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stevo137
08-04-2004, 10:03 PM
:mad: We are sick and tired of this weather we have had all summer. I think that we have had only a few days in the 90's and it's either windy, rainy, or cool. It's in the 60's today!
That's it, we want to take the boat somewhere nice that is HOT and not more than 400 miles (SOUTH) away from the Chicago area hopefully in the 2nd week in August for 4-5 days.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

ski_king
08-04-2004, 10:27 PM
I feel for ya!
Between all the rain, high water level, a virus that killed thousands of stinking carp, a sick kid, a sick wife, I have only had my boat in the water twice so far and I havent got to ski yet. Last year wasnt much better........

Anyway, about 400 miles due south of you is Kentucky Lake. I havent been there yet, but I have friend who have and said it is great. It is on my list ok skiing vacations I hope to do.

Den

stevo137
08-04-2004, 11:14 PM
Thnx Den,
That's a possibility. I have family in Southern IL and my uncle had a place on KY Lake when I was a kid.
I don't think that I want to make this vacation an Einstein vacation though. (relative).

DrNautica
08-04-2004, 11:17 PM
Not sure about the exact distance and it may exceed your 400 mi. limit, but... it's well worth it! As a matter of fact, if you make the trip, you may never go back home. I travel 320 mi each way, every weekend year 'round to spend as much time on this lake as humanly possible. Seriously, no bull.

Dr N. :dance:

stevo137
08-04-2004, 11:28 PM
Dr.
You got my attention. Any more details like resorts, websites, and such?
OBTW, you get that Tristar home yet?

JimN
08-04-2004, 11:57 PM
KY Lake has a lot of water, and there are a lot of little side areas where you can ski or do whatever you want. KenLake Marina is one place where you can rent a slip, camp or rent a trailer or even a motel room nearby. They have laundry, showers, food, bait, gas, etc. It's not far from Purchase Parkway. If you decide to go exploring in the area, there is a lot around and Paducah is only about 30 miles away.

stevo137
08-05-2004, 12:28 AM
editing....

JimN
08-05-2004, 12:31 AM
So, how do you like the Superman statue in Metropoplis?

stevo137
08-05-2004, 12:39 AM
I don't believe that I have seen it. I just remember home of Superman on the watertower. It has been a long time since I visited Metropolis.

JMT
08-05-2004, 08:21 AM
Not sure how far it is for you, but we do Tablerock Lake every year. It's right outside of Branson, Mo. By far the best lake in the Midwest we have ever boated; clean, big and you don't encounter the traffic that Lake of the Ozarks gets. JimT

DrNautica
08-05-2004, 11:38 AM
Dr.
You got my attention. Any more details like resorts, websites, and such?
OBTW, you get that Tristar home yet?


Stevo,

Lake Cumberland, there is no place like it! Allow me to further indulge your attention now that I have it. 50,000+ acres, 1250 miles of shoreline, average depth: 90', water quality: 10-20 foot visibility depending on location. Need I go on?

Try this site for more Lake C info: click here (http://www.lakecumberland.com/)

This is a great site about Lake Cumberland and has a great forum too. I'd register there then ask away about the Lake. Some added features: LC never freezes, it is "The Houseboat Capital of the World", and there are endless secluded coves in which to ski your a$$ off. There are at least 9 major marinas on the Lake that have large housboat rental fleets for Lake visitors. Additionally, there are numerous cabins, motels and Lake Cumberland State Park complete with Lure Lodge and golf course, boat ramp, etc., etc.

Try the site and look around. Do some google searches on Lake Cumberland, KY and see what you can discover.

While I've not been to Kentucky Lake and I certainly wouldn't knock it until I've tried it, There just can't be anyplace better than Lake Cumberland.

east tx skier
08-05-2004, 11:48 AM
Man, I can't wait until it cools down in Texas. It'll get some of the Wallies off the water.

OhioProstar
08-05-2004, 11:48 AM
I can concur with Dr. My wife and I go down to LC at least two times a year for the past five years. The water is clean, the riverside and coves are like butter. Grider Hill would probably be the closest place to put in coming from Chicago.

DrNautica
08-05-2004, 12:04 PM
I can concur with Dr. My wife and I go down to LC at least two times a year for the past two years. The water is clean, the riverside and coves are like butter. Grider Hill would probably be the closest place to put in coming from Chicago.

Grider is where I dock my fleet, now four boats in all with the addition of an '89 Tristar 190.

Here are some links to local marinas:
Grider Hill (http://www.griderhilldock.com/)
State Dock (http://www.statedock.com/)
Lake Cumberland State Park (http://www.state.ky.us/agencies/parks/lakecumb.htm)
Lee's Ford Marina (http://www.leesfordmarina.com/)


There, that should get you started.

Knoxes
08-05-2004, 12:13 PM
I hate my lake.

bcampbe7
08-05-2004, 12:46 PM
What lake would that be Knoxes?

Knoxes
08-05-2004, 12:58 PM
Norman, just north of Charlotte, NC. Way too much traffic. You gotta be heading home by noon on the weekends or you'll be at the chiro on Monday. Can't remember the last time I ran WOT.

jake
08-05-2004, 01:53 PM
Knoxes: I'm spending allot of time in Charlotte these days (commuting here every week for work). Is there a local ski club with a course I can hook up with for a week night pull?

bcampbe7
08-05-2004, 01:55 PM
Jake-
Contact Mike at MasterCraft of Charlotte. He is a very cool guy, and will probably be able to get you hooked-up.

captkidd
08-05-2004, 02:45 PM
I was on Lake Norman once several years ago. It is definitely no place for a tournament ski boat. I'm sure there are coves somewhere that are o.k. for skiing, but you certainly don't want to be out in the main section on the weekends. I pretty much had to just putter along and try to keep from getting run over.

Have you ever tried Lake Wylie? I haven't been on it, but I hear it's not as bad as Norman. Also, isn't there a lake near Rock Hill, SC? I had to go down there several times last year on business, but I never made it to the lake.

WaterSki magazine published a list of ski clubs last month (page 69). The Lake Norman Water Ski Club was listed (704-663-5341) www.lakenormanskiclub.8m.com.

Knoxes
08-05-2004, 03:28 PM
Jake - I have no idea. I hung out briefly with the aforementioned ski club years ago, but I'm so far removed from them, I wouldn't know anybody there anymore. I'd love to pull you (there's no way to say this without it sounding... umm... strange), but unfortunately, if you're reading the DriveTrain forum, I'm having some fairly serious problems.

bcamp- You've dealt with MC of Charlotte before? I haven't and honestly, I've been hesitant because they're 30 minutes from the closest piece of water and I can't quite reconcile a boat dealer that far away.

capt K - I have a dry-storage contract thru the end of the year. I don't want to trailer, but I might have to look for other options for next year. Wylie's probably not much better, but Mountain Island, which is between the two could be. There's probably no dry storage on that lake tho. So it goes.

east tx skier
08-05-2004, 03:33 PM
Here's the AWSA's club listings for NC.

http://www.usawaterski.com/pages/clubs/regiondetail.asp?type=s&name=NC

bcampbe7
08-05-2004, 03:35 PM
I have only dealt with them over the phone and internet, as I am about 7 hours away. They seem very friendly and are die-hard ski and wakeboard guys and girls. I would not hesitate to stop by and chat with them. Mike or one of his mechanics would be happy to answer any and all of your questions. You may also want to post your tranny question on www.mymastercraft.com

Knoxes
08-05-2004, 03:59 PM
Holy crap... last time I saw their website, it was like a page with their address on it. That's impressive.

I don't know if she's there anymore, but the wakeboard shop owner was the X Games champ... can't remember her name.

I'll give them a shot. Not fair to pass judgement without atleast trying them out.

bcampbe7
08-05-2004, 04:02 PM
Maeghan Major... She's still there.

Knoxes
08-05-2004, 04:09 PM
google search....

oh my.

stevo137
08-05-2004, 07:27 PM
Thanks much for all of your replies. I am checking it out.

stevo137
08-10-2004, 09:38 AM
High of 65 tomorrow! Must be due to global warming.

MarkP
08-10-2004, 09:47 AM
Stevo,

That looks like my weather Wed Th and Fri. Your not doing something sneaky like sending that crap my way are you:noface: ??

Leroy
08-10-2004, 10:05 AM
Stevo;
You've done it to me also! Mid Indiana and feels like fall already. Wx man said not a single 90's day here yet this summer and already cooling off. Maybe we will have a long fall to make up for this!

John B
08-10-2004, 10:06 AM
:cry: :cry: :cry:

BriEOD
08-10-2004, 10:35 AM
Stevo, at least you can get good pizza! :purplaugh

stevo137
08-10-2004, 07:13 PM
Brian,
You are correct. It's hard to beat Chicago pizza and a lot of other things I might add!

stevo137
08-11-2004, 09:34 AM
High of 62 today! Should break a 100 year old record. Yesterday came close. Did sleep good last night with the window cracked a bit.
Weatherman said that this is mid October weather.

MarkP
08-11-2004, 09:41 AM
Looks like I may warm up for the weekend, 74 Sat,76 Sun!!!:dance:

stevo137
08-11-2004, 09:44 AM
Now if I only had my boat back! :(

MarkP
08-11-2004, 09:47 AM
Stevo, who did you give your boat to?:confused:

stevo137
08-11-2004, 10:02 AM
I am having a full off trailer buff, detail, and new rub rail installed. The weather has been cold and I had a slot to get it in. This guy is in high demand but works at his own pace. He is a perfectionist even down to replacing a decal with a tiny ding in it. He assures me it will look as if new!

MarkP
08-11-2004, 10:42 AM
Sweet, Don't forget the photos:toast:

sully
08-11-2004, 10:50 AM
High today in St. Paul.
60 degrees not 61 but 60 :mad:

jimmer2880
08-11-2004, 12:27 PM
Not 1 - but 2 !!! Hurricanes coming up the east coast this weekend! :cry:

If they take the right track - we may have to pull the dock & trailer this Mon or Tue of next week..... Season could be ending early this year.

stevo137
08-12-2004, 10:41 AM
Keep us posted Jimmer.