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Old 04-22-2007, 08:09 PM
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Hello there

Where to begin? I'll just dive right in, I guess.

I'm from Indiana, and have never owned a boat in my life, don't know hardly anything about them. My in-laws have two boats (a bass boat and a pontoon boat) which I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time on.

I am married, have two dogs, no kids, and my day job is a website designer and photographer. I love graphic design, photography, bird watching, cycling, dog training (obedience, rally, flyball, & therapy work), and I enjoy the heck out of just sitting near (or in) a body of water all weekend long.

I'm finding it somewhat challenging to locate websites where folks who are new to boating can read information. So I've come here to see if you all might have recommendations on websites to read (or books) or would be willing to offer your advice for a first-time boat buyer. By the same token, if you have questions on web design, dog training, or photography, those are my three favorite subjects and I will be happy to share information with you, in exchange for your boat knowledge.

I am happy to elaborate on exactly what I plan to do with the boat, where I plan to use it, etc etc, but didn't know if this was the right place for that.

Thanks for reading, & looking forward to learning about boating.
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:21 PM
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I would start with www.TrailerBoats.com and look in the forums of some of the boating and fishing magazines.

However, by all means, ask questions here and search for and read topics of interest here as well.
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Welcome. All questions you have will be answered in the boating forum buy some very very knowledgeable guys. Sounds like you share the love for water like the rest of us.
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Also, welcome and ask boating questions on the main Boating forum.
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:53 PM
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Welcome to THT. As others have said the boating forum has a wealth of information. If you want a place to just browse to further educate yourself on boat buying, boater education and things of that nature, try: http://www.boatus.com

There are pull down menus at the top.

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Old 04-22-2007, 09:59 PM
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Thanks all, for the welcome I am sure I will learn a lot here. So the Boating forum is the place to go, to ask questions? Even for really simple-newbie questions? I was thinking perhaps I might do some explaining of what I want to do with a boat, and folks might throw some suggestions at me, for what kind of boat to buy. That's mainly what I'm looking for.

Thanks again - appreciate the help very much.
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Old 04-22-2007, 10:57 PM
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hey c-dog!


I would suggest you sit back and wathc the forum for a bit before jumping in too much. IF you are wanting to be in your own boat this season, spend a LOT of time watching the main boating forum. If this season is an issue, then take your time.

Some folks here are a bit pointed in there responses, so make sure you listen to everyone, not just a couple of blowhards especially if you are asking about Bayliners or some other boat that isn't "worthy" of talking about.
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redneck joe - 4/22/2007 11:57 PM

Bayliners or some other boat that isn't "worthy" of talking about.
They may not be worthy, but they sure are fun to bash.

Sorry Joe, I couldn't help it.


Anyway, you can find out tons of info here from alot of guys. Not just about boats either. You have questions about ANYTHING, people will always chime in. You won't find a nicer bunch of people. Don't take things to heart though. Some guys tell it like it is, or how they like it to be. Any questions, fire away and welcome.

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chrisndogs, WELCOME , THT is the place to be .

There are a bunch of great guy's here and a wealth of info.

Our vendors on this site do have some great deals .

I lived in Jasper Indiana for 5years in the 70's , where are ya at in the state. we still have good friends and family in the area.

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Old 04-23-2007, 12:21 AM
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howdy, come on in! great info and folks here. keep your life preserver and sense of humor with you at all times and enjoy the ride.
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Old 04-23-2007, 07:50 AM
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welder - 4/22/2007 11:48 PM


I lived in Jasper Indiana for 5years in the 70's , where are ya at in the state. we still have good friends and family in the area.

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Hi Lester, & thanks for the welcome

We are in the Muncie, IN area. Pretty far from Jasper! Bet it's a pretty area, though.
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Old 04-23-2007, 07:52 AM
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Thanks all I have been on many forums & have developed fairly thick skin... so hopefully that will be good enough to work here! I certainly have some n00b questions.
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Hey chrisndogs, if you like 'Bird watchin' your in the right place.

No offense, but you'll do better here than on the BoatUS site. Too much "expert" advice on that one.

I for one would be happy to help you in any way I can, but my suggestion is to find somebody in the real world to show you the ropes as opposed to getting info on the internet. What's wrong with learning from your inlaws? No doubt there are some very knowledgable folks on here, but you never know who you're taking to or if their info is just second hand stuff they got off the internet themselves on other forums. TRUST ME, that happens!

If you don't have friends who own boats there, just load up a cooler full of beer and head for the nearest boat ramp or marina and enlist the services of someone who has the type of boat you are interested in. There is always the option of just going to a boat dealership and telling them your situation. You don't plan to test drive a boat on the internet do you?

Good luck!
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LOL, TN Freebird

I actually do plan on spending some more time with the inlaws this year and hopefully gaining some of their knowledge. They are nice folks, so it will be a pleasant time. I just like gathering lots of information. So I figured I'd get more than one source of info. I haven't even figured out what kind of boat would be best for us, yet. I just know I want to be on the water!

I'm trying not to hurry the decision though. In fact, I somewhat doubt we will have our boat until NEXT season. But you never know.
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redneck joe - 4/22/2007 9:57 PM

hey c-dog!


not just a couple of blowhards

There you go again Joe, banging yer own drum


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chrisndogs to THT!

Boy Muncie doesn't appear to have a lot of water around it, would you be boating over by New Burlington or traveling north?

I'm certain in a very short time you'll get a handle on the people who are the True blowhards here and who are not........throw what is garbage into the garbage can where it belongs and save what you feel pertains to you....your list should develop quiet quickly! THT is like your one stop shopping center. Oh, and never trust anyone on here that says, "TRUST ME" that will be your downfall!

The first two things you’ll need to know is where you want to boat and what type of boating you’ll want to be doing.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:12 AM
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Thanks for the welcome, Garett!

You are indeedy correct- there isn't a lot of water around Muncie. However, the reservoir here is pretty nice and that's where we mainly thought we would be using the boat. It's called Prairie Creek Reservoir and seems to be a well-maintained place. However, we go on vacation to Michigan almost every year, and usually rent a house or condo on a lake. Taking the boat with us is something we might consider doing, so we are pretty sure we want a trailerable boat. Plus, there are other lakes around Indiana that we would like to visit.

I'll just put a little starter info here...

Where I want to boat: Primarily Prairie Creek Reservoir, a 1,252 acre stream-fed lake, and other small lakes around Indiana. (I would love to boat on the Great Lakes someday, but I think for starters, I will stay in the smaller lakes.) May consider taking the boat with me on vacations, so would like it to be easily trailerable. It would be awesome if I could trailer it with my small car, but I also have a van I could trailer it with.

What kind of boating do I want to do? Mostly hanging out with some snacks and drinks, casual puttering, sun-tanning, occasional fishing, and just general exploration of small to medium sized lakes.

Don't necessarily need a lot of speed.

Definitely want a boat that is capable of accepting a bimini top or some other shading device.

Don't necessarily need the ability to spend the night in it. It might be cool, but given my budget constraints, I think it's best to stay simple at this point.

I'm leaning toward an outboard motor at this point, since it seems more easily serviceable.


Is that a good start? What else should I be thinking of? All help is appreciated very much!
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Snapper Head - 4/24/2007 12:06 AM

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chrisndogs,

Yes that's a good start! IMO an outboard is the way to go for the smaller lakes - it has the ability to kick up when you hit something hard on the bottom.......this can save you a LOT of money......believe me you don't want to experience how much it cost to hit bottom with an I/O drive, I just finished shelling out over 4k.

I guess the next thing you will need to answer is, "how many people would you expect to be on board at a given time? How many of those people will be adults and how many will be children?" I know you've mentioned that you would like to be able to trailer the boat, but if you are planning on a regular bases for 6 to 8 adults you best start thinking about buying a tow vehicle because your boat will have to b big enough to legally accommodate the weight of that many adults. But if by in large it is only going to be the two of you with the occasional two other adults then there is nothing wrong with a 16 - 18' bow rider w/ a 70 - 90 hp (that of coarse is only a suggestion).
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Funny you should mention a bowrider, because that was definitely near the top of my list. The other boat I like quite a bit is a pontoon boat, but I would probably have to get a bigger vehicle for that, eh?

Hmm.... how many people on the boat.... Well, how much do dogs count for? The most there would ever be on the boat would be 4 adults and two dogs. And honestly, 90% of the time, it's probably just going to be two people and two dogs. (60 pound dogs).

I've been poking through craigslist and boattraderonline.com. Anyplace else good that I might look? I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with a used one. Any brand recommendations? If boats are anything like cars, I'm sure the opinions are quite varied on this So maybe I should ask a different way... Are there any brands you should absolutely avoid like the plague? What is this whole thing with Bayliner? LOL .... I do see a lot of those for sale.
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