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#569426 - 10/17/17 10:09 AM End of Season Stats  
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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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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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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."

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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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Originally Posted by Justification
Is this the Ice Harbor Lock?

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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.
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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.
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Here's the downstream guillotine gate. It is massive, weighs about 22 tons so I've been told.
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and the upstream cantilever gate.
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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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#569448 - 10/19/17 11:56 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Can imagine that would be over whelming. That is a huge lock.


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#569450 - 10/19/17 03:55 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Any more when we go in there it's not overwhelming like it was for many years. I've learned a few secrets about making the lockage less stressful and those all help. It's relatively easy to do the lockage when the wind isn't blowing but I've been inside the lock when the wind was blowing so hard it crashed a couple of the boats into the lock wall. There's nothing pleasant about the sound of fiberglass crunching when it comes into contact with concrete.


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#569459 - 10/21/17 08:00 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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For the first time ever, I plan to take my boat for at least one more cruise despite having already Winterized. It's supposed to be 75 and sunny tomorrow and from what I've read and seen on facebook, the foliage has really popped on my favorite lake. I'll be wasting about 12 bucks worth of anti-freeze and about 30 minutes of labor, no big deal. My football team is not playing until 8:30 too, so that makes it an even easier decision. Will add a few more hours to my stats.


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#569463 - 10/22/17 04:08 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Dave, you will need to change the outdrive fluid again as water can and does get mixed into it.


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#569465 - 10/22/17 04:20 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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"....the foliage has really popped...."

We've only been here in Boston since Tuesday. Since then, The colors are really beautiful.

"Dave, you will need to change the outdrive fluid again as water can and does get mixed into it."
WW, i know your suggestion is to protect everything in case water gets in and freezes. But, are you saying that there may be a leak that formed from one day's running that wasn't there before?


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#569467 - 10/22/17 08:22 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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We made a quick trip to Alton NH today for some house maintenance. I'd say the foliage is at or near peak. It was a great day to do almost anything. Unfortunately for us, the boat remained at home winterized.


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#569473 - 10/23/17 05:27 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Jack T]  
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Originally Posted by Jack T
"....the foliage has really popped...."

We've only been here in Boston since Tuesday. Since then, The colors are really beautiful.

"Dave, you will need to change the outdrive fluid again as water can and does get mixed into it."
WW, i know your suggestion is to protect everything in case water gets in and freezes. But, are you saying that there may be a leak that formed from one day's running that wasn't there before?



You picked a nice time of year to be in Boston . . . the foliage has really come out in the past week. Seems like a bit later than normal though . . .

I doubt Dave would be changing the outdrive oil . . . water would not get in there unless there were known issues, but maybe I missed him posting about it.

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#569475 - 10/24/17 08:46 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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I must admit it's been awhile since I had my outdrive apart. But I can remember seeing a rubber seal hugging the shaft that separates the oil from the water with a spring around the seal to keep it snug against the shaft as it spins. I don't remember the configuration and exactly what I was looking at, but If you wanted to see how oil can leak out (or water leak in), put a 75 to 90 weight lube in your outdrive. You will see oil sheen in the water as the lube leaks - I don't recommend using anything but 90 weight but I made that mistake and I lost outdrive lube. I'm sure there was some water mixed in the outdrive.

I'm not saying a lot of water will get in, I'm just saying it isn't worth the worry. What can I say, I'm a worrywart Waterwing.


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This was our 1st full season with the Rinker 342, we are 2hrs away, so we only do weekend trips
Launch was 4/19
18 Weekend trips (Fri-Sun)
2 Kelleys Island
2 Middle Bass Island
3 South Bass Island(Put-n-Bay)
1 Vermillion
The rest was hanging out at the marina(windy days), sandbar, Johnson Island, Cedar Point Beach, running around Sandusky Bay.

1 week trip (Mon-Sun)
Cedar Point Marina, Rock-n-Dock(Downtown Cleveland), Kelleys Island

38 actual engine hrs
$1800 in gas, did one $600 fill, then the rest was $200 at a time

She goes in storage today 10/24

Overall a great season. I did get a shot of the boat running

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#569480 - 10/24/17 03:04 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: WaterWing]  
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Originally Posted by WaterWing
Dave, you will need to change the outdrive fluid again as water can and does get mixed into it.


Sadly, my wife was ill on Sunday and we never took the boat out. I had not changed the out drive oil yet, but if I had, I would have left it in the drive for the Winter and all next season. I don't have any worrisome leaks.


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#569481 - 10/24/17 03:05 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: kdl]  
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Originally Posted by kdl
We made a quick trip to Alton NH today for some house maintenance. I'd say the foliage is at or near peak. It was a great day to do almost anything. Unfortunately for us, the boat remained at home winterized.



Did you buy a place on the lake? I always assumed you slipped the boat at a marina...


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#569484 - 10/24/17 07:04 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: WaterWing]  
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Originally Posted by WaterWing
I must admit it's been awhile since I had my outdrive apart. But I can remember seeing a rubber seal hugging the shaft that separates the oil from the water with a spring around the seal to keep it snug against the shaft as it spins. I don't remember the configuration and exactly what I was looking at, but If you wanted to see how oil can leak out (or water leak in), put a 75 to 90 weight lube in your outdrive. You will see oil sheen in the water as the lube leaks - I don't recommend using anything but 90 weight but I made that mistake and I lost outdrive lube. I'm sure there was some water mixed in the outdrive.

I'm not saying a lot of water will get in, I'm just saying it isn't worth the worry. What can I say, I'm a worrywart Waterwing.


No worries needed. The shaft seals will last a long time. . . I replaced mine a few years ago . . . The original ones were about 18 years old and had 800 hours on them.

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#569487 - 10/24/17 07:49 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Dave R]  
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Originally Posted by Dave R
Originally Posted by kdl
We made a quick trip to Alton NH today for some house maintenance. I'd say the foliage is at or near peak. It was a great day to do almost anything. Unfortunately for us, the boat remained at home winterized.



Did you buy a place on the lake? I always assumed you slipped the boat at a marina...



We did buy a place. Unfortunately it's not on the water but we're getting closer! We're less than 10 minutes from the Alton Bay ramps. Although it's not on the water it still gives us a lot of options and opportunities we didn't have before. It's part of some short and long term planning that gets us in the area we may spend more time in in the future. Of course the plan is always subject to change......


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#569488 - 10/24/17 09:40 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: kdl]  
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Originally Posted by kdl
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We made a quick trip to Alton NH today for some house maintenance. I'd say the foliage is at or near peak. It was a great day to do almost anything. Unfortunately for us, the boat remained at home winterized.



Did you buy a place on the lake? I always assumed you slipped the boat at a marina...



We did buy a place. Unfortunately it's not on the water but we're getting closer! We're less than 10 minutes from the Alton Bay ramps. Although it's not on the water it still gives us a lot of options and opportunities we didn't have before. It's part of some short and long term planning that gets us in the area we may spend more time in in the future. Of course the plan is always subject to change......


Good for you. Have you checked out Champlain yet? That lake changed our plans a bit...


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#569500 - 10/25/17 06:30 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Dave R]  
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Originally Posted by Dave R
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We made a quick trip to Alton NH today for some house maintenance. I'd say the foliage is at or near peak. It was a great day to do almost anything. Unfortunately for us, the boat remained at home winterized.



Did you buy a place on the lake? I always assumed you slipped the boat at a marina...



We did buy a place. Unfortunately it's not on the water but we're getting closer! We're less than 10 minutes from the Alton Bay ramps. Although it's not on the water it still gives us a lot of options and opportunities we didn't have before. It's part of some short and long term planning that gets us in the area we may spend more time in in the future. Of course the plan is always subject to change......


Good for you. Have you checked out Champlain yet? That lake changed our plans a bit...


We haven't been to Champlain in years. Maybe it's time to revisit and complicate the plan........:)


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#569508 - 10/26/17 08:39 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: kdl]  
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We did our second vacation on Champlain in two years and have fallen in love with it. If you get away from Burlington, lake-front real estate is very reasonable, especially on the NY side. I work from home, so I can live anywhere that has internet or decent mobile data coverage. The only things keeping us where we are right now are family and my wife's excellent health-care benefits. We could sell our house today and buy a small lake front home on Champlain AND a used live-aboard capable yacht to park out front. We could spend the warm half of the year in the house and the cold half cruising on, to, and from the southeast coastal waters. It's extremely tempting, especially since we could easily get by with a three season cottage since we would not need to heat the place or access it in the Winter. Realistically, we'd haul the yacht for the Summer and use our current boat to cruise to and from the house.


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#569535 - 10/28/17 06:29 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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I'm not sure what the stat's were for my brother's Grady 305, other than the world-class repair bill for the season, but today was haul-out day. Here is a video of the haul-out.



[video:youtube]http://youtu.be/XHK3o8aNm50[/video]

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#569617 - 11/07/17 01:04 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Ted, there is no video that I can see...

We just got back from a great weekend on the boat at St Michaels, MD. WayWeGo gets hauled in two weeks so the season is over early for us.



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#569618 - 11/07/17 01:52 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: WayWeGo]  
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Originally Posted by WayWeGo
Ted, there is no video that I can see...

We just got back from a great weekend on the boat at St Michaels, MD. WayWeGo gets hauled in two weeks so the season is over early for us.


not sure what the issue is . . . I made a slight adjustment, but hard to tell if it is working for others and not just me . . . idn


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#569628 - 11/08/17 06:44 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Working for me now -- nice boat!



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#569656 - 11/11/17 01:19 PM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Nice boat and trailer! Took me a while to realize the electronic noise was coming from the trailer not the boat. Seems like the trailer could be a bit longer?

Due to record rain this season we only put 21 hours on the 25' cuddy which is low compared to our average of 50 hours throughout the years. Looking back at my hours log it has been steadily declining since we have the kids. Probably due to less overnight trips and just hanging at the beach instead. So hours of fun with the boat is similar.

One of the reason I sold it at the end of August is we love sleeping on the boat and it was impossible with the three kids. So I just finished the paperwork for our next purchase... a 2007 400 SS Formula! Good thing I love winter otherwise it would be a long wait for next summer.


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Congrats on the new purchase Phatboyc, That is quite a jump up should be lots of fun.


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#569665 - 11/12/17 09:59 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Thanks. Boating friends seems to change theirs every 3-4 years. I tend to keep my things longer so I wanted to catch up. smile

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#569670 - 11/13/17 09:35 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: PhatboyC]  
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Originally Posted by PhatboyC
Nice boat and trailer! Took me a while to realize the electronic noise was coming from the trailer not the boat. Seems like the trailer could be a bit longer?

Due to record rain this season we only put 21 hours on the 25' cuddy which is low compared to our average of 50 hours throughout the years. Looking back at my hours log it has been steadily declining since we have the kids. Probably due to less overnight trips and just hanging at the beach instead. So hours of fun with the boat is similar.

One of the reason I sold it at the end of August is we love sleeping on the boat and it was impossible with the three kids. So I just finished the paperwork for our next purchase... a 2007 400 SS Formula! Good thing I love winter otherwise it would be a long wait for next summer.


Congrats on the Formula Super Sport thumb Stepped hull and fiberglass/foam stringer grid system thumb What engines does it have?

As for your question about the boat trailer . . . It is the boat hauler's trailer . . . a special boat hauling trailer. . . not sure what the size limit is on it . . . probably about 35 feet.



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#569671 - 11/14/17 11:45 AM Re: End of Season Stats [Re: Justification]  
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Thanks. Volvo diesels D6-350 with DPH sterndrives and nybril props. I never owned a diesel engine before so lots of reading for me this winter as I do my own maintenance and winterizing.


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