F'em! when I first bought my boat I literally begged my buddies from home to go with me to the islands on the weekends, just becase I didnt know anybody there, and they wouldnt come. After a few years into it, the wild storries started filtering back home and the same guys that didnt want to go before were now begging me to take them...too bad. Now whenever I take friends from home, I feel like I owe my boating friends an apology for bringing a guy to the lake who passed out and puked on everything in sight by noon.
I have a general rule, If I invite you then you arent paying for anything, this invitation usually gets extended to other boating friends and sincere non boating friends.
If you invite yourself, then you are paying for everything and then some.
I have several friends that would be out IF they could sell their boats.
Me, I've been struggling to get back on the water for over six yrs, and finally have another boat, but my project is taking alot longer than expected.
The only thing holding me back is time.
My personal economy is getting better, even though the economy is going to hell.
I'll admit, I'm glad mine is a small (24') single BBC. But, as my economy gets better, I may just have all the work that I planned on doing, done for me.
I really planned on being on the water this season, but considering I've been on a 70 hr work schedule for the past few weeks, and the next 3-4 weeks, I just don't see it happening this year.
But I'll never give it up.
You either are a boater, or just a poser.
I look at it like this, sure we could take the kids on a week vacation to Disney world or something like that but whe you figure air fare, hotel, meals, etc. This little one week trip would probably end up costing $3-4,000 when it is all said and done.
Or, we take that same money and spend it a little at a time every week and be out on the water having fun all summer long.
Wife and I had a vote and decided Mickey is SOL!!!
The boat is our vacation!
Haven't quit but don't race from one end of the lake to the other either. Also have cut down on out of town poker runs. Not near as many people are asking to go with us and chip in for gas. We've noticed a lot less boats on the lake and at poker runs also and a lot more people rafting up instead of running up and down the lake at WOT. Would trade for a single engine instead of supporting this twin if we could.
Seems like the people I know have kept their boats but use them sparingly. Not a good time to try to sell.
every weekend I say that I am not going to run at any periods of time, WFO. HOWEVER, that self-inflicted suggestion has not been working this summer at all.
WATER and BOATING is my MEDICINE. I cannot go without it.
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