Boats, who likes boats?
No one is interested in my thinking, but on the porch with beer, a fun exercise for me.
Decades back I moved to UpState SC. It is one of the last bastions left in the USA.
Snowbirds are moving in. Funny how they leave a place they hate for one they like better, then go all out to make it like what they left. Not all, as some are “salt of the Earth folks” one is glad to see move in.
I live on a large lake (952 mile shoreline). Just up my river is where Burt Reynolds filmed ‘Deliverance’.
I like to joke that when I tried to move in, one had to have a Harley, a truck, and a Bass Boat to be admitted.
My boat is near 20 years old and looks it.
I searced the web for the smallest Pontoon, had to drive miles to pick it up.
I like to fish, and this boat is set up for that. To be accurate, I like to put out a few lines and troll. The beer on board is too cold and the music is always too loud.
I do catch fish, but just as important is seeing a new lake bird or one not seen lately.
Time on the lake makes one feel fresh as to life.
A Bass Boat is not for me. I am in awe of what friends have, but I am too lazy to cast all day. I find that most fishermen put in and race “all out” way down the river to a better spot. These great Bass Boats can do that. Those folks down river race up here, so go figure.
A big part of fishing is letting the boat run. I like that!
For me a small pontoon seemed best, and I was right.
I have almost traded, but could not let it go. For $12K bought a new motor as this boat took years to get right. The guys at the dealer thought me crazy. I have ripped out the carpeting. In a fishing boat blood and guts fall on the floor. I don’t mean from fish, but me getting hooked. In my defense have only one time had to go to the emergency room.
I once went out with a neighbor, and he rasied hell as my nice NB shoes marked his boat. Shoe scuffs or vomit are not a big deal on my boat. On many boats I am afraid to breathe less I dirty it.
They are wonderful, but don’t they fit my needs. Dogs with muddy feet are welcome.
My tiny boat can run at 18mph with the Mercury motor and just me on board. In better days Rosey was always with me, now I fish alone. All are welcome, but few are into this.
99% of the time my boat is pulled with a 36volt trolling motor. This big guy can do the job for days. It is silent and does not scare the birds. I mostly boat along the shore line.
As you might guess, after decades, know the lake as well as my yard. I would like to claim I know where the fish are, but they move around.
In my humble opinion, the best lake boat would be a small triple toon.
My boat is limited to 60HP, which is more than enough for my small boat.
A triple toon can pull skiers . That has never come up at my place, but more power is a great thing. If I buy a new boat, it will be that.
My newest neighbors bought one. I think they made the absolute best choice for a lake boat.
Most would see my 20 year old fishing boat as a disgrace. Neighbors might wish it to be hauled away.
It takes a long time to get things right. Adjustments take years. My rod holders are the best availble and in the right places. My stereo is excellent, not like on new boats. If I get hooked, a little blood is no big deal, that is why we have rain.
No one here has a trolling motor the equal of mine. That is because their needs are different. Parading around the lake is fun for a time and get boring. To that end, most boats here float much less often than mine. In fact, I do less in Summer. In Winter folks pull their boats out and leave it all to me.
I putter along at 3mph and catch fish, or maybe see birds.
Why would I change?