405 Carver

21 мая 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »
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405 Carver

Well, when it comes to working on my boat, I generally don’t. Oh, I’ll clean and wash, do simple and quick repairs, but, when it comes to mechanical work that can be dirty and take awhile, I let the local marina do it. Why, you may ask? Simple. My wife and I work all week, and the boat is at Lake Cumberland, three hours away. There are only a limited number of weekends that we can use the boat, when you subtract winter and other things that come up, so when we do get to the boat on a given weekend, we don’t want to spend it working on the boat. From my perspective, my time is too valuable for that. When I calculate what each weekend is actually costing me, by figuring in the cost of the boat, moorage fees, fuel and electricity, travel costs back and forth, the boarding of two german shepherds, food and much more, I just cannot justify spending half a day or more during the weekend working on the boat.

Most of my dockmates, who have boats 32′ to 45′, feel pretty much the same way. Many of them live in Indiana and drive five hours or so to spend a day and a half on their boat, so they really feel the time crunch. There are others, though, who are close enough that it isn’t too much of an issue. As a matter of fact, one of our neighbors, who have a SeaRay 260, recently bought a cottage on shore, so time is pretty much a non-issue with them. But, for the rest of us, we’d rather party.

But I will concede one very important point. I noticed that one or more of you were talking about doing the loop, which I understand is quite a long boat trip of several thousand miles. My hats off to you. I totally agree that if one were to undertake such a journey, he better know how to work on a boat. And, I will be the first to admit that I do not consider myself a competant enough mechanic to attempt such a feat. The only way I would do it is if I had a mechanic aboard. Furthermore, if I were that good at boat repair, perhaps I would do more, but, at 62, I don’t feel the urge to go there. I’m happy to just park, walk to the boat, let the dog in (we have three dogs—Lucy, our smallest, is our boating dog), open a beer, and kick back. Maybe we untie and cruise; maybe I fire up the grill. What matters to us is that we are enjoying the time off. I will admit, though—each weekend I try to wash and wax a portion of the boat. I guess by the end of the season, it’ll be looking great, just in time to be winterized again .

Anyway, if any of you manage to get to Lake Cumberland, look us up. We are the Cooks, and our Carver 404, is on the AA dock. Just look for the Memory Maker. We always love to meet fellow boaters. Have a great boating season!

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