I have a 14' fiberglass v-bottom of unknown manufacture (came from Sears I think) that is older than I am with a 7.5 hp twin cylinder mercury that sips fuel... very nice
what I really want to get is a large enclosed pontoon boat
i ALMOST bought a 3 BR houseboat off ebay for < $1000, but it had no engines & had to be removed immediately... i just didn't have the time to last-minute all the permits & tugboat rental & the yard owner wouldn't return my emails about renting space for another month until i could get my ducks in a row
I repair boats for a living. I live on a house boat in the summer on the lake, in the winter I put it in a 'Pole Barn' and live in it hooked up to a sewer system. I always figured it would be a good way to move without much power, just put it in the river a let it drift. I have a zodiac w/15HP and a PWC water bike too.
I don't own a boat larger than a 12 ft canoe, however, I have 30 years experiene w/ powered vessels, hold a capt's license (Master of Towing Vessels), licensed for Inland waters, Great Lakes, and Western Rivers, presently work/live onboard for 30 days w/15 days off at home for good behavior, have sailed across the N. Atlantic, Med (including the Agean, Adriatic, and Black Seas, among others), the Gulf of Mexico, and Carribean (extensively).
It is illegal to anchor within the confines of a navigable channel.
Sailboats do NOT have the Right-of-Way in most meeting, passing, and overtaking situations when their engines are on the line (OTL).
Under the Heirarchy Rules, They only have some status when strictly under sail, in regards to their course and the direction of the wind!
Radios should never be operated in the high power mode unless high power is required to establish and maintain communications, such as during EMERGENCY communications!
Never let PRIDE or ARROGANCE let you violate the UNIVERSAL LAW of GROSS TONNAGE! The simple explanation of this law is: If you come into contact with a larger vessel while underway, the smaller boat will lose everytime, with the results being serious injury and often, DEATH! It's hard to enjoy life when you're laying on the bottom of a watery environment.
Learn, Love, and LIVE, the RULES of the ROAD! (1972 COLREGS)
I have a 1985 Oday 31, we sail the keel off of it in the spring, summer and fall. It has a 2cyl. Universal Diesel on it and caries 40 gals. of water and 20 gals. of fuel. It burns 1 gal./hr. @ 7 kn. The boat has 110 at the dock and 12v. while travelling. We travel and spend alot of weekends on it in the summer. I drag a 10' Zodiac tender and a jet ski behind it. Our 4th boat is a 15' Checkmate speed boat w/ a 115 Merc on the back. The salon can be heated with the diesel or a candle lantern. We can also cook with an alcohal stove. The batteries are charged with a solar pannel or a wind generator. It is a nicely self contained piece of equiptment.
I have a 14' aluminium jon boat with a 10hp johnson and an older deck mounted trolling motor. The boat was given to me after the owner hit a stump head on at speed. I cut and refabed a new frontend. the motor I did some tradeing for. the trolling motor and trailer the boat owner let me have very cheap. I made a platform on the front and mounted the trolling motor and a pedistal seat. the boat also has a nice live well.
Got rid of the boat. I had a 19' open sailing dinghy that was pretty nice. But, it was expensive to store and maintain and I really hadn't used it in many years. Now, I've got an inflatable air mattress . . . . :nuts: