Here at PDB, we feel so blessed to have Moser (aka Larry) as a Forum Member. He's been a moderator and a great resource for so many of us. Here are some of his thoughts on boating.
1. What kind of boat do you currently own? I own a 2006 Forester 19 Fish pontoon with a 50 HP Evinrude 2 stroke. I also own a 17 foot Sea Nymph side console fishing boat with a 70 Johnson on it.
2. What is your favorite thing about it? My favorite thing about this or any pontoon boat is the wide open "floating patio" type of layout.
3. What is your dream boat? My dream boat would be a 21 to 23 foot tri-toon with the performance hulls and a 4.3 I/O or 150 Direct Inject 2 stroke. We have made a decision around here that we will fish from the fishing boat from now on and the pontoon will be for lounging and cruising and nothing else, so my dream pontoon would be a cruising, lounging model.
4. Share a fun/exciting boating memory: One of my best boating memories is the weekend that the forum members visited Raystown and I got to meet a lot of members and spend some time with them on their boats or mine. I took my first Proud Mary ride with them and took a ride on a handmade, homemade wooden pontoon.
5. What is the must have boating accessory? There are lots of important accessories for a boat for safety and seaworthiness, but for just having fun it is hard to beat a nice sound system to make the time on the boat enjoyable.
6. How long have you been boating? I've loved boating since I first went with one of my dad's shipmates on a homebuilt 24 foot cabin cruiser in RI back in the early 1960's. My step dad and older brother had runabouts in the 70's and I bought my first boat, a 17 foot Glastron runabout with a Chrysler 105 in about 1980. I bought my first 'toon in 1992, a 24 foot Manitou with a 50 merc.
7. Where do you typically boat? I boat almost exclusively on Raystown Lake, a 28 mile long 8300 acre COE impoundment in Huntingdon and Bedford Counties, Pennsylvania. It was flooded in about 1974 and I've been coming here ever since. My home is in Roaring Spring PA, about 18 miles from the closest Raystown launch.
8. What part of the country has the best boating? I can only speak of my boating experience here for the most part, but I have also had my boats in the Chesapeake around Chincoteague VA, and plan a little Erie time in my Sea Nymph next year. I may also take a Striper trip with the Sea Nymph to Smith Mountain Lake next Spring. Having lived in Cleveland in the 60's and 70's I am very much aware of the dangers of old Lake Erie and will treat her with much respect. I also found myself wary of the unfamiliar areas and tidal waters in the Chessy. You will find me around the good old Raystown for most of my boating and I'd have to say for me that is the best place to boat.
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