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What is “too early” for boat start-up on the Parker Strip?

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  1. 1homeblown

    1homeblown Well-Known Member

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    Blown flatbottom with dry headers. Something I’ve always tried to keep in mind whenever I do an “early” start-up. It never seems to be before 7:30ish but that might change.

    Interested in some feedback especially from riverfront property owners.
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  2. MOUZER

    MOUZER Well-Known Member

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    always ran the flat at 6 am / 7 am
     
  3. grumpy88

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    It does not bother me . Brings back memories of what it used to be !
     
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    IMG_0145.jpg the view from my house... I suggest you wait til the sun comes up.


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  5. Wheeler

    Wheeler Well-Known Member

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    Whenever there's enough light to see.
    Just watch out for Mike Mack. He's been known to destroy the morning water while wake surfing.
     
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    lbhsbz Well-Known Member

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    No such thing as too early for a blown flatty at Parker. First light is always a good time....if you're not skiing by then or sitting on the dock with a bloody mary, you should be.
     
  7. lbhsbz

    lbhsbz Well-Known Member

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    That guy's still around? I took some lessons from him years ago when he had the old pink stripe nautique. I remember he'd just shut down the boat when I wasn't "doing it right". I was probably 12...had my O'brian bandit and a set of ballistic shorts. I'd ate shit pretty hard getting my inside shoulder wet the last few tries so my folks thought some instruction would help. It did.
     
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  8. brgrcru

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    Skiing or hauling ass at 5:45/ 6 am
     
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  9. Wheeler

    Wheeler Well-Known Member

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    Yes, he's still in Parker.
     
  10. cofooter

    cofooter Well-Known Member

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    We usually start to ski when its light enough to avoid junk floating in the water...…. and Wheelers buddy Mike Mack is usually already out...….
     
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  11. HB2Havasu

    HB2Havasu Well-Known Member

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    Never too early. Some of my fondest teenage memories of Parker was tent camping @ LaPaz and being woken to the sound of headers :D
     
  12. CoolCruzin

    CoolCruzin Well-Known Member

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    Sunrise fire it up
     
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  13. rivermobster

    rivermobster Club Banned

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    Amazingly enough....................





































    Parker is Always open to guys with flats.










































    Still closed to the rest of you though. ;)
     
  14. ka0tyk

    ka0tyk Well-Known Member

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    start up? hell i remember waking up to people making fly-by's down in yuma.

    dont forget to make a quick cruise through the keys too.
     
  15. cofooter

    cofooter Well-Known Member

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    Let 'em enjoy it as early as possible, because they're pretty much blown out of the water the rest of the day. I'll drop anything to watch a flatty cruising up the river at sunrise. Anyone that thinks this is an inconvenience should go back to Havasu.
     
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    I’m not in Parker, but I love waking up to the sound of a nasty flatly running down the river in Needles. One of my favorite things
     
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  18. Wayn-o

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    early is fine. Makes me get up to see whats playing on the water
     
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  19. spectra3279

    spectra3279 Vaginamoney broke

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    If you haven't been to bed then it's to early

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  20. Xtrmwakeboarder

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    Sunrise. Who doesn’t love the sound of loud boats waking you up in the morning?
     
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  21. HighVoltage329

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    The faster the boat the earlier....
     
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  22. blefever

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    First light................first pass...................the river is glass....................and I'm haulin ass. I love the sound of any boat running on the river early in the morning. My first time at the river we slept on the beach at park Moabi and I'll never forget the sound of early morning boats on the water. Lifetime memory. As far as I'm concerned...light it up anytime.
     
  23. Activated

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    Let it eat.
     
  24. lake p.a.l.

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    I don't own a place there, unfortunately. We were just lucky enough to spend 8 days there in the Keys. I was talking with neighbors that live there full time & each of them, & me, went looking each time someone ran early. Run it
     
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  25. Rondog4405

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    Like ringing a dinner bell.. Music to my ears! Send it!:D:cool:
     
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  26. MohavValley

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    The frickin Big Block Alarm Clock, every frickin morning.

    Thing is if you're water front your up working on shit by 5 but it never fails, if you sleep in one morning someone's running hard.

    IMO 6-6:30.
     
  27. nicholastoft

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    Its the parker alarm clock. I always grab some coffee and go outside to see what is flying by.
     
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    What everybody else said. Light it up


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    I use to run the raysoncraft at first light in sandpoint. The guy that gets to cut that first slice through that mirror finish glass water wins, right?
     
  30. Riverbottom

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    Doesn't bother me. I still go outside no matter how early to see what is running.
     
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  31. Echo Lodge

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    Remember as a kid being woken up by flatties as I slept on the banana chaise lounge on the beach at Echo. 3 hours of sleep if you were lucky. With the heat and partying you would fall asleep by 2 AM and the boats would fire up around 5 AM. We ski early mornings during the summer and have had to tow a few flatties back to the ramp! Loud passes in front of Echo's are part of the River Experience! Love it.

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    Had my coffee out front on the dock and waited for you. ;)

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  33. 1homeblown

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    Is that Marina Village?

    Next week


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    Yes it is. Is this where you'll be staying?
     
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    We have a place just up river in the Annex.
    You’ll hear me for sure.


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    I look forward to it! :)
     
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  38. Sharp Shooter

    Sharp Shooter The "anti-yuppie"

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    There's really no need to get up when it's dark. That's old man shit in my book.
     
  39. Lucky Larry

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    Nice day for a flattie run
     

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    Wheeler Well-Known Member

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    If I were a K-boat racer like you, I wouldn't be afraid of a little rough water either. ;)
     
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    Anytime, fire and go. Its not a nuisance, it’s enjoyable to river people. :D

    Now ask me about 100 decibel techno-music behind wake board boats at 6 am and you’ll get a different answer.
     
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    Plan B used to go by early, it was loud.


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    I was lucky enough to have a close family friend with a house fairly close to a launch ramp growing up.
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    He owned the house for over 30 years and his alarm clock was always the most beautiful sound. If the sun has cracked the mountains light it up. If someone doesn't like the noise they shouldn't be on the river.
     
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    6;30-700 am
     
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    Hahahah
    that’s the same launch ramp lol will be there tomorrow night and out first thing lol
     
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    Kailuaboy89 Aloha Airliner

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    If you can see light.....its time to fire up! :D
     
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    D44A88D6-6E40-4C16-B427-361AF9B345CA.jpeg Dave Colman’s sons boat after we rebuilt the pump
     
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    wsuwrhr The Masheenest

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    When common sense, was more common.

     
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  49. Sharp Shooter

    Sharp Shooter The "anti-yuppie"

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    I'm not talking about rough water, I'm talking about getting up early for no reason. And since you don't really know me, I've never raced K, only SS and PS one time which has nothing to do with this. ;)

    Homeblown, your Schiada can easily handle most off season weekend water and much on season weekday water. We aren't Wheeler's age yet where being in bed by 8 and up at 4 am is routine. haha :D
     
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