Off season grumpiness

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Kwik, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. Kwik

    Kwik Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    153
    Jun 14, 2019
    Indianapolis
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    2017 F150 Ecoboost 4x4
    Raymarine Axiom 9
    Raymarine Sirius 200 reciever
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo III drives
    What do other season members do for hobbies with their wives in the winter when the boat is high and dry? We are headed to our 4th year as boaters and I have to say the off-season is getting tougher and tougher. I am noticeably grumpy. I know finding hobbies with your spouse is always hard. But, hoping since we all have this life in common that I might get some ideas. Traveling would be nice. But, we are far from retirement and save most of our vacation time for boating.
     
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  2. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    In my case I take a lot of time off in the summer, almost every Friday and Monday plus a couple of vacations. So we are together a lot of the time. In the winter I pour a ton of time into work, working most nights and weekends. We typically take 1 maybe 2 - 7/10 days vacations somewhere warm but that's it...play in the summer work in the winter
     
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  3. Express 390

    Express 390 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    474
    Sep 14, 2018
    South Shore of Long Island NY
    1986 SeaRay 390 EC
    1993 SeaRay 290 DA single 7.4 /Bravo 2
    1992 SeaRay 230 DA 4.3LX Alfa drive
    Twin 454 Crusaders inboards 4 blades
    Thats the time i chip away at the Honeydo list around the house, Keeps the admiral off my back and happy
     
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  4. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    On the weekends, sit'n around the cabin fireplace, occasional ATV rides, friends and family visits. Then there's the vacation to the Caribbean islands in February...
     
  5. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    NY (Lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    Pretty much what was said above. We both worked a lot. She worked for a world wide package delivery company and in the 2 months before Christmas would perform her full time office duties and then work another 30 or so hours per week doing something else, usually scheduling and working with seasonal help. I hunt at that time of year and helped pick up the loose ends from her working all the time. She also attended college on a part time basis so not a lot of time to kill. Because of the hours I worked, the only time to work outside around the house not in the dark was the weekends, always something to do there.
    After the Christmas rush there was season tickets to the hockey games helped pass time and fun.
    Weekend getaway packages like murder mysteries, valentines specials, etc. at nearby resorts that are just trying to get people in the place to pay the bills until the snow melts was always fun..and cheap for what you get.
    Traveled to not to distant cities to attend boat shows.
    When the kids reached college age, we would travel weekends to whichever town they would be traveling to for their sports activities to watch their games and to visit somewhere new.
    The last couple of years just before retirement she joined some art classes and we got together once a month in an informal bowling league with of 6 or 8 couples from our boat dock and some other non boating friends to round out the 10 teams needed.
    Now we are both retired and it seems way to busy.
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2019
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  6. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_4230.JPG IMG_5091.JPG We are building a house.
     
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  7. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    NY (Lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    Nice.
    We sold the house last year and bought a town house.
    Haven't stopped working, just no more outside work.
    but the remodeling and updating is going well and it sure keeps us busy.
    Enjoy the new digs.
     
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  8. Express 390

    Express 390 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    474
    Sep 14, 2018
    South Shore of Long Island NY
    1986 SeaRay 390 EC
    1993 SeaRay 290 DA single 7.4 /Bravo 2
    1992 SeaRay 230 DA 4.3LX Alfa drive
    Twin 454 Crusaders inboards 4 blades
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  9. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    Come on guys. Sex, drugs and rock n roll. :)
     
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  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
    I spend too much time over winter on CSR, living vicariously through those of you lucky enough to live in places where you can boat year round! Please post more pictures and videos to get me through the next 3 months!
     
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  11. Todd320

    Todd320 Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    Here you go...
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  12. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    872
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
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  13. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    394
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    My spare time in winter is spent snowmobiling. We have 3’ snow already.
     
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  14. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    We break out the 'winter toys'. The diesel pusher gets used most often during to winter to go camping. We also take the side by sides and dirt bikes with us. Gives us a break and change of scenery. I usually work out more regularly during the winter... Typically maybe 6 days a week whereas in the summer I may only do 4 or 5 because I'm too busy wrenching on something.
     
  15. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    Here's what keeps me sane:



     
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  16. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    I’m retired, What’s a weekend?
     
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  17. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Every day is Saturday....
     
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  18. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    Supposed to be 58 and sunny tomorrow. I intend to blow the mud off the bottom off the boat.
     
  19. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    My boat comes out in late November. Time passes quickly up until New Years Day because of getting her put to sleep for the winter, preparation for the holidays and all the other stuff that goes on.
    January 1st - mid March drags because of the cold weather. This will be my third winter since retiring.
    The first was boring, last year we took a vacation in January and another in February so it went a lot faster.
    This year we’re taking a couple of more trips and I’m going to try my hand at recovering the cushions for my son’s 18’ Bowrider.
     

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