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On 2/6/2018 at 8:35 AM, BigAngus752 said:

  We have a silver Wrangler which we off-road

Do you also tow the Wrangler? Will your four wheeling hobby take you to the point where you will be towing the Wrangler? 

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I didn't plan it this way, but there's just enough silver in my Skeeter to match my truck...I'm OK with it :).  For me, the color I want on a boat/truck is the one that's got the best deal.  Lucky coincidence that both look darn good together (IMO of course ;)).

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57 minutes ago, Lures'n'Liberty said:

Wow, those are some sweet rides. I might be out of my element here. Looking through the pics it's looking like there's a few bucks tied up in some of your rigs. I must beg the question, what do you do for a living that you can afford to own a well equipped pickup truck today, and pray tell where did you sell a kidney to pay for the high end boat behind it? 

 

I mentioned a few comments up that wrapping the boat might be an idea to match the truck, though, and seeing that nearly every one of the rigs pictured above is worth more than my house (no joke, and I live in a great neighborhood!), I'm beginning to wonder why they're not as popular in the discussion. I'm sure there's a lot of us out there that can't afford to buy a new truck and a matching boat at the same time. For those people, a wrap might really be the way to go, and there might even be a better deal on an ugly boat. You could go higher or lower as with anything, but figure $1000 to wrap the boat and protect the original finish, then figure again if you're only planning to keep the truck for 5 years or less as seems to be the trend, your wrap with 5 years of use and abuse could be changed out to match the truck again. 

 

As far as the truck color goes, I have a Summit White Toyota. It's easy to keep clean, the drive through car wash gets it cleaner than the 2 hours I used to have to spend polishing the black Sierra I had before. While I don't own a boat, I do have a friend with a boat. Both trucks match friends boats relatively universally. Oddly enough, friend with boat's truck is in my driveway with 2 rusty doors waiting for replacement, along with a whole new paint job, and will likely wrap both the truck and the boat.

Speaking only for myself, it's not anything secret or crazy...Work hard, plan, and make it happen.  I've owned bassboats since I was 15 and all were the same process.  It required discipline, patience, and sacrifice, especially when I was much younger.  Nice thing about bass fishing is that you can get in where you fit in, the fish don't know the model/year of your rig.  I caught a lot of fish and won a lot of tournaments in boats that were far from the latest and greatest, competing against guys with those latest and greatest rigs.  

 

IMO wraps are not very attractive and I don't want the added attention of 'the guy with the wrapped boat'.  Wraps can protect the finish underneath, but over time the knicks, scrapes, scratches, etc in the wrap itself will begin to be noticeable.  I'd rather just keep the boat clean, but I'm also not one to go crazy matching the colors.  

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I saved my pennies and lunch money from 2004 when I bought my first truck a 2500 HD Silverado with the 6.0 and a 4.10 rear end.  4X4 and I traded it in on my 2016 High Country with the 5.3 and 8 speed tranny.  I got an unbelievable amount of trade for my truck because it was in such good shape and it had 159,000 miles on it.  I also have a good friend who is an engineer for GM and I got an additional discount from him.  If you know how to play your cards right you can get the price on a truck down to an affordable level.  Here is my old truck right before I traded it in.  

 

 

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58 minutes ago, Logan S said:

I didn't plan it this way, but there's just enough silver in my Skeeter to match my truck...I'm OK with it :).  For me, the color I want on a boat/truck is the one that's got the best deal.  Lucky coincidence that both look darn good together (IMO of course ;)).

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Speaking only for myself, it's not anything secret or crazy...Work hard, plan, and make it happen.  I've owned bassboats since I was 15 and all were the same process.  It required discipline, patience, and sacrifice, especially when I was much younger.  Nice thing about bass fishing is that can get in where you fit in, the fish don't know the model/year of your rig.  I caught a lot of fish and won a lot of tournaments in boats that were far from the latest and greatest, competing against guys with those latest and greatest rigs.  

 

IMO wraps are not very attractive and I don't want the added attention of 'the guy with the wrapped boat'.  Wraps can protect the finish underneath, but over time the knicks, scrapes, scratches, etc in the wrap itself will begin to be noticeable.  I'd rather just keep the boat clean, but I'm also not one to go crazy matching the colors.  

Work hard, plan, and make it happen sounds all well and good, but seriously, that's a hell of a lot of planning and hard work to make some of these monthly payments. I guess a $40k vehicle has become the norm, plus i totally get that the hobby fund can really go a long way if well managed. What I have to question, though, I guess is for those who have the really extravagant combos. My friend, who does really well for himself, just bought his third F-350 Crew Cab Diesel in the Platinum trim, and his payments are over 1000 a month for the next 37 years. Ford finally one upped the Platinum with a Limited, and those trucks, with tax and title, along with many other high end SUV's now break six figures rolling out the door. There are now boats in the same price point as well. Hard work and planning is one thing, but I don't think I could ever justify spending that kind of money on a pickup truck, let alone a boat that I can only use 8 months out of the year (or less, considering that one would be scared to death taking it on the river when the water is a little high). You could buy a lake for what some of these rigs cost!

 

As for the wraps, yes, some of them really stand out and draw attention, but you don't have to get a crazy fancy wrap. One solid color on half of the boat could make all the difference in the world depending on your paint scheme. 

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1 hour ago, Lures'n'Liberty said:

Wow, those are some sweet rides. I might be out of my element here. Looking through the pics it's looking like there's a few bucks tied up in some of your rigs. I must beg the question, what do you do for a living that you can afford to own a well equipped pickup truck today, and pray tell where did you sell a kidney to pay for the high end boat behind it? 

 

 

Well for me it's a Jayco camping trailer with a canoe on top of the F-150 instead of towing a boat, but as far as affording it, retirement is a good thing.  We both worked and socked a way all we could afford.  This is just my 4th vehicle since 1989.  I had an '89 Toyota 2wd pickup, 4 cyl and standard cab that I paid $9000 for new.  I drove it for 14 years.  Then a 2003 Honda Accord which I drove for the next 8 years.  We moved out of the country for 2½ years in 2012 and drove a 2000 Toyota Avalon that we bought from my wife's dad and shipped to the island.  We moved back here in 2014 and bought a 4 year old Ford Edge.  When we decided to get the camper, we had to get a truck to pull it, thus the 2016 F-150 3.5 Ecoboost came into our life.  We just traded the 2010 Edge for a new 2017 Edge for my wife, and now we should be set for at least the next 10 years.  

 

Going easy on the spending, driving rather vanilla vehicles and living in a modest neighborhood while we were still working has allowed us to be comfortable in retirement.  I could afford to buy a moderate size bass boat, no problem, but I don't want the potential headaches that come with the boat.  I have very little experience in motorized boats, even as a passenger, and I'm not comfortable with trying to learn the ropes now that I'm in my 70's.  I'm not much of a do-it-yourselfer either, so a cheaper used boat would be a mistake for me.  I'll be a canoe kind of guy till I can't push a paddle any longer.

 

 

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6 hours ago, Lures'n'Liberty said:

Wow, those are some sweet rides. I might be out of my element here. Looking through the pics it's looking like there's a few bucks tied up in some of your rigs. I must beg the question, what do you do for a living that you can afford to own a well equipped pickup truck today, and pray tell where did you sell a kidney to pay for the high end boat behind it? 

 

 

4 hours ago, Lures'n'Liberty said:

 

Work hard, plan, and make it happen sounds all well and good, but seriously, that's a hell of a lot of planning and hard work to make some of these monthly payments.

 

What I have to question, though, I guess is for those who have the really extravagant combos.

 

 Hard work and planning is one thing, but I don't think I could ever justify spending that kind of money on a pickup truck, let alone a boat

 

 You could buy a lake for what some of these rigs cost!

 

Interesting perspective. 

 

Here's mine ~ Quality is never an accident.  It’s always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution.  It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. 

 

The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of a low price has faded from memory.

 

A-Jay

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My boat is dark red but I don't like red trucks....maroon or moron?

Couldn't help myself, appologize in advance.

Metalic grey or silver truck goes with nearly any color boat.

Tom

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7 hours ago, Lures'n'Liberty said:

Do you also tow the Wrangler? Will your four wheeling hobby take you to the point where you will be towing the Wrangler? 

We don't tow the Wrangler.  We drove it from Illinois to Colorado though.  It's a daily driver.  If we ever do tow it we will do so on a trailer.  Wranglers must be towed flat with all four on the road or on a trailer.  No dolly.  I doubt this will happen with this rig.  There is a distinct possibility that we will build a YJ or TJ in the future that is a dedicated off road rig.  

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1 hour ago, A-Jay said:

 

Interesting perspective. 

 

Here's mine ~ Quality is never an accident.  It’s always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution.  It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. 

 

The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of a low price has faded from memory.

 

A-Jay

This is very true. I think my end on it is where do you draw the line between quality and luxury? Wants and needs? Perhaps you'll never forget the bitterness of poor quality, however I do believe that some of the high prices here also come with a reminder every month. 

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I like when my truck and boat match or compliment each other.  I used to have a pewter truck and it looked good with my green boat.  Now I have a black Tahoe and I absolutely hate it, both the vehicle and the color.

 

I'm holding out for a 19 Silverado in white, silver or whatever that sharp looking charcoal color is that I see in the marketing pics.  Any of those colors will go with my green boat and my next boat, which will be white.

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10 minutes ago, BigAngus752 said:

We don't tow the Wrangler.  We drove it from Illinois to Colorado though.  It's a daily driver.  If we ever do tow it we will do so on a trailer.  Wranglers must be towed flat with all four on the road or on a trailer.  No dolly.  I doubt this will happen with this rig.  There is a distinct possibility that we will build a YJ or TJ in the future that is a dedicated off road rig.  

That's not entirely true, you can tow a Wrangler in reverse on the front axle with the T case in Neutral, but you have to lock the steering in place by running the seat belt through the steering wheel, however they don't show you that in the owners' manual. It also takes about 5 minutes to drop the driveshaft, allowing you unlimited tow mileage on the rear axle. You can also sling tow them from the front with a wrecker without damaging the driveline, although you may damage a factory bumper if you're not careful (I've spent a large portion of my working life as a tow operator and auto mechanic. You might be surprised at how many vehicles can be towed on one axle safely, for certain distances, and why).  A trailer, however, is still the best option. 

 

I'm sure you are aware of the pros and cons of towing your trail rig, along with why I brought it up. Food for thought - universal color truck like White, Silver, or Black will look good towing whatever color YJ or TJ you may build. 

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2 hours ago, Lures'n'Liberty said:

universal color truck like White, Silver, or Black will look good towing whatever color YJ or TJ you may build. 

That is true.  I had not considered that.  

4 hours ago, WRB said:

My boat is dark red but I don't like red trucks....maroon or moron?

Couldn't help myself, appologize in advance.

Metalic grey or silver truck goes with nearly any color boat.

Tom

Now that the problem has been identified we can all go home.  My mistake for asking. 

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My first truck was a deal due to a sponsorship.  I got a deal on the truck because someone special ordered it and then backed out of the deal.  It was ordered to pull a 5th wheel.  I only used it to pull the bassboat, a horse trailer and a couple of dual axle U-Hauls, all hitches and no 5th wheel.  Because I am so anal on care and maintenance and my sponsorship with the dealer included all oil changes and maintenance, there were records from new with everything that was ever done on the truck.  That maximized my trade in value.   I did have a couple of oil changes in Florida when I was detailed there for 2 years but I still got the truck back to my home in Virginia for most all of it's work.  When technology got to the point that a newer truck was a consideration....i.e., better towing capabilities in a 1/2 ton, better MPG plus the fact that that my other vehicles for commuting and the rest of my family (wife and daughter and my daily driver) were getting well over 100k, most over 200k and the fact that I am looking to retire in a little more than a year, made a new truck a consideration.  In retirement, I plan on using the truck as my daily driver and getting rid of at least 2 of the others I own.  With the deals I got from both the added discount from my GM buddy and purchasing at the end of the model year and a good relationship with my dealer plus top trade in value, I got a very good deal on my current truck.  I will admit, the High Country package was a gift to myself.  All that being said, I didn't pay 60,000 for my truck and through my credit union, I got a great rate on a new vehicle.  I just consider myself smart with my $$ and took advantage of all the deals I could.  FYI, my boat is a 2005 model that I also got a great deal on, I looked for 2 years before I found it.  I have added poles and upgraded many things as my finances have allowed.  You don't have to be Dave Ramsey to get a good deal.;)

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I will always have a silver truck.  I would consider white or gray if the deal was right.  Those colors go with anything.  Here is my boat fresh off the line.  I tow it with a silver Tacoma.  

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On 2/8/2018 at 4:05 PM, A-Jay said:

 

Interesting perspective. 

 

Here's mine ~ Quality is never an accident.  It’s always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution.  It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. 

 

The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of a low price has faded from memory.

 

A-Jay

Agree, research and spend wisely. It's also quite astonishing to me, how much money people will spend to save a few bucks, as well as the frustration they choose to go thru trying to "polish the turd" they bought trying to save that buck. If you don't have the financial means to make the right purchase, then don't make the purchase.

 

We see this all the time in this boat forum. People buying used without having the boat mechanically checked or test rode and then a few weeks later they are asking for repair advice. I am not suggesting people buy new, I am suggesting they buy wisely.  

 

Boat is black truck is blue....a basses favorite color combination

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On ‎2‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 6:26 PM, Lures'n'Liberty said:

This is very true. I think my end on it is where do you draw the line between quality and luxury? Wants and needs? Perhaps you'll never forget the bitterness of poor quality, however I do believe that some of the high prices here also come with a reminder every month. 

Not to toot my own horn, but my rig is 100% paid for, no monthly reminders here...  The house/mortgage is also paid off, did it back in 2012 when I was 31 years old.  I did these things on an average salary and with ZERO inheritance.  It was saving money and lots of overtime hours at work. 

 

My rig is a pure "want".  I had a 2013 F250 w/ 2009 Z520 prior to this rig, absolutely nothing wrong with either truck or boat...  Bass fishing is my "beer"/"release" in life and in my line of work (cop), I need frequent drinks.... :thumbsup3:  Having top of the line rods, reels and rig makes the overall fishing experience that much more enjoyable for me.

 

And keep in mind too that EVERYTHING we are given whether it be money, materialistic things or just another day to live are gifts from God and that we are just managers of His belongings while here on earth! 

4 hours ago, slonezp said:

If you don't have the financial means to make the right purchase, then don't make the purchase.

Yep, pretty simple... :thumbsup3:

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My boat is black over cream, my (current) vehicles are that bright Ford blue and ruby red...works for me.

 

As long as a boat/vehicle isn't an annoying color (think pink/purple/chartreuse for me) I don't care at all...

 

...and I am a graphics guy/printer by trade for 35 years...I know color.

 

I do think it's cool to see others go to these lengths, makes me smile.  Fun to read about.

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I totally understand what you're saying, but ask yourself what matters more: how well the colors match, or fishing?

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F150 is black. Boat shopping this spring.  Actually thinking to buy great deal, Bass Tracker 40th.  Its got brown carpet and silver hull.  Not too worried about matching the truck.  Maybe the free boat cover it comes with is black?  That will match.  Who knows.  But its actually a consideration.

 

As to money being spent.  I could buy whatever boat I want.  Just don't know how much time I will be on lake.  So the 10k for the Tracker seems reasonable.  If I really enjoy it like I did pre-kids then I can always sell the Tracker and upgrade to something nicer.  Spend wisely, save your money and work hard.  Buy what you want as long as the wife doesn't spend it before me!

 

 

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Until I started visiting fishing boards, I never even knew that people considered their truck and boat color and if they matched.  Growing up my dad had a red truck and a blue boat.  That never came up in all the years we had them.  There is a guy in my club with a brown Silverado and a gray/purple Legend which doesn't match.  Each of them are high-end but I would definitely chosen different colors.  Doesn't matter to the fish since he does very well in our tournaments.  

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I don’t think the bass care if your boat and truck match. 

 

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On 2/8/2018 at 4:05 PM, A-Jay said:

The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of a low price has faded from memory.

I think you're right...scratch that, I know you're right...but I don't think matching colors boat to truck is anywhere even close to the "quality" line.

 

You can have a quality truck and a quality boat and not have matching colors.

On 2/8/2018 at 11:09 AM, Lures'n'Liberty said:

My friend, who does really well for himself, just bought his third F-350 Crew Cab Diesel in the Platinum trim, and his payments are over 1000 a month for the next 37 years.

My house payment wasn't that high, and I live in a 2,600 sq, ft home, built new in '03, with a 3 car attached garage and a 3 car detached garage on 10 acres...

 

Gob Bless folks like that who keep the economy afloat.  No, I'm not being cynical.  I'm serious as a heart attack.

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12 hours ago, Further North said:

I think you're right...scratch that, I know you're right...but I don't think matching colors boat to truck is anywhere even close to the "quality" line.

 

You can have a quality truck and a quality boat and not have matching colors.

While I'll agree with your response  - that line was initially offered as part of a reply regarding a discussion that revolved around  . . . 

"Wow, those are some sweet rides. I might be out of my element here. Looking through the pics it's looking like there's a few bucks tied up in some of your rigs. I must beg the question, what do you do for a living that you can afford to own a well equipped pickup truck today, and pray tell where did you sell a kidney to pay for the high end boat behind it?   "

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Work hard, plan, and make it happen sounds all well and good, but seriously, that's a hell of a lot of planning and hard work to make some of these monthly payments.

 

What I have to question, though, I guess is for those who have the really extravagant combos.

 

 Hard work and planning is one thing, but I don't think I could ever justify spending that kind of money on a pickup truck, let alone a boat

 

 You could buy a lake for what some of these rigs cost!"

 

A-Jay

 

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12 hours ago, Further North said:

The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of a low price has faded from memory.

Reading the past few, you're right. I digress, though.

 

2018 Ford F-250 Platinum - MSRP starts at $62,600

2017  Nitro Z21 Z-PRO - MSRP $52,495. 

That's $115,095 before tax. $115,095 plus tax can buy a lot of quality items. Should an individual choose to spend, say, $25,000 on a quality used truck and $15,000 on a quality used boat, there's $62,095 left over to spend on bait, tackle, rods, reels, guides, gasoline, hotel rooms, outfitters, guns, quads, motorcycles, snowmobiles, a building to put them all in, tools, beer, and if you plan wisely, you might even find a semester or two of college tuition for the kids or a gift for your wife! OK, so maybe you can't buy all of that stuff top of the line at that price, but you can certainly pick and choose some quality goods and services with that kind of budget. 

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I've always felt it was no one's business what they spend on things, but themselves.  They shouldn't have to explain or justify it to anyone.  Worry about yourself, be satisfied with your decisions.  Keeping up, questioning, or even raw jealousy of the Jones' stuff is pointless.

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