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#570231 - 02/05/18 10:03 PM A Day On The Lake In Arizona  
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Tina and I headed for the lake today on what turned out to be a perfect day. It got up to about 80*, there was almost zero breeze, no clouds and few boats on Lake Pleasant.

We had a minor issue when we got there--the clip where the fuel line attaches to the motor had a broken gasket so it was sucking air and the motor wouldn't stay running. I hitched a ride about 1/2 mile to the marina office and bought the part I needed then borrowed a screwdriver to undo the hose clamp and a knife to cut the old hose with. Easy Peasy repair and we headed out to a great day afloat.

Lake Pleasant is only about 18 miles from home. That's its best feature. . It's not huge, only about 6 miles long by about 1.5-2 miles wide. Tons of little coves and inlets to explore and a GREAT bar and restaurant right near the launch ramp.

Here are 3 of the pics I took today.
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and last but not least, my Galley Wench (her choice of labels, not mine) sitting in the Whaler while I hike up to get the truck.
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All things considered, even with the minor hiccup when we launched it was a perfect day on the water.


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#570232 - 02/05/18 10:25 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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We need to get up that way sometime....looks woderful...


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#570233 - 02/06/18 08:08 AM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Nice long ramp, it appears the water is lower than full pond. You don't need a big lake to have fun, just a smaller boat. I suppose a screwdriver and utility knife will be added to your tool box for the boat. Enjoy the 80* weather.


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#570234 - 02/06/18 11:15 AM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Quite the opposite of the 6" inches of white stuff we got in Chicago last night.


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#570235 - 02/06/18 01:24 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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"Nice long ramp, it appears the water is lower than full pond. You don't need a big lake to have fun, just a smaller boat. I suppose a screwdriver and utility knife will be added to your tool box for the boat. Enjoy the 80* weather."
You're right about the small boat on a small lake. Funny thing though, there are a lot of big houseboats, many in what look to be 70' to 80' long down here, and as we were leaving we passed a Sundancer on a trailer being hauled into the lake. It looked to be about a 40'-45' boat. So I guess there are a lot of guys who want to own big boats and have them close to home.

One of my projects for today is to fill a tool box that I have in the garage and keep it for the Whaler. I've been planning on doing that, just hadn't gotten around to it. Can't say I'm too busy, just hadn't done it.

"Looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Quite the opposite of the 6" inches of white stuff we got in Chicago last night.
That's why I posted them. Youse guys whose up in dat froze nortland are really getting hit dis winter. Dese shots are to remind youse all of what coming.

"We need to get up that way sometime....looks woderful..."
Yeah, PH, you need to tow that new RV down here. There are a bazillion campgrounds around AZ. If you've never toured the SW states you're missing out on some great scenery. But then, every part of the country has great scenery. Down here it's just way different from any other area of the country.


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#570238 - 02/06/18 07:49 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks for sharing. I can almost feel the warmth of the 80*. Needed that.


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#570251 - 02/11/18 02:53 AM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I see the 6th was a Tuesday. That water is very different on a weekend. When I first arrived in Phoenix I had a '17 bass boat. Quickly had to upgrade to a bigger size to deal with the weekends.

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#570265 - 02/12/18 02:40 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Kelly, we learned early on that we didn't want to be on Lake Pleasant on a weekend day. I'm amazed at the number of LARGE boats and LARGE houseboats that are on the lake. I'm talking 40' boats and 50' (and bigger) houseboats. There was one 40' or larger Sundancer that was plowing its way across the lake throwing a 4' wake. I thought we were going to take water over the bow when we got to it, and I was down to idle speed.

Week days are MUCH more pleasant on Pleasant!


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#570272 - 02/13/18 01:56 AM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Very true. But I go to the Phoenix lakes for the excitement pirate

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#570283 - 02/13/18 01:50 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I'll give you that....Lake Pleasant can get very "exciting" on a busy Saturday or Sunday when the weather is nice.

Ride 'em cowboy!


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#570293 - 02/14/18 04:06 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted by GoFirstClass
Kelly, we learned early on that we didn't want to be on Lake Pleasant on a weekend day. I'm amazed at the number of LARGE boats and LARGE houseboats that are on the lake. I'm talking 40' boats and 50' (and bigger) houseboats. There was one 40' or larger Sundancer that was plowing its way across the lake throwing a 4' wake. I thought we were going to take water over the bow when we got to it, and I was down to idle speed.

Week days are MUCH more pleasant on Pleasant!


I know what you mean with people that have 55' boats throwing a huge wake.


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#570307 - 02/15/18 12:24 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: On Holiday]  
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First I must say, I am jealous of your weather.
This question might seem foolish, but I have only boated in New England waters.
Our lakes have many hidden rocks, and shallow bays.
So my question is, do your lakes have many underwater hazards?
I know Lake Winnipesaukee (NH), has claimed many props and outdrives.
Thanks!


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#570319 - 02/16/18 02:29 AM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Depends on the lake. As for Pleasant, there can be submerged ridges, but these are marked with buoys. The center of the lake is plenty deep. I would say the most shallow lakes are the fishing lakes in our high country. But that is pretty obvious for such small lakes.

#570322 - 02/16/18 05:29 AM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Out here on the west coast, we don't have very many "Natural" lakes--I can only think of Lake Elsinore in the immediate area. It is shallow, but no rocks or irregularities in the bottom. Almost all of our lakes are former canyons that are dammed up. Most are very deep, and the shoreline is steep in most places. Lake Arrowhead, for example, is 2.2 miles long, but has a maximum depth of 185 feet. I know of no underwater hazards, unless the lake is extremely low.


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#570324 - 02/16/18 12:58 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: Mike K]  
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Originally Posted by Mike K
First I must say, I am jealous of your weather.
This question might seem foolish, but I have only boated in New England waters.
Our lakes have many hidden rocks, and shallow bays.
So my question is, do your lakes have many underwater hazards?
I know Lake Winnipesaukee (NH), has claimed many props and outdrives.
Thanks!

Mike, Kelly pretty much nailed it about the lakes out here. I knew before I started boating down here that the lakes are deceiving about the depths. I installed a Garmin Down Vu sonar and I was surprised at how clearly it shows the bottom. I put some pics here that show me cruising the boat over land. Well, it isn't really land, it's just that the water levels were high enough that the land was far enough beneath the surface that it was safe to go over it. Keep in mind that my little Whaler only draws about 2' so I'm pretty safe in 3' of water if I'm going REAL slow.

Look at the display and it looks like I'm over land but then look at the sonar display for the depth. My speed is shown in the upper left and as you can see I'm taking it pretty slow.
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In this shot I'm in deep enough water, but I included it to show how clearly the Garmin shows the bottom contours.
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Can you tell how much I like the Garmin? It came programmed with all of the inland lakes and rivers in the country. Amazing how they can do that and show bottom contours so clearly.

Sign me: Another Mike


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#570332 - 02/17/18 08:37 AM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC,
Well, that answered every question I had.
Interesting and educational.
Thanks for taking the time to post all that.

Side note, I like the Garmin! Maybe it's time for an upgrade?
Thanks,
Mike


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#570348 - 02/18/18 02:20 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC, you are going to like that Garmin even better if/when they start incorporating Navionics' crowd sourced sonar data. It is quite impressive and the main reason we decided on Navionics charting for our current boat.



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#570349 - 02/18/18 08:56 PM Re: A Day On The Lake In Arizona [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I'm a firm believer in crowd sourced information. Look at how successful Active Captain was. Since they changed their format so much I don't use it as often and it remains to be seen what the future holds for them.


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