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  1. #16
    Sep 2011
    AT Pro, Tesoro Compadre
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    Buying the detector, pinpointer, lesche and a set of rechargeable batteries isn't too bad because they don't degrade after you've made the initial investment (although the batteries do wear out). The real expense of this hobby for me is gas. Driving around the countryside, hoping to drop in on people when they are home is a real pain when gas is $1.35 a litre (that's $5/gallon for you yanks)

  2. #17
    Northern California

    Aug 2007
    Southern California
    XLT, GMT, 6000D Coinmaster
    3512 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    That is a great description of RVer types, never thought about it like that. I can certinally appreciate having some comforts after a day of moving rocks and of course that is why my backpacks always weigh so much. Thinking about seeing the U.S.A. with no particular plan in mind is a cool thought as well. Not all folks are suited for backpacking so I figure that applys to all sorts of other types of getting out of the four walls.

    Keep traveling and enjoying..........63bkpkr
    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

  3. #18
    Charter Member
    "Is that a Geiger Counter?"

    Feb 2006
    South Central Upstate NY in the foothills of the headlands
    Minelab Musketeer Advantage Pro w/8" & 10" DD coils/Fisher F75se(Upgraded to LTD2) w/11" DD, 6.5" concentric & 9.5" NEL Sharpshooter DD coils/Sunray FX-1 Probe & F-Point/Black Widows/Rattler headphone
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    Metal Detecting
    I've got another hobby that costs a LOT more. One gallon of bottom paint costs $219!

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    Costs $2,000 just to tie it to the dock for the season.
    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

  4. #19
    what hath god wrought

    Feb 2009
    Gateway to the 1000 Islands
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    Expensive is in the eye of the wallet holder. Five thousand dollars to me might seem like ten thousand dollars to someone else. Anyone can buy a hundred dollar detector and take up the hobby, which I think is dirt cheap. But a lot of those anyones just might think that a hundred skins is too damn expensive.
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  5. #20
    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    XLT , surfmaster PI , HAYS 2Box , VIBRA-TECTOR
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  6. #21
    May 2008
    Teknetics T2SE, GARRETT GTI 2500, Garrett Infinium
    828 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Boating is expensive for anything sizable.

    Typically 1 MPG, lots of maintenance and prep, tow vehicle or slip/storage fees, etc.

    Lots of fun though, and you're not stuck in a marina unless you want to be. You can be as adventurous as you want, with Lake Superior at the top of the danger list.
    "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." Friedrich Nietzsche

    "You ask where I live. I cannot tell you. I am a Voyageur, a Chicot, sir. I live everywhere. My grandfather was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. My father was a voyageur; he died while on a voyage. I will also die while en route, and another Chicot will take my place. Such is our course of life."


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