Mooring a small boat in tidal waters.

8:25 a.m. on April 21, 2004 (EDT)
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I would like to load up my boat and head off to an island for four days of fun in the woods.

There is a campsite on the north side of this island directly on a river bank. This river feeds into the Atlantic Ocean.

How does one secure a boat for a few days in water that is effected by tides?

Boat is a 23 foot inboard ski boat.

12:22 p.m. on April 21, 2004 (EDT)
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a motorized 23-footer? Gasp, shock!!

Ed,

I am shocked and astounded that you would burn scarce commodities in a decadent ski inboard! I would have expected you to paddle a kayak or canoe out to the island.

Some ideas (see, if it were a canoe or kayak, you could just carry it up above the high tide mark) -

1. make sure you go there at high tide, and for the last hundred yards, gun it and slide on up the shoreline above the high tide mark (getting it back in the water is a problem, of course, as are rocky beaches)

2. carry a huge anchor, anchor the boat a bit off shore and wade/swim to and from.

3. carry a very long rope, get as high on the beach as possible (land at high tide, and leave at high tide), and tie the boat to a handy tree somewhere up on the island (hope there are no rodents that like to chew on ropes).

4. scuttle the boat, then use your bilge pump to empty it when time comes to leave (if that doesn't work, well, it's an environmentally abusive motorized ski poat, so it doesn't matter anyway).

5. Can the boat idea and just swim to the island.

6. have a buddy drop you at the island and then pick you up when you call him/her on your cell phone.

7. talk to your local boat shop and ask for real suggestions.

Oh, yeah, check the weather and make sure there are no hurricanes on the way.

1:37 p.m. on April 21, 2004 (EDT)
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Lot of my life revolves around waterskiing....

here (I hope) is a link to a photo of the boat, that's the missus at the helm.

http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/edgeary8881/detail?.dir=/My+Photos&.dnm=boat.jpg

I live in a subdivison that has it's own ramp and dock.

That boat has a 350

7:17 p.m. on April 21, 2004 (EDT)
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Re: Lot of my life revolves around waterskiing....

BEAUTIFUL BOAT, Ed!

......I have a bunch of kayaks. And, they have their place - I love 'em.

...I'm looking for a runabout right now - live on an island in NC - and I agree with Ed - there's something about covering 10 miles across a gorgeous sound in 20 minutes.....I'll end up with a 18-20 footer, center console (NC state law, I think).

Later.
br

10:23 p.m. on April 21, 2004 (EDT)
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Forget the boat ...

We need a better picture of the pilot ;-D

7:29 a.m. on April 22, 2004 (EDT)
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Where's the mountains?

I don't see em'.

8:38 a.m. on April 22, 2004 (EDT)
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there to the west... about 2000 miles.

Florida may have a hill or two, but no sir, no mountains.

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