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Old 12-01-2020, 08:58 AM   #1
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PWCs too?

Anyone else have a PWC or two to go along with the big boat? One of our slip neighbors (and a close friend) rents an extra slip adjacent to his boat to keep a rather substantial, and always changing, collection of small boats including two or three "Dolphin Fun Boats", a 300 HP Sea Doo PWC, and an inflatable boat. He's a great guy and is always letting people (including me and my guests) use the small vessels. He also lets others keep our "skiffs" (the local term for dinghy) tied up in the slip (it's a huge L-shaped slip with room for at least a dozen small boats) whenever we want. We all call the slip "Riff Raff Row". Anyway, last Summer, he bought some drive-on floating PWC docks (that also work great for small RIBs) and encouraged us to get a couple of them and a PWC or two to put in the slip.

We found an exceptional deal on a pair of used PWCs and a trailer in October and bought them. We will be getting a pair of drive-on floating docks for them in the Spring and are looking forward to using them from the marina and trailering them to lakes and such. Just curious if anyone else has some.


One thing I was not expecting when we moved into a marina two years ago was how many opportunities there would be for group "skiff" excursions. At our end of the marina, just about everyone has a skiff and we have some great times going out on group excursions through the miles and miles of narrow and twisty estuaries that surround our bay.



Riff Raff Row and our bay:
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Old 12-01-2020, 09:04 AM   #2
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Yes - our cruising group had many RIBS and a few jet skiis that we used to explore and travel some distances. At times we carried a jet ski and towed a larger RIB but as fun as the jst ski was the RIB always seemed to be the MVP of any trip. It could do everything really well whereas the ski was a lot of fun for a short period of time with less folks involved.
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Yes - our cruising group had many RIBS and a few jet skiis that we used to explore and travel some distances. At times we carried a jet ski and towed a larger RIB but as fun as the jst ski was the RIB always seemed to be the MVP of any trip. It could do everything really well whereas the ski was a lot of fun for a short period of time with less folks involved.

We can't carry our PWCs on our boat, but the skiff is also really fun to bomb around in, so that's no big deal.
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Wifey B: I like all water toys. Well, all toys, period.

We don't have PWC's but we have lots of Ribs and Kayaks and Paddleboards and love them all. Sometimes when home and the mighty ocean is in an unfriendly mood, then we'll all go wild with all the above, cruising the canals and playing in the water. Also, recently, when our cruises have been mostly to nowhere, we'd take the paddleboards and kayaks out with us and a couple of Ribs and anchor somewhere and use them all.

We use our Ribs when cruising more than anyone else we know but they're great for exploring and getting close up looks. A simple example. Most Savannah visitors stop at the docks in the city. They act like that's the end of the road. The river doesn't stop there. So much beauty around the islands and on up the river.

Personal preference of Ribs over PVC's is riding in rather than on, not having to get wet, being able to use a top even. Just boating over cycling. Call us old, but better not to my face , but we have young people with us and have even occasionally rented PVC's just to see and it's unanimous on Ribs over PVC's. The one PVC advantage is costs less to buy.

So yes to Ribs but don't forget canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and other ways of enjoying the water.
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Sea Lice

The second most hated thing on the water after huge wash stinkboats coming through or near anchorages and restricted waterways at full noise with zero regard for others.

After sea lice it would be drones, then tinny rats, interchangeable dependant on infestation on the day.
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