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Just woundering if there are any boaters out there.

I have a 1985 21' Rinker. I got it used about 7-8 years ago. Nice boat. It has a BIG 4cyl engine. 190hp, 3.7l.

Have not got to use it in the last few years, becouse of the baby, but hoping next year, we will be able to get some boat time in.
 

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I do all of my boating on the south shore of Cape Cod. We have a little summer place in West Yarmouth, and keep the boat in the water in louis bay. Don't use it to much, mostly just a little fishing, or usly just hanging out in a quite cove somewere.

Here is a shot of our house. We have had it for about 11 years now. Needed a LOT of work. Did everything ourselfs, except for a 3/4 celler we had put in.
 

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I am also into building wooden boats. I have only built one at this time, but I will be building at least one more in the next year. Here is the one I built......
 

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My current boat is a Smokercraft 12ft aluminum vee-bottom. Powered by a 7.5 hp engine & a trolling motor. It won't blow your hat off but it's perfect for getting in those great fishing areas.

Before wife & I started having a family (my motorhead days) we had a 16ft Starcraft, deep vee, with a 75 hp mercury. The engine was an aluminum six-cylinder with triple carbs & dual fuel pumps. Carried 30 gals of gas on that boat (needed it too!).
 

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Big Boats, Fast Boats, Boats of all Kinds

Don't own a boat but drive all sorts of boats in testing them. I work for Formula boats.(www.formulaboats.com) and have driveen eveery boat or Yacht that we build at some time or another including the world champion F2 race boat named "LET'S PLAY RACING". We build everything from a 26' to a 47' YACHT check them out. www.formulaboats.com
 

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Re: Big Boats, Fast Boats, Boats of all Kinds

Originally posted by Brian
Don't own a boat but drive all sorts of boats in testing them. I work for Formula boats.(www.formulaboats.com) and have driveen eveery boat or Yacht that we build at some time or another including the world champion F2 race boat named "LET'S PLAY RACING". We build everything from a 26' to a 47' YACHT check them out. www.formulaboats.com
WOW, thats one awsome job. Does it ever get old? Sounds like you would look foward to work everyday.
 

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Originally posted by Toolman
My current boat is a Smokercraft 12ft aluminum vee-bottom. Powered by a 7.5 hp engine & a trolling motor. It won't blow your hat off but it's perfect for getting in those great fishing areas.

Before wife & I started having a family (my motorhead days) we had a 16ft Starcraft, deep vee, with a 75 hp mercury. The engine was an aluminum six-cylinder with triple carbs & dual fuel pumps. Carried 30 gals of gas on that boat (needed it too!).
My first boat was an old[1965] starcraft. It had a 90hp Envenrude motor. The sound that old v4 made was SO cool. Not vary relible, but REALY had a nice sound. And BOY, could that thing suck down the gas.
 

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One of the happiest days of my life was when we got our new 26 foot Sports craft. Great boat for in the Gulf of Mexico and cruising the lakes and rivers in this area. But a better day in my life was when it was on the back end of its new owners tow vehicle leaving my driveway on its way to its new home.

My only boat anymore is a 14 foot John Boat which is half submerged most of the year in the pond.
 

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For those who might be interested; below is a picture of the 3 pt. hitch I use to move the boat trailer and other trailers around with. I have a friend who makes these for a very reasonable price. They sure are handy with moving trailers around in tight spots or moving them to where it is much easier to hook up to the truck. By the way, I got ride of the Suburban over a year ago and got a REAL tow vehicle. A 2002 Dodge Ram Quadcab 2500 4 x 4, Cummins HO, 6 speed. I can idle up the boat ramp with the Sea Ray now. I also get 21 - 23 mpg empty and about 16 - 18 loaded.


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We have an 18.5 Sea Ray Seville cuddy. We don't use it in the
summer in Michigan much but we take it to the Keys for two months in the winter and take it out at least 5 days out of seven.
We can dock it right in front of the condo so we can just hop in and go.
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My boat is a 1999 Boston Whaler Dauntless 14 (14.5') Center Console with a 75hp Merc 2 stroke main engine, a 44lb thrust Minn Kota stern mounted trolling motor and a matching bow mounted foot controlled motor for bass fishing. I have a Garmin GPS, Humminbird fish finder and Standard VHF. For trolling, it has 2 Scotty electric downriggers. I also carry a Garmin handheld Map GPS and an Icom handheld VHF. I have a new Icom Color GPS/Fish Finder I will be putting on it soon to replace what I have now. (I also have an Icom 4kw, 32 mile LCD radar I would like to mount but I need to have a special folding mast made for it.)

I use it for Salmon fishing in Puget Sound (salt), Lakes Washington and Sammamish for trout and bass fishing.

It's just right for a couple of fishermen and great for one man fishing and launching.

The Merc pushes it about 38mph...good enough for a 14.5' boat.

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Great job?

Yea it is good most of the time, but this time of the year it sucks' if we can find water that is not frozen, it is cold as H***, we have driven as far as the OHIO River at Cincinati to find soft water, thats about a 3 hour drive and if it snowing it takes even longer.
We have hauled everything from 27' performance boats to 40 foot super sport boats 2 1/2 hours to Brookville resorvoir in southern Indiana. Have been out in every condition you can think of from 0 degrees to 100 degrees, Rain, Shine, Snow, Sleet, Freezing rain "ITS A GREAT JOB". DO YOU KNOW HOW COLD IT FEELS AT 70MPH WHEN IT IS ONLY 17 OUTSIDE???? It has it's perks I get to go to Bimini, Bahamas for our photo shoot, Miami Boat show in February, and our Dealer Meeting in Sanibel, Florida in July(not my first place to be in July) and various other places throughout the year,the wife and kids don't exactly think it is great I am gone any where from 45-70 days a year. But other than these little things it is a GREAT JOB.
 

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We have hauled everything from 27' performance boats to 40 foot super sport boats 2 1/2 hours to Brookville resorvoir in southern Indiana.
Brian, I'm 3-1/2" miles west of Brookville Reservoir on Roseburg Rd. Give me a holler the next time you're down this way, be glad to meet you. You guys probably launch close to the dam at the unlimited speed zone don'tcha?
 

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Garr Hill ramp is the best and safest place to put in at Brookville. Monroe lake is a good one in indy too. I have had a few boats over the years but now only own a 15' bow rider and a pond jumper and about 7 0r 8 small outboard motors.

This is the pond jumper it can get into any small water and is great for low HP lakes.

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That looks kinda cool. One thing I realy mis when moving up to a bigger boat. You can't just run out drop it in the water and have some fun. Pretty much have to plan a day around it
 

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This is the boat I want to build next......


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Should be a nice size for just playing on the lakes, or cruzing the coves.
 

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Boat Launching

We always use the ramp closest to the dam, simply because we know there will be enough water there to put the boats in. Might be making a trip down there after we get back to work on the 5th or 6th, don't know for sure have to wait and see how the temp's do up here maybe something will break up enough we can go run up here at Grand Lake St. Mary's at Celina,OH. I'll try to let you know Toolman. Looks like a nice little wood boat.
 
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