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Old 01-13-2020, 05:21 PM
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Iím 68 years old now. I read these forums religiously. What motor, outboard vs IO, what trolling motor, how do I amp up my speaker system, should I buy this boat? Iíve had the privilege in life to fish the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mid Atlantic, the North Atlantic and a bunch of points in between. Taught my kids to drive a boat & even taught a couple of grandkids to drive. Northern Pike, bass, panfish, grouper, cod, bottom fish, top fish. Pitch black listening to dolphins breath, watching a whale calf tease her mother. Weíre all land animals, but oh my, what the sea has to offer. Thereís really no purpose to this post, just to remind you to enjoy what we all share on our little piece of heaven.

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Don’t even know where to start. Watching my son catch his first Laker & get so excited he ran his bloody hands through his hair. Fishing Norhtern pike on the Au Sable for a week & cooking them up over a camp fire. Fishing cod out of Newfoundland in a 20 foot Dory, only able to see the top of the roller in front of you and the top of the roller behind you & limiting out in an hour, then eating the fish at the end of the day in a back yard fryer. Watching my wife catch her first keeper red grouper in the GOM, laughing as she and a girlfriend worked the rod together, refusing to help them reel it up. Spending a day on Saginaw Bay trolling walleye without a care in the world. The best night of fishing I’ve ever had, we never put a fish in the boat. The shipping channel out of Tampa Bay, looking for gray’s & mangroves. A warm breeze & calm seas. The lights on the ships at anchor made it look like a city on the water. Cold beer & good cigars. The moon was just showing its face. A few nibbles, but nothing landed. A pod of dolphin surrounded the boat and never left. We just listened to them resting and breathing, enjoying the beer & smokes. Never landed a fish, but still a perfect night.
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In about 4 years my wife and I are retiring and buying a class c motorhome. I was fortunate enough to not build up any debt over the years. My last daughter will be off to college in 2 1/2 years. I am going to enjoy some of that natural beauty myself. I will only be 50. I am going to haul my boat everywhere I go. I plan on fishing and boating all over the United States. If I wait till the normal retirement age I will be worn out to enjoy it. Being an electrician, lineman and now a master electrician has worn my body out. No point to this post either.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:18 PM
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The point I get from your post is...that you've probably make some pretty awesome memories along the way.
How about a story. I'm sure you've got a couple.
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Don’t even know where to start. Watching my son catch his first Laker & get so excited he ran his bloody hands through his hair. Fishing Norhtern pike on the Au Sable for a week & cooking them up over a camp fire. Fishing cod out of Newfoundland in a 20 foot Dory, only able to see the top of the roller in front of you and the top of the roller behind you & limiting out in an hour, then eating the fish at the end of the day in a back yard fryer. Watching my wife catch her first keeper red grouper in the GOM, laughing as she and a girlfriend worked the rod together, refusing to help them reel it up. Spending a day on Saginaw Bay trolling walleye without a care in the world. The best night of fishing I’ve ever had, we never put a fish in the boat. The shipping channel out of Tampa Bay, looking for gray’s & mangroves. A warm breeze & calm seas. The lights on the ships at anchor made it look like a city on the water. Cold beer & good cigars. The moon was just showing its face. A few nibbles, but nothing landed. A pod of dolphin surrounded the boat and never left. We just listened to them resting and breathing, enjoying the beer & smokes. Never landed a fish, but still a perfect night.
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Originally Posted by Scotchrocks View Post
Iím 68 years old now. I read these forums religiously. What motor, outboard vs IO, what trolling motor, how do I amp up my speaker system, should I buy this boat? Iíve had the privilege in life to fish the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mid Atlantic, the North Atlantic and a bunch of points in between. Taught my kids to drive a boat & even taught a couple of grandkids to drive. Northern Pike, bass, panfish, grouper, cod, bottom fish, top fish. Pitch black listening to dolphins breath, watching a whale calf tease her mother. Weíre all land animals, but oh my, what the sea has to offer. Thereís really no purpose to this post, just to remind you to enjoy what we all share on our little piece of heaven.
Thank you.
Gracias.
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Life is beautiful!!
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Seems like a few of your memories are right in my back yard..I work to boat and fish, and have for a few years now. I am constantly upgrading my boat to make a day on the water as enjoyable as it can be for the wife and I....as well as the many friends who tag along and join us.

Buffett sang this....and it describes my early feelings about the water.." Mother mother ocean, I have heard you call; wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall"

The call is strong for many of us.....
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Some very thoughtful people in this thread. Just wonderful.
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At 50, make bucket list , then proceed to scratch em off, as I near 60 scratched off many , but the list is longer , Funny how that happened....... remember ,today is the present tomorrow is a gift
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Life is so fine. Nothing like being out on the water. Power, sail, row, paddle, overnight, days, weeks, many miles traveled, short trip, solo, with group, fair weather, nasty (had enough of rough stuff, but know how to handle it,) day trip, it's all good. Sleeping on a boat is special. Once I slept on a racing sailboat on the off watch in light air, ghosting along, heard dolphin clicks and squeals through the hull - very cool.

I have rescued 4 people from sinking boats - wanna see some grateful eyes? Got 'em back on dry land, thanked up one side down the other, no, don't need anything in return, never asked a name, never saw again.

One time at the dock saw two guys do a bad docking, didn't care, get off a disheveled looking boat, got down on hands and knees and kissed the dock. They had a story alright. Offered 'em a beer, heard their story, wouldn't be surprised if neither of them ever set foot on a boat again. Those are some of the best deals, btw. Find a boat where ambition exceeded experience and they had a bad time, never wanna go again, there's a motivated seller for a boat without much use.

Here's an observation: The bigger the boat the less it gets used. So much of a PITA to take it out. Whole lot more fun for the money in a smaller craft, just know your limits.

Most boats spend 99.9% of their life just waiting to get used. Motors rarely get worn out, they age out. I am flat amazed at the number of ~30' I/O boats that sit around unused with all the upholstery baking in the UV. Few years go by it's all trash. You can calculate the dollars per trip and they would have been better just renting a boat a few times. [Price of boat + Options + maintenance + Insurance + Fuel + Storage] - [selling price after depreciation] / [Number of days actually used] = scary number.

OPBs are the best. Other People's Boats. (Always let the owner drive when you're about to run aground.)

Took the thirsty OB for a nice day, went to a waterfront restaurant - great lunch, wonderful trip back, great day all around, beautiful weather, the fuel cost more than the restaurant tab!
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Best thread in a long time.
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I have to work hard to make time to get on the water and with three under 10 itís a lot of work but oh man the memories made on the water...... I have a feeling this is gonna be a cool thread with lots of reflections and great stories!

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you take your grandson fishing, knowing someday heíll take his grandson fishing and talk about this day
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83 years old--skippering boats 70 years. Over 200,000 ocean miles--full time cruising total of over 8 years. Sailed on most oceans of the World--It is a great life, and I lived (and still do) to boat.
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Great thread OP! Here's to many more happy memories.
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Great read to start my day and surely puts things into perspective. I sometimes get stuck in the day to day grind of this industry and forget I’m surrounded by all sights, sounds and smells of boating, fishing and being on the water. Thank you for that.
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On days like that I have an expression that I use and has become a family quote..."This doesn't suck".
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Like many of you, some of my best memories come from the sea. Iím 70 now and have been fishing all my life. Mostly with my father, sons and now, grandchildren. My father loved to fish for snapper, and did so, often by himself, until he was 88. He was fishing with me on my Phoenix, trolling for marlin. I saw one coming into the spread, pointed it out to him, we caught and released the fish. He never said a word until it was over, the said ď you are burning 100 gallons of fuel, using $5000 of tackle, and just let the biggest fish Iíve ever seen and let it go. Didnít I teach you anything?Ē. Taking my 6 and 8 year old grandchildren Halibut fishing in Alaska, and seeing them catch the big flatties. Taking my granddaughter to catch her first tarpon in the Keys. Watching my son catch his first blue marlin. All irreplaceable. Enjoy life while you can.

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Thanks for this. Don't blink as they say. Over whiskey with friends the other night lamented that last year I went to twice as many funerals as weddings. On a 2-5-10 year plan
now. Had breakfast with my Dad yesterday morning and he chewed me about my relentless schedule. He was right as usual. His Dad was VP of sales for South Bend Tackle and then Penn
back in the 50's and 60's and 70's, Grandpa dragged me ALL over the place teaching me to fish and wingshoot. His favorite drinking buddy was a guy named Curt Gowdy who had a TV show
called American Sportsman for a time. Obviously he was able to mix business with pleasure in his career which I could only dream of. Time to realize some dreams.

Thanks for sharing, need these reminders.
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What a great thread. I recently turned 53, and me and the wife will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary next week. I work in a hospital and encounter a lot of sick and dying people. Gives you perspective.
I used to obsess over money, retirement accounts, investing, etc. Was constantly worried about things and didn't allow myself a lot of hobbies or pleasures in life because I thought I couldn't afford them, or that it would hurt my retirement income.

When I got into boating, fishing, and diving about 9 years ago, things started to change.

Something I have been doing for 5 years now has really driven home to me how little time we really have. I calculated, based on average life expectancy, just how many weekends I had left. I counted out that number of marbles (can use anything really) and put them in a jar that I keep on my desk with my computer - I see it every day.

Each weekend I take one marble out and throw it away. I see EVERY time I look at that jar just how many weekends I approximately have left. When I first started doing that it seemed like the level never changed, but now I'm seeing more empty up top and less marbles left in the jar. It makes me much more likely to DO SOMETHING with that dwindling time each weekend. I don't take as much overtime anymore, or call. I get off my ass and go out fishing or diving more than I used to. I enjoy the times out there and no longer look at each trip as work (feeling I MUST bring home a full cooler of fish, etc.)

I'm also a lot more selective in who comes along with me. Life is too short to have to deal with idiots and a**holes.

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