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Old 02-02-2005, 09:31 AM
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Ok I guess pretty much everyone's got a boat. By some of you're screen names ( kingair, skylane182, maybe wharthog ) a few of you ( me too ) fly airplanes. I'll bet there's some golfers out there. Just curious, what other novel ways do we unload a great deal of our dollars?

Admirals and cabin boys/girls don't count...............
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Skiing and Golf are right up there for me.
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Old 02-02-2005, 09:48 AM
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Skiing was tough for a while and then Mt Sunapee went with color coded tickets. We were environmentally aware and recycled the tickets. All through college I had 5 or 6 of every color they used.
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Cycling (Mtn. and Road), photography, shooting the occasional bird (ducks, doves)...besides the boat and keeping the admiral happy,that is pretty much it.

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Snowmobiling takes care of my money during the winter. Matter of fact, I just seized my '84 Phazer the other night in the middle of the woods Oh well, you want to play, you gotta pay

I used to ski a lot until I started snowmobiling. Now I'm lucky if I ski once a year, lol.

Used to be big into Jeep CJ's but that has fallen by the wayside except for parting out junks on eBay to fund my fishing/snowmobiling habits. Someday I may get another one.
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Old 02-02-2005, 09:59 AM
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Harley Davidsons

Shooting clay targets

Are eating and drinking considered hobbies?



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Old 02-02-2005, 10:03 AM
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Hunting mostly. Down here in the Florida panhandle , we can hunt in the morning, then take the boat out and fish in the afternoon.
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Golf & nitro powered RC cars. Although, since our son was born two years ago and since I bought the boat, I haven't had too much time to play with the cars. Before Derrick and the boat, it would drive my wife nuts how much $$ I would spend on my cars. The 3.5 cc JP Black motors that I use in my on-road cars cost about $700.00, put out over 3 hp @ 35,000 rpm's and need to have the connecting rod, piston and sleeve replaced after 20 hours use, max. Then there are tires ($50 per set, fuel ($35 / gallon), bodies ($40 including paint) servos ($50 +) , etc. THEY SURE ARE FUN THOUGH!!!

I've got one car that does 100 mph and SCREAMS like a raped banshee!
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Onemore, There was a link on tht a month or so ago of an rc boat that went like hell. Do they use those engines on them too?
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groceries, house payments, phone bills, gas, heat etc.
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:40 AM
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Harley's, Jet ski, and trying to turn my diesel truck into a 500hp daily driver. Crurently at 395 by last dyno run.
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geminiII - 2/2/2005 10:10 AM Onemore, There was a link on tht a month or so ago of an rc boat that went like hell. Do they use those engines on them too?
Yes they do on the smaller boats (38" and less). Same motor but with a water cooled head. From 40" and up most people use 25 cc Zenoah's (weed eater engine). If you're talking racing, then most guy's go for the Hanson Quick Draw motors which are INSANE! A lot of the europeans like the MHZ nitro engines which come in single, twin, triple and even V6 versions!
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:54 AM
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geminiII - 2/2/2005 10:10 AM Onemore, There was a link on tht a month or so ago of an rc boat that went like hell. Do they use those engines on them too?
Yes they do on the smaller boats (38" and less). Same motor but with a water cooled head. From 40" and up most people use 25 cc Zenoah's (weed eater engine). If you're talking racing, then most guy's go for the Hanson Quick Draw motors which are INSANE! A lot of the europeans like the MHZ nitro engines which come in single, twin, triple and even V6 versions!
That boat was ELECTRIC. Believe it or not, electric motors will win over Gas in almost every case in 10th scale. 1/8 scale, there are no real electrics and the ones that exist are limited by batteries. The deal with Gas is the ability to refuel and race for 45 minutes. Look at lap times for a big event and electric is almost always waaay quicker.

Electric motors make max torque at zero RPM, so at the hit of the throttle, the electric takes off, the gas motors spools up, engages the clutch and starts to move. Also acceleration out of every corner is normally where an electric shines.
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Old 02-02-2005, 11:12 AM
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Skiing and Bird Hunting. Bird Hunting is relatively cheap as I live right near a state stocked WMA.

$67 for a ONE DAY lift tick at Mt. snow last weekend. Ouch. How do people take the whole family?
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Wife!! House renovating, Hunting, photography pretty much in that order.
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Building PCs and running an on line Gaming Clan.
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Old 02-02-2005, 11:25 AM
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Boating and flying are the most expensive ones for me. You think boat parts are expensive...try buying parts for an airplane. And unless you're an A&P you have to pay one of them to put it on.

Started the expensive hobbies by racing dirtbikes when I was around 13...at about 17 started to race jet-skis. No more racing but they don't seem as expensive any more.
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Old 02-02-2005, 11:38 AM
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Target pistols are eating away some coins. Pardini and a new SW 41. Both have Aimpoints. Currently looking at a Walther GSP. If I get into the center fire summer league, god only knows what that will cost. My woodworking shop chopped up a few $$$. Fishing reels and rods too but that I can toss in with boating. Hunting gear is growing but I'm pretty set unless I put on a few pounds. Snowmobiling is 2nd to boating as the most expensive thing I do. A new sled for next year will be just North of 10K.
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Somethin-Fishey - 2/2/2005 10:54 AM
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geminiII - 2/2/2005 10:10 AM Onemore, There was a link on tht a month or so ago of an rc boat that went like hell. Do they use those engines on them too?
Yes they do on the smaller boats (38" and less). Same motor but with a water cooled head. From 40" and up most people use 25 cc Zenoah's (weed eater engine). If you're talking racing, then most guy's go for the Hanson Quick Draw motors which are INSANE! A lot of the europeans like the MHZ nitro engines which come in single, twin, triple and even V6 versions!
That boat was ELECTRIC. Believe it or not, electric motors will win over Gas in almost every case in 10th scale. 1/8 scale, there are no real electrics and the ones that exist are limited by batteries. The deal with Gas is the ability to refuel and race for 45 minutes. Look at lap times for a big event and electric is almost always waaay quicker. Electric motors make max torque at zero RPM, so at the hit of the throttle, the electric takes off, the gas motors spools up, engages the clutch and starts to move. Also acceleration out of every corner is normally where an electric shines.
I thought he was talking about the pic of the boat that I posted here (Off Shore Cat). Not the electric Rigger at the lake. You are correct in your electric vs. gas comaprison except gas/nitro race boats don't use clutches. Most people only use a clutch for the safety factor.
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Well let’s see now…….Fishing, Hunting, Skeet Shooting, Sporting Clays, Trap, Metallic Silhouette, Reloading (to support all of the shooting) making knives, golfing, Inventing (complete with prototypes) and Official Taste Taster for Anheiser Busch. Other than those I just sit around and twiddle my thumbs……
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