Boating Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay

Posted on August 07, 2010 by quashnsa

I finally took my dad for a ride to Emerald Bay. When I was younger, I promised to give him a ride to Emerald Bay when I bought a boat. I traveled by myself with the boat for the first time. I was nervous about launching since my boat buddy was not with me--she had to work. There was a mandatory boat inspection that I drove back to Meyers. The cost is based on boat length and horsepower. For a three day pass, it cost me $55 for my 320hp boat. While I was driving back to Meyers for my boat inspection, I had to stop at the inspection station leaving South Lake Tahoe. I was informed there that a fine of $350 could be issued if a boater was caught traveling with the drain plug still fastened to the boat. I have never traveled with the drain plug in, so I was free to go.

Fourth of July 2010

Posted on July 06, 2010 by quashnsa

We took Friday off from work and headed to my in-law's house on Thursday night. We had left the boat there for the past week so traveling with all of the loonies wasn't too bad. This weekend was going to be a small family reunion for my wife. Two of her aunts and uncles, cousins, her sister, brother-in-law and niece would be joining the group on Friday night. Thursday night and Friday were nice and relaxing. We put the boat into the water Friday morning and had a place on the dock to tie up. The lake was going to be very busy this weekend. The lake was already busy on Friday morning, but it was only going to get worse.

Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on June 03, 2010 by Stephen

Finally, we were on the water! It was time to get together with family and friends over the long weekend.

We packed up the truck on Friday morning and headed over to Lake McClure. I had replace the battery a week earlier, I had it at home for a trickle charge. Our new radial tires were a little flat and I aired them up at the storage place. We were the first to arrive at the lake. Thinking ahead, we did the smart thing and bought the year long pass to McClure this year. Next time we come to the check-in station, we can blow right past it! Launching was easy, only two other boaters were near the launch ramp. The boat started-up nicely and Michelle took her out while I parked the car on the top lot.

Clean Boat!

Posted on May 02, 2010 by Stephen

We finally made it out to clean the boat! We used the vacuum bay to vacuum the dust off of our winter cover and the snap-covers. The vacuum made the covers much cleaner. We washed the outside and inside of the boat. I had to remove the snap-in carpet so I could clean the floor of the boat. I swear that when the water first hit the boat's interior and exterior, mud slowly caked off of the gel-coat. Thank goodness for scupper holes! I washed the boat's floor with water and pushed most of the dirt and gunk towards the scupper holes. After about 3 and a half hours of work, the boat looks almost new. A problem with leaving the boat in storage so long is that the battery has only 8V of charge. We bought a trickle charger from West Marine (2/10/15 Amp) 3 stage charger. I just have to get the battery out of the boat and take it home to charge.

Almost Boating Season 2010

Posted on April 16, 2010 by Stephen

Well, it is Friday and I am at work dreaming about Lake McClure and the California Delta. This weekend my wife and I will get the boat prep'ed for the coming weekends. I had service done to the outdrive and engine last December. The wheel bearings were re-greased and the trailer breaking system had fluid added. Now I need to work on getting new radial tires for the trailer--the original bias-ply tires are wearing out already after 2 years.

To prep the boat, we will be vacuuming the winter cover and spraying off some of the collected grime that has accumulated over the last 5 months. We will probably remove the snap-covers and clean them along with the boat's exterior. I need to get some fuel stabilizer and dry-fuel additive and add those to the first fill-up of the season.

I tried to call Lake McClure to find out how high the water level has risen, but there was no answer. The lake can hold an elevation of 867 feet above sea-level, but for the past few years the lake was down under 600 feet. Five, maybe six, years ago the lake was at its highest, which made for very good houseboating and wakeboarding. The height of the lake increased the amount of ski-able area nearly exponentially and allowed for some great places to park the houseboat.

Boating with Mom and Dad

Posted on October 23, 2009 by Stephen

My parents had not been out on our boat yet. My parents came for a visit on Wednesday through Sunday and Friday turned out to be a really nice day for boating. We wanted to take the boat to Lake Tahoe this past summer so we could give my parents a ride, but we figured we had better not take the boat because the wedding and all of the preparations would leave no time for boating.

Labor Day Houseboat Weekend

Posted on September 04, 2009 by Stephen

My wife and I took Friday off so that we could hitch-up our boat and pull it without all of the Labor Day traffic. We got started around 10:00am. The pull over to Lake McClure was easy and no serious events took place. This was going to be a small family reunion for the Schibers.

Houseboat Weekend

Posted on August 14, 2009 by Stephen

Michelle met me at work around 1:30pm on Friday. I didn't get a chance to get out to our boat to remove the snap-covers, but since we were leaving earlier than usual, we had time to get the boat prep'ed. There was a slim chance that we would not be able to go our usual route due to the fire in the hills near Corral Hallow Rd. I had mapped out several alternate routes. Normally, we head east on 580 and take the Westley Exit to Grayson all the way to Keyes and HWY 99 and then Monte Vista.

Delta Cruise with Friends

Posted on May 31, 2009 by Stephen

We were back in town this weekend, so there was no reason not to go boating. We picked up some food the night before (beer, cheese, chips, bean dip, salami) and Michelle made breakfast burritos which we wrapped up in foil to warm in the morning. We had a lot of stuff to get onto the boat this time. We had ordered a replacement tow mirror which will fit our 1.25 inch thick windshield, first aid kit, spare drain plug and other things. We picked up two of our friends and headed out to get the boat. They had bought us a present--the Big Bobber floating cooler. We made our way to Orwood by a different path. We climbed the Altimont Pass on 580, got off on Grant Line Rd, turned left onto Mtn. House Rd., left on HWY 4 and on to Orwood.

Hot day boating on the delta

Posted on May 16, 2009 by Stephen

We knew it was gonna be a hot one. Fremont was predicted to hit 90F and SF to 80F. The delta outside of Discovery Bay was going to be at least 98F. We pulled our boat over to Orwood again to launch. The ramp was busy today. The front parking lot was full and the second parking lot was half full by the time we hit Orwood. For the first time at the launch ramp instead of tying the boat up to the dock (which blocks the ramp from being used), Michelle took the boat out into deeper water and waited for me to park the truck and trailer. On my walk back to the docks I called her on the cellphone and told her where to pick me up. There is a long dock on the right hand side of the launch ramp. I walked to the far end of the dock (well away from where everyone was launching) which made it easy for both of us. Michelle eased the boat over to the dock and I gave us a push out into deeper water when I climbed into the front of the boat. Once on the boat, we trolled through the No Wake zone toward Discovery Bay and on into Indian Slough.