ twin 350 Yamaha's) but did not fair so well. The bow thruster crapped out within a month of owning it, and then later on, the powerhead on the port engine hydro-locked and destroyed itself. facepalm The boat was out of the water for about 4 weeks total and the repair bill was crazy money. cry

I had been considering moving to a twin outboard boat, but after seeing what he went through, I'm like . . . yea, I'll keep what I got. grin


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#569442 - 10/18/17 06:58 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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We did right at 70 hrs, which is a lot more than the past few years. Took a day trip about 65 miles up to the next lock and messed around for the day. We haven't done that in a long time. I don't keep track of fuel burned.

Also got stopped by the DNR. Been a long time since that happened.

"Have you applied for a new registration sticker?"

"No, why would I?"

"Because your current one is expired."

"Oh. That's a good reason."


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#569443 - 10/18/17 09:25 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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We had a good season, putting somewhere around 50 hours on the meter (probably around double prior years). This is largely due to 1) getting a slip (boat sat in the water all season), and 2) larger boat that can handle the chop on weekends and holidays. Our hours are always low because we spend a lot of time on the hook.

The downside: we spent a lot more $ on fuel than prior years (double hours, much larger engine, much heavier boat).

#569444 - 10/18/17 09:34 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Ever since upgrading from a Durango to a GMC Duramax diesel tow vehicle, the towing aspect of boating has become something I don't even think about and it has made us much more likely to use the boat. Despite the hour drive (each way) to our favorite lake, we routinely leave the house after work on week nights and tow the boat up to the lake for dinner by boat followed by a sunset cruise and often a lovely night cruise. I suppose it also helps that our favorite ramp was sold to the state and went from being a pay ramp to being free. We are ridiculously good at launching and retrieving since we do it all the time.

The downside to all this use is that our 17 year old painted steel trailer is rapidly nearing the end of life. The rust seems to be accelerating... Might upgrade next Spring.


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#569445 - 10/18/17 05:06 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Pasco, WA
Originally Posted by Justification
Is this the Ice Harbor Lock?

[Linked Image][/quote]
Yup.

Here's what the channel leading up to it looks like during spring runoff. There's often a 10kt current at that time of year. . This is a red nun that is almost submerged by the current. [Linked Image]

Here's the spillway during spring runoff.
[Linked Image]

Here's the inside of the lock. It's 86' wide by about 675' long and has an average life of around 105'. The highest lift I've seen was about 119' and that was during spring flood tides. Those lines in the concrete walls are 5' apart. It normally takes about 30 minutes to go up or down and it's all done by gravity, no pumps involved. Amazes me that they built these many years ago using only slide rules, no computers involved.
[Linked Image]

Here's the downstream guillotine gate. It is massive, weighs about 22 tons so I've been told.
[Linked Image]

and the upstream cantilever gate.
[Linked Image]

We usually end up going through the locks about 4 trips a year. Just due to the immense feeling of being inside such a huge concrete canyon it can be a bit overwhelming. That feeling comes from knowing the walls of the lock, when challenged by fiberglass, have never lost that battle.


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#569446 - 10/19/17 11:26 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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I think I would find that 22 ton gate suspended by cables above my head a bit overwhelming!



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