We’ve had an old boat the past two years and it served us relatively well. We had a lot of fun, but it was old (so old that Ang used to ride on it as a kid), and unreliable (it started 2 out of every 3 times we hit the lake). It was an old tri-hull, so it beat the hell out of us when the wind was whipping up the waves. We loved it…
But it was time to move on. After weeks of hemming and hawing and pouring over reviews and reliablity statistics, we went with a Stingray 185LS. I like it because of the seating configurations possible, the fuel efficiency (it’s got the 3.0 l Volvo-Penta), and it’s ability — even with the smaller engine — to get up and out of the water in a hurry. It has a top speed approaching 50 Mph –which is really moving on the water.
Now if I could just get on the water. The problem with living in the cities is that you’ve got a limited number of lakes to use. So does the guy down the street — and the two families another block over. Multiply this by the tens of thousands of blocks in the area and… well. Weekends are the time everyone expects to be able to get out. It ain’t easy.
Maybe next year we’ll finally have to get the lake lot up North.