Getting my feet wet
April 19 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Getting my feet wet | Friday, April 19, 2002

Friday, April 19, 2002

Getting my feet wet

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

I have bought me a boat.

I know that's not grammatical, but it felt good to say it that way.

It's not entirely accurate, either, since the boat is a family affair. "We have bought us a boat."

I never wanted a boat ... much.

But once or twice a year I usually get to ride in someone else's boat, and zip around the lake, and slap on a pair of skis (I've never practiced enough to slalom), and it is inevitably a lot of fun.

So, with a 5-year-old who loves boat rides and fishing, we decided to invest in some memories and bought a used runabout that's just about Samuel's age.

Now I have to learn about boats. Safety rules for driving, road rules for pulling, don't-be-an-idiot rules for putting it in the water without forgetting some crucial plug.

I'll want to learn something about the engine because my greatest fear about boats has always been that I'd be in the middle of the lake and the motor would conk out and I wouldn't be able to fix it.

My first concern, however, is finding a place to park it. Our subdivision is not what I would call upscale, but we have tiny yards and a big list of rules about what you can't park in your driveway. "Boats covered with blue plastic tarpaulins" are right there on the list, along with pop-up campers and rusty cars on cinder blocks.

I could wind up spending more for a parking space at the storage lot than I do for gas.

I'll have to go back and forth to make sure the boat has dried out before putting the cover on.

I'll have to pull it to Durham every time it needs service.

It could turn out to be a whole heap of trouble.

But, on those early evenings when we are sitting in a quiet cove and Samuel is giggling about the little fish he has flopping around on the floor I've so carefully cleaned, I suspect it will all be worthwhile.

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4/19/2002 12:00:00 AM by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor | with 0 comments
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