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Old 07-07-2021, 06:19 PM   #101
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I have seen them in Meredith at the public pump out stations several times. That may not be the only place they pump out but I know that is one that they use.

I am sure with the food facilities onboard and all the inspections they have had they are fine.

Despite what some people may post, the owners are decent people who have invested a lot of their own time and money to bring something different to the lake.

I would rather have the Dive go by my house 10 times than have one of those make a wake loud stereo boats set up out front and entertain everyone within 2 miles for an hour.
The Dive is constantly trashed here but as we all know there are two sides to every story.

Also it may be something I visit only once a season I can tell you that when you see it out it is always packed and people are having a blast. After all isn’t that what it’s about.


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The Dive is constantly trashed here but as we all know there are two sides to every story.

Also it may be something I visit only once a season I can tell you that when you see it out it is always packed and people are having a blast. After all isn’t that what it’s about.


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Actually, I think there is 100% agreement on The Dive:

I have never heard the detractors disparage the drinks or service--so I think we all accept that it's a fun place to go for a drink.

I have never heard it's supporters dispute the notion that it is an eyesore, and in a recent thread an earsore--so I think we all accept that it's ugly and overbearing.

These things can be true simultaneously
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I, don't think it is ugly and I appauld the business venture. I think it is a great idea, and I do not mind it in my backyard, but what I would mind is it blaring music, if it were (first example was this July 4th) everytime it is there
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I don't care how it looks or what it offers or who enjoys it or how much money the owners have spent or any of that crap—private businesses should NOT be able to affect the quality or nature of public property.

It's the same reason I have an issue with the seaplane (potentially) monopolizing the Pier 19 dock and why I'd snap if I found a kite sales counter on the Valley Way trail to capitalize on Elsa's approach!

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I, don't think it is ugly and I appauld the business venture. I think it is a great idea, and I do not mind it in my backyard, but what I would mind is it blaring music, if it were (first example was this July 4th) everytime it is there
When you say you're happy to have it in your backyard, but not happy with the music, you seem to be splitting hairs. I don't think you should feel badly about others calling you a NIMBY. Whether it's the view or the music, would anyone really want this thing in their backyard?
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Couldn't they perhaps work out something with a marina, e.g. West Alton or Minge cove, to allow them to moor there when not in actio
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The Dive just drove by us while we were grabbing ice cream at Liliuokalani's, and I wish to update my opinion: in addition to profiting off public property, it's an eyesore, and I wouldn't want it near me.

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The Dive just drove by us while we were grabbing ice cream at Liliuokalani's, and I wish to update my opinion: in addition to profiting off public property, it's an eyesore, and I wouldn't want it near me.

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That must have been a close call, you can get sucked in by the Dive vortex if too close, many have disappeared only to be found later clinging to one of the Evinrude's.

I've never seen a single object on the lake produce as much conversation and controversy, it's really interesting.
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That must have been a close call, you can get sucked in by the Dive vortex if too close, many have disappeared only to be found later clinging to one of the Evinrude's.

I've never seen a single object on the lake produce as much conversation and controversy, it's really interesting.
I can name 2. Speed limit and the Erica incident.


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That must have been a close call, you can get sucked in by the Dive vortex if too close, many have disappeared only to be found later clinging to one of the Evinrude's.

I've never seen a single object on the lake produce as much conversation and controversy, it's really interesting.
Yes, it has caused quite a stir, no pun intended.
I guess if it really bothers property owners that much then now is a prime time to sell and move on to a quieter lake.
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I think the Dive should moor on the deep side of the T'boro dock at 19 Mile Bay. That way clients could choose to go left to get high at the Dive, or right to get high with Epic...
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We went to the Paugus Bay sandbar specifically because The Dive was going to be there. I can’t even begin to tell you how great a time we had with Betsy and Jamie. It’s a rare thing in today’s world where the owners of a business are on site every time it’s in operation. Both were there and were absolutely the most friendly and welcoming of any Bar / Restaurant I’ve been to in the Lakes Region. We had drinks, appetizers and lunch. We met people who were friends of the owners and they invited us to a land based party later in the evening. We didn’t attend but once again….met some awesome people had some great food and genuinely had a great time. So the enormous amount of support by The Dive patrons that I saw while on board should be the real “litmus” test as to whether they should be on the Lake and doing their thing. NOT the small handful of detractors constantly complaining about them.

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We went to the Paugus Bay sandbar specifically because The Dive was going to be there. I can’t even begin to tell you how great a time we had with Betsy and Jamie. It’s a rare thing in today’s world where the owners of a business are on site every time it’s in operation. Both were there and were absolutely the most friendly and welcoming of any Bar / Restaurant I’ve been to in the Lakes Region. We had drinks, appetizers and lunch. We met people who were friends of the owners and they invited us to a land based party later in the evening. We didn’t attend but once again….met some awesome people had some great food and genuinely had a great time. So the enormous amount of support by The Dive patrons that I saw while on board should be the real “litmus” test as to whether they should be on the Lake and doing their thing. NOT the small handful of detractors constantly complaining about them.

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Awesome post Paulie. People seem to have a great time and I hope they continue to be busy and become a successful business in the lakes region. The small amount of detractors here have will have little influence on its future.


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We went to the Paugus Bay sandbar specifically because The Dive was going to be there. I can’t even begin to tell you how great a time we had with Betsy and Jamie. It’s a rare thing in today’s world where the owners of a business are on site every time it’s in operation. Both were there and were absolutely the most friendly and welcoming of any Bar / Restaurant I’ve been to in the Lakes Region. We had drinks, appetizers and lunch. We met people who were friends of the owners and they invited us to a land based party later in the evening. We didn’t attend but once again….met some awesome people had some great food and genuinely had a great time. So the enormous amount of support by The Dive patrons that I saw while on board should be the real “litmus” test as to whether they should be on the Lake and doing their thing. NOT the small handful of detractors constantly complaining about them.

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Awesome post Paulie. People seem to have a great time and I hope they continue to be busy and become a successful business in the lakes region. The small amount of detractors here have will have little influence on its future.


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We went to the Paugus Bay sandbar specifically because The Dive was going to be there. I can’t even begin to tell you how great a time we had with Betsy and Jamie. It’s a rare thing in today’s world where the owners of a business are on site every time it’s in operation. Both were there and were absolutely the most friendly and welcoming of any Bar / Restaurant I’ve been to in the Lakes Region. We had drinks, appetizers and lunch. We met people who were friends of the owners and they invited us to a land based party later in the evening. We didn’t attend but once again….met some awesome people had some great food and genuinely had a great time. So the enormous amount of support by The Dive patrons that I saw while on board should be the real “litmus” test as to whether they should be on the Lake and doing their thing. NOT the small handful of detractors constantly complaining about them.

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By this rationale, McDonald's could set up a restaurant in the Wolfeboro public parking lot if enough people liked it? Or Epic could set up a seaplane operation at the Pier 19 public docks?

That a commercial business using public resources to profit is ok as long as it passes the "litmus test" of enough people liking it?

As I've said in the past, as long as The Dive keeps moving, it's less of a problem. The moment it monopolizes one public space, however, it should be rejected—for every one of you who "seeks it out," there's just as many or more who seek to avoid it.

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By this rationale, McDonald's could set up a restaurant in the Wolfeboro public parking lot if enough people liked it? Or Epic could set up a seaplane operation at the Pier 19 public docks?

That a commercial business using public resources to profit is ok as long as it passes the "litmus test" of enough people liking it?

As I've said in the past, as long as The Dive keeps moving, it's less of a problem. The moment it monopolizes one public space, however, it should be rejected—for every one of you who "seeks it out," there's just as many or more who seek to avoid it.

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So is it anchored there overnight and all trough the week or does it move there every day?


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So is it anchored there overnight and all trough the week or does it move there every day?


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It has a dock on Paugus it returns to at the end on the day. You are not allowed to anchor on the water overnight on Winnipesaukee


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By this rationale, McDonald's could set up a restaurant in the Wolfeboro public parking lot if enough people liked it? Or Epic could set up a seaplane operation at the Pier 19 public docks?

That a commercial business using public resources to profit is ok as long as it passes the "litmus test" of enough people liking it?

As I've said in the past, as long as The Dive keeps moving, it's less of a problem. The moment it monopolizes one public space, however, it should be rejected—for every one of you who "seeks it out," there's just as many or more who seek to avoid it.

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I don't understand your position against "...commercial business using public resources to profit....."

Every marina on this lake uses public resources to profit. Every charter boat (including Mt. Washington and its sister vessels) uses public resources to profit. The NASWA, Church Landing, Town Docks and every other restaurant with private docks use public resources to profit. Why is it ok for some, but not ok for others?
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Default ... is open carry okay onboard The Dive?

Just wondering here ...... it's become a somewhat regular occurrence for me to see other shoppers, always men, in the Plymouth Market Basket who are dressed in various informal clothing and have a black semi-auto hand gun either in a holster or inside their belt with the handlle showing. Apparently this is okay to do at Market Basket but is not allowed at Walmart and you never see it at Walmart.

Question to you: As a patron of The Dive would you be okay with another Dive patron openly, in plain sight, wearing a holstered black semi-auto hand gun while eating and drinking onboard The Dive?

Maybe I should start a new thread on this just cause it will give me something to do, here!

If it is accepted and okay at Market Basket-Plymouth NH, do you think it would be accepted and okay onboard The Dive, in your opinion, if you were a patron there at the time?
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I don't understand your position against "...commercial business using public resources to profit....."

Every marina on this lake uses public resources to profit. Every charter boat (including Mt. Washington and its sister vessels) uses public resources to profit. The NASWA, Church Landing, Town Docks and every other restaurant with private docks use public resources to profit. Why is it ok for some, but not ok for others?
All of those examples own the property they use or lease publicly owned property that the public (as decided by elected representatives) has deemed valuable and/or are transient.

To me, the lake and its coves and sandbars and public docks, etc. are like little state parks that should not be affected long-term by or profited off by commercial businesses.

If the Dive kept moving—minimizing its overall impact on landowners, boaters, other waterfront businesses—I don't think people would have nearly as much of a problem.

It's really too bad the Weirs didn't work out because I think that could've been a win-win.


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By this rationale, McDonald's could set up a restaurant in the Wolfeboro public parking lot if enough people liked it? Or Epic could set up a seaplane operation at the Pier 19 public docks?

That a commercial business using public resources to profit is ok as long as it passes the "litmus test" of enough people liking it?

As I've said in the past, as long as The Dive keeps moving, it's less of a problem. The moment it monopolizes one public space, however, it should be rejected—for every one of you who "seeks it out," there's just as many or more who seek to avoid it.

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Ok, you just keep whining and complaining, I'll keep going to The Dive and enjoying my Summer with them. I only post about my direct experiences so people who HAVEN'T been on it will get the proper information. They run a great operation and have the following on the lake to prove it. The place is always busy and the food quality and drinks are top notch. Bravo Jaime and Betsy!!

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Ok, you just keep whining and complaining, I'll keep going to The Dive and enjoying my Summer with them. I only post about my direct experiences so people who HAVEN'T been on it will get the proper information. They run a great operation and have the following on the lake to prove it. The place is always busy and the food quality and drinks are top notch. Bravo Jaime and Betsy!!

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Ok, you just keep whining and complaining, I'll keep going to The Dive and enjoying my Summer with them. I only post about my direct experiences so people who HAVEN'T been on it will get the proper information. They run a great operation and have the following on the lake to prove it. The place is always busy and the food quality and drinks are top notch. Bravo Jaime and Betsy!!

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Maybe if the place is always busy they will add a 3rd story before the 2022 season!

Glad you posted, good to have balance and all sides of the story. Who knows how many feel one way vs. another way. My feeling has always been as long as they are following all rules and have all needed permits, then hope things go well for them.
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All of those examples own the property they use or lease publicly owned property that the public (as decided by elected representatives) has deemed valuable and/or are transient.

To me, the lake and its coves and sandbars and public docks, etc. are like little state parks that should not be affected long-term by or profited off by commercial businesses.

If the Dive kept moving—minimizing its overall impact on landowners, boaters, other waterfront businesses—I don't think people would have nearly as much of a problem.

It's really too bad the Weirs didn't work out because I think that could've been a win-win.


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How do you feel about the pontoon boats that travel around selling ice cream, etc? Is it just that the Dive anchors at the spot for the day? Just trying to understand your thought process.


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The ice cream dude is in one place for a few minutes—he does not use public property to launch or wait for customers, and he doesn't monopolize or affect any one space for more than a few minutes. People can go, or own, anywhere on the lake and their use of the space will not be affected long-term.

The Dive sits in place for whole days and, as it has been in Paugus this year and W. Alton a couple years back, weeks at a time. People cannot use that public space, nor can they own there, without being affected by it.

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I don't want The Dive parking in front of my house. I don't like the concept of it. If it were a floating bar/restaurant, a cruising vessel, or more mobile and could cruise around the lake a stop and different locations over the course a a day, fine. Better yet, if there were a website with real time GPS and an app so you could order and go pick up the order, I would give it a try.
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The owners of the Dive are claiming "woke" culture is against them on FB, but they are also promoting "Save our Sandbars" on FB when no one complaining about the Dive has suggested closing down any of the sandbars. While I fully support their rights to operate their business, they should focus on their mission and build relationships with the community and their patrons versus conflating the issue into something it's not.
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No strong feelings about the Dive one way or the other, but as wentworthwhitbreadIII pointed out above and I confirmed on its public FB page, The Dive complaining about “woke” people “cancelling” them doesn’t sound very welcoming to me.
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No strong feelings about the Dive one way or the other, but as wentworthwhitbreadIII pointed out above and I confirmed on its public FB page, The Dive complaining about “woke” people “cancelling” them doesn’t sound very welcoming to me.
Don’t forget Jamie’s rant about “douchebag rich people”. Hope he wasn’t biting the hand that feeds him with that comment.
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Does anyone know what Laconia wanted to charge the Dive owners to make improvements to the Weirs Beach dock so they could always berth at that location?
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Thanks for the repost of the link. Reading between the lines just a bit , it looks like the reason things did not work at The Weirs is that it was too expensive for them to build a dock to house themselves.

This relates to Think's general point--their business plan requires a public dock space. In other words, they need a public subsidy to make ends meet--if they have to pay the full price for their own dock, they cannot make ends meet.

And if you accept the above--then The Dive does not pass the "litmus test" of being a viable business that covers its own costs, at least at The Weirs.
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Thanks for the repost of the link. Reading between the lines just a bit , it looks like the reason things did not work at The Weirs is that it was too expensive for them to build a dock to house themselves.

This relates to Think's general point--their business plan requires a public dock space. In other words, they need a public subsidy to make ends meet--if they have to pay the full price for their own dock, they cannot make ends meet.

And if you accept the above--then The Dive does not pass the "litmus test" of being a viable business that covers its own costs, at least at The Weirs.
I disagree. Yes it probably was too expensive but they have adjusted their plan and have been very busy this season with less overhead. Instead of building an expensive addition to a public dock that they only had a 3 year lease on they now just rent a mooring slip on Paugus. FYI the investment probably would have worked if they received the original 10 year lease they were seeking.


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I disagree. Yes it probably was too expensive but they have adjusted their plan and have been very busy this season with less overhead. Instead of building an expensive addition to a public dock that they only had a 3 year lease on they now just rent a mooring slip on Paugus. FYI the investment probably would have worked if they received the original 10 year lease they were seeking.

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Thanks--I agree that a business that was viable on a dock could still decide on a mooring to lower overhead.

But LDS reported that it was The Dive that changed it's goal from 10 years and dock construction to 3 years of free rent. So I am not sold on the idea that they would have been viable at the dock. From LDS:

The Dive — a two-story establishment constructed on a self-propelled barge — initially sought a 10-year lease, but after further discussions with the city reduced the term to three years during which time it would pay no rent. However, under the terms of the lease the Dive was required to build a 1,376-foot expansion of the Weirs Docks at its expense and obtain any state permits necessary for the construction.
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It appears the evening cruise an wedding/event business from the original business plan has not borne fruit. Nevertheless, three years, including a pandemic, is longer than many restaurants survive. They seem to be flexible in their business plan and keep moving forward in a difficult business. Bravo.
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Ten year lease may have included a monthly or annual rent... the article was not specific.

Needless to say, the City of Laconia could not provide public space that subsidized an entire competing with shore-based establishments paying property taxes.

Lots of money floating around the area right now... so not really that hard to make a business go. But a deep capital investment when the tide turns, and it can happen in any venture or the greater economy in general - that is when great businesses show what they have.
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No real vested interest here, but I'm wondering why operating the dive is any more difficult than operating the MT Washington,. Both float and have the ability to move across the lake. Both serve food. Both serve customers. Personally I think its not at all attractive to look at, but people have said good things about the food and service.

So why all the drama??? Its cant be just because its ugly.

Must be more to this saga than I'm seeing
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The Mt. Washington was a "venue" before most of us got here, in simpler and cleaner times.

The Dive (and Winnie Belle) have "citified" a lake previously renowned for Loon calls. The Winnie Belle plays "Mack the Knife" for us, followed by Wayne Newton singing "Danke Schoen".

(Plus, it needs to fly a Confederate flag to be in full costume).

On a lake known for rapid weather changes, The Dive, when it's not "spuds-down" safely next to your dock, still makes a good lightning rod around rafting boaters.
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Even the Winni Belle started out with problems.

The day it came to the lake the company transporting it misjudged the Alton ramp and landed it on top of the dock. It needed a large wrecker to lift it and move it over to get it floating.
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Even the Winni Belle started out with problems.

The day it came to the lake the company transporting it misjudged the Alton ramp and landed it on top of the dock. It needed a large wrecker to lift it and move it over to get it floating.
Why on earth did they launch it a Downings? I'm surprised that it didnt take out the dock just from bumping into it,,,

Wouldn't the actual Alton ramp have been better?
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The other ramp is steep and narrow with stone walls on both sides. Also, that parking lot may make it difficult for a long vehicle to get straight enough to back down the ramp.

Many years ago I launched a boat there and while backing down the ramp the weight of the boat pulling backwards kept causing the front tires of the towing vehicle to lock up. Surge brakes on the trailer don't help at all in reverse!
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The Mt. Washington was a "venue" before most of us got here, in simpler and cleaner times.

The Dive (and Winnie Belle) have "citified" a lake previously renowned for Loon calls. The Winnie Belle plays "Mack the Knife" for us, followed by Wayne Newton singing "Danke Schoen".

(Plus, it needs to fly a Confederate flag to be in full costume).

On a lake known for rapid weather changes, The Dive, when it's not "spuds-down" safely next to your dock, still makes a good lightning rod around rafting boaters.
I think the Mount, like the small mail boats, and trains were not designed to originally be tourist attractions, but had primary uses that had to be adapted.
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I think the Mount, like the small mail boats, and trains were not designed to originally be tourist attractions, but had primary uses that had to be adapted.
The Mount I carried passengers and freight. Mount II was purchased and rebuilt for tourism. She had also done passenger service on Lake Champlain (as the Chateguay). Of course, most 19th century steamboats carried passengers and freight. Many other early steamboats were mostly freight, but when Mount II came to Winnipesaukee, it was for tourists. I'm not sure what a "smaller" mail boat is. The Tonimar was a private yacht converted to mail delivery and tourist rides. The Gray Ghost is basically a runabout that delivers mail and takes a few passengers. The "larger" mail boats, Sophie C and Doris E were built for tourist attractions and added mail service when the Uncle Sam(s) went out of service. The railroads, as one example, gave land at the Weirs to the NH Veterans to build the veteran's vacation homes at the Weirs as a means of building tourist and vacation traffic. In the winter, ski trains or snow trains were established to take skiers (tourists) to places like N. Conway. To me, these were all pretty much specifically aimed at tourist traffic, not adapted from some other use.
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The Mount I carried passengers and freight. Mount II was purchased and rebuilt for tourism. She had also done passenger service on Lake Champlain (as the Chateguay). Of course, most 19th century steamboats carried passengers and freight. Many other early steamboats were mostly freight, but when Mount II came to Winnipesaukee, it was for tourists. I'm not sure what a "smaller" mail boat is. The Tonimar was a private yacht converted to mail delivery and tourist rides. The Gray Ghost is basically a runabout that delivers mail and takes a few passengers. The "larger" mail boats, Sophie C and Doris E were built for tourist attractions and added mail service when the Uncle Sam(s) went out of service. The railroads, as one example, gave land at the Weirs to the NH Veterans to build the veteran's vacation homes at the Weirs as a means of building tourist and vacation traffic. In the winter, ski trains or snow trains were established to take skiers (tourists) to places like N. Conway. To me, these were all pretty much specifically aimed at tourist traffic, not adapted from some other use.
Nice t0 learn the history. I know NH has been receiving tourists in earnest for more than a century, but as a child remember that only Wolfeboro and the Laconia (Weirs) seemed to really draw any interest.

I always presumed it was due to the railroad making it easier for urban residents to reach the more rural areas at a speed fast enough to be able to enjoy the cooler mountain air and lack of noise/smell in the city at a time before AC and when horses were dominant.
I figured the Mount - as you stated - was originally moving freight and people to other parts of the lake that rail service did not exist.

Meredith, Center Harbor, and to some degree Alton, seem to have gotten more effect from the highway system. I presumed that after the highway replaced the railroad as the primary conduit, that the rail and ships/boats began to focus more on tourism rather than as the primary means of transport.

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No strong feelings about the Dive one way or the other, but as wentworthwhitbreadIII pointed out above and I confirmed on its public FB page, The Dive complaining about “woke” people “cancelling” them doesn’t sound very welcoming to me.
This thread piqued my curiosity. I've seen the Dive go by, and have thought the concept was pretty cool, though I haven't tried it yet. However, I went to the FB page and listened to the owner's diatribe on "woke" culture and being "cancelled" and was immediately turned off. These are super lazy terms made popular by right wing politicians, do not even apply to the Dive's particular situation, and do nothing to actually solve problems. His attitude also does not bode well for his future success since the airing of grievances in this manner is unprofessional, IMO.
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I think the Dive should moor on the deep side of the T'boro dock at 19 Mile Bay. That way clients could choose to go left to get high at the Dive, or right to get high with Epic...
How about The Dive just straps on a propeller and becomes a seaplane? Two benefits:

1. It can land directly at each day's sandbar destination, avoiding routes near the "it's an eyesore" critics.
2. This forum can consolidate all the Dive threads with the 19 Mile Bay seaplane threads. So efficient!



FWIW, I don't mind the Dive. I've been on it only twice, had a good time, and it's a fun oddity to share with guests who visit. Admittedly, it doesn't pass by my place directly (bridge near me would decapitate the second floor). Easier to be relaxed about it when I only have to experience it amidst the chaos of a Braun Bay sandbar party (where The Dive is rarely the most offensive boat nearby...)
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It appears that Jamison Merriman, co owner of the Dive, does not think much of this forum. From his FB page.

“For the idiots on Winnipesaukee forum, you know the ones that hide behind their keyboards.. idiots
May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'Always remember... Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.' “
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It appears that Jamison Merriman, co owner of the Dive, does not think much of this forum. From his FB page.

“For the idiots on Winnipesaukee forum, you know the ones that hide behind their keyboards.. idiots
May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'Always remember... Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.' “
Name calling seems to be the new norm these days.
What's the old saying, "you get more bees with honey"?
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Name calling seems to be the new norm these days.
What's the old saying, "you get more bees with honey"?
I agree. There are a lot of nasty comments on the various FB pages that support the Dive. Here is one from the Dive's own page made by someone referring to those that do not like or oppose the Dive. The comment was "liked" by the Dive:

"These people need their faces punched in."
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I agree. There are a lot of nasty comments on the various FB pages that support the Dive. Here is one from the Dive's own page made by someone referring to those that do not like or oppose the Dive. The comment was "liked" by the Dive:

"These people need their faces punched in."
Maybe everyone will be a little less grumpy now that the sun is out.

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Maybe everyone will be a little less grump now that the sun is out.
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I agree. There are a lot of nasty comments on the various FB pages that support the Dive. Here is one from the Dive's own page made by someone referring to those that do not like or oppose the Dive. The comment was "liked" by the Dive:

"These people need their faces punched in."
Its a total turn off on any forum when it gets personal or violent.

No one wins,,,
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I don't think they are grumpy.
Just a lot of people moving in different directions.

We see this with every New Money cycle. Our teachers used to warn us about it.
Economic boom resulting in growth and diversity, and then the decline.
Some declines are slow and steady, were most everyone adjusts; some are just dramatic with heartbreaking results.
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How about The Dive just straps on a propeller and becomes a seaplane? Two benefits:

1. It can land directly at each day's sandbar destination, avoiding routes near the "it's an eyesore" critics.
2. This forum can consolidate all the Dive threads with the 19 Mile Bay seaplane threads. So efficient!



FWIW, I don't mind the Dive. I've been on it only twice, had a good time, and it's a fun oddity to share with guests who visit. Admittedly, it doesn't pass by my place directly (bridge near me would decapitate the second floor). Easier to be relaxed about it when I only have to experience it amidst the chaos of a Braun Bay sandbar party (where The Dive is rarely the most offensive boat nearby...)
Actually Braun Bay seems like the perfect place for the Dive, it should blend in perfectly and have little impact.

Braun Bay is so much better than the tiny sandbars at West Alton and Paugas Bay, they make no sense at all for such a huge piece of equipment. They must displace 20+ boats on the West Alton or Paugas Bay sandbars. I also cant imagine the Margate is thrilled to have it there.

Is there some reason it no longer goes to Braun?
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Is there some reason it no longer goes to Braun?
I would guess navigation challenges. From it's dock in Paugus to Braun must take a chunk of time, what does it travel at, 5-6 mph?
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Actually Braun Bay seems like the perfect place for the Dive, it should blend in perfectly and have little impact.

Braun Bay is so much better than the tiny sandbars at West Alton and Paugas Bay, they make no sense at all for such a huge piece of equipment. They must displace 20+ boats on the West Alton or Paugas Bay sandbars. I also cant imagine the Margate is thrilled to have it there.

Is there some reason it no longer goes to Braun?
I would imagine its a long ride in wide open water, and not easily accessible to re-supply during the day if needed. It does make sense to be there though.

I need to make it a point to try it sometime soon.
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Actually Braun Bay seems like the perfect place for the Dive, it should blend in perfectly and have little impact.

Braun Bay is so much better than the tiny sandbars at West Alton and Paugas Bay, they make no sense at all for such a huge piece of equipment. They must displace 20+ boats on the West Alton or Paugas Bay sandbars. I also cant imagine the Margate is thrilled to have it there.

Is there some reason it no longer goes to Braun?
If you have seen it set up at Paugus or West Alton you could seen it displaces 4-5 boats at the most and these locations fit very well into their plan this year. Very little travel and easy to resupply during the day with nice size crowds
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If you have seen it set up at Paugus or West Alton you could seen it displaces 4-5 boats at the most and these locations fit very well into their plan this year. Very little travel and easy to resupply during the day with nice size crowds
Yes I have seen it at West Alton and your 4 - 5 boat estimate is way off, its huge.

Are you talking about 4 - 5 35' boats or 20' boats???

It probably displaces more than double your 4 - 5 boats estimate just around the parameter, let alone the actual footprint of its structure.

In a place like Braun it would have minimal impact, but somewhere like West Alton or ever worse the Paugas sandbar, its overwhelming!
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The sandbars already have a crowd.
So travelling to them, and then doing what you can to attract customer is the business rational.
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Yes I have seen it at West Alton and your 4 - 5 boat estimate is way off, its huge.

Are you talking about 4 - 5 35' boats or 20' boats???

It probably displaces more than double your 4 - 5 boats estimate just around the parameter, let alone the actual footprint of its structure.

In a place like Braun it would have minimal impact, but somewhere like West Alton or ever worse the Paugas sandbar, its overwhelming!
XCR... You have your math wrong!

The NHMP measures from the gunwale to gunwale when determining rafting distance, not center line to center line.

The Dive measures at 20' beam x 60' length. so to make it easy, say you are in a no rafting zone like Braun or West Alton where boats have to stay 25' apart.... the Dive takes up the same approximate space of 2 boats (8.5' x 20')... 17' for the beam of the 2 boats + 75' distance.

25' + (Dive 60') +25' = 110' total

25' + (8.5' boat) + 25' + (8.5' boat) + 25' for s total of 92'

So there is really only 18' linear difference.... so to be fair lets say it takes up 2.5 smaller boats worth of space... or 2 large cabin cruisers!

In places like Braun Bay & West Alton, its entirely possible for them to anchor outside the no rafting zone.

In places like the Margate sandbar.... it is not a NRZ.


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XCR... You have your math wrong!

The NHMP measures from the gunwale to gunwale when determining rafting distance, not center line to center line.

The Dive measures at 20' beam x 60' length. so to make it easy, say you are in a no rafting zone like Braun or West Alton where boats have to stay 25' apart.... the Dive takes up the same approximate space of 2 boats (8.5' x 20')... 17' for the beam of the 2 boats + 75' distance.

25' + (Dive 60') +25' = 110' total

25' + (8.5' boat) + 25' + (8.5' boat) + 25' for s total of 92'

So there is really only 18' linear difference.... so to be fair lets say it takes up 2.5 smaller boats worth of space... or 2 large cabin cruisers!

In places like Braun Bay & West Alton, its entirely possible for them to anchor outside the no rafting zone.

In places like the Margate sandbar.... it is not a NRZ.


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Clearly you dont anchor at West Alton or Paugas bay on the weekend, boats are stuffed in like people on the "T"

If someone cannonballs into the water every boat bobs from the splash ;-)

My math may be wrong, but 2.5 boats, no chance,,,

LOVE this picture of the DIVE at Braun, fits rignt in at Braun, clearly a mistake to park it at West Alton or Paugas.

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Your math is absolutely wrong... You cannot be mad at the Dive for other peoples illegal behavior. If you want to be a realist and say this behavior is what people do, that fine. But legally the Dive takes up 2 large boats worth of space on any given sandbar.

Unfortunately, that pic (and my boat is in that pic) was taken on the 4th of July a couple years ago and shows a whole lot of illegal rafting in Braun Bay. This is nothing new.

It because of this kind of rafting behavior, that when I get to (insert name here) sandbar, I take pictures.... so that when people anchor too close, I have my proof (for a judge) that I was there obeying the law, and that I am in no way responsible for other peoples behavior. This is also how I know how the NHMP measure distance between boats.

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Your math is absolutely wrong... You cannot be mad at the Dive for other peoples illegal behavior. If you want to be a realist and say this behavior is what people do, that fine. But legally the Dive takes up 2 large boats worth of space on any given sandbar.

Unfortunately, that pic (and my boat is in that pic) was taken on the 4th of July a couple years ago and shows a whole lot of illegal rafting in Braun Bay. This is nothing new.

It because of this kind of rafting behavior, that when I get to (insert name here) sandbar, I take pictures.... so that when people anchor too close, I have my proof (for a judge) that I was there obeying the law, and that I am in no way responsible for other peoples behavior. This is also how I know how the NHMP measure distance between boats.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, this is all too common on Winnipesaukee Sandbars.

At this point I NEVER go out on the water on Saturdays during the season, Its just way too busy for me and not at all fun.

As for the Dive at West Alton, last time I saw it there is was a total nightmare, just way too busy to have something like that there on a busy day. And the Paugas sandbar is even tighter.

I dont object to the Dive cruising the lake, or even rotating locations, but parking regularly at a single spot and monopolizing it is not going to make many people happy and they already have enough problems with acceptance.

Maybe they could park some distance from the sandbar (not in the most preferred shallow water) so as to not impact the recreational boaters? Wouldnt that be the best compromise???
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True. But lets surmise that law enforcement really put their foot down - which is the reason that you take the pictures.
What would you guess the number of boats in that area to be as a percentage of what is seen in the picture?

That reduces the overall possible clientele of the Dive, and may make the area less likely to receive a ''visit'' from them.

The business advantage that it employs it it can bring the product to the customers, it doesn't have to wait around for the customer like a land-based operation.

It is a little different in that the product is more adult-orientated and service is on the water; but not largely different that the ice cream trucks that use to frequent the local beaches parking lots when I was a child.

Obviously the beaches didn't spring up overnight, everyone knew how far their property was from the beach, but still property owner issues over being public or private. The ice cream truck never frequented the private beaches as they had their own snack bar.
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Yes I have seen it at West Alton and your 4 - 5 boat estimate is way off, its huge.

Are you talking about 4 - 5 35' boats or 20' boats???

It probably displaces more than double your 4 - 5 boats estimate just around the parameter, let alone the actual footprint of its structure.

In a place like Braun it would have minimal impact, but somewhere like West Alton or ever worse the Paugas sandbar, its overwhelming!
Obviously it is not off. Take a look at the photo!!!


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Well looking at "that" picture it looks like you could easily fit 4 - 5 more boats just around the outside of the Dive where no one is anchored.

Guess it depends on of you are look at 20' bowriders or 37' cruisers
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If you look at the picture... the Dive is the ONLY one legally anchored!

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Clearly you dont anchor at West Alton or Paugas bay on the weekend, boats are stuffed in like people on the "T"

If someone cannonballs into the water every boat bobs from the splash ;-)

My math may be wrong, but 2.5 boats, no chance,,,

LOVE this picture of the DIVE at Braun, fits rignt in at Braun, clearly a mistake to park it at West Alton or Paugas.

Reminds of the scene in Ozarks, where the preacher is handing out bibles with drugs in them at Sunday mass on the water.
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Reminds of the scene in Ozarks, where the preacher is handing out bibles with drugs in them at Sunday mass on the water.
Kinda insane.

Not sure how this is fun for anyone, but thats their business as I have ZERO intention of participating in that mess.

Hard to believe the Dive is only 20' x 60' as it looks huge everytime I see it;

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Wonder when the bashing will end and we can just move on .............
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Wonder when the bashing will end and we can just move on .............
Well if your really displeased by the thread and want it to end, you could always start a new thread of some subject on a positive note and not add to this one.

Just a thought,,,

For example; where if anywhere can one find alcohol free gasoline on the lake?

Or, why dont more boat makers offer closed bow boats (even Chris Craft has abandoned them and turned the Launch series into bow riders)

Or possibly how nickle plated Colt SAA's make the best open carry guns (oh sorry, maybe not this one,,,)

Well you get the idea
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