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New to boating- Harrisburg area

I bought my first boat last week - a 97 Bass Tracker Pro Team 170 with a 45 HP Mercury jet on it. Looking for some advice on where to put in for a beginner on the Susquehanna? The West Fairview Launch near the mouth of the Conodoguinet? City Island? Fort Hunter?

Thanks for any help
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Re: New to boating- Harrisburg area

I sold my boat and dropped my membership at Highspire Boating Club 10 years ago. But it is a very good club with easy access. I highly recommend it. Don't know if they are accepting new members. They do not have a web site, but you can google it and find a map. Drive over to their facility near Middletown and ask a member for more info. Always someone around.

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Re: New to boating- Harrisburg area

congrats on your first boat. If you haven't heard this before, here's an old adage of boat ownership: A BOAT IS A HOLE IN THE WATER THAT YOU PUT MONEY IN!
Enjoy it and boat safely.

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Re: New to boating- Harrisburg area

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congrats on your first boat. If you haven't heard this before, here's an old adage of boat ownership: A BOAT IS A HOLE IN THE WATER THAT YOU PUT MONEY IN!
Enjoy it and boat safely.
Never heard that one before. I have heard though that boat stands for Break Out Another Thousand lol
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2 happiest days in a boaters life are the day he buys it and the day he sells it. Many weekend warriors who buy boats end up realizing they are a foolish purchase.


I still like my boat and don't share that mentality, yet.

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Re: New to boating- Harrisburg area

Greenstang

All the negative comments about boat ownership don't surprise me but the comments usually refer to bigger boats.

Let me add a positive comment.

I have owned more than a few boats. I currently have a boat similar to yours. For me a 16' to 17' tin boat is the most practical size for the waters I hunt and fish. You made a good choice for the river.

Good luck!
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Re: New to boating- Harrisburg area

TO the original posters question. Use the city island and goldsboro ramps unless the river gauge at city island is 4.5' or higher.

Make notes of where you travel and what the depths are reading if you have depth finder, as the river gets below 5' you can approximate what kinda of water you will have in a general area.

Fort hunter, west fairview, new market, highspire(privte club), middletown are your other ramps close by but if you've not boated the river at all i again wouldn't advise unless you have about 4.5' at the city island gauge. down the road you can certainly fish them at lower water heights.

pm if you need more info, good luck fishing with the new boat!
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Who enforces the highspire club fee? I checked the application for a permit for them and it says not available.

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Re: New to boating- Harrisburg area

i believe its steelton boro. some info on there website and on highspire website also

Membership Applications and Information is available at:
Steelton Municipal Building
123 North Front Street
Steelton, PA 17113
717-939-9842

steelton launch

confusing...Highspire boat club located in highspire boro, is actually called the steelton boat launch, as it was bought by boro of steelton in 2000. i just sharing i didn't, know this till i just read it now.
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Re: New to boating- Harrisburg area

great advice in regard to the river...listen to him.
As far as a Basstracker? You're running a very heavy boat... with thin gauge aluminum. Trust me..I am running a 95 tracker with 90hp inboard jet, its a pig and while on plane can run in a few inches, if you hit a rock at any speed it will slice it like butter. I run 2 bilge pumps (1 backup) cause she leaks!

Having an outboard like you mentioned helps when you get rocks jammed in the jet...inboard [censored], particularly when in cold water.

If you dont know how your boat runs all that well .. head upstream first few times its easier getting it back to the trailer when broke down.

Watch where others are running, particularly if you try to get up in the statue of liberty area Fort Hunter.... narrow slots...great fishing.
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