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Old 09-03-2015, 02:50 PM
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Having a boat/using the boat is starting to feel like a job rather than being fun... Upkeep, cleaning, keeping tackle working, fixing the trailer, pumps, wiring, waxing... 30 of my 43 years as a boat owner, now boating year round, 4-6x per month min...

12 hour fishin trips with hours of prep and hours of cleanup...

Never thought I would say it, I don't even want to look at one now... For a while that is.
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I get it occasionally, but the season is short. By late October with the weather getting cold I'm usually tired of it (and then get depressed when I winterize the engines).

You don't have to fish that hard....I did in July, got tired. Just cruised and took it easy, recharged abd got the boat super clean...3rd weekend of fishing coming up
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I get it occasionally, but the season is short. By late October with the weather getting cold I'm usually tired of it (and then get depressed when I winterize the engines).

You don't have to fish that hard....I did in July, got tired. Just cruised and took it easy, recharged abd got the boat super clean...3rd weekend of fishing coming up
2/3 isn't fishing. Sandbar, beaches, trip to the lake, cocktail cruise - I don't want to do any of it for a bit. At the same time, I can't stand having the boat sit idle. Makes us feel like we have to use it...
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Yep, have it now. Havent used my boat most of the summer and not really looking forward to the fall bite.
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I am. Seems to be a big hassle this year. Been woodworking a lot lately. Love it. Still love to fish and will probably go out more this fall. Might just be the oppressive heat.
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:30 PM
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for the first time i did this year.. im getting the boat shrinkwrapped on monday 7 weeks before end of season.. want to focus on other things
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Hunting season and college football never get here too early, I will say that.

The grass is always greener

When its cold as a witches titty in February I dream of sweating my balls off in July 50 miles offshore with nary a breeze
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:37 PM
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I wrestle with it a lot. It seems it's always a struggle to get the wife/family to come out. When they do agree it's on the condition that I do everything. Stock the boat with food, drinks, towels, fuel it up, open it up, cushions chairs all set up, drive, anchor, clean up, bag the trash, drop them off at the dock, moor it, close it up, dinhgy bak to shore...............But when I am able to I take it out myself and it's all ok. It's a tough call sometimes, keep or sell......
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:43 PM
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By the end of the season I'm a bit burnt. I slipped this year which had made a huge difference. No ramps, towing, trailer issues, etc just hop in and go.

With that said when it's paid off the wife and myself may get a mountain house for the next toy and try that.
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I did. I sold my last boat because of financial reasons and wished I never sold it.

I didn't know what to do with myself after it was gone. As time goes by I don't miss it, the maintenance, the cost, the amount of time a fishing trip takes up as much.

In spite of it all, I have kept up with THT because I like talking about boats and fishing even though I don't own one.
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yea 16 yrs same marina big money for a slip seems like I need a change
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Yup, I get burned out every summer. Summe ris real short up here, work a full time job and run charters semi full time puts a whoopin on me. I fly out for a remote Mountain goat hunt tomorrow, fall is hunting season. Everything I chase up here, goats, brown bears, deer, I know for a fact I'll be camping on the mountain, sitting in front of my floorless 5 man tent sipping a cup of something hot, watching the ocean from way above on a sunny day and dreaming of big king salmon. But I'lls till be fishing every night after work when I'm not hunting all through the fall and winter, winter is the best. No crowds, no charters really, just me, the pup and big king salmon.
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Old 09-03-2015, 04:19 PM
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I never pulled the wrap off my boat this year, and I'm surprisingly OK with it.

Boat is 75 miles away from my full-time home, and prepping the boat LATE after driving down on Friday night to be ready for Saturday morning is tough. Scrubbing and covering the boat in the dark on Sunday night does wear on me. Toss in the fact that the boat is 20 years old and needs a repower soon, it becomes a financial stress too.

I've toyed with selling it and getting an old car or something like that, but I love fishing too much. I think if I lived on the Cape full time it would be a lot better.
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Since I screwed my spine up a few years ago I now try and pick my days when I won't get pounded. This with the sucky fishing here around Morehead City has kept my boat on the trailer for most of this year.
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On weeks we were home I coached summer track Mon, Wed & Friday evenings. I ran charter trips Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday Mornings after my real job. I am ready for a break now that school has started up. I will likely follow my kids school activities more for the next two months with only a couple of trips and hit it hard in the fall again.

Only good thing was I hired my son all summer to keep the boat relatively clean and organized between trips.
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I keep the boat in April till Thanksgiving and by then Im happy to put it away after fall run stripers. I do look forward to the change of seasons , Holidays and just throwing another log on the fire. After the holidays I dream about getting the boat back in come spring and, like the previous poster, picture those hot days on the ocean while the snow is blowing outside. Its a cycle but its all good.
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Y'all wash your mouths out with soap!

The hardest thing for me is covering my boat. I need a forklift for the sunbrella cover. We have a good mix between fishing and pleasure boating. This weekend is 3 days of sun, fun, family, dogs and friends.
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Originally Posted by LODI QUACKER View Post
Yep, have it now. Havent used my boat most of the summer and not really looking forward to the fall bite.

This is me, wife won't help like she used to, son leaves right after the boating and Im stuck with clean up (19 ft trailer boat) .
I know what you feel. maybe I will feel better next year.
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Probably just need to scale back some. Been doing all year round for 5 years now, that winter layup was both hated and needed I guess.
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maybe the answer is a jon boat with a 15 hp motor
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