You might wish to avoid Horsetooth June 15, 2013
by: David Coulson 6/14/2013
Think of this as a public service message.
Over the years I’ve owned a number of watercraft, all small, and spent a lot of time on the water with them, kayaks, float tubes, and Jon boats (20 hp max). I’ve also a lot of hours on a variety of larger craft, such as bass boats, primarily as a passenger, not the operator.
Well, things have changed and I took the plunge and ordered a Mako 18 lts, fully rigged with a 115 Merc. It’s in and tomorrow I pick it up.
The dealership is going to give me a full walk through, including time on the water. Assuming everyone survives and I make it out of the parking lot we’re heading to Horsetooth to give it a full day’s work out, including a little fishing. I’ve arranged for Bill, a good friend and longtime, well experienced boat owner to spend the day with me in hopes of keeping me from doing anything too stupid.
Ah, no pictures yet, but I should be easy to spot, its an all white, center console flats boat, equipped with trolling motor, power anchor, and poling platform.
So as a courtesy, I’m giving you a heads up that an avid angler (not known for their high intelligence levels) is taking his new boat on its maiden voyage tomorrow. You’ve been forewarned.
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alanlf5280, CO 6/14/2013 2:05:40 PM
Congrats Dave! I long awaited toy for you to play with. I don't fish Horsetooth much but I to frequent Boyd. I might have to put a GPS tracking device into your boat so I know when to stay off Boyd. :)
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 6/14/2013 2:27:30 PM
A warning bouy of some sort might be in order, especially as I frequent Boyd a lot. I'm actually thinking about hitting Boyd Sunday. I want to play a bit with the power anchor, and see how it does in shallow water. Somehow I negleted to get a push pole ordered. That will be rectified next week.
pikeNcolorado, CO 6/14/2013 2:31:13 PM
Dave, I've taken the courtesy to contact the Larimer County Sheriffs Dept, Larimer County Parks and State Troopers to make them aware of your Maiden Voyage. They have assured me they will have a circle escort for you both on and off the water. HA HA. In all seriousness, congrats on the new boat. Hope it all goes well.
FishSeal, CO 6/14/2013 3:13:05 PM
I guess I should volunteer to be a Boat Ranger Assistant tomorrow. :) JK... it may be more fun to be a boat ramp assistant. :) Again, JK.
Congrats on the boat!! Make sure you get to know it well before the FMO. You don't want to accidentally step off the boat while fishing. However, I have feeling that someone is going to be having a great time tomorrow!! Good luck and Congrats.
alanlf5280, CO 6/14/2013 3:40:25 PM
DONT FORGET THE PLUG!!!!
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 6/14/2013 3:59:26 PM
Plug? What plug? Actually, I managed to do that one with my Jon boat. It's my hope all goes well, but history has taught me new genarally means something will happen. And yes, the FMO is on my mind. It will be interesting to fish it in my own craft. Ah, I did remember to get insurance.
Good Sam, CO 6/14/2013 5:31:13 PM
I'm sure you will do just fine. I will be at Boyd Sunday and will keep an eye out for you. Once again, congratulations on the new boat.
FISHRANGLER, CO 6/14/2013 6:12:51 PM
You dont have to worry about the plug in a MAKO. Leave it out and you still will only take on a few gallons. You wont sink.
colin, CO 6/14/2013 6:44:49 PM
Congrats I'll see you out there! I'll be in a stratos with a misfit logo on the outboard
IceFishingFool, CO 6/14/2013 7:52:57 PM
Uh Oh there goes the neighborhood !....J/K you will do fine Dave, go get em !
drederyam, CO 6/15/2013 6:15:04 AM
Congrats on the new boat.
FISHRANGLER, CO 6/15/2013 9:20:19 PM
Walleyeone, CO 6/15/2013 9:34:01 PM
I want to thank you for the heads up. I'll stay away from the tooth until you let me know its safe.(jk) Welcome to the boat owners club.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 6/16/2013 6:51:59 AM
So far so good, No one gave me the single finger salute or expressed their view of my boating skills in four letter words. It took most of the morning getting me through orientation. I've got more manuals than some libraries. Ah, well. So it was mid afternoon by the time we got on the water. So far so good. More to come, but I'm heading out for another day on the water.
jshanko, CO 6/16/2013 11:43:04 AM
May be heading out Tuesday with my Lund, perhaps we'll run into each other (pun intended). Congrats on the much talked about boats arrival..........Jon
fishfever, CO 6/16/2013 4:58:34 PM
I saw you on launching it today on the South Bay south ramp. You boat is a beauty. I was the one whom ask you about that white cooler.
I hope you had a nice time on the water. It was rough today. I picked up a nice walleye and large bass with my family....
Ptarmigan, CO 6/17/2013 1:21:53 PM
Congrats Dave! Welcome to the world of boating. A wonderful and aggrivating passion. One tip, put at little sign next to your key that says "Plug in?." See you on the water!
Anteroman, CO 6/19/2013 1:13:37 PM
Welcome to power boating. As a retired Capt. of 25 years with a 100 ton Masters license I can appreciate your anxious outlook.
A few pointers from an "Old Salt",
B.O.A.T. This is an acronym for Bring Out Another Thousand.
Boating most closely equates to standing in an ice cold shower tearing up $100 bills.
The two happiest days of a mans life are the day he gets his boat.......and the day he sells it.
A boat is a hole in the water, surrounded by wood, fiberglass or aluminum that we throw money into.
Always keep the dry side up....and the wet side down.
The only person who really needs a boat is someone who lives on an Island...........and wishes to get off the Island.
Even though the above are all true, I too am still boating. Good luck and many years of pleasure that we can't put a price tag on.
Retired Pres. United Yacht Sales
Stuart, Fl.? Hartsel, Colo.