Skip to comments.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 weeks 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 moments 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
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TGIF - it’s time for the Weekly FR Boating Thread!
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
Our 26 1/2 foot Playcraft triple log pontoon is cleaned, fueled and ready.
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.
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.
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 ?
Both my kayaks and the canoe run on Guinness Stout.
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
After joining and enjoying the weekly FR gardening thread - lightbulb!
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
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!
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
A fill on our boat will probably be in the $4,000 range this summer...she holds about 800 gallons....
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.
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.