No boaters here?

Discussion in 'Cars, Motorcycles, Boats, Airplanes Talk' started by Pogo, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Pogo

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    Surprised at the lack of any boating talk in this section, no one into the smell of 2 stroke in the morning?
     
  2. pedalhead

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    Umm, this probably doesn't count but, got one of the self-propelled variety :sail:

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    Yaks most certainly do count, can't get more close and personal with the water than that. As The Rat said "believe my my young friend,there is nothing-absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as messing around in boats"
     
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    My foster dad used to take me fishing a lot and I know how to streer and manage a (small) boat. We used to go up northern Ontario, to a place called Britt. There we had a large log cabin, a nice dock where you could catch catfish, and some tin cans up on the hill behind the house we'd shoot our BB guns at. We had a boat we would take out before dawn to catch fish early in the morning, then we'd come back before 11am and cut and gut them and fry them with up in a cast iron skillet on our gas stove. Nap time, then playing outside til dark, then roasting marshmallows and enjoying the evening air. Sometimes I forget fireflies exist, you never see them in the city...

    I once caught a 75lb pike while trolling. I always hated trolling... so boring but it was how to catch the big fish that's for sure. God the lakes up there were beautiful. There were probably a million differnt places to park the boat, catch fish, and have a picnic. The water was so clear and so sparkly...

    Anyways it's a long term dream of mine to own a summer cottage and a boat and recreate some of these happy memories I have.
     
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    Those are memories to hold dear for life. I grew up much the same on the York River,VA from my grandfather's bungalow and dock,old local yard built skiffs to work the oyster beds and crab pot strings. Instilled a life long love of working the water which I have been able to pass onto my kids, camping and fishing the Glades down here in SoFla.
    Follow that dream,there is no better time spent than on the water.
     
  6. Lou Casadonte

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    Definitely into boating. On my boat in E Greenwich RI right now. I love being on the water. Every once in a while I can actually work remotely on my boat (have a 150M internet connection from the dock).
     
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    Making some Progress! Spent 7 hours rewiring the AV on the boat yesterday and fabricating a grill. Not state of the art for audio by any stretch. The audio is old school JVC video receiver (rca was the highest video resolution), 5 cd disc player (there to plug a hole), a 4x4 hdmi video switch, 2 firetv's, iptv mag 254, hifiberry, 16 port gigabit switch, asus wireless router, 20tb raid 5 disk array, nuc as server and harmony elite to integrate. Added a hardwired internet connection for my altair to stream.

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    Boats are fun, but too much of a money pit. Looked at the entry into the hobby, maintenance, and fees, came to the conclusion it was way outside my expendable dollars. Grats you can float the money (see what I did there?).
     
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    Damn, you should have taken that fish to be validated since the world record for pike is something like 60lbs.
     
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    I'm probably remembering wrong then. I was 8 when I got it. I just remember being told it was bigger than any pike my foster dad ever caught. And he had his biggest one put on a plaque. I remember sleeping in our cabin and waking up in the middle of the night and seeing it's snarling face looking at me. Mean looking bastard. Pikes are scary. Anyway thanks for the comment. Remembering these times helps me feel better.
     
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    It doesn't necessarily need a fortune.

    I remember the day, back in 1978 or 79, when I said to my friend, "You know, we don't have to rich to get to sail boats, there is such a thing as chartering, and here are some interesting ads in Yachting Monthly."

    He contacted one of the advertisers, told them about our experience, or rather lack of it (he did know how to sail, and had grown up on that coast, just not on yachts) and they said, "Sure we'll charter you a boat for local sailing."

    That was the beginning of our sailing adventures, that went on, for me, until I had a period of being too unhealthy for it. We were fairly lowly employees, not rich by any means, and, compared to costs of holidays in hotels and stuff, with the costs split between four or five, it was actually cheaper.

    We started with a 29-footer, and, over the next few years, worked our way up to 44-foot, cross-channel.

    True, I spent more money on clothes and gear for British-weather sailing than on any other kind of clothes, but it was nowhere near boat-owing costs and certainly one of the best experiences of my life.

    One of people I introduced to sailing, way back then, now lives on her own boat and earns her living as a marine artist. She also takes jobs teaching art on cruise ships, which gets her around the world, and crews on traditional gaffers, which gets her closer to the water.

    I had an adventure with a pike too, in a London park, but that's another story. Thankfully, it was as shocked as I was and let go of my hand.
     
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    On a rather smaller scale, we did a little bbq paddle the other night. The river after dark is ace, totally deserted other than the odd bit of wildlife. I probably ruined the peace and quiet by playing Deafheaven out of my phone speakers on the paddle back :)

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    To be out on the water in a small boat like that, especially at night... just magic.

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