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jimh posted 10-05-2009 05:32 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
Who has spent the most time cruising in their Boston Whaler in 2009?
jimh posted 10-05-2009 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
So far we've had a totals of:

Days aboard = 23
Nights sleeping aboard = 18
Miles trailering = 2,500

I think HOOSIER might have us beat on a couple of those parameters. Dave?

jamesmylesmcp posted 10-05-2009 08:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for jamesmylesmcp  Send Email to jamesmylesmcp     
Alittle slow here this season as our efforts were dampened by frequent rains.
We did alot more trailering this year,ventured off to upstate N.Y.,Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island. The adventure continues here for a few more weeks.
PeteB88 posted 10-05-2009 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Impressive Jim. Cool.
Buckda posted 10-06-2009 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Almost, JimH...

22 days aboard, but only 7 nights.

The purchase of a home impeded my use/cruising this year.

Tohsgib posted 10-06-2009 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I think about 50 hours so far on my 19 which would be about 25 days or so. I did not get her in until almost May this year. The 13 I have about another 20 or so on it and probably about 10-15 days use. Just starting to get nice and cooler(only 88 today) so I should be racking up some more hours as 2009 comes to a close. Going out with a fellow CW member tomorrow to show him the river. I got to get my oil changed before then...doof!
Hoosier posted 10-06-2009 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Trailering: 2950+ miles
Days boating: 28 +/-
Nights aboard: 11
Hal Watkins posted 10-06-2009 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
Days aboard 22
Nites on board 0...2006 170 Montauk
Miles trailered 4260+/-

Apostle Island, WI 3 days
Isle Royale NP, WI 5 days
North Shore, MN 2 days
MS river, 5 days
St. Croix River 1 day
Whitefish Chain, MN 2 days
Wi Dells, upper and lower 2 days
Lake Vermillion, MN 2 days

+ numerous day trips to local lakes within 50 miles.

Hal, Waseca, MN

Hal Watkins posted 10-06-2009 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
Days aboard 22
Nites on board 0...2006 170 Montauk
Miles trailered 4260+/-

Apostle Island, WI 3 days
Isle Royale NP, WI 5 days
North Shore, MN 2 days
MS river, 5 days
St. Croix River 1 day
Whitefish Chain, MN 2 days
Wi Dells, upper and lower 2 days
Lake Vermillion, MN 2 days

+ numerous day trips to local lakes within 50 miles.

Hal, Waseca, MN

Rich S posted 10-06-2009 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich S  Send Email to Rich S     
Launched: April 24th
Days Aboard: 65 (so far....)
Nights Aboard: 0 (Dauntless 160)

Miles on Water: 1353

Hours on Engine since 04/24/09: 116

Gallons of Gas purchased: 324.92
$$$ spent on Gas: $988.29

Quarts of Oil consumed: 30.5

Miles Trailered: 240
(only one trailer trip: NYC Whaler Run)

This has been ONE GREAT SUMMER !
And still 3 weeks to go before she has to come out of the water.

David Jenkins posted 10-07-2009 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I am impressed that so many people keep such accurate records of how they spend their time. I could not possibly tell you how many times I trailered or went out on a Whaler this year. And for this survey, is going out on your Whaler for an hour or two the same as spending a "day" on the water? Does pulling the kids on water skis count or is this really about cruising from point A to point B, spending the night (in a hotel, camp site or on the boat) and returning to point A?
Buckda posted 10-07-2009 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I define "days aboard" as more than 4 hours underway.

NOT a day where I run 2 miles to a beach, anchor out and swim and then run 2 miles home.

That is a day at the beach with my boat. :)

cdnwhaler posted 10-07-2009 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for cdnwhaler  Send Email to cdnwhaler     
I agree David Jenkins. I don't record such info.

So I did some rough calculations on the longer trips and estimate...
6,200km trailering
28 nights on board
unknown how many days only on board.
No idea what the distance traveled on water is for the boat.
Don't want to know how many liters and how many dollars I spent.

But I do know it was a great summer despite the lousy weather in this area.

JMARTIN posted 10-07-2009 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Not enough on the Revenge.
Trailering 10 miles.
Traveling to a spot where I spent the night = 7
nights spent = 21
nights on the boat = 0
days on the boat = 14

On the 15 Sport
trailering 30 miles
nights = 0 Duh
days using Dave's 4 hour method = 1
days I went out in the 15 = at least 30 but sometimes just for a 1/2 hour sprint/joy ride.


David Pendleton posted 10-07-2009 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
This was the worst year. Ever.

1 night aboard.
5 days crusing.

Cicada posted 10-07-2009 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
1 day shake down cruise.


WT posted 10-07-2009 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Terrible year due to bad Pacific Ocean conditions out of Bodega Bay.

60 hours on my 170 Montauk.

Hopefully 20 more hours before year end.


jimh posted 10-07-2009 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
cdnwhaler writes:

"28 nights on board"

Can anyone top that?

69boo307 posted 10-08-2009 08:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for 69boo307  Send Email to 69boo307     
The good boating/fishing season is just ramping up here. Too darn hot in the summer and too many yahoos on the local lakes, not to mention the fishing sucks. Oct and Nov is prime time in NC for fishing and boating.
themclos posted 10-09-2009 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     
Worst year ever for me.

2 days on the water, one of which qualifies only because I broke down and it took 4 hours to make it back to the ramp.

Still hoping to get in a fall run or 2, but the window is closing.

I have always been impressed by the detailed record keeping of some on this site.


revengewanted posted 10-09-2009 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for revengewanted  Send Email to revengewanted     
Launched the Revenge 55 times so far
61 days on the water of which 59 of those were fishing
4 nights slept on board
Main Engine hours: 139.5
Trolling motor hours: 122
Total fuel consumed: 2478 litres
Fuel consumption rate: 3.86 gallons/hour

And indeed it was the best year ever for boating and fishing thanks to Tony (elaelap) and partner for their kind assistance with the boat purchase and Tom W. Clark for the re-power assistance and of course this website for the rest.

WhalerAce posted 10-09-2009 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
Dave (Buckda),

Given the amount of effort it takes to . . . .
(PreLaunch at home)
1) Clean the Temptation
2) Put all of the gear in the Temptation
3) Charge the batteries of the Temptation
4) Test run the engines of the Temptation
5) Stop and fuel up the Temptation
6) Load the coolers with ice and drinks
7) Find the handheld VHF
8) Find the registation papers
9) Move all of the stuff from in front of the Temptation

and then:

(Post Cruise at home)
01) Wash the Temptation on the outside
02) Flush the engines
03) Spray the engines with WD-40
04) Get my push-car from Son to move boat into boathouse
05) Unhook from tow-car
06) Hook up to push-car
07) Get Joy's attention to help me
08) Push Temptation into boathouse
09) Disconnect from push-car
10) Park the push-car
11) Recover the tow-car from the street
12) Move the stuff back to in front of the Temptation
13) This time promise to remember where I put the registration papers
14) Put the handheld VHF on charge this time
15) Drain the coolers and put the drinks away
16) Wash the inside of the Temptation
17) Armor-all the vinyl of the Temptation
18) Rinse the docklines
19) Coil and store tbe docklines
20) Put the batteries on trickle charge and remind self not to disconnect them this time,

. . . . I consider it BOATING and underway just getting the Temptation off the damn trailer!

Having said all that, we have spent FIVE days "on board" this year:
a) annual CW Waccamaw River trip - two days
b) annual CW Beaufort River trip - two days
c) going out because it was a pretty day - one day,
and ZERO nights onboard.

Next year HAS to be better!

--- WhalerAce

mgeiger posted 10-11-2009 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
680 miles under the keel since Jan 1, 2009. More gas than I want to calculate for an old 90hp. Landed a few fish. Towed a tube a lot, beached & partied even more. Probably close to 30 days on the water, mostly banging around Lake Lanier, GA, some time on Lake Wylie, NC and a wonderful weekend camping on Lake Jocassee, SC including dipping the bow under one of the waterfalls to give the kids up there a chilly thrill.
sapple posted 10-11-2009 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for sapple  Send Email to sapple     
I did most of the stuff WhalerAce did, in fact I did some of it with him because I also went on the annual CW Waccamaw River trip - two days, and the annual CW Charleston to Beaufort ICW trip - two days, plus an additional 5 days boating around Charleston, SC. I also boated Mobjack Bay (off the Chesapeak Bay), the James River, the Chickahominy River several times, and a few local lakes several times.

I am just completing my second season with the Montauk. According to the GPS, I have traveled 2171 miles in two seasons. I traveled more this season than last. I figured I trailered about 2500 miles, spent 20 plus days on the boat (no nights) and put about 150 hours on the engine.

K Albus posted 10-11-2009 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
Totals for this year, so far:

Days on Water: 18
Nights on Water: 0
Boating Miles: 627
Boating Hours: 46
Trailer Miles: 3,750

I'm still hoping for one more day on the boat before I winterize it.

jmorgan40 posted 10-12-2009 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jmorgan40  Send Email to jmorgan40     
Not much time on Lanier this year. Been pretty busy. Been saving my off time for roadtrips with the boat so we have racked up much more time trailering in 2009.

So far we've had a totals of:
Days aboard = 40
Nights sleeping aboard = 0
Miles trailering = 4,500

Bella con23 posted 10-12-2009 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
Worst year for me since 1990. I thought I would use the boat even though I was trailering this year but it didn't work that way at all.

Nothing like having the boat in a slip.

Manhattan trip was 70 miles then a couple of 20 mile fishing trips.

Does hanging out on the boat in the side yard with the wife and a bottle of red count?

Rich S posted 10-13-2009 07:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rich S  Send Email to Rich S     
Bella...reminds me a bit like the Foxworthy story about a traffic stop his father was involved in one night:

"Excuse me there sir, can I see your licence there, please?...No sir, I don't need a cold beer and I don't think that you do either.

Mr Foxworthy, do you know why I pulled you over there, sir?...Well it concerns that vehicle you're pullin' behing ya.

No sir, it's not against the law to tow a boat, but we DO require that you put it on a trailer.

Could ya ask your friends to get outta the boat please, sir?

No sir, I don't give a damn if the fish are biting, can ya ask your friends to get outta the boat!?

Hell, you dropped your skier about a mile back, back there!"


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