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SuburbanBoy posted 10-15-2001 11:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for SuburbanBoy   Send Email to SuburbanBoy  
Ok Whalers in California and Florida don't laugh...

I took my 14 year old daughter and some of her soccer friends out in my 15 Sunday. The weatherman was calling for a high of 50 degrees and occasional rain. I thought it was an excellent opportunity to spend time with my daughter and friends, and to take in the beautiful fall colors. Of course it was cold, foggy and it rained. But, I do believe that that the girl’s involvement in Soccer has taught them to ignore the weather and enjoy themselves in spite of "weather adversity". While they play Jr. Varsity, we had attended the varsity game the previous evening, and it poured rain all night long. So Sunday was “no problem”. In spite of the adverse conditions, we all had a great time. The girls even allowed me one final blast to drain the remains of the gas tank, in the middle of another downpour. I think we logged about 2.5 to 3 hours of motor time (by my hour meter). As we pulled the Whaler out of the water, I glanced at the hour meter. Only 38 hours! As many of you probably know, in mid-winter, I purchased a very rough 1979 Striper, without engine. I also purchased a new 2001 Tohatsu 70hp. I then replaced the steering, installed gauges, refinished some of the wood, installed a Garmin 168 Sounder, engine jack plate, new trailer tires, bearing buddies, performed minor fiberglass repairs, etc. A lot of work and money. All this time, effort and financial resources for only 38 hours of boating. Worth it? You bet. From the first tick-over last May, on a tiny, local, speed restricted lake; the hours spent with three generations of my family together on the water; the Lake Charlevoix sunrise runs with my 10 year old daughter; tubing in the blazing Midwest sun with my wife and kids; and this possible season ender, the trees in foggy muted fall colors with my daughter and her friends. All totaled only 38 hours of wonderful memories, and even more plans for next year. If I can only avoid that dreaded Whaler disease; three-foot-itis. How many hours have you logged this season, and what are some of the highlights? Enough typing, now it is time to setup the snow plow.


SuburbanBoy posted 10-15-2001 11:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
BTW, feel free to move this to another section, but with the inclusion of performance figures (engine hours) I thought I might deposit this here.


blackdog posted 10-16-2001 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     

A little respect for the king of not being able to use his boat “ME”. Bought the Dauntless at the end of the summer last year. My wife was pregnant most of the spring and summer this year hence she kind of made me feel guilty in an indirect way about going out on the boat or doing anything without her. Then Max Arrived end of July…. Long story short I have a Total of 24 hours since purchase! I am pathetic.
I did manage to look at some boats at the Annapolis boat show last weekend so that should keep me going until next spring.

hauptjm posted 10-16-2001 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Don't forget the LA-TX gang doing their part to continue the "hour" count throughout the year!! Seriously, the one thing I don't have (I know it's a mortal sin) is an hour counter. Since, my plan is to run the boat and the engine (or several engines)into the ground/water, I'm not that concerned. I keep the maintenance up very regularly, and the boat is in constant use year-round. This is just guess work, and includes the fact that I live less tan five minutes from one of the largest lakes in the southern U.S.;

Summer (May-Sept.) 20-25hrs./month = 115hrs.
Winter (Oct.-Apr.) 5-10hrs./month = 50hrs.

SB, my opinion is whether you're running 38 hrs. in a season or 150hrs. in a year, it doesn't matter. One hour spent with your family, children, Dad, Mom etc. is worth all the riches in the world. What you described as your experiences this summer are priceless. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

Bigshot posted 10-16-2001 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
hard to tell because I sold a boat and bought one. I would guess that I am around 120+ and will probably finish out 2001 with about 150+. Last year I was almost 175.
mjd65 posted 10-16-2001 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for mjd65  Send Email to mjd65     
Luanched boat in April and will stor when the ice starts to form, but have been known to bring it out in February in a warm winter. 150 engine hours on my Rage between fishing, tubing and cruising with no trips missed do to mechanical failure. Sure helps when you keep the boat in the water and you can just hop in and go. Ninty percent were probably at WOT Best season yet! Must be because of all the preventative maintenance tips I have picked up from this site and boatered.

Lake Breeze Rage

And for all you southern boaters who have less shame on you.

Peter posted 10-16-2001 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
From May 23 to October 14, 2001, about 60 hours and over 1100 miles.
Andy Holmes posted 10-16-2001 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
1998 Standard 17' w/75 HP Merc. 2 Stroke, bought it at the end of June. About 50 hours for the year so far, probably another 15 to 20 on warm fall days (Kentucky). Most of my boating is on Lake Charlevoix during trips north.
lhg posted 10-16-2001 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I generally put about 300 hours a year on my Whalers (yes I have hour meters). About 150 hours up north in the season, and another 150 or so in FL in the winter months. No amount is enough!
Macman posted 10-16-2001 05:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Macman  Send Email to Macman     
I tend not to think in terms of hours. I will recall the season as a collection of trips on the bay, days of fishing, and a couple of excellent camping trips to remote locations in western Maine. I did not amass a lot of hours, but we did have a lot of fun!
Dr T posted 10-16-2001 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
About 32. Unfortuneately, I think I spent more time towing than boating.
NWflyfisher posted 10-16-2001 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for NWflyfisher    
Bought my '78 Montauk March 28, 2001. Have now logged 73 hours as of October 16, 2001. Memorable times include the outstanding fly fishing from her for Chinook Salmon throughout July in Central/South Puget Sound when I enjoyed some enviable success. This in no way diminishes the equally outstanding hooknose (Coho Salmon) I'm currently enjoying. I try to get her wet for a few hours at least twice a week.
triblet posted 10-17-2001 01:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
About 90 hours/year under power. About
140 hours per year trailering. Probably
200-300 hours at anchor while diving, or
kicking back between dives.

No major work this year except waxing the
bottom and straightening the prop (minor ding
after getting sideways docking it on a surgy
day. DUH. )

Ran with a pod of 100 dolphins Saturday.

Thursday I'm on a plane and will let someone
else do the driving on a rather bigger boat
(120') for two weeks in Fiji.

Sea ya.


Gep posted 10-17-2001 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I think I can beat you all, about 4 hours this summer.
I redid my 1959 13' Sport this summer. New paint, wood, rub rail, steering, new battery, redid the wiring, etc. Decided to take it out for the maiden voyage end of June, got it already: gas tank, cooler, two kids, wife, bags, life jackets.
Nice sunny day about 80 degrees, but windy.
Well.... the kids screamed about putting on the lifejackets for a good ten minutes in front of a beach full of people, finally got the lifejackets on, got everybody in the boat, got underway doing about 2 miles an hour, spray coming over the front and sides, the wife was trying to hold onto my two year old son and hang on herself, my four year old daughter wants to steer the boat (in circles of course), I'm ticked because I just want to go fast and jump some waves, the wife looks at me and the first thing she says is, " The boats to small". The first thing I say back is "OK lets get a bigger one". Spent about an hour out there, finally took them in to the beach so they could play on the swings, I went back out for about 15 minutes and did my thing, came back and packed it up.
We tried it again about a month later, I thought I was having deja vu.
Parked it along side of the garage, put the tarp on it and haven't pulled it out since.

Theres always next year!

where2 posted 10-17-2001 01:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Ironically, having a waterfront home in sunny (although blustery today 77F) Florida, I think I can honestly say the lack of having an hour meter on my engine was not the cause of my lack use of my whaler. I've probably only run the engine for 6 hours all summer. I know I haven't filled a gas tank, so how many hours can you run a Johnson 70HP on 12 gallons? I can relate to Blackdog's comments since I spent the summer refinishing the floors in the house, doing wedding planning, on my honeymoon, and have been painting and working on the house ever since the honeymoon ended.

The boat however, sits ever ready for launch on it's floating dry dock, asking only for 12 gallons of gas and a turn of the key. Obviously, I need to kidnap the wife one of these evenings after work and USE the boat...
Bigshot posted 10-17-2001 01:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
On plane about 3 hours on 12 gals.
LarrySherman posted 10-17-2001 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     

I can really appriciate your prediciment, but it might not get better with a bigger boat. I put my 25 in the water on the 1st of September, and have used it for about 5 hours so far (4 of them were the 100mi trip from Mystic to Greenwich).

The wife thinks the ride is too bumpy. She would love to cruse slowly around some islands and such, but will not endure the ride to get there.

My daughter wants to drive the boat, and screams when she can't. She hates the life preserver as well.

And it turns out that I can't find any time to go fishing in the first place, what with work, palying with my daughter and going to EMT training.

I'll sell you my 25 if you want to give a bigger boat a try ;}

eolson posted 10-18-2001 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for eolson  Send Email to eolson     
Like SuburbanBoy, my Whaler was purchased to provide family fun - and it does!

I take my wife and kids Waterskiing once or twice a week from April through November. We're out for about 6 hours per trip. This month alone, we've got 32 hours on the boat. The Johnson 70 is runnning more than 50% of the time we're out.

Once it gets too cold for us to venture out in wetsuits (November sometime), I've got a bunch of minor cosmetic work to do on the boat. It's been a rock this season - no problems whatsoever.

Gainesville, FL

hauptjm posted 10-19-2001 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
I'm glad that I'm not the only one with the life preserver problem. It took my two year old virtually the whole summer to finally accept the fact that it wasn't going away. Fortunately, he's got enough of his old Dad in him to realize that being on the water is what counts. We have taken him out on the boat since he was 1 month old, and has really developed his sea-legs. We bought the boat so my wife and son(s?), (there's another bun in the oven) could enjoy Dads favorite place to be in the world, the water. Again, fortunately, my wife loves to fish, explore, sail, water ski or just be out on the water. Add to the fact she's beautiful, incredibly intelligent and the best Mom any little boy or girl could asked for, I truly have been blessed.

Sorry to sound sappy, but I really mean it.

Bigshot posted 10-19-2001 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Yeah yeah yeah, been sleeping on the couch since Monday huh:)
Dr T posted 10-23-2001 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Well, in my experience, Mom's ALWAYS think that the ride is too bumpy (but since I have a 13, I think she may be right).

However, as kids get older, bumps go from being bad to being FUN, particularly if you catch a little air. You just have to be patient, and there are worse things that putting around the lake, river, or bay slowly with the one you love.

Eric posted 10-24-2001 05:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
I bought my 62 Nauset in March 2000. Some readers may remember my problems with the boat yard when it was gelcoated. That went on for months; I finally rigged the new 99 Johnson 90 in January of this year. All year I've been working on getting the boat rigged for fishing. The summary of the work done: new... gelcoat inside and out, fiberglass console with grab rail and windshield, steering and cables, engine controls, swingback cooler seat, Kodiak baitwell with 500 gal pump, running lights, 1100 gal bilge pump, Garmin GPS 76, Icomm VHF with DSC, Lowrance X49 depthfinder, switch panel, etc. The trailer's gotten a lot of work too. Lots of work, but I've fished twice now since the baitwell install last week, and overall managed to get 44 hours on the motor. We went scalloping in the big bend area of the FL gulf coast, and we're planning more trips. Our season here in FL is year-round, and during the summer it's not the most pleasant on the water. I'd like to make 60 hours by the end of the year.
Future mods include a set of side rails I bought for $50, a second battery, a downrigger, and maybe a top. It looks like I finally use the boat more than I work on it.
Highwater posted 10-24-2001 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
When I get my wife to drive our 13', she often stops complaining about the waves. Same thing with the car—she says I drive too fast, then I convince her to drive and she drives just as fast as I was driving.
Highwater posted 10-24-2001 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Highwater    
Does anyone spend more hours using their boat than working on it? Does this ratio change each year that you own the boat?
simonmeridew posted 10-24-2001 08:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
Probably 60 hours on my montauk this year, including a week in Ocracoke, and three trips around Lake Champlain, several trips on Casco Bay and two to Newburyport, along with the usual local fishing trips in local lakes/

Eric: how do you go about scalloping in Florida. I just got back from Nantucket a few days of scalloping but we use a push rake. My son likes to snorkel and dive for them, but the water's too cold for me.

eolson posted 10-25-2001 06:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for eolson  Send Email to eolson     
That's great! Another "Eric" who scallops the Big Bend of Florida!

Scalloping is extremely popular in the area of Steinhatchee, Florida. Season runs July 1 through September 10th. The gulf is bathwater warm, so we just jump in and grab those puppies. Pretty much everybody snorkels, but I've got a few friends who wade at low tide. It's a lot like an underwater Easter egg hunt. On a typical Saturday early in the season, it's wall-to-wall boats out there, several hundred boats easily.

Gainesville, FL
15' Sport

88 Montauk posted 10-25-2001 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for 88 Montauk  Send Email to 88 Montauk     
I moved back to the coast of SC about 5 months ago. The first w/e I was back I pruchased my 88 Montauk. She was so dirty and the teak was a mess. The gel coat had minor touch ups needed only for asthetics and the accessory wiring needed to be redone. All of these things were completed with the exception of the gel coat(waiting for winter). Also along the way the water pump failed and you know what that means. Budget only allowed for a new powerhead. All in all my wife and I enjoy the "Mighty Mon" immensely. All of this work and I have still logged over 60 hours. Winter in the lowcountry is very boatable and when the winter trout come into the sound it will mean another 25-30 hours at least!
Eric posted 10-27-2001 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
"an underwater easter egg hunt", well, that really about sums it up. With water temps in the high 80s, it's really great. Mask, snorkel, fins, cotton gloves, mesh bag, dive flag, sun screen and your whaler.
Kim posted 11-02-2001 01:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kim  Send Email to Kim     
to date 11/1/01
201 hrs.
31 trips
over 390 fish killed..
and there is this sat.???
the season ends 1/1/02
starts 3/01/02
tight lines!!!
O still burning a gal a hr, for what it is worth...
DillonBW posted 11-06-2001 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for DillonBW  Send Email to DillonBW     
I don't have an hour meter on my 17' Super Sport, but I know it has been every d*#@m chance I can get! May be I should count up the number of times sitting in a gas staion filling that tank, rather than hours running!
Girlfriend loves it but hates the bumps,her daughter loves the bumps! I love the BOAT!
60 Horse Johnson does me for enough speed and fuel economy, just running out of NC coastline to explore.......
Happy Whalein'
jimh posted 11-06-2001 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
With no hour meter, I used to save the pint/quart plastic bottles of 2-cycle oil that I used each year, then I'd compute the number of gallons run through the engine based on how many empties I had.

This year the 15-Sport only ran 3-gallons of gas through the engine, and half of that was spring break-in and fall winterizing! I think it was in the water just once!

edfish posted 11-08-2001 02:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for edfish  Send Email to edfish     
I envey you guys. I am on the water a lot here in The Gulf of the Farallones but not with the family. Since July 2000 I have a few hours shy of 900 hrs. All these hours are to make a living. I fish commercially. I went with a friend on his 22' last weekend for some sport salmon fishing and realized how much I enjoyed just being on the ocean without all the pressure of being commercial. We caught a few nice fish to 30# and for once I was able to take the fish home. My wife and twin almost 2 yr. olds finally had some fresh fish that I caught. LOL I must admit I see why my buyers like to have the fish brought in everyday. Fresh salmon fried in butter is great. I hope to start taking my girls out on the boat soon and am looking for the proper life jackets for them. Anybody have some good ones that are not the usual orange giant things. I have those but dont like them. They must fit the kids. I have seen some that I thought were pretty good at West Marine by Sterns but am open to other ideas from your experiences. Thanks -ED

P.S. The best of the holidays to all in the community.

Peter posted 11-08-2001 07:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     

For my kids, I've used the Mustang vests. They have the usual straps and clips plus a zipper and collar with lifting strap. They generally fit quite well. They seem to be the highest quality in my opinion and accordingly they are probably the most expensive. But then aren't your kids worth it?

jimp posted 11-08-2001 11:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Edfish -

Just a quick note. I agree with Peter. When my kids were younger we had PFDs that had crotch straps to keep the jackets from riding up, head "pillow" floatation, and a "lifting" strap on the pillow. I liked the idea of the lifting strap, enabled me, if necessary, to reach over and yank the kid out of the water. Mustang, Stearns, etc all make good vests. Boat/US magazine has had some good info on PFDs. Check out their webpage for info on lifejackets I've always bought the best ones I could get. Once you get some, throw them on the kids and toss them in the local pool to see how they float and to get the kids familiar with them.

To keep with the thread of this topic... I put 14.5 hours on my 22' Revenge main engine (225 Johnson), but 60 hours trolling on my 9.9 Yamaha 4-stroke, hi-thrust kicker. 120 hours in the last 5 years on the main.

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