New format on lake Link looks a little greek.
rwalsh 2323 my use of glass boats on the tff spans about 35 years, my first glass boat was a 1973 yarcraft tri hull, had an aluminum boat then a 1987 warrior now my current boat. I think I can pretty safely say there is probably nobody who has beached a glass boat on the shores of the tff more than I have. nothing to brag about just pretty matter of factually. i used the Warrior for about 15 years on the tff, loved the boat, motor was due for replacement 10k didn't make sense. In the course of that time I had gel coat restoration done and a Hamby's keel protector installed. My skeeter came with a hamby's, I started the Skeeter mid september of 2015 it has aproximately 6,000 hours of on the water time on the tff, original ss prop, many, many beach landings doing shore lunches. i read your post and for curiosity sake got on my back in the gravel driveway and crawled under the boat. The hamby's only protects the keel, there is gel coat wore away on each side of the keel(not paint), not a big deal to me. there are a few battle scars, mostly from fishing some real skinny water for muskies. last week i had three 19 year old "kids" we got stuck while musky fishing on a boulder, I had them go to the bow for weight and jostled us off the boulder(caught two muskies that day).
If you are talking about coming up camping for a weekend and beaching your boat i would encourage you to bring your boat. If you have a new 80K 620 Ranger and are going to trade it in in the next couple of years and worried about a scratch and resale value well? me I'd still bring it but everyone has a different take on that.
I have a very utilitarian view on my gear, my boat is a work horse, that yes i depreciate on my taxes but I honestly look at all my gear that way. I bought a Wenonah Kevlar canooe about 15 years ago ( musky Ben mentioned canoes) paid 2,300.00 for it, hunted 12 years in Ontario every year in Minnesota. it is beat to heck but I still use it, lot of 200lb. deer have joined me in the ride out, deer, gear dragged onto the rocks then unloaded. Would I trade any of those memories for an unscathed bottom on my canoe? The two guns I hunt most with are wood stocked( I like wood), glass bed the actions, float the barrel and glass bed the barrel channel, shoot like "a house a fire" pretty beat up some of the scars very specific memories.
Don't float your boat offshore, if a storm comes up your back anchor probably won't hold and your boat will be against shore shore. Driving the boat into the sand or gravel shore helps secure the boat. An anchor is dropped on the windward side( more wind anticipated the father out) anchor thrown before you get to shore.
There are a lot of suitable sites for pretty secure anchoring of boats, run out of time tonight if you want to email I try to get back in a timely manner.
Sometimes i wonder how my posts come off to people, in this post want to let people know I make every effort to take care of my gear but I buy it to use it hard, when it wears out I'll replace it, create memories, they are only material possessions.