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Old 01-17-2016, 07:54 AM
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Default any ex racers (cars bikes whatever) just quit racing and go all boating

Contemplating selling the racing operation, i race SCCA club and majors, upgrade the boat and enjoy life. Problem is will boating give me the satisfaction racing does. Anyone go cold turkey and give it up or just do track days or have a nice street car.

I know in the end its all up to the person but racers are racers and just looking for opinions or real life experiences.
Old 01-17-2016, 07:57 AM
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I started autocrossing an MGA when I was in high school. That evovled into a Bsports TR8 in the 80's

I'm 68 now and just last year joined my son at Sebring and Daytona racing his MR2..

I don't think the "thrill of victory" will ever leave your system. And I dont think boating will ever give you the same feelings you have when you are on the track.

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I raced AMA motocross and TT events in the 70's and 80's . Quit when I got married and bought a house. Started drag racing in 1997 and raced competitively until 2007. Now my hobby is fishing, boating and shooting. I REALLY miss the drag racing. Not so much the bikes because I gave it up so long ago. Also IMO motocross is a young mans sport. I know they have senior divisions but I'm not interested. I have a little fear these days and didn't back then. Memories
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I have drag raced motorcycles for a little over 20 years and have had the same thought in the last few years. I still have some goals to achieve in the sport, but I think the day will come when I turn my race program into a fishing/boating program.
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This is a funny thread because I had ran across this dilemma last year. I've been doing sportbike trackdays in CT, NJ and some Loudon (NH) for the past 5 years. I was a diehard trackday guy and every year did about 10 dates or so (if not more). I have everything: The dedicated track only bike, the gear, tools, enclosed camping trailer, yada, yada, yada....
Then last year I bought my boat and fell in love with being on the water. Lol. I think I did like 4 trackdays in TOTAL last year...

This year I'm not sure what's gonna happen. I'm already looking at bigger boats and I have more of a "pull" towards boating rather than motorcycle stuff. I don't think I quit track riding altogether but it's definitely on the back burner.

PS: I know trackdays are NOT racing but I still put in the same amount of time, effort and MONEY as racing. LOL
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was a drag racer from as far a I can remember... family did it when I was a kid and I did it before I had a license. it was basically my life...

had a cousin take me out shark fishing on his boat and I was hooked..... he basically took me out every weekend for a summer... my neighbors at the time were costguard and coast guard aux.. one was a commercial crabber and a now good friend is a sport fish cptn.. they all basically took me under their wings honestly can say I havnt looked back much..

I do get the car bug.. but the community is toxic... sure event days are fun and you do make friends but its competition.. most of the guys are builing or trying to build pipe dreams.. I can go slow troll flounder fishing or get on a sporty for tourney fun and enjoy both days more.. heck I can get on the boat and burn fuel and have a better time now than sitting at a race track..

I still do frequent drag,drift, events and get my hands dirty and help out.. I do enjoy it but the satisfaction is just not the same. most of my friends are still in the carstuff so I get to drive them every once in a while.. they have me trailer them to events sometimes or just bring me along to cook and well I get my fix...
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My son and I raced waverunners till 2005. 20 weekends a year. When he quit I also gave it up. To be honest what I missed most were the people that traveled the circuit. Racers have a different personality. Moved to track days on bikes did that for 5 years but I'm unable to tone it down on the track. After my last crash which took me forever to heal. My first time back on the bike a friend crashed right in front of me on a big sweeper turn at about 120-130. When the helicopter was taking him away I decided I've had enough. Sold everthing. 2010 on its all boats it's a different adventure but just as good.
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For me, the thing that the two have in common is the tinkering, tuning, and maintenance part. For the rest, high performance cars is more about adrenaline, while boating is more about relaxing. Even driving a fast boat fast is relaxing to me......driving a fast car fast (on a track only, of course) is all adrenaline....


(not a racer, but fast cars and HPDE's are among my "hobbies.")
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Thanks for the replies, i have drag race a nhra stock elim car, raced karts, rode motocross (no racing), and race a car now. i am a junkie when it comes to racing or fast machines.I always wanted to try a motorcycle track day as well. HPDE or Racing, its all the same to me as far as the needle in the arm lol. I love being on the boat, its fun and with the family. Lately the 3 or 4 day racing days away from the family or the hustle to get there may be taking a toll on me. Thanks again!
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Started out in all this as a boat racer, and have done the pleasure boat thing as both a hobby, and a career.

Boating is fun, but if you've ever been serious about racing I don't think you ever get it out of your system. It's part of who you are. Most of the oldest friends I have are racing people spread all over the country.

I consider myself only temporarily on the beach. There are some competitive years to come.

Or as a racing friend from Sweden says . . . . "Better a racer for a short time, than a Spectator for a Lifetime!"
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I have 3 MX bikes and used to goto the track 2X week then after too many injuries, plates, rods and surgeries (I'm in my 40's), I switched to car racing for the safety (dedicated Porsche track car and Ferrari street car that I track 2X month), and I love it. I have a YF42 with trip 350's but it is not the same as racing. I've got another YF 42 with quad 400's on order but even with 1600hp on a CC it will never be the same as going 160mph down the back stretch of Sebring into the hair pin at turn 17. They are both hobbies that take a bunch of time but they hit different aspects.

Short answer is no a boat will not be a replacement.
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And that is my problem, im afraid just boating will be great for a little while but then i will want to get back on the track. I dont need to sell my race car so i can always lower my races and see how it goes.
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Raced "something " all my life off and on.
Bmx as a kid, then MX, ATV late teens thru twenties off and on.
Drag cars and bikes ( street cars and bikes )mid to late twenties.

Built a offshore race boat and assembled a team in my early thirties but the money and travel time ended up being a deal breaker for that so the boat was sold off.

I've owned a boat thru my mid twenties and owned two at one point ( race and pleasure )

Boating / fishing has slowly began to push other activities to the side and I definitely have more free cash when focusing on only one hobby but....... I still feel the itch to race MX woods races from time to time or just to complete in something in general.
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I currently race a mustang with NASA. I'm the class record holder at VIR, and the 2015 national champion in class. I'm 44 and got into road racing 6 years ago when a couple of my boating buddies who raced asked me to come try an HPDE weekend.

My family has had boats since I was born. Got married at 21 and we bought our first boat about 10 months later. Cruisers, ski boats, cigarette boats, and center consoles.....14 so far.

Boating is fun, the people are great and the family can easily come along. However, running a 100 mph boat and even organizing and running a 120 boat poker runs/parties still did not provide the thrill of competition that gets in your blood. I had never raced but found the thrill something unlike boating.

Today, I do both. Sold the 6 figure cigarette boat and bought a simple CC. I W2W race a cheaper class where I can afford for either to sit un-used. Assuming the thrill of competition is what really drives you then boating only won't provide that. When you find yourself enjoying a race where you AREN'T competitive, only then are you ready to walk away.
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I raced motocross and supercross as an amateur for many years. There came a point where the risk(getting injured and losing my job)/reward(having fun doing it) ratio wasn't good enough to keep doing it. For most of us we need to grow up and move on, only the lucky ones get to do it for life.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick;8618428

I'm 68 now .. [COLOR="Red"
You guy buddy. [/COLOR]

I don't think the "thrill of victory" will ever leave your system. And I dont think boating will ever give you the same feelings you have when you are on the track.
Very well said.

Helps if the boat you have will run 75 though.

Pontoon Bass Boat and the 240" rear end dragster.

There may come a day when I have to sell one or more of them but that day is not in sight yet.

You can however lose interest in something. I lost interest in the 31 Fountain dew to catch limitations, and the time I took to bring it back, clean it and the fish, put the cover on it, ended up being after midnight most of the time with me having to get up for work at 4 in the morning to make Winston Salem by 9 am.
Actually changed jobs because of it.

Just be careful. You know the money we have in those things that we can never replace if we decided it was a bad move and want to get back in it.
Once its gone, its gone.
I didn't race must at all this year. Drove someone else's dragster more than mine. Missed it. Did the winter cleaning of the trailer today, getting ready for spring season.

Totally up to you.
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Did the boat racing for 18 years, then made a clean break from it. Loved the competition, traveling, seeing the same competitors every race, and also had the privelege of racing against my brother for a good part of that time in the same class. I have twin boys and when they turned 4, it was time to get my priorities in line. Sold the boat to a guy up in Canada; he actually picked it up on their birthday. I was fortunate to be able to go out at the top of my game, so that may have made it a little easier.

Did I miss it back then ( 2000), yes. Even today, I have wondered what it would be like to climb back into the cockpit and make a couple of hot laps, feeling that acceleration and pulling g's in a hard turn. As others have said, if your are/were a true competitor, that pull and love for your sport is always there.

When I sold the race boat, I was back on the water fishing. Still boating, just at half the speed, plus able to do it with friends and family on the boat with me. Even though there were lots of good memories while racing, I have as many on my Robalo with others that I will never forget!
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I had the fever bad and was struggling with the high cost of tires, engines and transport with a young family. We had a lot of fun with my AH Sprite with a Mazda rotary in SCCA solo II until my buddy was killed in a senseless robbery. Our last race together was my last, I sold the rig and walked away from it all and started boating. Boating is cheaper if you are satisfied to do your own thing and not keep up with the Jones.
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Our first boat was a function of me selling my ITA miata that I ran in SCCA club racing. I had been running IT cars since '96. Because I work in motorsports, the relaxation factor of club racing started to fade, and when I got a VERY good offer on my car, I took it and bought the Key West which was a game changer for us. I still do the occasional track day with buddies, but the competition itch gets scratched when I'm working.
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I started racing karts when I was 9 years old. I built an ITS car when I was 15 with my father. Got SCCA license at 16. Raced SCCA, Grand-am Cup, World Challenge, and Grand-am Rolex/IMSA GT cars. I literally raced everything from Mazda's to Ferrari's, Porsche, Lamborghini's and Prototypes.

I quit "cold-turkey" in 2006 and bought a boat. Racing was fun but at the level I began to compete it was stressful, completely life consuming, and no longer fun. I decided to take a break.

I got married, had two kids, and we enjoy the boat tremendously. Racing is addictive and I have transferred that addiction to boating. I probably spend too much time on the water and/or tinkering with the boat. Actually, I own two boats. One skiff and one offshore vessel. The family can enjoy the boating where the racetrack isn't as fun for my wife and daughter(s).

I still keep my feet in racing and work as a fly-in crew member some weekends in the IMSA series. I run a few track days per year, still do some private driver/race coaching, and will run an SCCA race every now and then. I don't think the racer in me will ever go away. There is a lot about racing that I miss. The boat brings me equal happiness and I find it an awful lot less stressful and much more relaxing than any day at the track.

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