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07-03-2005, 12:56 PM
We made it back from a week of vacation on Lake Gaston, NC yesterday. We put about 27 hours on the boat in a week and burned about $350 in gas! :eek: Not a single problem and no emergency room trips. We rented a big 5 bedroom house, w/ boat lift, hot tub, pool table, etc. We had about 17 people and it was awesome. I saw at least 20 MasterCrafts and a slew of various other "ski" boats. A very nice lake, but absolutely in the middle of no where. The closest grocery store was a 30 minute drive. I took good notes for MarkP as he is going there in a few weeks.

07-03-2005, 12:56 PM
My son, nephew and I.

07-03-2005, 12:57 PM

07-03-2005, 12:58 PM
This was the most enjoyable part for me, teaching the little ones.

07-03-2005, 02:09 PM
Looks like it was a great time. Isn't funny we all talk about how much our MC's cost but what about the toys we buy to go along with time on the lake! Looks like you have a great set-up! We had the boom out yesterday too! It sure is fun to see the looks on kids faces when they get to do something for the time!

07-03-2005, 02:41 PM
Thanks, we did have a good time. The boom is a big hit. I primarily bought it to teach. However, I take a footin' run now and then as well. I think the kids had more fun just hanging on the boom and while I put the boat just barely into gear.

07-03-2005, 02:44 PM
For example...

07-03-2005, 03:18 PM
who's the big bald headed kid?8p

after seeing http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/attachment.php?attachmentid=4821&stc=1

I've figured the big bald headed kid wasn't you:o

07-03-2005, 04:27 PM
The "big bald headed kid" is my little brother. I have a full head of strawberry blond hair.

07-04-2005, 12:17 AM
Looks great Brian!! How old is that new skier?? Iíll bet he was proud as heII and will remember that day..

07-04-2005, 07:01 AM

That is Robert and he is only 4. I thought he was really brave and he had a great week.

07-04-2005, 08:20 AM
Beautiful shots Bri!!!
Glad to hear everything went well.
Enjoy the memories.

07-04-2005, 09:00 AM
Brian, 4 years old. That is great I'll have to save this and show the wife. Maybe next summer isn't to early to start my son. He will be 3 this September. Looks like you had a great week. Did the lake have a course?

07-04-2005, 09:50 AM
SteveO - it is never too early to start - you just have to convince your wife! My 3 yr. old was kneeboarding on long line at the age of 3 - of course we did not go over 7-8 mph and the lake we go on is not very busy. At 5, my youngest still loves to drag on the boom and he has a pretty good cut across the wakes when he is kneeboarding.

This is a picture from this past Saturday!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
07-04-2005, 10:57 AM
Thats great you get your kids out skiing like that!! :D I'll bet that lil tyke will be tellin all his friends about waterskiing!!! I will never forget the first time I got up on waterskis. Its "carved" into my brain forever. SOunds like you had a great time Brian. Sure looks like the young ones had a blast too. Good times! Kudos to you for teaching the next generation the FUN that is waterskiing :headbang:

07-04-2005, 11:09 AM
Thanks guys, we had a great week.

Steve, I didn't find a course anywhere. But, it's a HUGE lake. Actually it's the Roanoke River and they built a dam at one end of it and the lake filled in. It's a fairly young lake from what I've been told about 20 years. It only has a variance of 1 foot per year and averages a depth of 30'. No, ski course but I did see some PVC rails for wakeboarders.

07-04-2005, 03:22 PM
we had a great time out on the lake last week too:headbang:

east tx skier
07-05-2005, 11:20 AM
Glad you guys had fun and made it back in one piece. Sounds like your wallet took a beating at the gas pump though.

I know the feeling (sort of). Bought about 80 gallons during my week at the lake.

07-05-2005, 11:40 AM
Yeah, we had a ball. I was talking to Mark about it today. He's going in a few weeks. Fortunately, my family all "somewhat" pitched in on the gas so it wasn't to bad. I couldn't believe we almost put 30 hours on it though. I was thrilled!

east tx skier
07-05-2005, 12:00 PM
I had a little help with gas as well. I finally cracked 600 hours on my boat that week.

07-05-2005, 12:14 PM
I had a little help with gas as well. I finally cracked 600 hours on my boat that week.
I feel your pain on the fuel, I had and RV, which left me buying marina gas all week and it was painful.

east tx skier
07-05-2005, 12:18 PM
Ouch. I haul lots of red cans and avoid the marina gas. Makes it easier that the marina only stocks 87 octane