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wash11

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Long term goal for Amy and I has been hitting Parker for a few weeks at a time starting in October and running through April. After that, the farm business is just too busy to get away. We've got a decent little Lance cab-over for this plan and I've been putting a few bucks away here and there for a mid 60's Hallett Flat like the one I grew up on. I read so many posts about broken docks, tidal waves and assface drivers of tow boats that I'm wondering if our little daydream is still realistic. I'd prefer to leave the boat tied off a buoy as opposed to pulling it out everyday.
I've owned several 17' and 18' flatties over the years before moving to 21' v-drives and stern drives then finally buying a tri-toon in 08' to fit the teenagers better. Kids are gone and I'm digging my simple lifestyle which the camper/flat fit nicely in to.
I'm fine as long as we can get a nice, early morning putt putt in followed by drinks and naps then rinse and repeat at sunset.
Are there any other RDP inmates on this program? Is it still doable and enjoyable?
 

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For those months you can absolutely run a flat bottom. Especially in mornings/afternoons.

Don’t let a few stories from wakeboard boats crush your dreams. All the horror stories you mentioned do happen but mostly during the summer months/holiday weekends which you will be working the farm anyways.

You’ll be just fine 👍

I do recommend an auto bilge for a piece of mind if the boat is going to be hooked up to a buoy without supervision.
 
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I'd hit up Devious Chris on here. They have an Original Schiada Flat bottom that was built for Leonard's wife. It's a wood deck and from the photo's appears to be in decent condition and they aren't asking a lot for it. I have been contemplating buying it for awhile, but I just don't have anywhere to put it.

RD
 

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For those months you can absolutely run a flat bottom. Especially in mornings/afternoons.

Don’t let a few stories from wakeboard boats crush your dreams. All the bullshit you hear about happens during the summer months/holiday weekends which you will be working the farm anyways.

You’ll be just fine 👍

I do recommend an auto bilge for a piece of mind if the boat is going to be hooked up to a buoy without supervision.
That's great to hear. We've delivered beef to customers on the strip during the summer months and it looks like an absolute shit show most days. I wasn't sure if its started to spill into the off season or not.
 

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Long term goal for Amy and I has been hitting Parker for a few weeks at a time starting in October and running through April. After that, the farm business is just too busy to get away. We've got a decent little Lance cab-over for this plan and I've been putting a few bucks away here and there for a mid 60's Hallett Flat like the one I grew up on. I read so many posts about broken docks, tidal waves and assface drivers of tow boats that I'm wondering if our little daydream is still realistic. I'd prefer to leave the boat tied off a buoy as opposed to pulling it out everyday.
I've owned several 17' and 18' flatties over the years before moving to 21' v-drives and stern drives then finally buying a tri-toon in 08' to fit the teenagers better. Kids are gone and I'm digging my simple lifestyle which the camper/flat fit nicely in to.
I'm fine as long as we can get a nice, early morning putt putt in followed by drinks and naps then rinse and repeat at sunset.
Are there any other RDP inmates on this program? Is it still doable and enjoyable?
Yes.

Feel free to call for details. Would be nice to see you guys out there. 👍
 

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I'd hit up Devious Chris on here. They have an Original Schiada Flat bottom that was built for Leonard's wife. It's a wood deck and from the photo's appears to be in decent condition and they aren't asking a lot for it. I have been contemplating buying it for awhile, but I just don't have anywhere to put it.

RD
I'm still a couple years away from doing this. Goal is to have the house paid off first so I'm better off wearing blinders. If I start looking, I start justifying all the reasons why I should buy one now 😁
 

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Long term goal for Amy and I has been hitting Parker for a few weeks at a time starting in October and running through April. After that, the farm business is just too busy to get away. We've got a decent little Lance cab-over for this plan and I've been putting a few bucks away here and there for a mid 60's Hallett Flat like the one I grew up on. I read so many posts about broken docks, tidal waves and assface drivers of tow boats that I'm wondering if our little daydream is still realistic. I'd prefer to leave the boat tied off a buoy as opposed to pulling it out everyday.
I've owned several 17' and 18' flatties over the years before moving to 21' v-drives and stern drives then finally buying a tri-toon in 08' to fit the teenagers better. Kids are gone and I'm digging my simple lifestyle which the camper/flat fit nicely in to.
I'm fine as long as we can get a nice, early morning putt putt in followed by drinks and naps then rinse and repeat at sunset.
Are there any other RDP inmates on this program? Is it still doable and enjoyable?
You can do all mentioned just be on the water early.
Pics from a couple weeks ago at BlueWater.
Back on the trailer by 9 weekends but can be much better during the week.
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I've always wanted a 17 or 18 ft. flatty. Nothing fancy or crazy fast. Just loud and cool for the early or late runs. Parker in October in the fall or early spring is awesome!
 

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Long term goal for Amy and I has been hitting Parker for a few weeks at a time starting in October and running through April. After that, the farm business is just too busy to get away. We've got a decent little Lance cab-over for this plan and I've been putting a few bucks away here and there for a mid 60's Hallett Flat like the one I grew up on. I read so many posts about broken docks, tidal waves and assface drivers of tow boats that I'm wondering if our little daydream is still realistic. I'd prefer to leave the boat tied off a buoy as opposed to pulling it out everyday.
I've owned several 17' and 18' flatties over the years before moving to 21' v-drives and stern drives then finally buying a tri-toon in 08' to fit the teenagers better. Kids are gone and I'm digging my simple lifestyle which the camper/flat fit nicely in to.
I'm fine as long as we can get a nice, early morning putt putt in followed by drinks and naps then rinse and repeat at sunset.
Are there any other RDP inmates on this program? Is it still doable and enjoyable?
I have been having that same dream for a few months now.
 

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I want a long deck raysoncraft. There were several that ski raced back in the day and I always loved watching them run.
 

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Covid has extended the shit show deep into the fall.....Windsor Launch ramp in Havasu was almost full last weekend. In a couple of years the Covid stupidity will have past and you will be able to enjoy the fall months on the water. I have been waiting, its getting better, but Im still blown away by how many people are still boating into October.
 

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I'd hit up Devious Chris on here. They have an Original Schiada Flat bottom that was built for Leonard's wife. It's a wood deck and from the photo's appears to be in decent condition and they aren't asking a lot for it. I have been contemplating buying it for awhile, but I just don't have anywhere to put it.

RD

Is it listed someplace Dave?

I'd love to see some pics if they are available somewhere???
 

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Covid has extended the shit show deep into the fall.....Windsor Launch ramp in Havasu was almost full last weekend. In a couple of years the Covid stupidity will have past and you will be able to enjoy the fall months on the water. I have been waiting, its getting better, but Im still blown away by how many people are still boating into October.
It has dug into my fall boating as well since I cant get away during the week much and I refuse to participate in the shit show after my last trip. Im hoping this doesn't take a couple years to normalize. Thats some scary shit.
 

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I am sort of thinking we should have gotten the intake polished and clear coated!
Barry, I scored some Super Cobra Jet heads. Figure maybe upgrade heads and intake next year. If not, I agree with you. Only thing not polished.
 

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I was just down at Castle Rock RV park last weekend. I don't have my flatty anymore but October is a perfect time to run them. Water is still warm enough to still swim out to them. I like staying up there towards the top of the river cause it is less busy. Couple of guys were running every morning.
 

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That's great to hear. We've delivered beef to customers on the strip during the summer months and it looks like an absolute shit show most days. I wasn't sure if its started to spill into the off season or not.
You calling my street a shit show... :) . Well it kind of is during 4th of July or whenever you came down :):):)

In all seriousness I would also look at a CP or similar jet boat for the river....particular off season things can get shallow and those boats seem to really be able to handle all types of smooth and choppy water.....they fit 2 or 4 comfortably and look to deliver a smooth ride in a variety of water.
 

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Barry, I scored some Super Cobra Jet heads. Figure maybe upgrade heads and intake next year. If not, I agree with you. Only thing not polished.
Might be easier to polish before it gets run,, just a thought
 

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he had it on here for awhile. Hit him up @Devious_Chris
Hey Dave?
What happened to the yellow/while and all wood deck Nick had in the showroom at Hallett?
Is it at the Nordic/Hallett shop now?
That thing was drop dead beautiful.
I used to tell Jerry I wanted it as a Christmas bonus😇

Then I started in with How many new boats do I have to shoot to tow that thing home behind me one day😂
 

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I was just down at Castle Rock RV park last weekend. I don't have my flatty anymore but October is a perfect time to run them. Water is still warm enough to still swim out to them. I like staying up there towards the top of the river cause it is less busy. Couple of guys were running every morning.
Shhhhhh..... 🤫😁
 

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Hell yeah, my man. Flatbottoms are alive and well. I put the "family boat" (Hallett 270T) away this week and broke out the flatty, as it's that time of year. I usually run the flat between now and March, and at Elsinore mid
week through summer. I'll be in needles October 24th, but I am worried the COVITES will be in full force still.

Mine is not a show piece, but she's fun. Blown FE390 Ford

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Me and my son ripping across the shit.
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My daughter gets some seat time too.
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Hell yeah, my man. Flatbottoms are alive and well. I put the "family boat" (Hallett 270T) away this week and broke out the flatty, as it's that time of year. I usually run the flat between now and March, and at Elsinore mid
week through summer. I'll be in needles October 24th, but I am worried the COVITES will be in full force still.

Mine is not a show piece, but she's fun. Blown FE390 Ford

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Me and my son ripping across the shit.
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My daughter gets some seat time too.
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Fuggin' rad. I'm a HUGE FE fan. It's not often you see a blown 390!
 

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You calling my street a shit show... :) . Well it kind of is during 4th of July or whenever you came down :):):)

In all seriousness I would also look at a CP or similar jet boat for the river....particular off season things can get shallow and those boats seem to really be able to handle all types of smooth and choppy water.....they fit 2 or 4 comfortably and look to deliver a smooth ride in a variety of water.
Hahahaaa! I knew going in what that place was going to look like the weekend I delivered your beef. Strangely, the mid week deliveries we've done didn't look much different though. Definitely different than years past.

There's a bunch of boats that make more sense in terms of usability and yeah, the CP's are bitchin but my hearts set on an old beater from yesteryear.
 

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Thank goodness, cuz that's a boat i'd rock as is, forever.
Joel you know you would have it torn down to the stringers and built back up like a brick shithouse, new Stainless lines, matching AN fittings everywhere and new wiring that is Nasa approved- Sorry Chicken approved
 

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They are alive! Parker is going to be weekdays or early mornings. Get below Parker and it gets better ;)
 

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Hell yeah, my man. Flatbottoms are alive and well. I put the "family boat" (Hallett 270T) away this week and broke out the flatty, as it's that time of year. I usually run the flat between now and March, and at Elsinore mid
week through summer. I'll be in needles October 24th, but I am worried the COVITES will be in full force still.

Mine is not a show piece, but she's fun. Blown FE390 Ford

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Me and my son ripping across the shit.
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My daughter gets some seat time too.
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I've seen that flat before I think...
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Covid has extended the shit show deep into the fall.....Windsor Launch ramp in Havasu was almost full last weekend. In a couple of years the Covid stupidity will have past and you will be able to enjoy the fall months on the water. I have been waiting, its getting better, but Im still blown away by how many people are still boating into October.
So disappointing.
 

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They are alive and well and can be used year round here in Arizona and California. Nothing better than a morning run in a flat. In fact there is a flat in Havasu called “Old Grandad” that launches on Saturday mornings during the busy weekends and cruises up river and hangs out all day. Here is my 19ft flat that I use locally. I launch at 7 and back on the trailer and home by 10am. Everyone needs to own a flat, best therapy.
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My uncles boat now my cousins ,kept at my house. First boat I was ever in , learned to drive a boat and learned to ski. As did most of our Frey family. 63 Lavey with a 390 . This boat left its tow vehicle one year do to being towed so much it made a flat spot in the hitch. Pictures of that somewhere.
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