Finger Lakes Summer Memorial Motorboat Ride

June 1, 2010 at 2:09 am 2 comments

In case you’ve never taken a motorboat ride on one of the Finger Lakes, put it on your “bucket list.” The therapeutic benefits of gliding over a glassy surface at 40 MPH are unparalleled.

I’d like to tell you how easy it is to make this happen — if you don’t already own a motorboat, — but it’s not. Suppose you have a couple hundred bucks, a credit card with an adequate limit in case you total the boat, a free day, and a nearby marina that rents boats. Then you also need the amazing ability to instantly start and maneuver a motorized vehicle through roiling waves, combined with the ability to get it to stop moving when you really need it to stop — like a few feet AWAY from the immoveable concrete pier. Lastly, if paying $6 a gallon for gas at the marina does not phase you, then, by all means, go for it.

If, on the other hand, the previous list discouraged you, here’s a simpler way:  make friends with a motorboat owner.

Motor boat owners are always looking for boat ride enthusiasts to impress with their water-born chaffering skills, and the offer of a few beers may be your express ticket to a Memorial Day motorboat ride.

The video in this entry shows a 30-minute sunset boat ride condensed down to 60 seconds — minus the motorboat sound. That’s not enough time to provide the thrill of the speedy ride combined with gorgeous colors of the sunset and a close-up view of how millionaires live lakeside — but it’s a start.

The advantage of seeing the lake from the lake is that you get to discover the secrets shore spots where no one has built a home — yet. The cliffs that are too high to build on, have amazing fossils at water’s edge. You also get to enjoy places that can only be reached by boat, like the naturally sandy beach that is deep enough to anchor your boat, while shallow enough to walk in the water and still hold a drink.

Best of all, unlike the parking lots in town which are always filled up, there is usually a boat slip on the town pier where you can tie up your boat, and walk to shore for an ice cream cone or a fish fry without any hassle.

A motorboat is often referred to  as “a hole in the water in which you pour money”, and that is true, but it makes the Finger Lakes a whole lot of fun.



Entry filed under: Activities, boating, Finger Lakes, Skaneateles Lake. Tags: , , , , .

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