A good day on the water.

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Gofirstclass, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    We got back to WA yesterday but I wanted to share some of the pics of a boat trip we took last Sunday to Lake Pleasant, AZ. The lake is about 27 miles from our condo and it's a short 30 minute tow to the lake. It doesn't involve a Sea Ray, but it was still a lot of fun.

    The lake was created when they dammed the Aqua Fria River. It's about 5 miles N-S and about 2 miles across in most areas. The NE corner of the lake is an eagle nesting area and is closed to boating from IIRC mid-December to the end of June. We explored that area last October when we first went to AZ and there are some very pretty canyons up that way.

    It was a near perfect day--temps in the mid 80's, no wind, a very few thin clouds and not a lot of boats on the water.

    Here's what the lake looks like...
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    Here are some pics, not in any certain order, of what the scenery looks like...
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    This guy gave us a fly-by as we went up the lake.
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    We found a narrow draw that looked interesting so we poked out way up into it.
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    This was about as far as we could go--the boat was touching both sides.
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    As narrow as it was, we still had 10' of water beneath the boat.
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    There are a lot of areas where people drive to the lake and pitch a tent for the weekend, so some fishing, play in the water and just have fun. Well, as much fun as you can have if you don't own a boat. Poor souls.
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    We pulled ashore at one point to get out and explore. Here's a shot of GW and Sunny Beach. Sunny Beach is a 1981 13'Sport model Boston Whaler with a 40hp Evinrude 2-stroke on the back. With two of us and a full tank (12 gals) of gas she cruises real nice at about 22-24mph. Perfect for a small lake like this one. She's easy to launch an recover, tucks nicely into the garage and is just a lot of fun to run around in.
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    After spending a few hours exploring that remote area of the lake we cruised back down to the SE corner where the marina is. There's a great floating restaurant there where we split an order of nachos and had a cold adult beverage. Then we hopped back in the boat and went back to the launch ramp.

    A good day on the water was had by all.
     
  2. IanBat

    IanBat New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 19, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Pro Tournament 36' 1999
    Twin Cummins 5.9L 370hp B Series
    Nice Pics



    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
  3. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Sure! Rub it in..............
    j/k great photos
     
  4. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    At Oakland airport on my way to SoCal where it's 82 and sunny. It's only been in the low to mid-70's here so I need more heat!
     
  5. Carpedmman

    Carpedmman Member

    629
    Feb 24, 2007
    Portland, OR
    2003 460 Sundancer
    Custom Cockpit interior, Cockpit AC/Heat & Thruster.
    Cummings 480CE,
    Looks like a nice way to spend the afternoon Mike! Appreciate you sharing the photos!!

    I have missed being on the water as Carpe Diem IV has been out with a ECM problem that Cummings NW created when they wiped the hours off doing a sofware upgrade. :( Hope to be back in a week or so.

    Here's to a great Spring, Summer, Fall on the water!
     
  6. 2000SR380

    2000SR380 Member

    451
    Feb 17, 2014
    Emeryville, CA
    2005 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer, Express Cruiser
    Two 5.0L Gas Mercruiser V8, B3 Outdrives
    Woo Hoo!
    Now we are talking! Never mind all this political drivel, and gun control crudola! What awesome pictures, and a thread about boating!
    Winner winner chicken dinner.
     
  7. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    You live and boat in some beautiful country.
     
  8. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Quint, we live in Washington state but are snowbirds in AZ a few months a year. Beautiful and great boating in both areas. Thanks.
     
  9. villain style

    villain style Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8,3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
    Thats cool. Great pics..
     
  10. Bryank

    Bryank New Member

    453
    Jul 3, 2008
    Catawba Island, OH
    2001 410DA
    Mercruiser 8.1S Horizons
    Is that a different Whaler than you had before? I thought you had a newer 130 SS...
     
  11. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Bingo, you nailed it. In 2014 we bought a 2010 130SS. We liked it so much that we missed it when we went to AZ for the winter. I found this one, a 1981 in Kingman, AZ.

    I called the owner and was asking him about the boat and he said it was a '71. That's also what the ad said. He told me he'd completely redone the boat with new cushions, new wood, new wiring, net gelcoat and had painted the trailer. He said he'd spent about 3 years doing it. We agreed on a price, I drove from Phoenix to Kingman to look at it, we sea trialed it on Lake Mead, I paid him and we towed it home. When I went to register it I found it is a 1981, not a 1971.

    Here are a few shots of the boat.
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    We take her out several times during the months we spend down south. So far we've only been to Lake Pleasant but Powell, Mead, Bartlett and Sagauro are on our bucket list.
     
  12. wyrman

    wyrman Member SILVER Sponsor

    839
    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
  13. Bryank

    Bryank New Member

    453
    Jul 3, 2008
    Catawba Island, OH
    2001 410DA
    Mercruiser 8.1S Horizons
    Very nice! Looks to be in great shape! I haven't pulled the trigger on a 150 yet but am seriously shopping right now. I'm also looking at a Robalo R160... Just want something for the kids to kick around in and to tow a tuber every now and then. I think the Robalo may be a bit better on Lake Erie.
     
  14. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Active Member

    562
    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2002 Cruisers Yachts 3870
    2003 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    Twin 425hp Crusaders
    Family and I are heading out there for a week starting 3/27. We're investigating moving back to Arizona from Colorado. Love Colorado, just getting tired of winters, shoveling snow, short boating seasons. Working overseas allows us to live "where ever". We thought about moving back to Az prior to buying our Co home in early 09'.....but at that point the thought of the endless summer heat in the valley nullified that move. Will be taking a close look at the Anthem area. Seems to hit the mark on the important stuff. Good schools, well out of the valley (10 deg's cooler on average), reasonable home costs, and a hop skip and a jump from Pleasant.

    GFC....if you happen to see a super clean 370 out there, and are thinking "nice boat, but who would be dumb enough to have all black canvas in the desert :)huh:) - that'll be us.
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2016
  15. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Fly, if I do see one of those I'll wave ya down to say hello and buy you a cold one. We're often on Lake Pleasant but next time we head down there we're going to expand our boating horizons to other lakes and other areas.
     
  16. Arizona Mike

    Arizona Mike Member

    41
    Oct 19, 2015
    Tucson Arizona
    1994 270 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4
    Don't miss Roosevelt Lake. I keep our 270 Sundancer in the marina there. It is by far the largest lake in AZ. the scenery is great the lake is 23 miles long and 2 to 3 miles wide with lots and lots of places to anchor. If there is a down side it are not a lot of places to stay if you can't overnight on your boat or have some sort of RV. There a lots of developed RV spaces or you can set up on shore.

    One of these days I'll figure out posting pictures.

    TML
     
  17. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I'd love to see 'em, thanks.

    Our Whaler would be tough to overnight on. Same with our tow vehicle. If we overnighted we'd have to stay somewhere in a motel.
     

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