New to boating and new to the site!

Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by lsouth913, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. lsouth913

    lsouth913 New Member

    1
    May 15, 2017
    Newport
    268 sundancer 1986
    350 Mercruiser
    Hi..as the title says I'm green as can be..I'm starting out with an 87' 268 sundancer..live on lake erie and will be where we spend our time boating..as older boats go she needs some work but one step at a time!
     
  2. blaster

    blaster Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    Welcome aboard. Lots of great information here as well as some great people. We all love to see pictures so don't hesitate to share. As far as loading images goes, the file size is limited unless you sponsor the site. Another good option is Photobucket.
     
  3. QT1

    QT1 Member

    322
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1988 300 Weekender
    5.7 Mercruisers, Avon rib w/ Yamaha outboard
    Welcome! There is a "boat load" of information here to help the DIY
     
  4. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Active Member

    892
    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1999 Sundancer 340
    454 Mercruiser's w/ V Drives, Westerbeke gen set
    Share pics!!!! Welcome.
     
  5. Boater420

    Boater420 Active Member

    947
    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    Welcome aboard! Good luck with your new to you boat.
     
  6. Bridog

    Bridog Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    Previous 220SD, 260DA, 300DA
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    Welcome to CSR!
     
  7. 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.
    Welcome to CSR. Please share pics of your new boat with us. Many of us on here are old timers who own old timers and we love to see pics of them.
     
  8. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
    1999 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPI
    Welcome aboard! Our boating community welcomes everyone. There is literally 1000s of years of boating experience available to you, please don't hesitate to ask a question.
     
  9. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Welcome to the group!


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  10. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Which Newport? Oregon, Rhode Island, or NJ?

    Since you are new at this, do yourself a favor and do a little reading about the "Rules of the Road" and general boat handling before getting out into heavy traffic or taking passengers more than a couple miles from the dock. Absolutely learn what the markers and buoys mean. Learn about the various lights and configurations you will see on the different types of vessels in your area. If you boat near areas with strong currents or high winds, take some time and practice deploying your anchor in a hurry. If you have an engine or drive issue that results in a loss of propulsion, getting that anchor tied off, deployed, and properly set should be high on your priority list. It may save your butt sometime. You can fix the boat after she's safely fixed in position. Memorize where your fire extinguishers are (I always forget one of them when I take a mental inventory).

    Docking. I always do it all by myself. If your wife is going to help out, practice with her before you take guests out so you can do it in the most coordinated manner possible. Guests always want to "help" out. As soon as you get near a dock, they usually ask "how can I help?". The help rarely helps. They might "fasten" a line for you, only to have it slip off when you weren't expecting it or just generally get in the way. I always tell them to take a seat and point out the areas where I'll need to walk and say, "just keep this path clear until I'm done". Get your routine down, and do it as close to the same way as you can every time.

    Have lots of fun, but take it seriously.
     

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