days are now getting longer.....

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by CliffA, Dec 22, 2017.

  1. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    I always look forward to the winter solstice....the days start to get a little longer each day.....this means that longer, warmer days are on the way for the next boating season.....somehow knowing this gives me just a little mental boost during the winter months....we are fortunate we can boat all year in this region but winter boating is not the same as warm weather boating.....:cool:......

  2. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    My days will be longer - and better once we get back to the boat next week. Getting cloudy, rainy, and winter feeling in Texas (I know, not as cold as the north).

  3. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Amen. Till we get to go boating, I have a list of things on a white board in my office that I check off and the days getting longer is #1 followed by:

    Boat show
    Average daily temperature starts to increase
    Indians spring training opens
    Buzzards return
    First day of spring

    1 down. 6 to go...
  4. Rocket

    Rocket Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 14, 2008
    Long Island NY
    2007 48 Sundancer
    Previous: 2004 420DA, 2007 320DA, 2006 240DA
    Cummins QSC 540 8.3
    Agreed! we are on the up swing now!
  5. Strypes

    Strypes Active Member

    Dec 10, 2015
    Catawba Island
    12 Meter Trojan International Motor Yacht
    210 Sea Fox Center Console
    Avon 3.11 RIB
    454 Crusaders
    V6 Mercury Saltwater 150HP
    4 Stroke 5HP Mercury
  6. Mike sandor

    Mike sandor Member

    Jul 28, 2017
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    2007 320 Sundancer
    Twin 496. Bravo 3
    2018 3500 Chevy, Loadmaster trailer
    Raymarine Axiom, Quantum 2
    496 Mercruiser/Bravo III drives
    Nice....I am feeling a hell uv allot better already.
  7. Jeff h

    Jeff h Member

    Sep 17, 2017
    2017 Sea Ray SPX 210
    4.5 merc, Alpha drive
    The Cinci boat show is Jan 13, so if you want to scratch the boat show off the list quickly, just head a little south in 3 weeks.
  8. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    I'm with you 100% Cliff - a great day to celebrate! The Scandinavian's celebrate the Summer Solstice, but that is a sad day as far as I am concerned! Now that we winter in SW FL, it's not as bad as it used to be!! LOL!
  9. Jimmy Buoy

    Jimmy Buoy Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
    340 Amberjack
    twin 8.1S 370 Hp + 4.5 Westerbeke Genset
    So good to know the darkest days are behind us!
  10. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    GAAAD i hate when its dark at 4:30PM. It does make the Christmas lights nicer when you arrive home in the dark though. But being up north, the sun setting at 9:00PM in July is a nice compromise.
  11. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    I can not wait for
    Yep - Love the Christmas Lights but I can not wait for those evenings that get dark at 9PM again. At least we pickup a few minutes each day now.

  12. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    The days may be getting longer but the worst of winter may just be starting.....was 68 today in Charlotte. When we do get snow it's usually in February. The NC DOT has a clever and cost effective snow removal strategy...we wait until it gets warm and the snow melts.
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  13. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    January and February are killer around here.
    Winter is manageable up until the New Year because cold days fit in to the holiday mood.
    Once the sun sets on New Years Day it stops being fun.
    March 1st is the target date. We could get a bitter March snowstorm, but there is usually hopes of a 60 degree day in the forecast so there is some hope.
  14. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Active Member

    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2002 Cruisers Yachts 3870
    2003 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    Twin 425hp Crusaders
    Funny how us hardcore boating enthusiasts look at things through the bubbles in our wake. I love Dec 21st, simply for the fact it reverses the loss of light cycle. While it's a small victory, it is a victory in the quest moving towards another boating season. Cool weather remains the norm, but there's something about just knowing the days are getting longer. I also love the turbocharge of "springing forward", and picking up that big 60 minute boost as it means warm weather, and happy boating, is now within reach.

    Summer solstice has the opposite affect, though it occurs when boating is often at it's finest. That day seems to click a boaters mental countdown, as somehow we inherently link the dwindling daylight to the eventual loss or downgraded boating ops for the year.

    I am glad to be on the positive side now, and knowing we're on our march, a couple of minutes each day - to each of us enjoying our floating fix.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2017
  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.
    We went to bed last night with a very light snow falling and awoke this morning to about 3" of snow so anyone here who wished for a white Christmas got their Christmas wish.

    Sure is purty outside and maybe after another cup of joe I'll get my jacket on and do some shoveling. In our area if we don't get it shoveled off quickly it will melt. Sounds like our snow removal system is similar to JimT's.

    So Merry Christmas everyone. Enjoy your day, enjoy your life and enjoy your family.
  16. Timeflys

    Timeflys Member

    Dec 7, 2013
    Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada
    "Frequent Flyer"
    2002 Sundancer 360
    Merc Horizon 8.1s
    E2C94DB3-0F50-4609-8613-106EE9B6CC07.jpeg Great... its staying lighter longer, but can you convince the river NOT to freeze up???
    wyrman and northshore like this.
  17. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Didn’t get dark until about 5:00 around here today. At least it’s a start.
  18. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    So I've been in been living in Southern Louisiana for about 18 months now and the weather here is just weird. Three days last week we were high 70s-low 80s. It's cold today and supposed to get down to 7 degrees overnight of the 31st. We have too many plants to cover and wrap so I guess we're gonna lose some.

    January and February can be rough here as well but just because it was last year does not mean it will be this year. So unpredictable....
  19. SloBurn

    SloBurn Member

    May 30, 2013
    Greenwood Lake, NY
    1994 270 Sundancer. 7.4L Merc. Tow with a 2006 Dodge RAM Hemi
    340 HP Merc 454 c.i.
    Yup, 7 degrees here this morning..........
  20. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    420 Sundancer 2004
    Naught On Call
    Cummins 6CTA-8.3's with V-Drives
    9KW Onan Genset
    NorCal.....I grew up just west of you in BR. As I look back on it, I assumed that winter was over when Mardi Gras parades began rolling. I miss those days.


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