Monday, April 2, 2012

TWO BOATS

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We are once again a two boat family. Those of you who have been around my blog for any length of time know I hate traveling when we’re towing the boat behind the fifth wheel. We are 72’ long and it is so hard to find campgrounds that we can fit it. Let alone how nerve wracking it is when we have to move through traffic. I vowed that as soon as the motorhome sold, one of the first things we would buy would be another boat for Jim to keep down here in AZ.

IMG_4398 Craigslist is definitely our answer. Jim started looking at boats a couple of weeks ago and we wandered all over the valley checking them out. He finally found one he wanted to check out clear over to Buckeye. (That’s about half way from us to Quartzsite.) Thank goodness my brother-in-law wanted to go with him. They also went to look at another boat up in Peoria.

The one in Buckeye was THE ONE. The gentleman who was selling the boat had done a tremendous amount of work on it (new carpet, had sanded down and repainted the entire trailer, new live well pump, on more). Then he realized that he really couldn’t afford to use the boat and their fridge had just gone out in their RV. So he was selling it.

We put our other boat in storage for a month just down the street from us. When Bob heads north we can store our AZ boat in his carport for the summer.

Jim is really happy because this boat has everything he really wanted on a boat. Well, except a good fish finder so we had to get him a new one of those. And I’m happy because we only have to haul a boat with us one more trip north where we will find some place to leave it for the winter. I am so excited.

Now Jim just needs to catch some more fish.

29 comments:

  1. Nice looking boat,and we are glad that you are both happy. We wish Jim some good summer fishing days.

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  2. So the black and pink one is going north?

    I don't blame you for being nervous with towing 72'.

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  3. I remember my last boat. It was a project, too. As it turned out, it was my Last boat.(Thank God) I will ride with friends though.

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  4. Carpet? Does it have a sleeping compartment? Anyhow, good going Jim. It will attract fish I am sure.

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  5. How did Jim work it so that the compromise is he owns TWO boats? Very smart man. :)

    Actually, having a boat in each location sounds like a great plan to me. I wouldn't want to tow a boat back and forth, either.

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  6. I'm happy because you are both happy. That's the way life should be.

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  7. congrats on the new purchase!!!..not every man can say he owns two boats?

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  8. Do you know what the word boat means?

    Break Out Another Thousand... Nice boat have fun..

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  9. Congratulations on the new boat, Jim! That will make it much easier now on Sandie not having to triple tow. What do you get to buy, Sandie?

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  10. OK, I'm confused now. Didn't you just sell a boat ??

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  11. Congratulations on the new boat! So glad Jim is healthy and pain free so he can enjoy it.

    I'm a "Nervous Nellie" passenger so I can imagine that driving while towing a boat was a nightmare.

    Good way for Jim to get two boats, though! LOL - I know Rich would have gotten two under the circumstances!

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  12. Since you have the boat in storage, I guess this is the closest I will get to seeing it. It looks like a beauty. Congratulations!
    Great to see you again. ~whereweaver

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  13. One more dream realized. Congratulations!

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  14. Ain't Craigslist great? We just sold our boat on it (not nearly as nice as yours) but we had two guys fighting to get here first, and three more waiting for me to call them back if it was still here yet, and if they should drive up to get a look.

    The buyer was a grandfather and father who bought it together to take out their 13 year old son (grandson to the granddad) because their old leaky wooden rowboat would not see another year. How cute!

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  15. Congratulations on finding the "perfect" boat!! I know Jim is a happy man!!

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  16. butterbean carpenterApril 2, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Howdy Sandie & Jim,
    Buy'em and sell'em, Jim, you should go into the boat business the way you swap'em!! But I'm glad you're leaving one in AZ and one up N, as I've seen some of those triple rigs and they kinda concern me.. I've seen boats come loose from a tow vehicle and it ain't purty; much less lose one from a triple rig!! Glad you're over the worst of the pain and are catching fish.. That'll get your mind off the pain..

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  17. We always joke about the cost of fish - with boat maintenance, fishing licenses and equipment, gas and bait and on and on. How much fish can you buy with that money spent . . . and we only have one boat ;-)))

    Happy that Jim is able to enjoy and you will be less anxious.

    Sharon

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  18. Seems like a good solution. No way would I want to double tow. Hope he gets some good fishing done in both boats!!

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  19. Congratulations to the new boat and many a happy day on it! Or should I say brake the rudder?
    Being on the coast we should have one too, but we are no boaters and I think we would wrap around the first buoy that came our way.

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  20. Looks like a great boat Jim, I was fortunate, when I was Chief out at the lake I had two patrol boats, a large pontoon, and a speedboat, I used to get some fishing time off the pontoon. Good Luck with it. Sam & Donna..

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  21. Two boats = very happy couple. It just goes right along with two dogs, doesn't it. Boy, I sure am looking forward to a fish fry!

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  22. Congrats to Jim, and you, on your new boat. Hey - I thought fishermen were supposed to find the fish? What's with the 'fish finder'??

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  23. I won't tell Al...it would just give him ideas!

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  24. Whatever floats your boat! ;c)

    BOAT:

    Break
    Out
    Another
    Thou$and

    Best of luck, with the both of them! :c)

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  25. Does this mean you will now get a motorhome since you don't need to tow a boat?

    :-)

    Sorry couldn't resist.

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  26. I just checked on the American Diabetes Association website (I think that's what it was called) and they had a recipe on there for banana bread that was pretty similar to the one I use. My wife has diabetes and there are no issues with the stuff I make. Mind you, she takes medication for her diabetes, (Janumet) and we can't go crazy with the carbs or anything, but a couple slices of banana bread doesn't do her any harm.
    Check with your doc, maybe banana bread needn't on the "naughty" list. Worth a try.

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  27. Having been a boat owner most of my adult life, I can only say you are a brave lad:)

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  28. So glad he found his boat. I can't even imagine towing a boat behind the 5th wheel.

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  29. I'm confused on which one you plan to take back to Montana....... Since the Buckeye boat is the nicer of the two, does that mean it is going up North? If so, then when you get back to Az the old boat won't be nice enough, so you will have to trade that one off next year......... But I'm not worried about getting another motorhome, because Jim likes his truck too much...... LOL

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