I'm tossing leaves in the air here, I am interested in what the Delta is like nowadays.
Back in '66-68 when I was a young teen I spent a couple of years in a trailer park in the middle of Bethel Island, on Gateway Rd. I think, the park was next to Connors Ranch and there was a new golf course behind it, I made money
picking up the golf balls and also mowing lawns in the trailer park, one of my school
friends was named I think Frank, kinda funny
because his dad owned Franks Tract marina, many times I was invited to go cruising or catfishing with friends or neighbors and traveled through a lot of the sloughs. There was an elderly gentleman in the park that had a wooden boat on blocks, it was maybe less than 30', I helped him work on replacing the flooring
, I was about 12, I think he passed away one night, his boat never finished. Lived in a tiny trailer just barely long enough for a bed
Maybe I'm having an epiphany but I cannot get rid of the image of a huge boat that must have been over 40', you know when you are a kid everything is bigger and here I am 53 and I feel this tug to return to Bethel Island for some reason. I have heard there was a bad meth problem around there, well I am in Wasilla, Alaska
and its nothing compared to what I have seen around here.
I have been seriously looking for a winter liveaboard
, I have spent many years living in Calif. before I move to Alaska
back in 1992 but after so many winters I'm getting tired of being shut in and not working through the winter, I'm a heavy equipment mechanic
, hydraulic, electrical
, fabricator, welder and I drive concrete mixers. I can do anything on a boat except drive it right off and tear apart complicated electronics
, I have steered the Tahoe Queen up at Lake Tahoe during my shifts when I was the chief engineer
but thats just a big circle at night for the dinner cruise
, heck of a job I have to admit. Not much on anything smaller, but I never drove a mixer truck until I had to, now I am the supervisor that trains the new hires.
I keep seeing the old Chris Crafts in Craigslist down there, I know, its a woodie and most yards won't even haul an old one out. I am fully aware of an intensely good buyers market in Florida
but I really do not want to be that far from Alaska and to have to live on pins and needled when a big storm might come through and I'm 5200 miles away. I have lived in Houston
Tx, I do see occasional boat deals down there, I could easily get a winter job if necessary, living is cheap
and usually with minimal restrictions.
I'm basically concerned about is this, is California a hopeless cause? All I hear and see on the news is bad bad stuff, no jobs, a governator gone bad, businesses moving out of state and nanny laws up the kazoo. Alaska is very conservative, I own guns
, actually a lot of guns
, ammo? my truck sags if I have to move it. Not that I need them, its just my lifestyle, all I hear is that your kids cannot even make gun signs with hands even. So in the grownup world whats the type of people around the marinas? Retired doctors? Is it ill advised to even consider buying
an older boat, a big boat just because of the insurance requirements? I want at least a 40', I could tomorrow buy a 53' Hatteras in Florida
for less than $40k, in running shape no less, but its too far away unless I admit thats what I must accept.
I have seen a fair amount of decent houseboats for sale
in the Delta, perhaps a better choice? Then a more practical second vessel for fishing