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Old 01-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #31
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Thanks. I just got back to DC after driving the bikes down. I looked at a bunch of houses and have got an application in now for a waterfront house in Apollo Beach. Its a little smaller and more basic than would have been ideal, but was tidy, had great water access and was quite inexpensive so it'll do for now. I'll check on renter's insurance, but not too stressed over it as the house is up a hill a bit from the water and set higher than most in AB. I'll see if I can find out when it last flooded (if ever) to see what the chances are. If a hurricane is coming I can always toss the bikes in the trailer and make for high ground
Hurricane season is a long ways off, but should one head our way, you're welcome to park your trailer at my place if a storm heads this way. I'm far enough inland so there's no possibility of storm surge. 2.5 acres, so plenty of room for the trailer should the worst occur
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:02 AM   #32
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Thanks for the welcome, offer and additional boat info! I'll definitely get a good GPS and maybe depthfinder. Awesome to have a place to run to in the event of a hurricane if necessary

I have my eye on a '97 Sea Ray 230 Bow Rider (really 22' I think) with a 330hp I/O setup, sound like a good Tampa Bay boat for watersports and general fooling around (no fishing)? http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=753240
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:43 PM   #33
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When you get settled let me know(PM) and I will help you find some possible deals. I would be happy to help a fellow inmate out. Whats your budget for a boat? I would definitely avoid a used gas I/O. They are generally derived from car engines and designed to push a vehicle down the road not push a hull through salt water. They are a dime a dozen down here. Stick with a outboard. Preferably with the highest HP the hull is rated for. That way it will last much longer because you will never have to work it hard. Marginally powered rigs are screaming the whole time and generally short lived.
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:26 PM   #34
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Cool, thanks!
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:43 PM   #35
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I have my eye on a '97 Sea Ray 230 Bow Rider (really 22' I think) with a 330hp I/O setup, sound like a good Tampa Bay boat for watersports and general fooling around (no fishing)? http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=753240

Cya at the island.

Remember, Tampa bay is a shallow water estuary. Sea Rays are heavy tubs.

The fishing is actually great....
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:43 PM   #36
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Anyone wanna go along for a maiden voyage on my new boat? I need to drive it home (via water) from Treasure Island (St. Pete) to Apollo Beach, probably next Saturday

I looked at a bunch of stuff (ranged from little crappy bowriders to little nice bowriders to big nice bowriders to a scarab fishing boat with twins...) had a couple deals fall through and finally have a deposit down on a '95 Cobalt 272 bowrider. Big (27'), seems really well built and is in good, but not immaculate shape (which suits me nicely as I don't need to pay for immaculate). It's powered by a fuel injected 454 mag spinning a bravo one outdrive. Sea trial planned for Tuesday and if all goes well (and I'm pretty certain it will) I can drive the boat home anytime thereafter, I'm thinking Saturday would work nicely.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:19 PM   #37
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So how did all this work out ?? It's about that time of year that the redneck yacht club starts to gather every weekend. I got the first round....


http://www.tampadiving.com/sections/...can_island.asp
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:39 PM   #38
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Worked out great. Here's the view from my kitchen





Loving Apollo Beach, quiet, easy commute to the office, being on the water has proven fun, and its quite inexpensive. The job is also awesome, long hours, but lots and lots of fun. Company has quadrupled in size since I started in January and will easily double again by the end of June.

BTW I've made the run to Beercan a couple of times, fun hang-out spot. If you are headed out shoot me a txt (I'll pm my #) or look for the blue cobalt pictured above anchored up somewhere. I went out Sunday afternoon and had a rather interesting ride. Reminded me of the rhythm sections when I used to race MX/SX...
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:09 AM   #39
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Nice !!...yeah, Sunday was a bad day to be boating....another couple weeks and it'll be perfect weather. You'll only have to worry about running from the afternoon storms...
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