Feb 13, 2005, 10:45 AM
Post #8 of 27
A refugee of Minnesota, the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" (actually there are more than 15,000), I've had my share of those holes in the water in which one continually pours money...8^). Canoes, Catamarans, runabouts, cabin cruisers; often one of each at the same time (with a self-imposed limit of 3 at any given time).
Don't have one now, but it would be great to have access to one on Laguna Chapala. The one concern about using a craft on the lake, however, is knowledge of the bottom. Chapala is in most areas very shallow - making use of an inboard seem really risky. Even an I/O or an outboard might have problems. Jetdrives might be a great alternative, but then you've got to be concerned about fouling the pump or wear and tear from lakebottom material you stir up. Thus I thought the best options were shallow draft sailboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, electric boats, etc.
It would be nice to know if a countour map of the lake bottom exists - with an ability to factor in varying lake levels. I've looked around but haven't found one as yet. If you do visit with the 'Harbormaster", NE; please post any info you think might of interest to a boating community. Also, I know there are a lot of informal accesses to the water, but it would be nice to know where the local authorities prefer access, egress and storage for watercraft(temporary & permanent). Anyone out there with any info besides NEohio? And Pete?(to whom we should thank for starting and contributing to this subject). Maybe a Laguna Chapala Gringo Y Mexicano Marine Assn. should be formed....=^..^=.
And Bubba, you irrascible SO_, I thoroughly enjoy your posts, but sometimes, it may be helpful to back off a bit when someone is trying to inform & help others. It's a fine line to walk/talk, but a tad of sensitivity seems to be in order in some cases. OTOH, if someone is asking for it, put the gloves on, by all means, and whack 'em upside the head...8^). That includes this writer.