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mertens
02-28-2012, 10:15 PM
Let me know if anyone needs a pull this season in Des Moines. Chip in for gas and your good to go.

1989 Maristar 240 (25 foot) with 3000#s of automated ballast

Mark-

mikeg205
02-28-2012, 10:18 PM
I travel thru des moines a bunch... hopefully will be able to take you up on it... crappy weather here today eh!

mertens
02-28-2012, 10:19 PM
Let me know, we can go about any night or weekend day/night....

mikeg205
02-28-2012, 10:20 PM
definitely will do...

SPSinclair 190
02-29-2012, 06:45 PM
Hey Mertens dont be down on the river throwing that big wake for my prostar !!!! just kidding hope to see everyone soon summer cant be to soon.

mertens
02-29-2012, 07:22 PM
SPSinclair - I hear ya! :) We didn't get a chance to last year but this year we definately need to hook up with you guys this summer.

cobrien
03-22-2012, 11:25 AM
mertens, if you don't mind a new guy to the sport I would love to get out on the water. I just learned how to wakeboard last summer on CL and moved to the metro area this past fall. Let me know.

SPSinclair 190
03-22-2012, 07:13 PM
Mertens my son skied last friday on the river !!!! I thought he was crazy but if anyone wants to ride I'll pull ya !!

SPSinclair 190
03-22-2012, 07:15 PM
O and FYI they left the boards up all winter so plent of water !!

mertens
03-23-2012, 08:18 PM
COBRIEN, will you PM me your email? SPSinclair - I heard they thought about leaving the boards up but did not end up doing it. Glad they did! Think we are heading out Sunday, might have to look at the river :)

Storm34
04-19-2012, 11:26 AM
Hey guys, thought I'd join in the conversation. We'll be down at the river saturday afternoon and again on sunday. Let me know if anyone wants to come down and ski, weather looks like it may not be too bad!

Mark-Where do you guys normally ski? We split time between the river and Diamondhead Lake.

SPSinclair- I believe we met last summer at the boat club. We have 2 Correct Craft Ski Tiques and a 96 Ski Nautique Open Bow that we've run down there. Hope to see you out on the water again soon.

LaRue
04-19-2012, 12:41 PM
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Storm34
04-20-2012, 02:05 PM
LaRue- where do you guys do your boating?

LaRue
04-20-2012, 03:42 PM
On the Missouri River in Yankton SD, West and East Okoboji but primarily on a small lake by Spencer Iowa which will remain unnamed. :D We also spend two weeks up in Northern MN

SPSinclair 190
04-20-2012, 10:26 PM
Storm ; My sons birthday is sunday so not this weekend will see about next. Sounds like later in the week is going to be nice.

CCAnderson
04-24-2012, 09:44 AM
SPSinclair, forgive my ignorance but where do you put in and ski in DSM. I'm looking for a place to ski in central iowa but 'm not familiar with the des moines river. I normally ski over by Muscatine on the mississippi

SPSinclair 190
04-24-2012, 02:08 PM
CC We put in at Birdland Park or Prospect Park I will PM my cell # to you and call sometime and will try and meet you there .

Storm34
04-24-2012, 07:17 PM
Birdland is on the right, Prospect is on the left and the Power Boat Club is right in the middle. You can basically ski between birdland and prospect without issue. North of prospect is alright for a ways but it can get shallow and there's a few rock bars/stumps to watch out for.

mertens
04-24-2012, 08:15 PM
Still looking for riders one or two nights a week and weekend days, we are pretty flexible. Lost a lot of riders lately and finding dependable thirds is pretty tough it seems.

mertens
04-24-2012, 08:26 PM
I might have to start chipping in for all the gas and give away gifts to get some riders :) Nights like this I hate to see the boat just sitting in the parking lot. I swear I have friends, just seems at our age (42) we all have to much going on.

LaRue
04-24-2012, 08:27 PM
Wish I lived closer. Deal with the same scenario here

Storm34
04-25-2012, 09:10 AM
Mertens, where are you riding?

We skied out at Diamondhead last night for a few hours. There's a chance I'll be at the river tonight depending on what the wind does.

I've got a questionable knee so no riding for me, but I'm always down to hang out on the water.

mertens
04-25-2012, 08:48 PM
Storm34 - We ride the river as well when we can and saylorville late nights and early mornings. We use to have a great crew but riders have slowly started to disappear or lose interest. It would be great to hook up with you. If you would like, shoot me an email or phone number for texts or calls and I can let you know when we are trying to go. Weather looks pretty bad this weekend, Sunday 59 and sun, I would still be in.

How is Diamondhead? Do you have property there?

Our small group of boarders also paintball most Friday nights at the indoor ICU facility if anyone is ever interested when the weather isn't good for boarding.

onejdgreen
04-26-2012, 09:26 AM
On the Missouri River in Yankton SD, West and East Okoboji but primarily on a small lake by Spencer Iowa which will remain unnamed. :D We also spend two weeks up in Northern MN

:D :D :D :D Wish I knew the location of that lake by Spencer...

LaRue
04-26-2012, 11:05 AM
Some days I wish I had a place there or knew someone who had a prostar that lived on the lake. :) I imagine your place sold easily?
We enjoy skiing and boarding there quite a bit!

onejdgreen
04-26-2012, 11:33 AM
Some days I wish I had a place there or knew someone who had a prostar that lived on the lake. :) I imagine your place sold easily?
We enjoy skiing and boarding there quite a bit!

We didnt sell it!! My brother lives in Des Moines and he still uses it every weekend. I just dont get there every weekend...

greevesman
04-27-2012, 12:51 AM
I don't do so much "riding" but am interested in doing some skiing. I could also possibly help out if someone needed a third sometime. I have done virtually no boating in Iowa, mostly out west, but would like to learn where to go for some flat water. I have a new to me Prostar 190 that is almost put back together (worked on lots of things this winter). Let me know.

LaRue
04-27-2012, 01:01 AM
Where r u located greevesman?

greevesman
04-27-2012, 01:12 AM
I am in Ames.

mikeg205
04-27-2012, 09:21 AM
Hey got my boat from Ames... :D Now it lives is illinois....have same problem...when I was boatless no one was around to give pulls.... now that I have a boat have trouble finding people to go...started a ski club on the south side...people signed up and wanted to go but they always cancelled...so now I hang with Too_tall from the forum when I can and a friend I met down river in Henry Illinois...Henry is an 80 mile drive...but no boat traffic during the week....

CCAnderson
04-27-2012, 12:38 PM
Greeves, Check out the private lakes in Huxley (dreamlake estates) Great for tourney skiing but not much else. you can find them on Facebook.

Best flat water I know is on the Missiissippi. A bit of a hike from Ames but where I ski which is near Fairport IA, the pool is 22 miles long and we rarely get blown out. If the wind is out of the east or west then Blanchard Island slough south of Muscatine IA is more than 2 miles of smooth water.

SP, Mertens shoot me an email. I have a case of dryski that needs to be cured.

CCAnderson
04-27-2012, 12:46 PM
here are the locations I have footed the main channel. To put aside fears of the river check out the Corp of engineers river maps.

onejdgreen
04-27-2012, 07:19 PM
I am in Ames.

I lived alot of years in Ames and there are some places to find some water close. Try Little Wall Lake just north of Story City. Its been a couple years since I was there, but its a good ski lake during the week. Also dont be afraid of Saylorville, I took my 197 out there alot. You need to be there early or if the water is high go west of the mile long bridge. Its not real deep so it keeps the majority of the big boats out of there.

SPSinclair 190
04-29-2012, 01:13 AM
CC; Going to be on river a good maybe on Tuesday and its sounds and looks better on Friday. Shoot me a PM if interested !

Storm34
05-17-2012, 06:32 PM
Anyone headed to the river this weekend?

We've been down the last couple nights. Great skiing/footing water with the exception of a few sticks since the levels are up a bit.

Storm34
05-17-2012, 06:37 PM
A few more pics from Tuesday night.

Storm34
06-08-2012, 12:06 PM
Anyone going to be around this weekend?

mertens
06-19-2012, 09:29 PM
I am sure you all read about the collision at the river this past weekend. The river can be a scary place when you mix alcohol, narrow river, and powerful boats with lack of enforcement. My thoughts go out to the family involved. Please don't be stupid and risk yours and others lives when out on the water.

Anyone going out this weekend, sorry storm34, didn't see your post. We went to the lake, but would have changed plans if I would have gotten online.

Mark..

Storm34
06-20-2012, 12:34 PM
It's really sad someone had to lose a life in that situation. After talking with the guys, it sounded like alcohol played a factor and the accident could have prevented.

Mark you are absolutely right, the river isn't a place to be screwing around. Just last night I almost had multiple accidents with a Jet ski. He passed me on the left, then proceeded to go into freestyle mode as he cut across my bow. I slowed down and headed the other direction only to find him passing me again and doing the same in the very same location last weekend's accident took place. He was totally clueless on a 50+mph machine. It could have been very bad if I wasn't paying attention.

Friday night is a maybe for me. I'll be in Kansas City saturday, but it's looking like I'll make it down Sunday.

Boat safe everyone!

SPSinclair 190
06-20-2012, 10:09 PM
Hey guys bad weekend last weeekend took out the prop,strut,and shaft so off to shop on Monday for repairs ! Hope to see everone soon.

CCAnderson
06-21-2012, 09:42 AM
If you don't mind me asking what did you hit to wipe that much hardware?

Storm34
06-21-2012, 11:29 AM
At the river or up north?

jenglin
06-21-2012, 12:03 PM
Where are you located in north central Iowa. Where did you do the damage to the boat?

SPSinclair 190
06-21-2012, 11:18 PM
Little Wall lake just out from North ramp out between the no wake bouys ! what ever it is is only 2 ft under the surface ! deph showed I was in 8ft of water and it is solid just started to give it gas ! Well the rest is history ! I live jus north of Webster City

Storm34
06-29-2012, 01:15 PM
Dang, that's a bummer. You're more than welcome to come down to the river tomorrow. We're having a potluck and should be plenty of boats to ski and food to eat!

SPSinclair 190
06-29-2012, 11:25 PM
Thanks for the offer but have to work !Hopeing to get boat back by the 4th

SPSinclair 190
07-16-2012, 10:51 PM
Boat is back and ready to go !! Son skied Sunday and it is good as new !

SPSinclair 190
07-20-2012, 12:09 AM
Storm was down at the boat club last eve.PM me Im having trouble messaging you or give me a call 227-0817

CCAnderson
08-06-2012, 10:06 AM
Who was out on Saylorville Saturday morning before the rain? I was out with a friend in his Malibu. Not much to do but put down a few and BS.

lukedeuce
08-07-2012, 11:02 PM
Who was out on Saylorville Saturday morning before the rain? I was out with a friend in his Malibu. Not much to do but put down a few and BS.

We were out in the rain Saturday on the Cedar in Cedar Rapids. Bad starter killed battery and we were stranded until after the rain let up. the bilge ran for 10 minutes solid

kbrighton
01-22-2013, 10:03 AM
Another Cedar Rapids guy here. Just picked up my PS190 2 weeks ago. Ski the Cedar River weeknights and Coralville Saturday AM usually. Have also skied Twin Lakes, DSM river, Saylorville, Red Rock, Rathbun and all the skiable Okoboji lakes. Looking forward to summer

CCAnderson
01-23-2013, 10:28 AM
Where at in CR do you ski the river? Ellis Park?

SPSinclair 190
01-23-2013, 06:08 PM
Hey guys we need to get together this spring sometime !

kbrighton
01-23-2013, 07:01 PM
Where at in CR do you ski the river? Ellis Park?

Yeah. Put in at Ellis and ski northwest about half way to Palo. Thursday nights are the show night for the show ski team, so we stay away from them until their show is over. 2 of the guys I ski with have kids on the show team, so instead of watching they are out ripping it up and drinking beer a half mile up the river

:headbang:

CCAnderson
01-25-2013, 03:43 PM
SP, are you thinking of on or off water? I propose both. I'm game for hosting at my favorite spot on the Mighty Miss.

SPSinclair 190
01-28-2013, 10:50 PM
CC sounds good on the miss. Let us know when so we can schedule around work.

kbrighton
01-28-2013, 11:19 PM
Im good with the Miss this Spring. Also, depending on water levels, Lukedeuce and I could host on the Cedar some weekend too.

kbrighton
04-23-2013, 09:08 PM
Spring time bump. Hitting the water this weekend in CR if anyone is interested.

GoinBoatin
04-23-2013, 09:28 PM
I was just there last weekend. My bro lives there and keeps tellin me to bring my boat up to coralville for a weekend. 2 hr drive though. I heard it gets busy on weekends.

kbrighton
04-23-2013, 09:34 PM
I was just there last weekend. My bro lives there and keeps tellin me to bring my boat up to coralville for a weekend. 2 hr drive though. I heard it gets busy on weekends.

Coralville does, but the Cedar River does not. Pretty calm and not busy most weekends.

CCAnderson
04-24-2013, 06:48 PM
What is the water temp these days? I was hoping to get on to the Mighty Miss. but my trailer is underwater... With the boat on it. I'm glad the plug was out so it didn't float into the roof of the garage.

Avoid the Coralville reservoir on the weekends. Much better places to ski than that puddle full of wallys.

CCAnderson
04-24-2013, 06:54 PM
I have a bunch of college friends coming down to the river the weekend June 7th, 8th and 9th. at a minimum we'll have the 209 and a LXI on the water. All are welcome to join us.

CCAnderson
04-25-2013, 01:57 PM
Just checked the river temp. 49 degrees in Muscatine. Last year I had been skiing already without a wetsuit.

bcd
04-25-2013, 08:51 PM
We each took a short run in early April when it was 42. It wasn't too bad until the end when I reached under water to pop the ski off. I think the gloves made it worse. I debated a second run, but my hands were still a little numb and figured one slalom run would be enough to make me sore.

River is on it's way down up here. It beginning of the week right at flood stage.

CCAnderson
04-29-2013, 09:44 AM
Mississippi is on it way back down and up almost 10 degrees water temp. Depending on what the weather does this week I may be heading to the river

CCAnderson
05-16-2013, 01:05 PM
Going for the shakedown run on sunday. Anyone in?

SPSinclair 190
05-16-2013, 01:16 PM
CC been out twice son skied last Wed. Thinking about going Sat for awhile. Would love to come over but promised to go to the races in Webster City with the grandson !

GoinBoatin
05-16-2013, 04:17 PM
We will be at rathbun fri night through sun. Sunday might be iffy with the storm moving in.

CCAnderson
05-16-2013, 06:01 PM
Goin, Where at on Rathbun? Friends an I are starting a tradition of staying at honey creek for a long weekend every year. Could always use friends.

SP, Need a driver?

GoinBoatin
05-16-2013, 06:17 PM
We stay at a little campground that's on the way to honey creek state park. It's about 1 mile from the state park entrance. The opposite side of the channel that the honey creek resort is on.

jschildm
05-16-2013, 06:28 PM
Got the boat out last night on Rathbun for the first time this year. Wasn't planning on it, but the water was glass, so I skied for a bit. Put in at Honey Creek resort boat ramp because I didn't figure it would be busy and its the closest to where I store the boat. Skied on the main body ... love when we can do that. We might be heading out this weekend, but the in-laws are in town, so I am not sure.

GoinBoatin
05-16-2013, 10:34 PM
What boat storage place do you use? The ones up the road from the honey creek state park entrance?

jschildm
05-17-2013, 11:22 AM
I keep it at "The Cave". Maybe a mile before the Honey Creek Resort entrance, and about a mile and a half before the BIG town of Iconium.

GoinBoatin
05-19-2013, 02:54 PM
Yup, i know where your talkin about.

CCAnderson
05-20-2013, 09:58 AM
Well it was an interesting day. All the ramps closed and hail the diamter of a quarter. I'm glad I was working in a garage

jschildm
05-21-2013, 10:45 PM
We'll be camping at the South Fork campground at Rathbun this weekend. Anyone else going to be around?

GoinBoatin
05-21-2013, 11:42 PM
We're actually going to the ozarks or I'd hit ya up. Maybe next time man.

jschildm
05-22-2013, 10:00 AM
NP, we are there pretty well every weekend, haha. Nothing else to do in southeast iowa during the summer.

Storm34
06-12-2013, 01:26 PM
We're having a party at the Des Moines Power Boat club this Saturday for anyone who would want to join. It's located just north of Downtown Des Moines on the DSM river between 2nd and 6th ave.

Bring a boat down or just come with your gear and trunks! Plenty of smooth water, food, beer and boats!

Anyone who wants to camp is welcome to as we have a pretty big footprint but not a whole lot for power/water hook-ups.

We'll be skiing/setting up all morning. Music, skiing and lawn games start around noon and the grills will fire up around 2:30.

CCAnderson
06-13-2013, 10:17 AM
That sounds like a great time. I wish that we could be there however we are heading down to the River to spend some time with dad. The forecast puts the river level below flood stage so we might actually get the boat on the water. Depends if the Corp open the ramps

SPSinclair 190
06-25-2013, 10:08 PM
Hey guys and gals looking a maybe a trip to Rathbun the weekend of July the 13th and 14th. Lets here what everyone thinks.

GoinBoatin
06-25-2013, 10:27 PM
We should be there. Your welcome to meet up with us for a few runs or some drinks back in honey creek cove. This is all dependent that I return from my 11 day trip to the ozarks durring the week of the 4th. I may be still recovering from all the partying.

GoinBoatin
06-25-2013, 10:30 PM
Also to add we will be at saylorville tomorrow afternoon around 2 and maybe Thursday afternoon around 4 if anyone wants to go.

GoinBoatin
07-11-2013, 10:34 PM
We will be at rathbun this weekend. Anyone else?

lukedeuce
07-11-2013, 10:36 PM
We're stating close to us, coralville res

jschildm
07-12-2013, 11:51 AM
Should be at Southfork on Saturday. Not sure if we'll make it out Sunday or not. Probably be later in the afternoon if we do.

jschildm
07-12-2013, 11:54 AM
Hey, by the way, I talked to a friend of mine's dad who camps by J&K there. He has a 27' Fountain, and I think he might be your campground neighbor. His name is John Smith, I believe. We tied up with them over the 4th and I asked him if he new of an x45 around the campground.

GoinBoatin
07-14-2013, 09:54 PM
Yup i know John. His camper is right behind ours.

CCAnderson
08-14-2013, 11:59 AM
going to be at the Mississippi this weekend

Will be at Rathbun 22nd - 25th. If you make it down give me a shout we mre staying at Honey Creek. We will have my 209 and a buddies LXi

CCAnderson
08-21-2013, 12:18 PM
Any one going to be at Rathbun this weekend?

GoinBoatin
08-21-2013, 07:21 PM
I had planned on it but joined a last min grip to head to the ozarks thurs night through mon for the shoot out.

GoinBoatin
09-06-2013, 04:57 PM
Going to be at rathbun this weekend. 9/6-9/8. Anyone else going to be there?

CCAnderson
09-12-2013, 09:38 AM
I wish, I pulled the plugs on labor day. At least now i can focus on the repairs.