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10-05-2008, 04:23 PM
Just curious as to how far some of you travel to hit the water? Unfortunely for my its a
45-60min haul to the nearest waterbody! That really sucks and its starting to put a damper on my boating lifestyle; meaning IM not riding nearly as much as I'd like to. Possible boat for sale.:(

10-05-2008, 04:32 PM
I can be at the boat ramp in 10 minutes.:)

10-05-2008, 04:41 PM
less than 5 minutes to the nearest ramp which also happens to have 3 of only 7 open right now.

10-05-2008, 04:44 PM
7 miles, or about 15 minutes, whichever come first!http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/23/23_34_4.gif

10-05-2008, 05:06 PM

10-05-2008, 05:40 PM
Just curious as to how far some of you travel to hit the water? Unfortunely for my its a
45-60min haul to the nearest waterbody! That really sucks and its starting to put a damper on my boating lifestyle; meaning IM not riding nearly as much as I'd like to. Possible boat for sale.:(

Compared to my last two duty assignments, this place is great. I can be to the water in thirty minutes. I have been places where the nearest water was nearly two hours drive.

10-05-2008, 05:59 PM
5 minutes here.

10-05-2008, 06:34 PM
10 minutes.

10-05-2008, 06:36 PM
5 minutes.

10-05-2008, 07:26 PM
I hate to brag here, but my boat stays in the water across the street from about May to Mid Oct.
Soooo, about a 15 second walk...

Before we moved here, the closest was about a 20 minute trailer drag. Really the worst part of boating is the trailering...

10-05-2008, 07:31 PM
The time it takes me to walk from the back door to the dock. Life is good!

10-05-2008, 07:34 PM
2 minutes from the Puget Sound and 30 minutes or less to another 5-7 lakes. :D

10-05-2008, 07:35 PM
The boat launch is about 3/4 mile down our road.

However we are moving and going waterfront baby!!!! Can't wait for that for next season.

10-05-2008, 07:35 PM
7 miles to from the house to water... 2 hour drive to get to good water!

10-05-2008, 07:45 PM
20 second walk to the dock. Takes me longer to fill the cooler

10-05-2008, 07:47 PM
About 20 minutes to the lake. Boat is just 100ft from the ramp when I get there.

10-05-2008, 07:58 PM
It takes us about 10 minutes from the time we hitch up, to the time we hit the water.

10-05-2008, 08:49 PM
20 min by truck till i get to the dock where my boat awaits me siting on the boat lift!!!

10-05-2008, 08:51 PM
a long 20 secondish walk to the boat dock, plus a couple minutes for it to go down.

10-05-2008, 08:56 PM
So looks as if i am the only one with a drive ... 4 hours from Cincinnati to TN ... 256 miles garage to garage .... every other weekend ... lots of miles since we started going there in '92

I'm shedding a tear for you guys with the 5-10 minute treck.

By the time i'm corssing the KY border, my knoxville friends are home.

10-05-2008, 09:15 PM
I'm about 45 minutes to an hour with a stop for bagels.

10-05-2008, 09:31 PM
need to see how far it is, but it's about 10-15 minutes...

10-05-2008, 09:36 PM
Takes me about 40 minutes. Plus a few to hook up. Hoping to be waterfront some day, most likely some year maybe four to five.

10-05-2008, 10:06 PM
The closest ramp is about 10 to 15 minutes away but I go to a different lake that takes 20 to 25 minutes. Reason - my buddy has a house on the lake and he lets me keep my boat on a lift there (and skis with me a couple of times a week). So no trailering, boat launch bloopers or hassling with parking the car and trailer.

10-05-2008, 10:24 PM
I can leave my house and my boats wet within 2 hrs (1.5-1.75 to the lake, then I use my truck I keep there to put her in the water. If/when the boat comes home to roost it will still be about 1.5 hr from hook up to drop in @ Hyco, but it makes too much sense to spend the extra half hr and go somewhere that I have a pier with a fridge, a bathroom etc...

10-05-2008, 11:26 PM
15 minutes from my house to my Dad's shop. Then get the truck and the boat and another 15 minutes to the ramp. So probably 45 minutes total from leaving my house to putting the boat in.

10-05-2008, 11:36 PM
5 min to get the boat then 15 min to the ramp. Usually about 30 min after I get the boat waiting on everyone to show up to head to the ramp.

10-06-2008, 12:15 AM
ah maaaaan I hate to hear this, you guys are so lucky, walk out the back door, 5, 10, min, Iam so jelous, taks me 60- 80 min to get to my fave lake. but a new bridge will open in the spring of `09 so cut the time in half, but there going to toll the new bridge, $6.50 one way, ahhhh. Then there is a river 10min away but a really really bad boat launch, and the local rowing club wants to ban boaters.

10-06-2008, 12:56 AM
It depends: Closest water is about 30 minutes, but it's cold (typically in the 50's or worse except for about a month in the summer) and quite choppy a lot of the time. Next closest decent water is about 2 hours away; great water is about 8 hours away on the other side of the border...

10-06-2008, 01:01 AM
two and half hour drive to the cabin... from there its about 400ft to the boat on the lift...

03 35th Anniversary
10-06-2008, 01:03 AM
Not sure........

Boats in Nashville I'm in Missouri.......

Probably a good 8-9 hours......

SunCoast 83
10-06-2008, 02:41 AM
The boat is here, however the ramp for the Winter Park chain is about 25 minutes away with lights & traffic. Someday Im gonna live on those lakes....I just gotta!! :D

10-06-2008, 03:22 AM
I live on a river that runs into a lake, nearest ramp about 6mins away, only problem it's SALT WATER". 45 - 50mins to get to freshwater river.

10-06-2008, 07:39 AM
For me, it's 80 feet to the dock. Once on the dock, it's another 70 feet to the boat. The nicest part about it is being able to avoid the two-person boat ramp hassle. I only have to hit the boat ramp twice a year. On the down side, it's amazing how dirty a boat can get in a boat lift on the water.

Living on a lake is nice, but it imposes a whole new set of maintenance chores and expenses. Not complaining...just saying.....

10-06-2008, 07:40 AM
15 minutes from the house to the ramp.

10-06-2008, 07:40 AM
45 seconds from driveway to driveway.Lower the lift take the cover off warm up the LT1 and down the river, skier in tow.
Life is Good

10-06-2008, 07:41 AM
30 minutes one way (60 min roundtrip without traffic) and we do it every morning from May-August just to have a 1-hour set on the water before going to work. It's a great way to start the day, but by August, the getting up at 4:30am starts to set-in.

A.I. Rider
10-06-2008, 07:48 AM
50-55 minutes to the river, or if we want to go to the lake we like, then we are looking at an 90 minutes to get to the ramp. Definitely working to get my slice of heaven on a body of water!

10-06-2008, 08:07 AM
15 minutes from the garage to the ramp. 1 hour and 25 minutes to the good water...which we typically stay for the entire weekend.

10-06-2008, 08:24 AM
7 min to storage garage that sits next to ramps, then 10 min on the water to a ski cove or 20 min on trailer to get to a course.

10-06-2008, 08:32 AM
Two hours to nearest water. Three hours to nearest GOOD water. As much as I love the southwest I am green with envy from this thread. What I wouldn't give to be able to get off early and ski! I have to take a day off to make the weekend worth it.

10-06-2008, 08:41 AM
I hear ya mrprostar! Dont have much nice water here in south Louisiana. Maybe one day i'll get a house on a lake in Arkansas.

10-06-2008, 08:47 AM
Close to an hours drive for us, but at least it's to our cabin on the water.

The boat is one the lift and ready to go.

Hopefully in the not too distant future, we will build and eventually move there.

10-06-2008, 09:02 AM
20 mins local lakes and 2 hours to the Colorado River

10-06-2008, 09:31 AM
25 mins for me. Wouldn't want to be any of you guys traveling farther than that.

Gonzo, where are you on Hyco? I have several friends with places up there, we'll be up the first weekend in Nov.

10-06-2008, 09:43 AM
I have a spot about 30 mins from the house. It's about like the ocean most of the time though. For a good spot to ski it's about two to two and a half hours

10-06-2008, 10:24 AM
If I want to go for a quick ski in the river, it's about a 10 minute drive. Usually I'll do the 40 minute trek to the lake, though.

TX.X-30 fan
10-06-2008, 10:29 AM
2 miles. :D

10-06-2008, 10:32 AM
1 hour and 15 mins to our lake. Boat is moored there from May-October, so about once a week and once a month we stay over. Weather been rubbish this year, Typical for us in the UK.

10-06-2008, 10:44 AM
Anywhere between 150 and 250 miles for weekend trips. Weeklong trips are usually between 300 and 500 miles

I put a lot of miles on my trailer :(

10-06-2008, 10:53 AM
i can be in the water w/ in 25 mins of leaving the parking lot at work... that's home hooking up changing loading gear and getting there... 35 if i have to stop and get go juice

10-06-2008, 11:02 AM
About 70 miles for me to the Sacramento River Delta at Discovery Bay and not too bad of a drive.

10-06-2008, 11:04 AM
From the house? Walk across the street where the boat is docked. From work? 15-20 minutes to the house, then go across the street.

10-06-2008, 11:05 AM
well I live on a lake so the boat is always just out the back door, but its way over crowded, so for good riding we go about three hours.

10-06-2008, 02:11 PM
15 minutes away from my buddies house on the lake where I keep my boat on a lift at his dock. Still hoping to find that cabin for sale to tear down and build a house. Some day...

10-06-2008, 04:19 PM
10 minutes from my driveway until the boat is floating at the dock!!!! :)

10-06-2008, 05:08 PM
I've got about 40 miles to the nearest lake. Could take an hour, could take two.

About 1.5 hours to the Sac Delta area (Rivers End Marina), and about an hour to Berryessa.

10-06-2008, 06:11 PM
Approx. 30 mins. for me.

As long as the wind is calm, the river looks like this:

10-06-2008, 06:33 PM
72 feet from deck to shoreline ...