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12-20-2010 11:51 AM
rfideng
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

Before the inspections/gates my buddies and I fished about 25 or 30 nights each season until 1, 2, or 3 am. It was great, there are few people on the lake on friday nights.

Since they put up the gates/chains we haven't stayed out past ramp closing time. Don't want to leave the boat at the dock unattended, and don't want to get stuck in storm. One of these (summer) days we will do an all nighter and sleep in the boat when we get tired.

Quote:
Originally Posted by walleye seeker
the nice thing about the n.marina is you can rent a slip for the night and your boat will be behind the locked gate. i know of a guy that dosn't even take his rods out and has never had a problem
True, but occasionally they do have issues with people stealing things out of the boats. It happened a few times last summer. I haven't heard of anyone stealing a boat from the pueblo marinas.

Crk
12-04-2010 03:07 PM
earplug
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

People still wonder why I have a canoe.
12-04-2010 11:05 AM
walleye seeker
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

the nice thing about the n.marina is you can rent a slip for the night and your boat will be behind the locked gate. i know of a guy that dosn't even take his rods out and has never had a problem
12-04-2010 10:04 AM
MacGyver-O-Fishin
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

Oyey,

I want to forewarn you that it may have been a mistake to ask me about my experience. Well, and let me preface this venting session by apologizing for what is coming,

… But since you asked … Let me tell you my little story to allow you to “… imagine what could happen to my boat behind the locked gate at the north marina.”

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away … a NAIVE fisherman went fishing ...
I was up at Carter for a long weekend in late June about 12 years ago with my whole Famn Damily (Mom, Dad, Brothers, Kids ...). We were all looking forward to an excellent camping and fishing adventure.

On the first day, Friday, I came in off the lake from trolling at about 23:00 and decided not to pull the boat out. There was a group of shore fisherman near the dock on the North end so I pulled up on the sand beach about 50 to 60 yards to the East of them. It took two trips but I got all my rods, lures, packs, and cooler and packed it out and put it in the truck (thank God for that). Unfortunately, the gas tank was semi-permanently installed under the main seat so I could not pull that out and the motor is just a simple outboard (Yamaha) and did not have a key to disable it.

When making the trips up to the truck with my stuff, I walked by the shore fisherman and made some small talk (for fisherman anyway) with them … how are you fairing?, what are you using?, etc. They seemed nice enough and it appeared that they were young adults (mid-20s) and teenagers.

Anyway, I had left the boat out before but I rarely frequented Carter and had never left it out on the water there at Carter. Where I typically left the boat out overnight was in close proximity to the camping area. By close proximity I mean within 50 yards. I had done this often enough that I even had a set of four mooring stakes and a sledge hammer onboard to make the two “X’s”, one starboard and one port, for mooring to the beach shoreline. This method secures your boat in a perpendicular orientation to the waters edge and it will generally not rotate in the wind and waves and grind your hull on the beach.

At Carter, as you can imagine, the place was packed in June and the only camping slots available were up in the main North camping areas. This camping area is about 300 to 400 yards away from the water and on the north side of the road that runs around the rim of the reservoir. Further, because of the topography it is not possible to see the shoreline from the campsites.

I left the boat there moored to the shore stakes and drove the truck and empty trailer back to the camp to get some sleep. I got up early the next morning, just before sunrise, so that I could catch the early bite.

When I got down to the shore the boat was gone, the stakes were gone, and there were all kinds of footprints in the sand (not mine) where the boat had been moored. I ran up to the tackle shop/ranger station at the top of the boat ramp and told them someone had stolen my boat.

The store clerk called up a ranger from the marina. The ranger took down my info and was about to notify the other rangers on her walkie-talkie to be on the lookout for my boat when a call came in that said “we have a wayward vessel on western shore … no occupants … it is about half full of water … obvious hull damage … we’re preparing to tow it in to the marina …”. The ranger asked them to give a description of the boat and their responses matched my boat.

When they got it back to the marina it was obvious that someone had taken it for a joy ride. All the tie-down/mooring ropes were inside and one of the seats was cut up like someone was whittling on it. The batteries were dead (submerging batteries and electrical switch gear will do that) so I could not use my bilge pump to pre-drain the water. When I was loading it on the trailer I had to first wade out (BRRRR) and pulled the bung plug. Then I partially cranked it up onto the trailer and allowed it to drain some. I did this because water is heavy and the extra weight from the water can buckle your axle (e.g. 100 gallons in your boat weighs 850 Lb. … nearly HALF A TON). I repeated this pull it up a little … let it drain some … pull it up a little … etc. several times before finally pulling it up the rest of the way. When I drove it out I let it sit on the ramp to drain the rest of the way and it seemed like it drained constant for about ten minutes.

Anyway, GRRRRRR!!!!, there were multiple cracks and gouge marks in the bottom hull of the boat. Fortunately, the motor, the transom, and the transducer were undamaged. Unfortunately, it took me about a month working on it in the evenings and on weekends to get the hull repaired. Just in case you have never tried it, it is seriously not easy to repair the bottom of a boat when you do not have a hoisting system to get it OFF THE TRAILER. AGAIN, GRRRRRRR!!!

Now you, too, can “… imagine what could happen to my boat behind the locked gate at the north marina.” … but seriously … I’m thinking “It’ll be Fine ,,, if YOU leave YOUR boat out”.

Tight Lines!

Mac


12-04-2010 04:23 AM
Oyey
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by MacGyver-O-Fishin
Thanks guys,

I thought that you had to just leave your boat out in the water.

I just had some trouble with that in the past and it cost me some serious time and money to fully recover. At the time I thought

"...It'll b
e fine ... " too.


Wrong !!



Again ... Thanks and TIGHT LINES!!!

Mac
What happened, and where? I can't imagine what could happen to my boat behind the locked gate at the north marina.
12-03-2010 10:25 PM
MacGyver-O-Fishin
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

Thanks guys,

I thought that you had to just leave your boat out in the water.

I just had some trouble with that in the past and it cost me some serious time and money to fully recover. At the time I thought

"...It'll be fine ... " too.


Wrong !!



Again ... Thanks and TIGHT LINES!!!

Mac
12-03-2010 11:05 AM
slimer
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Oyey
We leave the boat in the water..... I have done this many times and never have any problems... I lock up things and take home anything that can be stolen...
Including gas? Oh wait, you just burn it off while out there in the middle of the lake.
12-03-2010 06:54 AM
Oyey
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

We leave the boat in the water..... I have done this many times and never have any problems... I lock up things and take home anything that can be stolen...
12-03-2010 06:50 AM
rivrunnr1
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

You can't take the boat out from 6pm to 5am. It's very simple.

You leave the boat at the dock and then come back and pick it up when the ramp opens at 5am.
12-03-2010 12:33 AM
MacGyver-O-Fishin
Re: What are the inspection schedule and gate closure rules at Pueblo?

Thanks for all your feed back but I am now really confused about the ramp closure issue ??

If they lock down the docks how are guys like "Rivrunnr1" getting the boats out of the water late ... errr ... I should say early in the morning?

This is the quote from the "Crazy ... on Pueblo " post made on about 11/20/10 (I think).

"... Crazy night. We put the gas in and motored back to the marina. Got out of there around 1:45am. A bit scary....but a mass adventure! A successful vampire moon walleye trip with only one minor hitch ..."

See why I am confused. Do they just leave the boat in the water and tie it up at the dock? ... then pick it up the next day ... or did they have to hand-haul it up that ramp and over the gate? or do they just live there at the marina ?

Tight Lines to All!
Mac
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