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Bamby
06-27-2013, 05:15 PM
Well we've spent the last four weekends on the boat this year far short of what we'd would have normally logged due the sorry spring weather we've experienced here.

Anyway we've been boating in the same area with the same boat now going on five years. Yet there are still folks who desire to tour or see the interior of our little houseboat. I actually thought the newness would have gone away some time ago myself but there always seems to be somebody new standing on the sandbar asking about our boat.

Of course we always invite them in and give them the general tour, after all it's a great way to meet new people and share our common love of the water and boating. And in the past it was us after all when we were thinking about breaking into houseboating ourselves. I'll never forget the pride of some of those folks pointing out some of the work or features they've done to their boats that made there boat uniquely theirs. And I attempt to carry on the same generous traditions as others have showed me. Anyway it's always fun to talk to others who'd also like to have their very own island on a waterway somewhere. :)

Now on to being waked by cabin cruisers... :mad: I hate cabin cruisers I'd sink every last one if I thought I could possibly get away with it. I'm to the point where me and the wife are discussing the possibility of purchasing a Harbor Master we know of for sale just to hunt them down. I'm told that with the twin 454"s it's capable of keeping up with most if not all of them and throws a much larger wake :o . I'd just love to watch them dodge in fear for once but oh well it would cost me $12.500 and a lot of fuel to enjoy such entertainment but it just might be worth the ticket price to enjoy the show...

Tony B
06-27-2013, 05:57 PM
............Now on to being waked by cabin cruisers... :mad: I hate cabin cruisers I'd sink every last one if I thought I could possibly get away with it. I'm to the point where me and the wife are discussing the possibility...to hunt them down... with the twin 454"s it's throws a much larger wake :o . I'd just love to watch them dodge in fear for once but oh well it would cost me $12.500 and a lot of fuel to enjoy such entertainment but it just might be worth the ticket price to enjoy the show...

I know the feeling. In my sailboat it's no big thing while sailing with full sail, but when in the channel and the sails are down, their wake throws everything around. I guess my pointy ended houseboat might qualify as a cabin cruiser with twin 350's and a top speed of about 22 kts, however, it will rarely ever go over 6 - 6.5 kts due to an affordable fuel consumption rate.

On the brighter side, I got a 10% non-refundable deposit on my sailboat with a 90 day closing. After being on the market for a year and price constantly being reduced, it is now a done deal barring any major disasters. But life being what it is, it's not over till the fat lady sings. Hopefully, it will close sooner. The buyer lives in Panama and is moving back to the Houston area to be with his family again. He wanted my boat about 5 years ago when it wasn't for sale. Now he got it.

42gibson
06-28-2013, 03:23 AM
Now on to being waked by cabin cruisers... :mad: I hate cabin cruisers I'd sink every last one if I thought I could possibly get away with it. I'm to the point where me and the wife are discussing the possibility of purchasing a Harbor Master we know of for sale just to hunt them down. I'm told that with the twin 454"s it's capable of keeping up with most if not all of them and throws a much larger wake :o . I'd just love to watch them dodge in fear for once but oh well it would cost me $12.500 and a lot of fuel to enjoy such entertainment but it just might be worth the ticket price to enjoy the show...[/QUOTE]

we have the cabin cruiser and huge performance boats on the ohio as well but unless their in a no wake area they have as much rights to those waters as anyone else.i have a 44 Gibson executive that puts out a pretty good wave at cruising speed, its just the way it is.

Stmbtwle
06-28-2013, 04:02 AM
Yeah the wakes ARE annoying but when it happens, I think about how much it's costing THEM ($$$) to make it. Doesn't solve anything but it makes me feel a little better.

Bamby
06-28-2013, 04:08 AM
Now from what I've experienced there are "Huge" differences in mentality between potential wakemakers. Cabin cruiser owners in general have no consideration or respect what-so-ever of others on the water sharing the resource they simply are "Jerks". They can and do observe us sitting out on the deck of our boat and instead of swinging wide of us to allow the dissipation of their wake if often seems they purposely make adjustments to hit us harder with their wake. Then they're also the ones who are following one another an observe a forward target I've watched them then make throttle adjustments and parallel their boats intentionally putting their target in the middle of the monstrosity of the wakes they're generating as they're passing by. Unfortunately,Yes what they're doing is "Legal" and entertaining for them but it sure isn't fun for boaters like us on the receiving end of their entertainment or fun.

And "Yes" houseboats can also create havoc out on the water. But the reality of it is I've never as of yet seen or experienced a houseboater maximizing the upheaval they could create as they pass by. They've always shown the up-most consideration of others as they have made they're way towards they're destination.

Stmbtwle
06-28-2013, 04:40 AM
The world is full of them.

It's not always possible, but I try to make it a point of anchoring in the shallows, so if they get too close they run aground. THEN the show starts.

GoVols
06-28-2013, 06:48 AM
Memorial Day weekend 2012 the Army Corps had a big steel deep hull twin diesel center console on our lake that was piloted by 3 teenage-looking guys. They were enjoying the lake on the tax payers dollar way too much. At one point, I was headed out to the main channel and was 1/2 mile out of our no wake zone from the marina. Everybody gasses it when they get out of the no wake zone, as did this Army boat. I had my charcoal BBQ going on the upper deck with 14 people sitting on top enjoying the 10mph ride. The Corps boat flies past us on the port side probably 200 yards at full bore. I've never seen a wake like it! I didn't have time to turn into it, so it nailed us broad-side. It rocked us so hard that my giant BBQ grill moved from the starboard rail 8 ft to the center of the boat and back.....TWICE! People sitting on the bar chairs were moved from the center of the boat to the port rail and nearly toppled over the side of the boat! To this day, I have no idea how the galley cabinets stayed closed and nothing broke. The BBQ is now strapped to the starboard rail. To rub salt in the wounds, the little bastards on the Army Corps boat all waved at me as they passed.

Tony B
06-28-2013, 06:59 AM
I might be wrong but I was always under the impression that you are responsible for your own wake.
Doesn't really matter though because the CG wont enforce it.

JTAlberts
06-28-2013, 07:00 AM
Bamby, where do you usually tie up? Are you on the Ohio?

JTAlberts
06-28-2013, 07:31 AM
I dock on the main channel on the ohio. The cruisers from the dock a couple miles south of us are the biggest bunch of hypocrites. They will cuss you up and down for going above idle past their dock. They slow down when passing our dock, but not into idle. They will slow it down enough to just squat the back end down and really push out the rollers. I'd love to be the guy that just blows by in 65 foot houseboat and wash them all up on the shore. However, I am a firm believer in Karma. So I will just have to sit back and wait for them to get theirs.

clarencio5
06-29-2013, 11:41 AM
A wake is a wake is a wake--no matter who makes them. Cruisers are not the only bad guys.
Were you ever going down the river when a towboat pushing 36 barges passes you close to your port side while your starboard side is close to a shallow rocky shore??

Now that's a wake!

When I was at a Marina in Pgh. Pa. there was a BIG boating neighbor of mine that had a small fast runabout tied up to his houseboat. If anyone made a big wake 2 times---he would jump in his speed boat, chase them and beat them up. Not recommended, but it did decrease the number of wakes made near that Marina.

Clarencio

42gibson
06-30-2013, 04:35 AM
flood waters

is everyone being effected by the rising rivers? were at the mouth of the ohio river about a mile up the Muskingum. the river has risen 7 feet and the current was really bad,it took the up river part of the 328 feet of docks and twisted 3" steel pipe that holds them upstream like it was straws. the current finally slowed down when the ohio raised and it didn't have anywhere to go but what a mess. so far there is no flooding but the river is a mess with entire trees floating down river and a stray dock now and then.i looked out the window yesterday to see 15 kayakers going down stream, they just don't realize what the current can do if they fall out.the weather forecast through Saturday next week is daily storms......what a summer.

JTAlberts
06-30-2013, 06:05 AM
flood waters

is everyone being effected by the rising rivers? were at the mouth of the ohio river about a mile up the Muskingum. the river has risen 7 feet and the current was really bad,it took the up river part of the 328 feet of docks and twisted 3" steel pipe that holds them upstream like it was straws. the current finally slowed down when the ohio raised and it didn't have anywhere to go but what a mess. so far there is no flooding but the river is a mess with entire trees floating down river and a stray dock now and then.i looked out the window yesterday to see 15 kayakers going down stream, they just don't realize what the current can do if they fall out.the weather forecast through Saturday next week is daily storms......what a summer.
The water is up but well below flood stage up here. Our docks have been safe so far.

Bamby
06-30-2013, 08:24 AM
Bamby, where do you usually tie up? Are you on the Ohio?

No we aren't on the Ohio River though we have boated on it in the past when we trailered a pontoon boat about everywhere within a 100 miles of Wheeling. We found the Ohio in the Wheeling area anyway to industrialized along it's banks thus by failing to provide any real scenery we desired to view as we were out cruising around on our boat.

We now almost exclusively do all our boating on the Muskingum River (http://www.zeemaps.com/295621/Bamby) and we have moved from a boat club to some private property that belongs to some friends we have made on the river. I constructed our own dock and attached it to their existing docks so we wouldn't be hogging all their docking space. It sure has saved us a lot of hours and gas for our boat vrs. to what we used to rack up docking at the boat club.

Bamby
06-30-2013, 08:44 AM
flood waters

is everyone being effected by the rising rivers? were at the mouth of the ohio river about a mile up the Muskingum. the river has risen 7 feet and the current was really bad,it took the up river part of the 328 feet of docks and twisted 3" steel pipe that holds them upstream like it was straws. the current finally slowed down when the ohio raised and it didn't have anywhere to go but what a mess. so far there is no flooding but the river is a mess with entire trees floating down river and a stray dock now and then.i looked out the window yesterday to see 15 kayakers going down stream, they just don't realize what the current can do if they fall out.the weather forecast through Saturday next week is daily storms......what a summer.

Yep the Muskingum can rise fast and create a lot of havoc and destruction can't it. Some friends called us Friday and essentially told us it wouldn't be worth it to come over this weekend because of the water levels. But it was also nice to hear everything was still safe and sound at our private marina also. I'm guessing you're probably aware of the fact you can somewhat watch water conditions online aren't you? Anyway here's the link to gauge I watch Muskingum River at Zanesville (http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=pbz&gage=zano1) but you may prefer watching the one located downriver at Beverly (http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=rlx&gage=bevo1&hydro_type=0) for where you are docked at.

Bamby
07-02-2013, 05:06 AM
Come on folks I didn't name this the random bill thread for nothing....

How about some suggestions for some easy cold shaker and ice shaken mixed shots for sharing on the sandbar this coming weekend? Our standby buttery nipples is excellent and everyone loves them but Bailie's at 30 a bottle and with the buttershots it is a bit pricy and rich. Rich meaning they actually give me indigestion if I indulge to many of them.

JTAlberts
07-02-2013, 05:32 AM
Come on folks I didn't name this the random bill thread for nothing....

How about some suggestions for some easy cold shaker and ice shaken mixed shots for sharing on the sandbar this coming weekend? Our standby buttery nipples is excellent and everyone loves them but Bailie's at 30 a bottle and with the buttershots it is a bit pricy and rich. Rich meaning they actually give me indigestion if I indulge to many of them.

I will be headed to Gettysburg for the 150th this weekend. The boat has been second fiddle all season. Our first child is due in August, we are renovating a house, and it seems like everyone I know is getting married this year. The weather has been terrible as well. I believe we have only had 3 good boating weekends. Two have been washed out due to high water.

dalehollow
08-05-2013, 03:28 PM
sometimes a half empty 1 lb bag of sugar with a note, taped to the bag sitting on there dock finger, "Like to make waves..........guess where I put the other half of this sugar"?,

and if u have the nerve to touch there boat an leave the fuel cap off, You really need to be somewhere you can watch his expression. (of course you dont sugar the tank) and this is for that special person.
thankfully our dock neighbors park an play together both at dock an out.

42gibson
08-06-2013, 04:59 AM
we finally got the tree limbs out of the drives,got the docks mostly fixed and took the boat out for a 19 mile cruise sunday.....life is good!

Bamby
08-06-2013, 02:59 PM
we finally got the tree limbs out of the drives,got the docks mostly fixed and took the boat out for a 19 mile cruise sunday.....life is good!

We finally made it back to the boat and had her out last weekend also. It had been four long weeks of rainy weekends and high water and we were suffering boat withdraw badly. Anyway we spent part of the weekend on the sandbar enjoying the companionship and catching up on some of our river friends and had a wonderful weekend. On a sad note though we found out one of our good river acquaintances who had recently been diagnosed with cancer has taken a turn for the worst, and it's not looking hopeful. He's not all that old and was full of life and a pleasure to be around and now it's all came to this. Enjoy your boat, enjoy your friends and family and make some good memories, simply because those shared good times are what will be remembered long after we pass on. Pictured below is our friend Moe sharing some good times.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-IsgN5A6fQq8/TXO0BndDf6I/AAAAAAAAB2g/3vI3oiu3GLk/s800/5%2520O%2527Clock%2520Somewhere%25201.jpg

Stmbtwle
08-07-2013, 01:56 PM
Well since the "what did you do to your houseboat today" thread got closed I guess I'll post it here. FINALLY got the auld bardge running again.

History. maybe 3 weeks ago the engine overheated. We were anchored in a blow with the engine idling (just in case) and then on the way home it overheated. The water pump impeller had gone (maybe a bag or something sucked up against the intake while we were anchored, dunno). Fortunately we caught it before any major damage, but the rubber exhaust hose and fiberglass muffler were in bad shape from running "dry".

Finally got everything back together today, new exhaust hose, muffler, impeller, and some welding to the manifold/hose adapter. Also a brand new water-flow alarm, so NEXT time there's a "water shortage" I'll know about it!

Here's the site to the water flow alarm... If I'd had it then it would have paid for itself... http://www.seaboundsupply.com/aqualarm-10233-cooling-water-flow-detector-female-1.html?gclid=CPuL7-Ct7LgCFSdp7AodsA0ARw

Endurance
08-07-2013, 03:48 PM
Willie, your post strikes me as anything but "Random BS." I would love to see a topic like this stand on its own. I am confident that in a few months I might find it handy to look back and see what you had to say about preventing an overheat and why. If this were its own thread, I would just scan the topics until I found one that jogged even my bad memory. I am way too memory-challenged to even think that I would remember to look under the "Random BS" thread in a few months ago to remember what you said about overheating. Maybe others have enough brain cells left to remember that this engine topic was under "Random BS." I know I don't.

Bottom line - this is a useful post. More so because I trust what you have to say about houseboat engines. It is way too useful to be relegated to a stupid topic like "what I did to my boat today" or "random BS."

Stmbtwle
08-07-2013, 03:52 PM
That's fine, but it's pretty much a "one post" thread, and IMO not a "thread". If you think it is I can repost it. Ok I'll repost...