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posted 03-04-2001 11:08 PM ET (US)
As I sit in my garage working on my '70 13 sport, getting it ready for spring, it is currently snowing the first few inches of what is supposed to amount to as much as 36" by Tuesday. Will it ever end?
posted 03-05-2001 07:50 AM ET (US)
A little snow pack might help us in the Great Lakes. I just heard a forecast for water levels for the summer and the prediction is for levels lower than last year. :-(
There was a very strong westerly blowing last weekend which sent all the water out of western Lake Erie. The water level reported in the lower Detroit River was 24 inches BELOW chart datum!
It was just a few years ago (1986) that levels were routinely 60-inches ABOVE datum.
I'll take some snow in the winter if it will put some water back in the Lakes.
posted 03-05-2001 08:03 AM ET (US)
I saw this morning that you guys up North are really going to get Blasted this week. We are going to be in the 40's it seems. Keep the Whalers covered guys. It wont be too long before we can get them out and starthitting the water. I for one can't wait.
posted 03-05-2001 09:45 AM ET (US)
Is that '70 13 sport a new acquisition?
posted 03-05-2001 10:37 AM ET (US)
As I write this, it is snowing quite heavily. At this point, we are expected to get up to 24" here on the coast. My thoughts of spring boating are rapidly disappearing. Willl it ever end?
posted 03-05-2001 10:45 AM ET (US)
Yes, you remember well grasshopper!
If you remember the list we were discussing a couple of months ago, I ended up buying a 1970 13 sport with a 1980 40HP Merc. This was the one the guy in Westchester had advertised for $3,800.00 and we got down to $2,500.00.
I picked this over the 1980 with the 25 because 1. it was in really good shape, gel coat wise, some crazing, but not out of control, non-skid was real good, not worn down from years of battery boxes and fuel tanks. Wood was not too far gone.2. The upper end of the motor had been rebuilt recently (took his word for it). 3. Had original side rails, running lights, and chock. 4. Newer trailer that looks like it could almost be heavy and long enough to take a 17'. 5. It was real close.
The 13 with the new 30 Merc. in Norwalk for $4,900.00 was in rough shape.
So I am hoping that UPS can get through the snow today because I am waiting for my Spectrum delivery of interior blue so I can have something to do.
posted 03-05-2001 10:49 AM ET (US)
Just curious, do you guys normally get much accumulation along the coast. I have been trying to convince my wife to move to the Portland area for three years now, but she think we may as well be moving to Alaska. I keep telling her its coastal and probably doesnt get any more and probably less snow than we get here in the Hudson Valley.
Get your shovel ready!
posted 03-05-2001 12:58 PM ET (US)
It is currently 70 degrees and sunshine in Houston. My Montauk is parked at my house on the bay ready to go fishing, too bad I have to work.
posted 03-14-2001 10:20 PM ET (US)
Further to jimh's post of interest to Great Lakes boaters here, I just visually checked out the Lake Michigan/Huron level at the ramp and it is 1' lower than last year. It's down about 5 1/2' (over a combined surface area of about 45,000 sq miles) since 1986. That's how many gallons of water lower??
posted 03-14-2001 10:35 PM ET (US)
Here in Seattle we are experiencing the worst drought since 1929. If it keeps up we won't have any launching ramps on the lakes that reach the water.
Looks like this will be a year to run the salt rather than chase the bass.
At least I probably won't have to skip a run in the boat to mow the lawn.
posted 03-15-2001 07:43 AM ET (US)
Well, we survived the big storm and another one right behind it. Today it will be 50* with any kind of luck. The snow is evaporating fast. I'm shooting for an ice -out salmon trip, which should be in mid-April at the latest. Then, off to the deep blue sea!( No offense Whalerguy!)
posted 03-15-2001 10:55 AM ET (US)
58 degrees and clear blue this a.m. and headed well into the 70's today. Dogwood and azalea are in full color. The live oaks have all replaced their leaves and even the late-sleeping pecans have got little buds ready to open up. The tide charts don't match up well with the weekends for a couple weeks. Pity I've still got to work. Filled the oil tank and did some odds and ends on the boat last evening. Dropped the wheel off to get it turned this morning. Man, am I ready! Whether its snowing or sun-shiney outside, if you're not on the water, in this group you sure want to be. David in Lafayette, LA
posted 03-15-2001 11:35 AM ET (US)
Was the Maine Boatbuilder's Show snowed under during the storms this year?
We attended last year (most amazing boat show I've ever seen) and woke up the first morning to 6" of new snow on the ground - suspect this year there was considerably more??
posted 03-15-2001 12:31 PM ET (US)
David Reid has it right. It's beautiful down here in Ragin' Cajun country. The redfish and speckled trout are going crazy at Cat Island pass. Me, my son and my Whaler have declared war on them for the weekend. Jim
posted 03-15-2001 01:59 PM ET (US)
Here in Portland, Maine we usally don't get that much snow, but this year has been the exception. The difference between upper Hudson valley and Portland is that you get spring 2 to 3 weeks earlier. The boating is fantastic however.
posted 03-15-2001 02:08 PM ET (US)
To Maine Whaler... you have some of the best boating in the world, and well worth the wait for spring! I'm a native Floridan and do most of my boating here but have spent many joyous hours on Maine's coast,in a Montauk, centered around Booth Bay Harbour but have boated from East Port to Kittery! Hope to get back up your way one of these days to sample that clear water, rushing tides, crisp air and great food! Ahhhh,,, Spring!!!! Happy Whalin'.. Clark
posted 03-15-2001 05:32 PM ET (US)
Clark & others: I'd be game for a Maine coast Whaler Rendezvous/cruise anytime. I've done the stretch from South Freeport up to Bar Harbor, with everything in between, and it was great. Want to get back.
Just give me a date and a month's notice!
posted 03-15-2001 09:32 PM ET (US)
Kingfish...Aah, the snow is melting even as we speak! The conditions for the boat show will be superb! Come on down and grab a Shipyard ale, and enjoy Casco Bay. Send me an e-mail...I'll buy the first one!
posted 03-16-2001 10:20 AM ET (US)
Spring in Charleston has arrived! Today temp will be 78. Last weekend was spent camping on the 22 revenge. Last night was dinner on the water and a booze cruise. The dogwoods and azelas are out as well, as is the pollen. Got to use the boat this weekend and next, as the following weekend I will be out of town at the masters drinking cold beer and eating egg salad sandwiches watching Tigers Woods win again!!!!! You got to love spring in the SOUTH!!!
posted 03-16-2001 10:35 AM ET (US)
I'll be hitting the road and heading for your neck of the woods in 14 days (Tybee Island), dragging the boat. After the winter we've had here, (2" of new snow on the ground and snowing right now), I can't wait to get down south! I hope the weather down there continues to get better every day!!
posted 03-16-2001 10:48 AM ET (US)
That's a ^$&% of an offer! I can't do it this year, but I'd sure like to take you up on a rain-check-
posted 03-16-2001 11:35 AM ET (US)
would the 22 revenge be a good day boat for a family of 5 with maybe a few of the kids friends on the ocean here in Maine? Any problem with following seas coming over the transom.
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