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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2020-06-08 2:51 PM
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Boy am I glad I pulled my boat Friday. All the piers at the GYC were 3 ft under water whereas the are normally 3 feet above high tide.

Those who didn't are probably not happy today. Several were ripped from their moorings and are now sitting in the middle of a parking lot, some more than 300 yards away…with severe hull damage.

My little boat sits in my front yard while my big one sits up at my brother-in-laws house in the country.

Life is good.



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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2020-06-08 2:55 PM
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Look at you with the foresight. Glad to hear you're OK. What have you been up to?

Got any pictures of your boats?
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Jake Page Icon Posted 2020-06-08 3:07 PM
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Glad to hear you pulled yourself to safety, Rich. Not surprising, though. You're the guy I want in the foxhole.

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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2020-06-08 3:15 PM
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2 boats…

Bayliner Capri 1700. Little bowrider that I fish Biloxi Back Bay with. Very fuel efficient, 5 mpg with a 40 hp Yamaha.

Bayliner Trophy 2502 walkaround. Closed in cabin, head, sleeps 4 comfortably. Twin Mercury 175 2 strokes. My open gulf boat that has 190 gallons of fuel. Very inefficient… I get 1 mpg with it. But lots of power and handles rough weather well.

I actually have a 3rd boat, a little 8 ft "Pond Prowler" that I carry on the Trophy for overnight trips with a 55 pound electric trolling motor. I use it for fishing in shallow water. Can use it in a foot of water while the draft on the 25 footer is nearly 3 1/2 feet.



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HPC:Fan Page Icon Posted 2020-06-08 3:43 PM
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Nice boats. Living the dream, huh Rich?
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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2020-06-08 5:12 PM
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Nope…if I were living the dream it would be a World Cat 400DC-X. I'm just living more of an afternoon nap moment of confusion…
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CE Geek Page Icon Posted 2020-06-08 5:59 PM
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I've been wondering how things are going in Hurricane Alley. Missing Michigan yet, Rich?
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2020-06-08 6:25 PM
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Very cool
How come you wound up with 2?
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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2020-06-08 9:08 PM
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Let's see… missing Michigan, high gas prices, shitty income, cold slippery winter and rusty cars… uh, no. I lived there a long time…2000-2016. But after mama died last August we had nothing keeping us there. I had retired from teaching in 2015. Time for a change. Kind of feel sorry for folks who live in 1 town their entire lives without ever seeing the world.

Met Pattie here back in '72 when I was stationed at Keesler after Viet Nam. Her family is here. So it was like coming home. Cheap cost of living here…gasoline at $1.39/gal even today. Retirement pensions go a long way here.

Reason for 2 boats…I keep one at the GYC. It is easy to get out in the gulf from there. Do a lot of fishing in Louisiana waters. Takes too long to get around the Biloxi point to the back bay for fishing there. Good fishing Sep-March in back. Plus a lot of shallow water areas where big boat can't go.

Keep little boat at Pattie's uncles house…sits on the water, so no docking fees, no slip costs. Gulfport Yacht Club only allows members to rent 1 slip there and it is $125/month. Gulfport Municipal Harbor wants $250/month. GYC dues are only $3000/year so it ends up costing me about $4K a year but I enjoy the GYC activities, reciprocity worldwide with other yacht clubs, so it works for me.

Basically, one boat is a summer boat, one is a winter boat. Little boat is too small for out front…big boat is too big for back bay.



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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2020-06-09 9:50 AM
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Nice to hear that you and the boat was safe.

Gasoline at $1.39/Gal!
If you come to Japan, it's $1.03/Liter....

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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2020-06-09 12:32 PM
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Makes sense Rich, very smart.

Stingraze it is ~$1.40/L here at the moment or $5.30/US Gal. Before Covid it was ~$1.61/L or $6.10/US Gal. I'll take £0.81/L ($1.03/L) any day of the week.
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2020-06-09 12:42 PM
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Well, the $1.03 / L is the price of the cheapest gasoline station about 10km away. The average is about $1.16 / L.

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CE Geek Page Icon Posted 2020-06-10 2:21 AM
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I wouldn't know - I drive electric, far cheaper than any of those.

Must be nice to be able to afford to buy and dock two boats. You must have a better pension than I do, Rich.
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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2020-06-10 2:16 PM
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I barely get by Gregg…my pensions are pretty small, but I get 5 of them.

1. Military for 21 years of service
2. State of Alaska (PERS) for 10 years in public school system
3. State of Michigan for 15 years in the Michigan Public Schools Retirement System
4. Ferris State University, not really monthly retirement, but an annuity check once a year
5. Social Security

You may notice they are used boats I bought...can't afford a new one…
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