Who are you? What do you do?

Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by Pyrojodge, Oct 30, 2011.

How long have you been boating?

  1. Newbie year or less!!

  2. Rookie 1 to 5 years

  3. Beginner 5 to 10 years

  4. Captain 10 to 20 years

  5. Professional 20 to 30 years

  6. Expert 30 +++ years

  1. Pyrojodge

    Pyrojodge Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 1, 2011
    Lake Erie Ohio
    1989 Sea Ray 340 DA
    twin 454 Mercs
    Thought it would be interesting to find out what people do to support their boating habits. I know that some show in the profiles but thought this would be easier to follow...

    I work for a large buss manufacture as a machinist/painter/student.

    also added a poll to see how long we've all been boating...

    going on 7 years for me with my own boat that is....
  2. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    Software/Electrical Engineer

    Boating for 20+ years.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  3. Sea Ray 215

    Sea Ray 215 New Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    Lake St. Clair
    1996 215EC,
    5.7L 250hp Alpha drive
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  4. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    Videographer/Lighting/Soundman/Photographer by trade. I run my own business televising high school & college sports and do TV commercials & video programs. I own/produce & engineer the TV production trailer I have. Worked in the Cable TV business 25 years until Comcast pulled the pug after buying us. The money they threw away is now all mine. I also run sound & lighting for bands and full time employed at Williamsport Area High School. Plenty of work out there! I have the summer off (2 months) from the school district. I also run the Gas Dock at our boat club on the weekends....that's fun. Some boaters feel sorry for me until I point out the 270 at my slip....yep, she's paid for and all mine. I started boating at age 4, with my parents of course, and had my own row boat at 8....I loved Flipper! Had my parents 16 footer/80hp Merc till 1989. Took 10 years off and bought my '88 Glastron Carlson CV-23 and then saved a '74 CV-16super with the original 115hp Merc....1st year for power trim. Bought the '90 270 in 2010 and still run all three boats. Having one slip can be an issue but I can moor to the gas dock when it's closed. I'm a Lifeguard and a Scuba Diver so the water has been a big part of my life. My son likes boating but has been a competitive swimmer since age 8. He's a Breaststroker and just finished 4 years of college swimming in Division III. He is ranked 44th in the US and is graduating Penn State Erie as an Electrical Engineer in December! He's also a Lifeguard and has saved 5 people from drowning in 6 years. Two from the Ocean (NC) and four in swimming pools. I never saved anyone in 35 years! He's now a long distance racing swimmer (Lake Erie) and races a carbon fiber road bicycle and mountain bikes. My wife & daughter like the water but don't swim much anymore. My Daughter is going to be a Math Teacher and my wife is also in Education. My other passion is below....NRA Expert in Service Rifle & Pistol, Mike.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  5. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    A husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, coworker, manager, instructor, 50 ton master and boating on both salt & fresh water for over 35 years.... http://www.linkedin.com/in/markdflaten
  6. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    There are at least 2 other threads on this topic but it's good to get a refresh.

    I'm own a business consulting firm as my "real" job. I also create mobile apps for boaters which pays for my boating habit....www.boatingcafe.com
  7. Big Island Lifer

    Big Island Lifer Active Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    '96 330 Formula SS
    For Sale '85 255 Amberjack
    Single 5.7
    I left sales this summer to become a product manager for an orthopedic device company. Recently had my one year wedding anniversary (celebrated on the boat- her idea!).

    And I'm currently a depressed Vikings season ticket holder!

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. tbirdvet

    tbirdvet Active Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Previous boat: 2008 330 Sundancer
    Vetus Bow Thruster
    Kohler Gen.
    Twin 496 MAG, 375HP Bravo III,
    Retired Automotive (Powertrain) Engineer.
  9. JerryS

    JerryS Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    May 17, 2010
    '90 270
    454 Bravo1 4KW Kohler, AC
    Hey CV23, Mike, you wore me out with all of that stuff!!! What is it that you do again? :grin:
  10. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
  11. Surprise390

    Surprise390 New Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Punta Gorda, FL
    2005 390 Sundancer
    8.1 Mercruisers
    Test pilot, mountain climber, stuntman and underwear model.
  12. JediJD

    JediJD Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Feb 14, 2009
    Cartersville, GA
    '07 42SS Carver, full electronics array
    '03 380DA, RL80C+, ST7001, Kohl 7.3,4kw o/array sold
    8.1S Crusader express drives
    I read an interesting article the other day about the difference in what you do and who you are. For some people, its the same thing. For others, the avocation is their definition. Its so easy to ask..."what do you do" and the answer certainly provides some insight. "Why are you who you are?" and "What interests you?" provide even more. What I do for money is profit from patents and trademarks in the field of government payments...an accurate but relatively unenlightening categorization.
  13. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    I guess I got carried away JerryS! There is so much to do in life! I even worked on a logging crew for a year for my Brother in law....that was fun in the woods and also taught Videography at Penn College of Technology part-time for 5 years. I also work freelance for the Pennsylvania Cable Network and ESPN running TV camera or working in the production trucks as a technician. Best seat in the house at sporting events! Plenty to do and fit 50+ hours of boating in a year and do my own winterizing and service on three boats. Good thing my wife does all the housework and pays the bills....she even likes cutting an acre of grass, Mike.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  14. tbirdvet

    tbirdvet Active Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Previous boat: 2008 330 Sundancer
    Vetus Bow Thruster
    Kohler Gen.
    Twin 496 MAG, 375HP Bravo III,
    Me too!
  15. CV-23

    CV-23 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Williamsport, PA
    1990 270 Sundancer, 2003 Ford Excursion 4x4 Limited
    454 merCruiser w/Bravo 1
    A pile it! Friend of mine has a King Air and Piper Bonanza. That's all the bigger I get to go play in sfergson727. His Dad has a open cockpit Bi Plane with a Lycoming Motor. They build them here in Williamsport!...I love flying with them, Mike.
  16. 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
    You and me Woody - I think I got mine a year ahead of you!
  17. Billfletcher

    Billfletcher New Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    2014, 44, EC.
    2 X 370HP Volvo D6, DPH Duo Prop's
    I worked on fishing boats in socal through high school and college. I then graduated from a maritime academy in 1987 with a Marine Eng degree, USCG unlimited HP lic, but also learned I was not talented with a wrench in the engine room. Got in to shore side fire protection engineering consulting and found it was a better fit. I have been involved with ocean sports since 87 but very little boating. We purchased our 360 in March and absolutely love it. We are on track to do about 100 days per year on her. I am hooked!
  18. flflatrate

    flflatrate New Member

    May 21, 2009
    pompano florida
    2003 240 sundeck
    5.o MPI
    Well I have always been around boats. I started going to work with my dad when I was 3 years old and worked with him till I was 16 doing outboards and mercruisers. Then I left and worked at a High and Dry in Freeport N.Y. from there I moved to South Florida and have been working for Marine Max for the past 14 years. I have my 100ton masters captain licence. I'm also master certified on mercruisers and mercury outboard certified.
  19. dcharna

    dcharna New Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    Lake Erie - Catawba Bay
    2003 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1's 370 hp
    I have been boating since 1984 when my son was diagnosed with Asthma and we couldn't be further away from a hospital than 20 minutes. So, we took our vacation money and bought a boat. The Dr. said try it and see if he likes it. The grin on his 18 month old face was from ear to ear. He has now made a career out of boating working with CAT. I have always been in the food business and recently sold my company that sold canned, frozen and fresh vegetables. Our boat name, Veggin' Out.
  20. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Spent 4 years on the road in a rock band in the 80s....got a haircut and worked for the Ohio State Highway Patrol for 5 years.....then became a career Firefighter/Paramedic in 1992 working for a busy city in Ohio. We do over 10,000 responses a year out of 5 stations (EMS & Fire).
    My father in law gave me the boating bug in the 90s on his 1989 340 DB cruising the Ohio river.

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