This summer has been a bit of a bummer

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Stee6043, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    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'm back home in WA now and it's really hot and the air is full of smoke from all the fires burning in the PNW. When I got up this morning I couldn't see land on the opposite side of the Columbia, and that's only about 1/2 miles away.

    We spent Saturday night on the boat. It was hot until about 10:00 p.m. so we were able to shut off the A/C and open hatches and doors.

    Sunday afternoon we cruised back to the slip to pick up two kids and three grand kids. This was the first time on board for the grand kids and they had a ball. We fished for awhile and my daughter caught this great photo.

    I'd title it "Here, fishy, fishy, fishy".

    3 butts.jpg

    After a dinner of burgers and boat dogs we returned to the slip and home.
  2. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Southport Marina - Kenosha WI - Lake Michigan
    410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126
    Funny as my wife and I were just talking about how they had predicted this was going to be a hotter then normal summer but was a bust. We lost a lot of weekends to wind/rain/fog. The two weeks we were planning on doing a couple of min-trips the lake decided to churn up so that didn't happen. Hoping next year will be a better season. Scheduled to come out 10/14.
  3. bracketracer

    bracketracer Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Aug 23, 2016
    Wilson, NY
    2001 380DA
    Twin 454 Horizons
    Yeah, yesterday was crazy. None of the 35+ ft boats at my dock went anywhere, meanwhile some idiots about halfway between you and I decided it was a great day to 6 footers.
  4. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    Rained Saturday & Sunday here. Par for the course this summer.......
  5. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    We went, but actual lake conditions were much worse than expected. It wasn't a nice ride at all. Some folks talk of ringing the bell...our bell fell right off. I also must have shook some wires loose, my two E-120's no longer communicate with each other. Saturday was cold, windy, with rain, we didn't even go to the festival area until around 8pm. They wouldn't even take our tickets, just let us in.

    Sunday was perfect but Mondays forecast was for worse weather so I got a days slip refund. My wife walked over to the festival gate, told her story, asked them to give our tickets to someone over 60 years old that like boats, a 100 bucks down the drain.

    We headed out Sunday, a day early, a perfect day. Everything was going great until we tangled with a fish net by the Huron Islands, yup we were caught. I was able to snag some line with the boat hook, pull it up, and cut us loose. I started stripping my clothes off and my wife wondered why. I explained I have to go under and get things untangled.

    I'd like to say I did a manly dive like Johnny Weissmuller with a big knife clamped between my teeth but really I went down the swim ladder, my wife accused me of squealing when I stepped off it, I think she's making stuff up...but the water was really colllld.:eek:

    I got untangled pretty quickly, everything looked OK. For the rest of the trip I paid close attention to the boat, every vibration and noise made me try to remember if it was there before.

    Back in our slip tied up my wife said 'did you notice we never saw another boat?' True, 160 miles and no other boats, what did they know? So we're out for fuel, slip fees, and tickets about 850 bucks, it's possible there could be more. I wish I'd have stayed home and cut grass or something.

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