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Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 4 ~ Feb. 17, 2012 ~ Spring Projects

Posted on 02/17/2012 9:33:34 AM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican

Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 4 ~ Feb. 17, 2012 ~ Spring Projects

Launching ~ Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 1 ~ Jan. 27, 2012

Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 2 ~ Feb 3, 2012 ~ “Off Season”

Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 3 ~ Feb. 10, 2012 ~ Boat Transportation

Last week’s thread had 23 posts, including boat transportation sources and recommendations.

With Spring in the air and the boating season around the corner, what is everyone doing to prepare?

This week I have been busy helping clients either prep their boats to sell or get their boats ready to use.

Lots of cleaning, trouble shooting, replacing old halyards, recommending boatyards, surveyors and various service sources.

Back in the old days, when all the boats were made of wood, boats were referred to as being ‘bright’, when all the paint and varnish was fair, fresh, shiny and new. (Can you smell it?)

In modern times, when you boat is in top condition, everything works, and your vessel is ready to head out on an adventure at a moment’s notice – I refer to this as being ‘Brilliant!’.

Keep on scrubbing!

“There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea.”

~ Old Capstan Chantey attributed to Anacharsis, 6th Century BC

PS: Let me know if you'd like to be on the Weekly FR Boating Thread Ping List.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Outdoors; Sports
KEYWORDS: boats; sail; spring; yachts

1 posted on 02/17/2012 9:33:49 AM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican
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To: Travis McGee; DuncanWaring; Eric in the Ozarks; CrazyIvan; Baynative; Eastbound; Roccus; VietVet; ..

TGIF - it’s time for the Weekly FR Boating Thread!


2 posted on 02/17/2012 9:35:46 AM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

only plumbers and firemen can afford boats.


3 posted on 02/17/2012 9:39:52 AM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: RitchieAprile
only plumbers and firemen can afford boats.

That's funny, but in over 20 years of helping people buy and sell boats, I have yet to work with a plumber or a fireman.

4 posted on 02/17/2012 9:50:42 AM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
a boating ping/thread...who knew!
gardening thread... recipes thread.. etc.. etc.. etc.

5 posted on 02/17/2012 9:58:42 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (remaining) Liberals :^)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
Expect more empty slips this season as gasoline approaches $4/gal. at your automobile service station.
Many marinas are priced about 60-75 cents more per gallon than gas stations. You use a lot more fuel in boats than in cars on a daily basis.

Last season I saw boats in pre-paid slips just sit there because of the high price of fuel.
I would imagine this season when the slip fees came due during the last few months many people would have opted out for this coming season; or decided to trailer their boats-if practical. Boats over 25 feet are more difficult to trailer. - Tom

6 posted on 02/17/2012 9:58:52 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
Hybrid heaven - combining two of the best...


7 posted on 02/17/2012 9:59:43 AM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
That's funny, but in over 20 years of helping people buy and sell boats, I have yet to work with a plumber or a fireman.

In my marina we used to have a pair of plumbers (an obnoxious gay couple) as well as a firemen (he and his wife were swingers). They are all long gone now but they did exist.

8 posted on 02/17/2012 10:24:09 AM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
I'm pulling mine down to Sebastian, Florida right after I get off work today. Just keeping my fingers crossed for the weather. It's going to be warm, but windy!

Mike

9 posted on 02/17/2012 10:24:13 AM PST by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
Well I have spent the winter replacing a 28 year old floating dock and a failing sea wall made of railroad ties. The project is 95 percent complete. The new dock is a peer dock (not floating) and I am using Trex type decking. The sea wall is a block retaining wall I hope will last for years. Its been a big project and I am beat, broken and in need of pontoon boat therapy to recover. Unfortunately up here in the inland northwest summer is but a distant dream at this point.
10 posted on 02/17/2012 10:30:52 AM PST by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
Does anyone own a Gheenoe?

If so, how do you like it and what kind of fishing do you mostly do?

Who makes the best small outboard? (15 hp or less)

11 posted on 02/17/2012 10:34:37 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Capt. Tom

Yep, yep! Sold our Sea Ray 330 this past summer... Gas at the marina was approaching $5 gal, and slip fees went up almost three hundred per month..The more money than brains, liberal, bam lover who bought the marina decided to raise rates in this economy and lost 50% membership. He has gotten his hands on three prime marinas in AZ and went on to Lake Berryessa in Cali to buy up their marinas. Somehow, I think he wants them empty.

You know what they say...The happiest day of a boaters life, is the day he buys it and the day he sells it...

Unfortunately, we miss it badly...We’ll be back though...First time without a boat in 20 years.


12 posted on 02/17/2012 11:51:04 AM PST by hope
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To: hope
Lake of the Ozarks is home to dozens of twin and triple engine go-fast boats.
A fill on one of these is > $400.
Maybe a few of these bad boys will become swim platforms this summer but the last gasoline runup didn't slow anything down.

Our 26 1/2 foot Playcraft triple log pontoon is cleaned, fueled and ready.

13 posted on 02/17/2012 12:46:19 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

Diesel is currently running at $5 per gallon at our marina right now - not many charterers booked yet and it most likely will not be a great season.


14 posted on 02/17/2012 1:12:15 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

We had twin 454’s ..both holding 225 gallons. Of course they’ve never seen full tanks. Thinking of a sail boat :)

Also, wondering how long before regualions start coming down on boaters.


15 posted on 02/17/2012 1:39:32 PM PST by hope
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To: hope

Our pontoon is set up with a single 225 Honda and will do 55 mph with the top down. What do you like to do with your boat ?


16 posted on 02/17/2012 4:50:05 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Capt. Tom
“Expect more empty slips this season as gasoline approaches $4/gal. at your automobile service station.
Many marinas are priced about 60-75 cents more per gallon than gas stations. You use a lot more fuel in boats than in cars on a daily basis.”

Both my kayaks and the canoe run on Guinness Stout.

17 posted on 02/17/2012 5:39:25 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Capt. Tom
“Expect more empty slips this season as gasoline approaches $4/gal. at your automobile service station.
Many marinas are priced about 60-75 cents more per gallon than gas stations. You use a lot more fuel in boats than in cars on a daily basis.”

Both my kayaks and the canoe run on Guinness Stout.

18 posted on 02/17/2012 5:44:45 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CrazyIvan
Both my kayaks and the canoe run on Guinness Stout.

The 3 boats I run are all single diesels and use 50-60 gals a trip, and we are out fishing offshore 4 -5 days a week mid April to mid October. - tom

19 posted on 02/17/2012 5:55:14 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: skinkinthegrass
a boating ping/thread...who knew!
gardening thread... recipes thread.. etc.. etc.. etc.

After joining and enjoying the weekly FR gardening thread - lightbulb!

20 posted on 02/17/2012 6:02:39 PM PST by ImProudToBeAnAmerican
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To: Capt. Tom
“The 3 boats I run are all single diesels and use 50-60 gals a trip, and we are out fishing offshore 4 -5 days a week mid April to mid October. - tom”

What kind of engines do you run? I'm an ag mechanic. Just
finished an overhaul on a John Deere 4640 (466” turbo) today.

21 posted on 02/17/2012 6:19:36 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CrazyIvan
What kind of engines do you run? I'm an ag mechanic. Just finished an overhaul on a John Deere 4640 (466” turbo) today.

One has a 300 hp John Deere.(32' Levy)

Another 38' Young Bros has a new 440 Yanmar electronic. We snapped a crankshaft in two under way last season and had to replace the engine. It was toast.

Another 32' H&H is having a rebuilt 420 Yanmar installed next month as the old Yanmar had the 3rd cylinder malfunction the end of last season. It looked like the top of the cylinder started to melt and it distorted the block.-Tom

22 posted on 02/17/2012 7:01:55 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Sounds like a blast! Pontoons are really popular here. Great for fishing, beaching and pulling kids on a tube.

Top speed for me is about 38 to 40 depending on how much weight on board. But, cruising is really what the boat was for. Best thing I liked was pulling into a cove and rafting out with other freinds for the night under the stars...Fully self contained in AZ during the hot summer and cool winter seasons makes pretty much year around boating. An Expensive habit!


23 posted on 02/17/2012 7:04:44 PM PST by hope
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To: hope
Wife's cousins live here when they're not farming in Iowa.
They owned a 29 foot Fountain with twin 502s.
It would do 100 mph on the water. The sound was...awesome.
24 posted on 02/18/2012 5:01:09 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The ultimate in boating, Reggie Fountain,..There was a doc that had his 47’ lightning slipped in the marina named “Trailer Trash”...that boat was a real head turner for sure. Amazing how he rarely came up to use it.o


25 posted on 02/18/2012 6:32:35 AM PST by hope
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

A fill on our boat will probably be in the $4,000 range this summer...she holds about 800 gallons....


26 posted on 02/18/2012 9:17:03 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: smokingfrog

You can never go wrong with Johnson/Evinrude. Parts availability world wide even for motors over fifty years old. No other manufacturer comes close to parts availability.


27 posted on 02/18/2012 9:27:33 AM PST by eastforker (Don't be ornery for Romney, instead Root for Newt!)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
ain't FR great, keep $$$$ coming...
I gave a c-note.

28 posted on 02/18/2012 10:11:58 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Kill the terrorists, Protect (all) the borders, ridicule all the (remaining) Liberals :^)
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To: eastforker
    I like their new logo.
29 posted on 02/19/2012 7:44:46 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: illiac

Yep...If you use it a lot it’s gonna be a small fortune and then some. In some areas of the country keeping tanks full to prevent condensation is important. In AZ, we usually don’t have to worry about it. I’ve never had the problem of condensation build up in the gas tanks here..Smaller bodies of water and year around boating keeps the gas tank clean.


30 posted on 02/19/2012 3:19:30 PM PST by hope
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