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Old     (Mahoney86)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-09-2012, 9:51 AM Reply   
So with the soon purchase of my new wake boat, Im not going to lie I am scared to death to put it in the water I normally ride in which is 15-20min away from my house due to it being brakish. The salinity is anywhere from 9ppt - 12ppt where I normally ride. Though I am meticulous about maintenance. The whole boat/trailer/interior/exterior get washed each and every use. The engine is flushed for 20minutes with freshwater and saltaway. The whole boat and trailer then get sprayed down with salt-away and then the whole boat is dried.

The nearest freshwater lake to me is 1hour doorstep to boat ramp. I just dont know how realistic it is to drive 2 hours (back and fourth) every saturday and sunday. That hour drive also reduces my riding time because I normally try and do a dusk session on monday and friday after work, but no way ill be able to make that hapen if I have an 2 hour round trip drive.

Hearing some of the horror stories of salt, im really getting steered away from a new boat.
Old     (ottog1979)      Join Date: Apr 2007       08-09-2012, 9:52 AM Reply   
30 minutes.
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       08-09-2012, 9:53 AM Reply   
An hour minimum. Best lake is 2:10 driveway to ramp. Makes for a long day.
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            08-09-2012, 10:05 AM Reply   
20' from

Up in OH we'd drive 45min to 1hr to get to the closest public lake when not at my parents lake place for a weekend.

I dont think an hr is bad though. Coming from a guy who drives over an hr each way to work.
Old     (Mahoney86)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-09-2012, 10:11 AM Reply   
Im not too worried about the hour... My commute to work is 1.5hr each way... I have a hard enough time as it is getting people up before 8 to hit the water... I wake up every morning at 5, so if I sleep til 530-6 its sleeping in and thats when i want to hit the water. Anyone who rides with me is like pulling teeth getting them on the water by 10-11. The big lake here gets wild on the weekends as well, so boarding can be limited. I googled some other ramps on the lake and the closest one mapquest says is 1hr5min... so in reality thats probably only 45-50 minutes

But still I would miss my nice quick 2hr sessions on monday night or friday night after work if I chose to only run in the lake
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            08-09-2012, 10:22 AM Reply   
I dont think any of my buddies and def not the ladies would get up that early on a weekend lol. Hell, maybe just pull all nighters is the only way.
Old     (ironcross25)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-09-2012, 10:52 AM Reply   
I can be in the water in 20 mins at he closet lake its small but does the trick for a few hours. If i go out all day its 1.5 to one or 40 to another. the bigger lake is longer to get too but I usually choose it 9 out of 10 times.
Old     (BKinSoCal)      Join Date: Oct 2011       08-09-2012, 11:24 AM Reply   
I understand the drive time, but think about how much less time you would need to spend cleaning and flushing. If you're driving 1.5 hours to and from work, I am assuming the fresh water lake must be in the opposite direction for the hour drive to be an issue? If not, take your boat to work and tell your buddies to meet you at the ramp at 5:30. Then after riding they can follow you home to help clean and put the boat away.

I know what you're saying about the challenge of getting people up in the morning to ride. Our water is good on weekends from 5:30, or when it's light enough to see, to about 8am. After that, the go-fast boats, Waverunners and tubers come out and the water is crap for the rest of the day.
Old     (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004 Location: Minnesnowda       08-09-2012, 11:27 AM Reply   
Exactly 77 feet from my back door to the start of my dock.
Old     (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       08-09-2012, 11:33 AM Reply   
Originally Posted by andy_nintzel View Post
Exactly 77 feet from my back door to the start of my dock.
I saw this and decided to measure. 76ft 8 in.
Old     (Mahoney86)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-09-2012, 11:40 AM Reply   
haha some of you have it good... Luckly I still rent a house and my lease is up in Dec so Im thinking about renting on the lake.. Would be 1 hour closer to snowmobile country and minutes away from freshwater.

unfortunately I work in NYC so no where close by to drive a truck and trailer to. Regardless the lake is west of my job so its still another hour west and then an hour home.

Regardless of salt or not the boat is still getting detailed daily. It takes me and a buddy 25-30min to detail the whole boat and flush the engine. I have a pretty good system. House the boat/truck/trailer down then hook up the hose to the engine and flush. Clean interior, exterior, scrub the trailer, and gear. Spray the exterior down. I hope on the inside and clean the inside while someone dries the exterior. Turn off the engine and spray down the interior. Dry the interior, hang up the boards and gear and inside for beer and bbq! Next morning when Im waiting for all the bums to wake up I spray protectant on the interior

To me a quick 20-30min wash is well worth it for how easy it is.
Old     (brycejb328)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-09-2012, 11:55 AM Reply   
I would estimate that I have ten lakes at MINIMIUM within an hour. My usual ride spot is 20 min away.

Anything more makes it pretty tough to get in those weekday sets, or to make them worth it!
Old     (wakedaveup)      Join Date: May 2012       08-09-2012, 11:58 AM Reply   
When I lived in CA an hour drive to the lake was pretty average and honestly not that bad. The road trip there was always fun and blaring loud music and laughs as everyones always stoked to ride. The ride home sucks because everyone's tired and just wants to be home or they're buzzed and sleeping lol. Either way it's a small price to pay to preserve your boat and protect your investment. Once it hits salt water thats that and no matter who you try and sell it to they will work you down if the boat shows salt wear. Just make the extra 40 minute drive and think of all the extra money you'll get back when you resell your boat.
Old    jblinzler            08-09-2012, 12:07 PM Reply   
yeah i live in CA and i drive at least an hour to get to the lake. usual time ranges anywhere from an hour to two. I would spend the extra time, its worth it in the end.
Old     (jhartt3)      Join Date: Jan 2012       08-09-2012, 12:09 PM Reply   
2 mins doorstep to boat slip.
Old     (93rx7)      Join Date: Jan 2010       08-09-2012, 12:11 PM Reply   
boat is sitting on the lake.. however i am about an hour and 20 mins from the lakehouse during the week

in the middle of the summer there's plenty of time to head out there after work. now that the days are getting shorter its becoming less frequent :/
Old     (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-09-2012, 12:20 PM Reply   
55 miles,which takes about 1 hour to drive.
Old     (jhartt3)      Join Date: Jan 2012       08-09-2012, 12:32 PM Reply   
I've considered relocating so i could make more money at my job. But cant find another place/city that has a job like this 20 mins from my house where i have a boat 2 mins away ready to go. Currently it would take a hefty raise to uproot this situation.
Old    9Drozd            08-09-2012, 12:38 PM Reply   
30 seconds from my house to the slip.
Old     (JoLo_Si)      Join Date: Oct 2011       08-09-2012, 1:08 PM Reply   
I'm lucky, ramp in my community... If I had to drive more than an hour I don't think I could ever find a driver. Yall have some hard core crews and/or families.
Old     (boardjnky4)      Join Date: Dec 2011       08-09-2012, 1:20 PM Reply   
15 minutes on a 45mph road. Tough life I live.
Old     (johnny_defacto)      Join Date: Sep 2006       08-09-2012, 1:31 PM Reply   
Rob, If you split your trips between your close brackish lake and the fresh water lake, then you will be limiting the exposure to brackish water and increasing riding time. so your monday and or friday evening rides, use the close lake, but on weekends, go to the freshwater lake. If you flush and clean like you say you do and get a galvanized trailer, then you should have no problem running your boat in brackish for one season, then move.
Old     (Bumpass1)      Join Date: Oct 2010       08-09-2012, 1:39 PM Reply   
I'm 52 miles away. An hour haul each way. It doesnt bother me though.
Old     (Mahoney86)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-09-2012, 1:48 PM Reply   
all you guys with the hour drive, how early are you hitting the lake? I have no problem heading out at 530am but all my buddies have that problem. 8am be on water at 9am is more realistic but i just hate how trashed the lakes get by that time
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            08-09-2012, 1:52 PM Reply   
I feel sorry for you guys if you're lakes are trashed by 9am. I can see like noon or so but dang!!
Old     (scotthons)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-09-2012, 1:55 PM Reply   
3 hours to the lake where the boat is stored. We can only do weekend trips, but at least the lake does not get that crowded. The closest lake is about 2 hours, but it is miserable in my opinion. I envy you guys who have lake houses or even much shorter trips.
Old     (ironcross25)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-09-2012, 2:18 PM Reply   
the lake i live close to is small so by 11 or 12 its trashed and you cant board till 930 am. If its windy half the lake is trashed. When I drive to the farther lake thats 1.5 hr away its toast by 11 or 12 also. I live in between akron and canton oh so there is not a lot of options.
Old     (tahoeguy7)      Join Date: Sep 2006       08-09-2012, 2:39 PM Reply   
30 minutes to the closest lake for me, but the best lakes are at least an hour out.
Old     (bhyatt_ohp)      Join Date: Oct 2007       08-09-2012, 2:55 PM Reply   
I live 5 minutes from one boat ramp, 7 minutes from the other - both ramps on Old Hickory lake. We trailer our boat and keep the boat at the house = no storage expense and ability to travel to two other lakes nearby. I can be at Percy Priest lake across town in 20 minutes. Then I have a beautiful, deep water Center Hill lake 50 minutes drive away. I love Nashville TN for that fact.

I understand your concern of dipping a new boat in saltwater. Salt/brackish water is something I've never had to deal with but I've seen pictures of what it can do to boats, that are even maintained well. If the freshwater lake you travel to has a storage facility nearby and a campground, have you considered getting a $5-$7k camper/travel trailer? You could roll out on Fridays after work with boat in tow to the storage facility, drop boat, tow camper to camp and setup, then go get the boat, launch boat in the water and your set for the weekend. Your friends could drive up to meet you anytime they wanted, or stay overnight in the camper if there was enough room. With your boat being at your house you get the option to occasionally run in the brackish, but also spend weekends in the freshwater.
Old     (tonyv420)      Join Date: Jul 2007       08-09-2012, 3:14 PM Reply   
15 min from driveway to ramp
Old     (Mahoney86)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-09-2012, 3:27 PM Reply   
Im waying all options out. Basically I have freshwater in 2 directions one north west and the other south west. Both great riding spots. Lots of good points have been brought up though. I travel about 40min back and forth now plus 30min cleaning. Whats the extra 20min each way and Im saving a little on cleaning time as in fresh I can just dry off spray down with boat candy and dry again. Im pretty much fine with it. I have a Diesel f250 so Im not too worried about towing a 3400lb boat an hour either.

Seems like most of you have the 45min to 1 hour drive also and its not a big deal. So is what it is.
Old     (njskier)      Join Date: Jul 2005       08-09-2012, 4:14 PM Reply   
^Rob, It's well worth the trip for nice deep, fresh water.......and we are up and riding before 8am!

It takes me 45 mins to get there including filling the boat with gas in the am.
Old     (pprior)      Join Date: Jan 2012       08-09-2012, 4:22 PM Reply   
45 min drive. Would love to have a lake house, but do not at all have confidence in today's economy or real estate market so I have not bought.
Old     (Mahoney86)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-09-2012, 4:25 PM Reply   
Thanks dave, I have pretty much talked everyone into it... But we will see if that actually happens every weekend....
Old     (bschall)      Join Date: Jun 2007       08-09-2012, 7:07 PM Reply   
30 minutes from discovery bay. with the flip of a switch and the boat is in the water. The biggest pain is having to fill up 5 gallons.
Old     (srock)      Join Date: Mar 2002       08-10-2012, 6:44 AM Reply   
I sleep over my boat...its 12 steps down.
Old     (ripr)      Join Date: Mar 2002       08-10-2012, 6:52 AM Reply   
5 minute Golf Cart ride. But our lake is that's my trade off.
Old     (simplej)      Join Date: Sep 2011       08-10-2012, 8:34 AM Reply   
About 18 feet, 30 if you include the dock.
Old     (timmyb)      Join Date: Apr 2007       08-10-2012, 9:18 AM Reply   
I'm 55 miles from the lake that I belong to which takes about an hour. Luckily I can leave my boat at the lake so I don't always have to trailer it back and forth. Before I joined this lake, we used to boat on a public lake that was also an hour away and did it several times a week but trailering the boat with us. It's a pain but if you are committed and enjoy it, you will make it work IMO.
Old     (irishrider92)      Join Date: Jun 2009       08-10-2012, 9:19 AM Reply   
Pretty sure I'm going to hate everyone by the end of this thread. 3 hours drive from my home to caravan, then another 20 minutes drive to the boat, and another 10 to the lake. After we've launched, then its 30 minutes across a lake that's usually rough, occasionally white horses, to ride-able water. All in all its about 4 hours from home to riding
Old     (tn_rider)      Join Date: Dec 2009       08-10-2012, 9:21 AM Reply   
70 feet to butter lol
Old     (axeman)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-10-2012, 3:17 PM Reply   
30 mins from house to storage. 5-10 min. ride fro storage to lake.
Old     (fgcuwake)      Join Date: Jan 2010       08-10-2012, 3:57 PM Reply   
simple solution, sleep on your boat saturday nights! duh
Old     (alanp)      Join Date: Apr 2001       08-10-2012, 5:40 PM Reply   
one hour to the lake 10 mins to the river.
Old     (bryce2320)      Join Date: May 2012       08-11-2012, 10:06 AM Reply   
I wish I could find the same paying job down in Northern Oklahoma that I could be 15 minutes from a big lake. Im in Wichita, KS so its 45 minutes to the closest lake and I dont get home from work til 6 pm working 10 hour days. On Friday night we drive an hour and 45 minutes down to Oklahoma where our camper is set up a half mile from the boat ramp. Where only weekend warriors which sucks.
Old     (Gnargnar)      Join Date: Aug 2012       08-11-2012, 12:19 PM Reply   
Our local lake is an ocean by noon, river is 7.9 mi from driveway and year pass was only100
Old     (greglb842)      Join Date: Aug 2011       08-14-2012, 6:12 AM Reply   
30 seconds boat on hoist

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Old     (captain_vilfo)      Join Date: Apr 2007       08-14-2012, 6:52 AM Reply   
one block
Old     (yjwrangler95)      Join Date: Oct 2011       08-14-2012, 8:13 AM Reply   
In KY I'm 15 minutes to the Ohio River, which i feel the same way about it as you do the brackish water......I have no idea what the hell is in there and probably glow when you get out. At least its not corrosive. We are a minimum 1:20 minutes to any of 3 lakes. I make the trip Saturday and Sunday. We have a house at one lake and friends with houses at others. It makes the trip worthwhile.

I lived in SW FL, I had a few boats and the salt really took its tole. I was religious about flushing and cleaning but it is so hard on a boat. Outboards aren't nearly as bad, but inboards are another story.

Last edited by yjwrangler95; 08-14-2012 at 8:18 AM.
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            08-14-2012, 9:10 AM Reply   
Last and only time I skied in the OH river I saw dead farm animals floating through. That was enough for me.
Old     (Mahoney86)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-14-2012, 9:33 AM Reply   
^^^ that must have been interesting
Old     (DealsGapCobra)      Join Date: May 2010       08-14-2012, 11:11 AM Reply   
I am 5 minutes from our closest lake and about 40 minutes from the "nice" lake. I have a new crew with no previous boating experience so we used the local lake last year. To me the extra 35 minutes is nothing and they now agree.
Old     (Mahoney86)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-14-2012, 11:52 AM Reply   
I dragged my normal local crew up to the lake this weekend and they all agreed it was well worth the trip, despite the fact the water was an ocean by 1030 or so. But being able to anchor up in the coves, party, layout in fresh clean water and the quick detail and dry of the boat was well worth it compared to being in the brakish river, the big clean up of the boat afterwards etc....
Old     (robandrus)      Join Date: Feb 2002       08-14-2012, 12:30 PM Reply   
Utah Lake
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Old     (robandrus)      Join Date: Feb 2002       08-16-2012, 12:45 PM Reply   
One more.
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Old     (Mahoney86)      Join Date: Jul 2012       08-16-2012, 1:26 PM Reply   
^^^ just one more to rub it in lol and on the golf course too.
Old     (mjfan23)      Join Date: Nov 2003       08-19-2012, 10:29 PM Reply   
small lake is about 40 minutes away.... Ideal Lake is a good 4 hour trip... Brutal.
Old     (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       08-20-2012, 7:20 AM Reply   
75 ft.... which is legally as close as the Wi-DNR will allow


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