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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Stuff I Forgot About

I forgot to mention something about the boat adventure.

The boat ramp fee is $10 per day. But I forgot to pay. It was late when I launched, and I was trying to beat some weather. So I just launched the boat and then parked the trailer. And I forgot to pay. OOPS! I remembered I forgot to pay after I was already at anchor.

And I did not get a parking ticket. HA! So here is what I decided. The ramp fee is $10. A parking ticket is $15. So why not gamble a little? If I get a ticket 50% of the time, I am still saving money. The use of the ramp twice would be $20. If I do not pay the fee and only get a ticket 50% of the time, then I would have to pay $15 - a net savings of $5!

I was only tied up with one other boat. Other people were supposed to be there - but nobody showed up. Oh well. It is kind of hard to find people with that many boats out there. My open boat scared people I know away. I had invited someone out for the weekend, but the lack of a flushing toilet and proper shower facilities was the deal breaker for her. I can kind of understand that. Camping on an open boat for 2 nights is not exactly the best thing. I could hack it because I just can. But a cuddy cabin boat is a much nicer weekender boat than my open boat. The enclosure will help with this a little. I even thought up a way to build a sleeping platform in the front of the boat out of plastic plywood. Whatever I construct will have to be stowable when not in use.

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Blogger Cheesemeister said...

Luckily you didn't park in Denver. They would have booted you.
Of course it would be pretty stupid to park in Denver to sail a boat in Florida.

06:40  
Blogger Sometimes Emma said...

haha, Cheesemeister...

I take it you didn't hear back from the powers that be? I don't want to be the 300th person to ask but they are *crazy* not to hire you, me thinks.

12:26  
Blogger Fuzz said...

It does seem like it would be a good thing to be able to sleep out of the rain.
This would greatly increase your boating options.

16:34  
Blogger M@ said...

At least you didn't use the handicapped dock. That'd be a $500 fine right there.

20:07  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

CM - sailing is for people with too much time on their hands. I have 135 horse power. Not a whole lot, but enough. I usually remember to pay the ramp fee.

Emma - I would comment on your comment but I have no idea what you said.

Fuzz - I need the full enclosure. I plan to devise some kind of sleeping platform. And maybe a masthead and stern light. OH YEA and a generator and AC! With reverse cycle in case it gets cold.

m@ - good point. I would never use the handicapped boat ramp. I got respect.

01:57  

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