One way to enjoy a holiday or some time away from your daily activities is through boating. If you love getting out on the waters ; the whirl of a reel, the experiences of the vast water bodies in the sea or the weird feeling as the water breezes whip through your hairs as you sail, there are several water bodies and amazing water experiences waiting there for you to try them out.
We are talking about a favorite pastime that you could enjoy out there in the waters in a sailboat, a fishing boat, a cruiser, a yacht, a canoe, a kayak or even a ski boat all which will give you a different experience from the other. You get to travel to various destinations or islands around the waters, get to your favorite fishing destination or maybe pull water skiers. And the most important thing is that you get to interact with the rest of the boaters’ community with the waters binding all of you together.
Essentially, you have to know all the information which pertains to boating, fishing and enjoying the water experiences. It doesn’t matter whether you are boating on big or small waters, freshwaters or seawaters.
This site was previously owned by JT Marine.
JT Marine was a boat company in Montreal, Quebec, but their website went dead in 2010 and expired. Now a new JT marine is being created, un-related to the original owner. For the benefit of people who were looking for the old original JT Marine, I don’t know what has happened to it. I haven’t been in Montreal for a few years.
JT Marine dealt with boat rentals for fishing and boating, including a rented trailer, to allow users to take the boat to the lake of their choice. It is actually a nice idea, because you don’t need to purchase and store all that equipment year-after-year, for the occasional fishing trip.
Their boats were Yamaha brand / G3, designed for fishing. They had reliable outboard motors, with low-emission 4-stroke engines. The boats had console, sonar, some electric motors, tanks, anchor and life jackets.
For instance, the Yamaha 18 foot G3 with 50 HP engine had these specifications:
- Length 17 ft 5 in
- Bau 72 ‘
- Bottom Width 56 inches
- Height larcasse 20 ‘
- Bow / lateral recess 20 ‘
- Angle statement veranda 12 °
- Dry weight 920 lb
- Thickness of the shell .100 (Soldered)
- Maximum or rated power (HP) 75 HP
- Maximum load 1000 lb
- Occupants 4
- Capacity dessence 49.2 liters
- Color (s) red
- Viviers – Dimensions and capacity 10 x 14 x 20 inch, 49.2-liter
- 12 x 10 inches x 36 inches, 71.9 liters
My friend and I decided to go fishing on Sunday, a decision that I later regretted. I think if I had picked a better friend to go fishing with, I may not have had so many problems.
“I think we have everything we need,” my friend Marcus said as we loaded up his brand new Bayliner Element XL.
“This is one of the best boats on the market,” Marcus told me. “I am so glad I finally got that inheritance check from my dad’s will.”
He would not shut up about his dad’s will, and the fact that he got over one million dollars from his very rich, now dead, father.
“Are you ready to go now?” He asked me.
“Let’s go,” I said. “I am ready to have some fun.”
We both got inside the boat and I pushed away from the dock and we were ready find a place to fish.
I relaxed in my seat and let the wind blow through my hair. I must have fallen asleep because the next thing I knew Marcus was pushing me and yelling my name.
“John, John,” He yelled. “Wake up. The motor stopped and I need your help.”
I sat up and rubbed my eyes for a minute before asking, “What do you mean the motor stopped,” I asked. “I thought it was a brand new boat.”
“It is,” Marcus said, but I could tell he was lying.
“I thought it was a brand new boat,” I said again.
He only looked at me this time. After a minute of silence he shrugged and said, “I bought it from a friend. He said it was brand new.”
“It seems he might have lied to you,” I said.
Without waiting for him to answer I went to the motor, which was blowing out gray and black smoke.
“What happened?” I asked as I made sure that the engine was not on fire.
“I was just driving out to a good spot and all of a sudden the engine died and then started smoking.”
“Do you have a fire extinguisher handy just in case?” I asked.
“Just in case what?” Marcus asked, as if he had no idea what a fire extinguisher was used for.
“In case your boat catches on fire.” I said.
“I never thought of that,” Marcus answered.
It was at that point I knew we were in trouble.
“I don’t know much about boats,” I said. “I think we need to call somebody.”
I pulled out my phone and saw that there were no bars.
“I think we have to wait for help now,” I said. “My phone has no bars.
Marcus pulled out his phone and looked. “I don’t have any bars either.”
“Well, then I say we have something to eat and try and relax until help gets here.” I said.
“Where is the cooler?” Marcus asked.
“What do you mean where is the cooler?” I asked. “I told you to grab it.”
“Oh, right,” Marcus said.
“You left it behind, didn’t you?” I asked.
“Then maybe we can fish,” I said. “Where do you keep the rods?”
Marcus pulled up the rear seat and scratched his head. “Maybe they are under another seat.”
We looked under all seats but found no rods.
“So you forgot the food, and you forgot the rods?” I said. “What were we going to do on this boat anyway, have a staring contest?”
“I could have sworn I put the fishing rods in the boat this morning.” Marcus said.
“Then did they get up and walk away?” I asked. “Because they are not here.”
“Okay, well we have to wait for help now.” I said and sat down.
It was a minute later when I felt my feet getting wet.
I looked down and saw water puddling at my feet.
“We have a problem,” I said. “I think we are sinking.”
We scrambled around grabbing a couple of life jackets as the water in the boat continued to rise.
Fifteen minutes later we watched as the hull of the boat disappeared beneath the water.
“I think this has been the worst fishing trip of my life,” I told Marcus.
“I am going to kill my friend when I get out of this,” Marcus said.
I waited out the hours watching the sun make its slow descent towards the horizon. It was not until the sun started to sink out of view that I heard a motor.
Marcus and I started yelling and then we saw it. The boat came into view and we celebrated as it came near us.
“What happened to you guys?” A man asked. He reached down to me first and pulled me in. Then we both helped Marcus in the boat.
“How long have you guys been out here?” The man asked.
“Our boat sank about eight or ten hours ago,” I said.
“You have been out here all day?” The man asked.
“And I can’t wait to get home,” I said. “I am hungry.”
Marcus was quiet all the way to the dock. When we got off we both thanked the man for all of his help.
At our vehicles Marcus smiled at me and said. “We should do this again sometime.”
I was hungry, tired, and I felt like I would never be dry again. It was all his fault too. So before I turned and walked to my car, I punched him in the face.
Recently, I had a problem with my boat. It had a Yamaha 150, and someone was using it, and ran it out of gas just as it was gliding into the dock. It ran rough just before dying, and I think it must have had some backfires. Then it wouldn’t start-up again.
A mechanic took it apart, and found the camshaft had broken, it’s bearings had been torn to shreds and seized up. I had to make odd decisions. First, I had to buy another used Yamaha 150, which was rebuilt by a guy in Victoria, BC. He did a good job, but it was costly.
Second, I had to buy a used ‘head’ including the camshaft, so that the old broken outboard could be rebuilt. That is costly too. In all, ending up with 2 rebuilt Yamaha 150s, at a cost of about $12,000. And the cause of it all, was neglecting to put in gas. I hope ‘someone’ who let that happen, never lets it run out of gas again.