The maritime score
May 17 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

The maritime score | Friday, May 17, 2002

Friday, May 17, 2002

The maritime score

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

I was surprised at the number of responses to a recent column about our purchase of an "experienced" boat.

Others, evidently, have been there before.

One person defined a boat as "a hole in the water to pour your money in." The statement wasn't very grammatical, but after we paid for some needed repairs, a decent boat cover and parking place, it made sense.

Other readers reminded me of the old proverb that the two happiest days of a boat owner's life are the day he buys the boat, and the day he sells it.

I don't put that much "happiness stock" in any form of recreation, but I took the point.

Still others recalled fond memories of boating with their children, and assured me that we will have great fun and not be disappointed.

For those who are still reading, here's the current score: two rainouts, two short evenings on the lake, nine night crawlers either drowned or nibbled to death, and one sunfish the size of Samuel's hand. Appropriately, he's the one who caught it.

Oh - and one crumpled fender on the boat trailer.

The first time out, I tried to use the drive-through at a fast food place that will remain unnamed, and found out why they put those big heavy pipes on either side of the menu board.

Lesson learned.

I'm sure there are more lessons to come, and I count no day as wasted when I learn something new or spend it with people I love.

It looks like the thing is paying for itself already.

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