My favorite part of boating.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Maggieiscrazy, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    301
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    For me getting the boat ready and loaded for a long weekend is stressful. Then trailering to our destination worried about a flat tire or bad wheel bearing sometimes fighting traffic is stressful. Then launching the boat with wife and kids yelling is stressful. But once we motor away and I crack my first beer all that stress just melts away. That’s my favorite part of boating.
     
  2. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Active Member

    446
    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    380 Sundancer 2000
    454 Horizon w/V drives
    I agree with the above statement, when I trailered there was stress til we were on the water and heading to our destination
     
  3. MrHappy

    MrHappy Active Member

    165
    Mar 31, 2011
    Indiana
    1991 Sea Ray 225BR
    5.7L
    Favorite thing is watching my daughter, grandkids and family enjoy a beautiful day on the water.

    Never drink while I’m boating. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love my beer or should I say BEERS, after a day on the boat with my family and friends.

    Stress. After last Labor Day’s trip I may not trailer the boat ever again on that particular weekend. In a 15 year period I’ve blown a tire on the trailer three times.

    I always carry a floor jack/breaker bar so I’m usually back on the road in 15 minutes.
     
  4. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    301
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    I agree, I love watching my boys play catch on the beach with some new friends they just met (will likely never see again) when we park at a beach we usually spend the night. I’ve been lucky I have never blown a trailer tire (knock on wood) but I always carry 2 spares and a hub all greased up and ready to go.
     
  5. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

    192
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    As a kid my Grandpa had a cottage with a boat tied to the dock that he built new every year. Winter ice took it out every year so it was a constant chore. I longed to go to his place every Sunday. It was stressful in that the wooden boat was half sunk every week and we had to bail it out first. Then, Dad had to carry the motor up over the hill and mount it. Mom and Grandma didn't like boats so it was chore each week to go for a boatride. In the Fall, it was a chore to get the boat out of the water and roll it up the hill to the leanto, then repaint and ugggghh.

    As an adult I built a new house with a tandem 5-car garage. My boat is attached to my car and backed in and its always ready to go. With it right outside the kitchen door I can go and polish it or whatever any time I like.

    Also, I bought and rebuilt a custom "launching" trailer with dozens of rollers. When I back the trailer slightly in the water and it launches itself, the amazement of onlookers makes the whole day.

    At the end of the weekend she's back inside and I have a whole new week to do more polishing.

    Stress is only in one's mind. If a boat causes stress, one should sell it and buy a nursing home insurance policy. In my case, driving, launching and having a beer onboard is what does not reduce my stress, it eliminates it...
     
  6. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    301
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    As a kid our family had a cottage in northern Wisconsin on the 17,000 acre Chippewa Flowage. (Still do) and every winter the ice would take our dock out. Then about 20 years ago we finally put in a dock we could roll in and out. No more rebuilding docks.
     
  7. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

    192
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    Grandpa was a retired carpenter, so building the dock was some of his stress-free activities. The ice never really "took out" the dock, Grandpa actually disassembled it in the Fall, only to rebuild it in the Spring.

    He passed away 41 years ago, so I'm just reminiscing. The loss of the cottage was what was his stress in the end.

    Since this thread is about stress, all I can say is that if you have a life goal and your family is with you, there can be no stress.
     
  8. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Hate trailering!
    My favorite parts of boating:
    Spending the day on the hook, sleeping over makes it even better.
    I don’t drink until I get back to the dock, to many other drunks out there to keep an eye on, but once I’m back I really enjoy washing the boat in a nice evening with the radio playing and then enjoying a cocktail when I’m done.
    Sometimes a couple of cocktails and then a hot shower and spending the night afterwards.
     
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  9. GypsmJim

    GypsmJim Active Member

    192
    Aug 8, 2018
    Western New York
    '19 SPX 190 OB, 150 & 5 Mercs
    '17 Whaler 150 Montauk
    '15 Yamaha FXHO
    '60 Mulray Dinghy
    '52 Lyman 15'
    Mercury 150 4-stroke
    68 Outboards representing 11 manufacturers
    I had a boat before I had a car. Grandpa helped me build her in his garage. I had intended to use Dad's car to tow her, but as it turned out I was able to pick up an old clunker just about the time the boat was finished.

    We only had one car in the family. It was used by Dad to go to work and Mom to go shopping. It left me with little time to go on dates. Imagine a teenager who not only had a car to pick up a girlfriend in, but could also pick her up on Sunday afternoon towing a boat. Not just ANY boat, but one he built himself.

    For me trailering a boat was (is) not only a joy, but it was my right of passage. Today we have 4 trailerable boats (one is an antique classic) and I feel the same sense of accomplishment every time I take the family to the launch ramp.

    Of course, there is always a caveat....
    After 51 years of doing it, I have become an expert at it, my whole family are accomplished sailors, and all my trailers are custom fitted launching trailers that literally let the boats launch themselves.
     
  10. Soulshine

    Soulshine Active Member

    414
    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454
    Overnights on the hook, especially the morning coffee.

    A close second would be the blast of cool, lake air I get rounding the last bend in an often hot half hour no wake zone.

    Winter is starting to stink more every year.
     
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  11. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    The week's stress ends when I fire up the Cats, letting then warm up while I unhook power and dock lines.

    I only have about a 150 yard no wake zone then it's out on the river to head out. Even returning to the slip and backing it in doesn't cause any stress.

    It's all good.
     
  12. Todd320

    Todd320 Well-Known Member

    976
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    That first time on plane, after idling out of the no wake zone, and not hearing any alarms, is the best! And on a smooth, slightly cool day, with the family, that’s icing on the cake. Of course, getting anchored and situated for the day is pretty nice, time to have a cocktail, and sit back and relax until I need to go to “work” again, and pull up anchor and head home.
     
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  13. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    628
    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags
    Bravo III Drives
    Heading out on any given day and rafting up with fellow boaters. Enjoying the breeze - conversation - cocktails and favorite dishes brought by all. Just plain kicking back and relaxing and +1 on the no alarms (Todd320), that always makes for a good day. Finishing up enjoying the sunset and heading back to port Thanking God for a Great Day with friends and family in hopes for a redo real soon.
    Overnights, long weekends and our annual 10 day loop up the eastern side and down the western side of the Chesapeake is a close 2nd.
     
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  14. Groucho

    Groucho Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Albany/Lake George NY
    2004 320 DA
    6.2 V-Drives
    Great thought for a thread....
    Although the winter this year is going to be a long one!
    Warm sunsets and a coffee while putting at 7-8 mph along the shore line...and morning coffee on the back of the boat deciding where our boat will take us for the day..Is it Spring yet?
     
  15. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    554
    Jan 26, 2018
    Penetanguishene Ontario Canada
    1989 SeaRay Sundancer 268 454 Bravo
    454 Mercruiser bravo drive
    My most stressful day is getting my boat out for the winter . It seems I'm always one of tha last out in Penetanguishene bay and my least stressful is launch day . I am typically one of the first in too.. Going boating is never stressful for me now , my maintenance is all done by me and my yearly expense is low since a landowner with dockspace invited us to keep our boat there for a third of what we used to pay commercially. He just enjoys seeing the boys and I pulling up on the e bike and watching the boys run to the dock once they've got their lifejackets on.
     
  16. Tacoma290

    Tacoma290 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    213
    Oct 5, 2006
    Tacoma, WA
    340 Sundancer 2007
    Twin 8.1S V-drives

    Up for Sale:
    290 Sundancer 2000
    Twin 5.0L EFI Bravo Drives
    Mornings on the boat. Sipping that first hot cup of coffee in the cockpit on a cool bright morning, with the day full of possibilities. My wife and I (and the dog) looking over charts, tides, and weather and discussing the next potential cruising destination. Finally the decision is made. As the morning goes on, I get that tingling feeling in my belly as I get anxious and eager to get going to the next stop.
    That mix of peace and anticipation cannot be replicated in the same way outside the boat.
     
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  17. OllieC

    OllieC Active Member

    824
    Mar 11, 2013
    MinniSoCold
    Sara Belle
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    So many great "favorites" posted on here!!

    I actually enjoy working on the Sara Belle in the Spring. I always try and keep up on the maintenance as well as updating her in a 'tasteful way'.

    Of course anchoring with the family on a random Apostle Island or catching a nice sized Trout for grilling in the evening is tops for me.



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    Last edited: Dec 9, 2019
  18. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    301
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    So what’s you secret to catching trout?
     
  19. jobofly

    jobofly Member

    402
    Jul 22, 2008
    Ithaca Ny
    1985 Sea Ray Weekender 230 OMC Stringer
    5.7 260 w/OMC Stringer
    This all sounds absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to get a boat this spring.
     
  20. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Active Member

    446
    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    380 Sundancer 2000
    454 Horizon w/V drives
    Nothing better for a young family to spend time together
     
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