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Old 03-14-2019, 05:50 PM
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Just pulled the trigger on a "vacation house" on the Huron river. Our place is down near Rt 2 bridge. What size boat can we keep down there that is small enough to keep docked there yet big enough to have out on the lake if things get a little rough? FYI, know nothing about boats or boating, but do plan on taking a course and such to get my feet wet
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:50 AM
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If you are North of the Route 2 bridge your limitation on the upper end will be how much dock space / sea wall space you have at your property. If you go smaller than 20' odds are pretty high that you will be buying a bigger boat within a year or two. 22-25' would be a good size range to consider. Answer on what is ideal depends on how you intend to use the boat - fishing, pleasure cruising, pulling tubes / water sports, going to the swim hole / beach, running to the islands / Vermilion, or more just in the river, and and how many people you will have in the boat most of the time. It might be hard for you to answer these questions since you haven't owned a boat previously but let us know a little more about what you have in mind and you will receive better guidance.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:50 AM
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The dock is pretty long, 30 ft. I was more worried about draft and whether an inboard is possible just to open up more options. Have been told silt, at least near my dock, can be pretty deep so maybe an engine that can be trimmed is best?. Use will mostly be pleasure/cruising to the islands, the bay, the river...tube pulling (have 3 kids) and occasional fishing (I dont fish but one child loves it). Would want to fit at least 6, possibly up to 10 but guessing that is getting high on occupancy. While we are at it, what is best way to learn to boat? Are there courses up there?
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:28 PM
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Do a search for the nearest US power Squadron and take their safe boating course. Would also be in your best interest to join one of the squadrond so you can take additional courses.
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:46 AM
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A deck boat is ideal for you if prefer a large and spacious deck area for cruising , but prefer a v-shape hull. These boats come in sizes varying from 12 to 30 feet and range in price from $15,000 to over $100,000.
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:14 AM
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I lived on Wheeler drive for a few years and kept a 29' Sea Ray at the house among a few other boats through the years. The neighbor had a 38' Chris Craft with inboards. Until fall there was always plenty of water to get in and out, and that's when the water levels were much lower than now. I can't answer about the water level at your specific dock though. Are you on the island? There's a pretty specific route from getting from the canals to the river. It's not marked.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:47 PM
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I have been boating in Huron for almost 35 years. I been on everything from a 18' bow rider to a 43' cruiser. Like people have said, the type and size of boat all depends on what you want to do. I would say anything over 21' is enough to enjoy the lake and still be able to handle Lake Erie chop with ease. If you have a questions about boating around that area, go to Huron Lagoons Marina. They are just up the river from you. Everyone there is great and super helpful. They also have a decent selection of pre-owned boats and are a Century dealer. They can help you find something that will suit your needs. For boating on the Huron River, you can go all the way down past the camp grounds before you start needing to pay attention to depth. Definitely talk to folks at Huron Lagoons before you explore the river on your own. If you don't know how to follow the river you can very quickly run into under a foot of water. Don't ask me how I know. Huron Lagoons used to offer rides down the river to new boat owners so they can learn how to navigate the proper route. I am not sure if they still do this or not. Also, when going through the channel by all the houses, make sure you stay close the walls. It can get really shallow in there. Also, after heavy rains and bad storms there is usually quite a bit of debris floating down the river and you have to be careful for submerged logs. Hope this helps and welcome to the area. It is a great place. Make sure to stop by the Sand Bar down by Nickle Plate beach. Best Perch Sandwich around. Hell, you will probably find me hanging out at the bar on the weekends.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:01 PM
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Thanks for all replies, know it has been a while. What about a tritoon? Neighbors have already explained where to go and not go on the river...and are also offering boat possibilities
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IMO, pontoons are not designed for what Lake Erie can dish out. You may be ok on a good day but what if you are several miles out and it kicks up in a hurry? I've seen it go from flat to 3-4 footers in a half hour
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
IMO, pontoons are not designed for what Lake Erie can dish out. You may be ok on a good day but what if you are several miles out and it kicks up in a hurry? I've seen it go from flat to 3-4 footers in a half hour
from my research, tritoons (not pontoon) can handle those types of conditions better?
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by huronnewbie View Post
from my research, tritoons (not pontoon) can handle those types of conditions better?
Tritoons can smooth out a ride but they don't make a pontoon boat into a Lake Erie boat , IMO. Again maybe on flat days but those can be far and few between. I just don't see a 'toon holding up to the constant stress that Lake Erie will put on a boat. Again, just my opinion.
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