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Any speedboat owners out there?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by SanPedro, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. SanPedro

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    Some advice from any owners greatly appreciated.

    Thinking of getting a small speedboat to take on holiday to Spain next year, mainly for water skiing and fishing duties. A starter boat will do for now so any advice on makes, models, budgets, etc

    Do I need any form of licence to 'drive' one and if I'm venturing out to sea at all what else do I need?

    Too many questions at the moment I think. Going to take the kids for a water skiing taster at the weekend to see if they enjoy it.
     
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    I'm the 35th viewer, so I'll tell you now. We're all poor.

    Seriously, don't the Home office site or coastguard give details? I'd imagine you're gonna at least have several lessons. Esp in lgiht of news couple of week ago
     
  3. SanPedro

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    Everyone's out buying £5K plasmas and £1500 receivers I guess.

    I can't believe nobody on this forum does any kind of watersports. You can buy a boat for way less then the cost of a half decent AV system.

    Just hoping that someone might have have had some experience of it. Seems cars and koi have more followers around these parts ;)
     
  4. mcfarfs

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    The only watersport I do is rowing.

    I do at at Bewl Water.

    I have to say, it is a great sport. You can go incredibly fast, it is so satisfying just gliding across the water.

    That is the one thing I love most about boats, even when you are not going that fast, it seems like you are literally flying :smashin: .
     
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    Hi Chris
    Used to do a bit of sailing, surfing, jetskiing and Waterskiing when I lived in Plymouth.

    Don’t know much about the equipment I used except where the fuel went in. :D Had a few friends who had their own sailing boats and jetskies they sometimes use these forums here: http://www.britishwaterski.org.uk/UKSki/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=38

    If you manage to get a boat I am sure you will love it. :) Summer Sunday afternoons floating about the sound with a few beers oh the memories! :smashin: Watersports are great don’t do much anymore cant afford to pay for what I used to get for free or virtually nothing! :(
     
  6. SanPedro

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    cheers stealther - that site will certainly do for starters. hope they're as friendly as this place. :thumbsup:
     
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    Chris

    I hope you have deep pockets,powerboats are moneypits.I used to live in Florida and had 2 powerboats.My first was a 12 month old 20ft bowrider with 125hp outboard great fun but cost me $12k used.I sold it a year later for $7k.A year later I got a 17ft bowrider with a 70hp outboard for $3k sold it a year later for $2k

    Apart from the depreciation, in florida I was paying $200 per month mooring/storage.The big cost is the fuel.To waterski depending on the size of boat yopu will need at least a 50-70hp engine.These things only do around 3-5 mpg.When I was in Florida gas was $1.10 per gallon and I used to get through $20-30 everytime we took the boat out.At current petrol price of £4 gallon its gona cost you a forune everytime you take it out.
     
  8. SanPedro

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    Hoping to keep costs down by getting a small a boat as possible (that does the job) and having it stored in a garage. Plus I'll be sharing costs with my brother.

    The fuel costs do look horrendous though - why so fuel inefficient? Is it really that much harder to push a boat through water? 50hp is only about the size of a mid range motorbike that'll do 60mpg!!

    Anyways... Going to Windermere on saturday for a water skiing taster with my kids. If we all hate it then the idea will be out the window.
     
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    the only water sport I've done was with my ex, but thats another story...!

    hope you're not planning on going up to the lakes, they've all got speed restrictions now...
     
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    Wondered about that... but the place we're going to on Saturday is on Windermere... so maybe they don't have speed restrictions.
     
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    10 mph speed limit was imposed this year actually....

    Edit: Sorry - was beaten to it...
     
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    Arguably the best boat for water skiing would be a MasterCraft, they are not too expensive and sound great! When I used to go water skiing that was the boat of choice...
     

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