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    Fresh water guy looking to the Bahamas??

    Hey Guys. After ready the post last year about the Bahamas Fling and really wanting to join in, it had me thinking. I see so many people doing trips to the Bahamas on boats around my size. (21ft open bow Chap). They seem to be jet boats, outboards or cruisers however. I have a little time on my hands for next year and thought it would be a blast to go over on my boat. I know about being mindful of the weather and wave forecast and customs etc. I guess what I’m asking is..is this possible and worth it. Just seems like an epic trip to do. Thanks in advance
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    Fresh water guy looking to the Bahamas??

    Thanks TP. The risk assessment would be definitely high. Like the idea of a plan B. I also like the idea of going over for the first time with a group. Thanks for your reply and insight.
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    Fresh water guy looking to the Bahamas??

    Thanks for the replies everyone. Good thoughts for sure. I do appreciate the advice.
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    Torch Lake

    Thanks for the info. We have a small group of us going. Staying by the sandbar. Good thinking on the clothes. I can believe it gets a little chilly at night. Thanks again.
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    Torch Lake

    Well we usually go to Lake Cumberland every summer for either a week or a long weekend. Well this year we are changing it up a little. Us and a group of friends are heading to Torch for a long weekend in July. We have never been to this lake. Has anyone been? Anything we need to check out other then the “sandbar”? We are staying on the south shore of the lake. Thanks for the info fellow boaters!! Here is to an awesome boating season!!!!
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    Bought a second home

    Well I have done something I’ve been wanting to do for 7 years. Bought a home in St Pete Florida. Living in IL the winters are incredibly depressing. Long, windy and cold. My wife and I now have a place to go to as a retreat to thaw out. We will see what the future holds. Might do a little rental with it but we will see.
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    Bought a second home

    Hatem i think I would get bared from the site if I post the pictures I took.
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    Bought a second home

    Hey TP I will definitely do that. Would be great to meet up.
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    Bought a second home

    Well we have just spent the last three weeks at our home and now headed back to IL. We did bring our new to is SeaDoo. It was a disaster. We bought it from a dealer and did a checkout on it. My son was riding and within 45 mins the thing filled with water and almost sank. Got it fixed and cleaned the salt water out. Fixing dealer said there where hoses not attached and the selling dealer should have noticed that right away. The dealer I bought it from said basically sorry about your luck. 1K repair bill later. Put such a bad tast in our mouth we are selling and going to just stoke with our trusty little Chap. Anyways the weather was perfect and was awesome to spend the holidays with my family and parents at the house. Heres to a great 19 boating season everyone.
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    Painted trailer and salt water

    Hello. So my wife and I recently purchased a vacation home on the golf coast. We live in the Midwest and that is where we boat. We will be vacationing for three weeks over the holidays and was think it would be fun to bring our boat or Jetski with us. I understand that after use I would need to flush the engine with salt away and give the exterior a good bath. But what about the trailer. They are painted and have surge breaks on the boat trailer. Have any of you taken a painted trailer and put it in salt water. Anything special you did other then wash it. Or is this just a pipe dream and I should not do this. Thanks for your help and input.
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    Painted trailer and salt water

    Denny. That’s an awesome idea. Never thought to do that. I also like the idea of having it forklifted of the trailer and put in the water. A friend also though to fine a freshwater lake a splash the trailer and boat in that. These have really peaked my interest to bring our boat on holiday with us.
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    Painted trailer and salt water

    Thanks Hatem. You are right that things won’t be mint forever. I like your way of thinking on this to get the most out of the boat.
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    Bought a second home

    That’s a possibility. It’s mins from the boat ramp and beach. Has a big fenced in backyard with a double gate to drive a boat through. Keep in touch.
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    Bought a second home

    Congratulations on being able to do that. You will love it.
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    Bought a second home

    It is surreal for us. Going to rent it out a little until I retire. We have a jet ski that will spend it’s winter here. Illinois is depressing in the summer and incredibly depressing in the winter. Thanks for the comments. It’s nervous doing this but once it’s said and done it will be fine.
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    Chaparral owners rally?

    Where ever this is at we would be up for it. Sounds like a great time.
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    Major Cabin Fever

    Not sure if you guys are feeling this way but here in the Midwest the weather is terrible. We are about 25-30 degrees below average. Today the high was only 35. There is even a little snow in the forecast. SMH. I have major cabin fever and feel angry and have low energy. This winter has been tuff but I was hoping the end was in sight. Now with these temperatures I'm not sure when it will end. There is a few projects I have to do on the boat but it's to cold out for me to work on it. I have a houseboat trip planned for mid June and that's what I have to look forward to but if the temps don't increase the water is going to be a little cold. Does anyone else feel this way?
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    Major Cabin Fever

    Well I think I'm going to get the boat out of storage tomorrow and start getting it ready for the season. (That might be in another month) I have a few little things to do to it and get it all cleaned up.
  19. Hello Scolba 

    my name is martin. Seen your post. I'm also in central IL. Peoria. We boat mostly at Clinton Lake but also go on some really fun trips. Maybe we can link up this summer. 

    1. scolba

      scolba

      Hey Martin! We hit Clinton a ton too! We normally run from Parnell to the intake side of the plant, and then anchor and swim, chill, drink, and eat there. Pretty laid back most of the time. Haha. That would be cool to meet up some time. 

    2. Challenger604

      Challenger604

      We put in at the Clinton lake Marina. We go to the discharge side early in the season then head to the intake side as the season goes on. If you see us definitely stop me and say hello, or let me know when you are heading out and we can meet up. We leave our boat a bunch in the grass on Saturday night is we know we are going back out on Sunday. That way we don't have to haul the boat back to Peoria. But yeah we definitely like to chill on the lake. Lol

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    Wax/compound

    What's the best wax or rubbing compound you have used on your boat. I'm ready to really give it a good waxing before we splash it this year.
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    Wax/compound

    Seeing all these replies makes me want to start on mine now. However they are calling for snow on Sunday. Grrrrrr
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    Wax/compound

    Now that's a shiny boat. That looks great.
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    Major Cabin Fever

    Well...snow is in the forecast this evening again here in central Illinois. SMH. I really want to get a few maintenance things going on the but it's to cold. I have a hunch we are going to skip spring ang go straight to 90 degree weather. At this point I will gladly take it.
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    Shout out for your favorite lake or river

    Lake Cumberland to the south of me and Torch Lake and Lake Erie to the north and east of me.
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    Lake Cumberland Sept 15-18

    Not to many places to stay away from. It's deep just about everywhere. The weekends in the summer around the falls and Harmon Creek might not always be "G" rated if you have young children. We have the HB down to a science. It has turned into more of an event. The boat we rent has 6 rooms. So 6 couples. If more people come get another boat or they can stay in the lodge. It really is one of the most fun and cheapest vacations we have done. If you decide to do this and have question let me know. Hope this helps. -M
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