New boat owner on Lake Erie

Innominata

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510 Sundancer 2014
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Cummins QSC 550 w/Zeus pods
I just bought my first boat and am excited to be out on Lake Erie this season. I appreciate all the insight on this forum as I've been lurking for a while now and already picked up a lot of good information in the last couple of months. I just signed the papers today and now I'm working on finalizing the arrangements to ship it up from Florida.
 
Congratulations.... where are you keeping it?... I just switched marinas.... there are slim pickings right now
 
I don't have pictures of it yet other than what's in the listing. Don't know if it's still up on Yachtworld, but it's the one in Pompano Beach if it's still there. It has a black hull and teak in the cockpit, black sunpad. I live in Toledo and have an application in at Toledo Yacht Club. I know a lot of people around here keep their boats out on Catawba, but I feel like I'd rather have it closer to home and spend more time on the boat.

It's definitely a big jump into boating, but I already have a captain lined up for the first few outings, even before the insurance company told me I had to! We were kind of going between this and a lake house, so the idea is that we want to be comfortable staying on it for a few days at a time, and I'm also hoping that as I gain experience/confidence the bigger boat will allow us to be out on the water more even if there's some chop.
 
I don't have pictures of it yet other than what's in the listing. Don't know if it's still up on Yachtworld, but it's the one in Pompano Beach if it's still there. It has a black hull and teak in the cockpit, black sunpad. I live in Toledo and have an application in at Toledo Yacht Club. I know a lot of people around here keep their boats out on Catawba, but I feel like I'd rather have it closer to home and spend more time on the boat.

It's definitely a big jump into boating, but I already have a captain lined up for the first few outings, even before the insurance company told me I had to! We were kind of going between this and a lake house, so the idea is that we want to be comfortable staying on it for a few days at a time, and I'm also hoping that as I gain experience/confidence the bigger boat will allow us to be out on the water more even if there's some chop.
Do you have a backup slip just in case ?... Sandusky Yacht club told me two years for a slip if I signed up this year now
 
I did call a couple places and it seems there are some options. Toledo Beach and North Cape both seem to have some availability. I hear they have a lot of trouble with flooding, though. Bayview Yacht Club is in the same inlet as Toledo Yacht Club and it seems they probably do, too.
 
I did call a couple places and it seems there are some options. Toledo Beach and North Cape both seem to have some availability. I hear they have a lot of trouble with flooding, though. Bayview Yacht Club is in the same inlet as Toledo Yacht Club and it seems they probably do, too.
Son Rise Marina in Sandusky has one 50’ slip left that I gave up today... floating docks
Fun times....it will all workout
 
Son Rise Marina in Sandusky has one 50’ slip left that I gave up today... floating docks
Fun times....it will all workout
It sounds like this is case in point that more people keep their boats over that way. I know they have slips at Toledo Yacht Club, and the membership process sounds pretty promising. It'd take me over an hour just to get to the boat over there, as opposed to 15 minutes here in town.
 
Blueone - maybe it's none of my business, but why are you moving? I'm totally new to this, and I'm sure there are a lot of things that I don't know I don't know, so I feel like there might be something for me to learn from the reasons behind your move.
 
Blueone - maybe it's none of my business, but why are you moving? I'm totally new to this, and I'm sure there are a lot of things that I don't know I don't know, so I feel like there might be something for me to learn from the reasons behind your move.
We have been in 3 different Marinas in the last 6 years...this new one will be the 4th in our 7th year with this boat. Every move has been because our boating destinations changed... for example we were in St Clair and kept going to PIB every weekend... so we moved the boat to Port Clinton to be closer. The last move is because of management...this is rare and not because of one thing...just a lot of little things
 
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Thanks for all the words of welcome everyone. It'll probably be a while before I will be able to contribute much to the forum, but maybe I can keep you entertained with some new guy misadventures in the meantime.

I would have been very reluctant to get a boat of this size to start out without pods...
 
I think you will love the pods.
Hint, while getting used to docking, you can put the pods in "dock mode" which reduces the amount of throttle you can apply. Just remember to take it out of that mode when you are out of the marina.
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I think you will love the pods.
Hint, while getting used to docking, you can put the pods in "dock mode" which reduces the amount of throttle you can apply. Just remember to take it out of that mode when you are out of the marina.
More good tips already. This is why I signed up.
 
We docked in Toledo for over 20 years and have been at Catawba for 20. It's a boaters paradise at Catawba. Many great nearby places to go for the day or weekend. I guess it boils down to how you think that you will use your boat but give the Catawba, Sandusky area strong consideration.
Marty
 

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