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sport15er posted 05-15-2001 11:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for sport15er   Send Email to sport15er  
Besides the typical Jimmy Buffet tunes, what's everyone been listening to on the water? King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" is great when you're cruising at high rpm's across the lake or up the waterway.....
Of course for easy trolling music, there's always Jimmy Cliff......
Dick posted 05-15-2001 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I go for George Jones & Alan Jackson.
Nothing better for cruising than a cold one and country music.
jimh posted 05-15-2001 11:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This could be an interesting topic...

For me, I listen to no recorded music while boating. I listen to the music of boating, the slap of the waves, the call of the birds, the sound of the water and the shore.

The only time we have ever brought any "recorded" material aboard was once or twice when we were listening to a "book-on-tape" during the drive and wanted to finish the story while on a cruise.

For me, boating and CD-Players just don't mix.


triblet posted 05-16-2001 12:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Hear, hear. The sound of the waves and
Evinrude is music.


Georgian Bay Boater posted 05-16-2001 08:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Georgian Bay Boater  Send Email to Georgian Bay Boater     
Wind, Water and the haunting call of loons are the sounds to listen to for me and my family.

The only sounds that disrupt that serenity is the annoying buzz of Jet Skis.

But to each his/her own.


hauptjm posted 05-16-2001 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
I think I'm with the "nature boys". However, occasionally a night cruise with my bride, a bottle of wine and few get the idea.
gunnelgrabber posted 05-16-2001 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
less the better!...loon music is really nice though. on second thought, if i were blasting down lake superior in lhg's outrage with the big black gentlemen in full cry ..i think wagners "ride of the valkyries"would be in order!....(.until the weather changed and i began to think of gordon lightfoot's "wreck of the edmund fitzgerald") ...a time and place for everything.!, fishbait,*****, and country music!..and keep on wailin'..lm
Dan posted 05-16-2001 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Lately, while boating, I've been listening to Pscheldelic Furs and Iggy Pop -- trouble is I don't have a radio or stereo. Oh well, as long as I don't hear voices telling me what to do -- with the exception of my wife, whom my boat's named after, that is.
whaleryo posted 05-16-2001 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
No music - but nothing beats listening to a baseball game with a beer in one hand and a fishing pole in the other!
kingfish posted 05-16-2001 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I favor cranking up "The Flight Of The Valkyries" to about 200 decibels out of my Bose 131's as I come into the fishing grounds, just to set the stage for what is about to happen to the creatures down in Davy Jones Locker...(think of the beach scene from "Apocolypse Now")

That's a joke, but I do like the mental picture it creates...

Depending on the ambient conditions, location and scenery, I can be very happy with the ambient sounds of nature; or when the time and mood seems right, I like "travelling music" like CCR or John Fogarty, or some Ry Cooder (which in my way of categorizing includes "Buena Vista Social Club"), and sometimes some "Island Music". Lately I have been playing the grooves off, if you can do that on a CD, of the sound tracks to "Wonder Boys" (some really good Bob Dylan), and "Brother, Where Art Thou?".

whalertim posted 05-16-2001 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Jim, you are right! This could be an interesting topic. The only music I really care to hear is that Johnson crusing along real slow while my two sons fight a Spanish or a Blue. Now and then I do turn on the VHF, but not too often. OH! I do enjoy the horn of the old turning bridge at Surf City NC.
Tim NC
lhg posted 05-16-2001 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Music and other amplified noise on a boat is unthinkable to me, and I love music, being a fairly decent piano, guitar and 5 string banjo player in my own right. But I don't need it on the water. I even hate the yak-yak on the VHF while trolling - the "can somebody give me a radio check" stuff, etc.

I go out on a boat to get away from all the trappings of an automobile and their sound systems, and our media laden society. That's why I like Classic Whalers - they are intentionally NOT like, or pretending to be, floating cars. (Why are 90% of all boats made TO be like cars?) When out for days at a time cruising, what I like most is not knowing what's happening in the world while I've been gone. I've discovered that 99% of the radio and TV news is not relevant to my life at all. I just don't need to know how many murders, fires, drug busts, abandoned babies, etc there were while I was gone. Nor do I need to be musically entertained. The sun, wind, water, scenery, others on board, and the boating environment provides that function for me. For me, this is where it happens.

What are the most offensive sounds on the water? Boats passing with blaring radios (why do they think I want to listen to THEIR,
usually bad, taste in music?), open muffler Go-fast boats (why do those idiots have to continually rev them up at the dock or ramp, and let them idle for hours?), and of course, the sounds of those jet skis and jet boats, the garrishly colored twin engine Sea Poo's being the WORST offenders.(hope they do better with OMC's outboard line). Yamaha's jet boats are pretty noisy offenders also, and pretty ugly too.

Oh, and one other. Finding a really nice marina, with nice floating docks, in a nice small resort town, for an overnight destination on the boat. Then being assigned a slip next to Joe Blow in his 40 something Sea Ray (or similar), with the TV going in the Salon, and the radio speakers in the stern, kids, etc. Why don't they just stay home, rather than duplicating their "home" experience on the water, for everybody else's pleasure! I will never understand that aspect of boating.

Then there's the guest you take out boating, to share the experience of being on the water. First thing they do is grab a seat, whip out the Walkman, and slap on the earphones, and ignore everybody else aboard.
What an insult. Got to be entertained. What's wrong with the experience of being out on the water. Not much grey matter between those ears.

whalernut posted 05-16-2001 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Larry, I play the guitar too! I have a Hamer Eclipse with a set neck and mini-humbuckers, all Mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard, light and sweet! PRS styling without the price! I don`t listen to music on the water but play Slayer,(old) Metallica not the new crap, old AC/DC, Ozzy Ozborne, etc. on my guitar and in the car! Thrash on! Regards-Jack Graner.
JohnT posted 05-16-2001 05:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
ihg - you sound like many of my sailing and kayaking friends talking about ALL powerboaters. For watching, listening to, and sneaking up on nature, you can't beat a kayak. I also like the creaking of a small wooden boat under sail, with the slap of the waves against the hull. That being said, I agree with your sentiments, generally.

My worst memory of noise while on the water was when we went to scatter my grandfather's ashes on the Chesapeake Bay. We went out at twilight, when there were very few other boats around. We got out to the spot and started having a humble, brief ceremony - just a few prayers - when out of a nearby creek came three jet skis whining as loudly as they could, and racing in circles around our boat. Needless to say, it was really annoying, though I doubt the kids riding the jet skis were unaware of what we were doing.

But I digress... I tend not to listen to music while underway, but if the engine is off, or I'm on shore, I'm liable to turn on a radio or play a CD - Grateful Dead, Buffet, 70's and 80's rock, grunge, or bluegrass. Somehow, classical music and jazz don't go well with the great outdoors - too urbane - though I probably listen to classical and jazz more than any other kind when I'm at home or in the car.

Sorry to ramble on so much...

JohnT posted 05-16-2001 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
oops - the word "unaware" should have been "aware"
dscew posted 05-16-2001 05:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
Any Deadheads out there? I don't have the capability to listen on our Whaler yet, but I can't think of a better tune than "Sugar Magnolia" out on the water!
Duncan posted 05-16-2001 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Deadhead...HELL YES
Silly, but true... as a quit smoking project I gutted my 13 (nothing original anyway) and built a 20" wide center console with storage and a integral front seat.
Bought a $50 P.O.S. (peice of...) cassette/radio at Boater's world and installed it. Broke out a crate of Cassettes I haven't touched in five years anyway ( since I got a CD in the car.) What fun!

Little Feat, Stones Zeppelin, Zappa, etc.
The distortion brings back foud memories!

kingfish posted 05-17-2001 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Ah, Little Feat - like "Dixie Chicken"? That'd work!
kingfish posted 05-17-2001 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Oh, geez...

Gunnelgrabber, I should have read your post before I wrote mine; If I had, I might have gotten the title right - it is the "Ride", not the "Flight" of the Valkyries.

Senior moment, I guess...

Tom W Clark posted 05-17-2001 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Boating is just not the time for music (for me) and I can't say it any better than jimh and lhg.

As for sound related nuisances on the water, add this scenario: you're out on a cruise in, say, Desolation Sound in British Columbia. You've had a beautiful day of sun, fishing, sailing, reading, napping, swimming in water as warm as the high 70's. You pull into a wonderful little cove, perhaps the anchorage at Mink Island. You and several other boaters or all enjoying a quiet evening meal, watching the Bald Eagles and the evening sun fade into twilight and here comes a 2 million dollar Winnebago in the form of a sixty foot something-or-other resplendent with sat/com dome, crane, and enough lights to keep California happy for a day or two. This “yacht” which is bigger than your house then settles into their evening routine and you get to enjoy the sound of their less than perfectly insulated generator for the rest of the night.

gunnelgrabber posted 05-17-2001 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
kingfish,..i'm not sure myself..both sound ok to me..and everybody knows what it is,i think. anyway we were just trying to raise the level of "couthness" and culture...albeit a trifle right wishes..lm
Chesapeake posted 05-17-2001 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
I think there is room for both -- quiet and music on board. You gotta admit, the right (and wrong, for that matter) music can really set the mood. Here's an example...

A few July 4ths ago, we were preparing for a midnight run offshore from Brielle, NJ to the canyons aboard my brother's 31 Bertram. The night was absolutely breathtaking: full moon, small seas and dead calm. Our heading had us moving directly into a relatively low moon that seemed to light up the entire ocean. We did so in utter silence, except for my brother and I talking from the tower while the crew slept below. I will take that memory to my grave.

Sun broke around 5 ish the next morning as we arrived at our destination. The crew is up at this point, rigging lines and baits, swallowing coffee and starting to get pumped for the day's fishing - but doing so very quietly. It was at that point that I knew instinctively that we needed some loud, kick a** music over the system to really fire up the day. So I whisper to John my brother, who is still up on the bridge, to fire up something loud and cool. So, he I am ready for something like VanHalen, right?

Wrong, John cranks up some Neil Diamond. My heart sank... just moments before he was pelted with two dozen donuts by 5 disgusted mates. It was hilarious...

Bob (Chesapeake)

Macman posted 05-17-2001 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
I am solidly on the side of no music on the water. I like the waves, the gulls, and all of the cool sounds that nature offers us.But hey, whatever floats your boat!
And Whalernut...not only are you Minister of Ideology, you are also a headbanger! Party on, dude!
JohnT posted 05-17-2001 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnT  Send Email to JohnT     
Regarding "Ride" or "Flight" - either is probably correct, as it's a translation from German. Not sure what the actual German word is, but I'm pretty sure I've seen it translated both ways (see, also, "Night on Bare Mountain" a/k/a "Night on Bald Mountain" by Mussorgsky).

JohnT - I'm a uniter, not a divider :-)

sport15er posted 05-17-2001 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
Great responses for what began as a hypothetical suggestion, I too am music-less on the water (not much room on a SS15 for stereo) Also, no Walkman's allowed onboard...
Though, one vision I'm having is, Whalernut; (in his best Ozzy impersonation), singing,
"I--Am--WhalerMan......" to the tune of IronMan of course....... Hope ya don't mind,
triblet posted 05-17-2001 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
For the guys with the speakers mounted on
their wakeboard arch: I'd dearly love to
take a Stinger missle and replace the IR
seeker with a sound seeker. You can get the
general idea (though he used a Sidewider) at


Ventura16 posted 05-18-2001 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
LOL!! Very funny, Chuck...I've definitely had those urges before.

I live on an inland lake with very heavy boat and PWC traffic...we have fantasized many times about building an onshore bunker with underwater torpedo tubes...they'd never know what hit 'em!


Jurisproodenz posted 05-19-2001 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jurisproodenz  Send Email to Jurisproodenz     
When I had a Bertram 33 I nearly had one them land in my cockpit. The boat threw more than a little wake coming out of the hole and they used to lie in wait for me to clear the inlet. They cut it so close it was terrifying. My Outrage can give them a run for it evens-up -- not nearly as much fun for the vermin.
Jurisproodenz posted 05-19-2001 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jurisproodenz  Send Email to Jurisproodenz     
But in terms of tunes -- and to get back with the theme of the thread -- there is a time and place for everything: Mr. Buffet is perfect for late summer afternoons, the sun low on the horizon, motoring back at displacement speeds, minding my own business. Blasting your basic auditory pollution fishing a rip with five other boats is offensive. Probably not much good for fishing either.

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