Spring is in the air and the thoughts of a middle aged man turn to…ummm…no not that, we turn to fishing, and boats about now….that is when we aren’t thinking about the other thing.
Cottages on the water need a boat. That is all there is to it. The question is, what kind of boat, how big and what style. Well, there are hundreds of different boats to choose from, from rowboats and canoes to open aluminum or fibreglass boats to bigger and a lot more luxurious speedboats with big outboard or inboard engines.
I’ve had them all at one point or another, in fact my most recent was a 17 foot bowrider with a 75 horsepower Mercury outboard that I bought new and paid to much for, and sold used and got paid way to little for…but that’s another story.
After having a couple of speedboats like the one described above, I am back to the old standby, my 14 foot open aluminium boat with a 15 horsepower Evinrude outboard, and I am happy with it.
Big boats are fun, especially the first summer, then they gradually become work, and a nuisance and an added expense, in terms of payments, upkeep, insurance and fuel. So after a couple of years we decided to sell the speedboat and go back to simpler times, the old standby, the Springbok aluminum.
Oh sure, it’s not as nice for a trip up the lake, or entertaining visitors but, how many trips up the lake do you really make, and how much are you willing to pay to entertain guests a couple of weekends a year. Besides that, I found that many of our weekend visitors weren’t all that wild about the boat anyway.
As for water skiing, we don’t, and if we do, we can always go with one of the neighbors, but when I owned the speedboat, I think I had one person ask me to take them skiing, I did, he almost died, so that was that…
The little aluminum boat is perfect for me, the size is safe for our lake, even though it is a big lake, and the 15 horsepower Evinrude even has enough power to pull the kids on the tube if they are so inclined. It’s a lot easier to fish out of, and you can slow the speed down to a mere crawl for trolling for a spring trout.
Besides that, on Sunday night I can take the outboard motor off with ease, lock it in the garage and turn the boat upside down on the lawn and forget about it. If the lake rises or falls, it doesn’t worry me, my boat is safe and sound.
There is something fun and exciting about smaller boats too, the feeling of the wind in your face, the water rushing by close to you and the waves, did I mention the waves, nothing puts a smile on my face faster than jumping over some big waves in my little boat, hanging on for dear life and giving her all the gas she can take. It genuinely makes this 48 year old duffer feel like I’m 14 again!
Yes I know, tied to my wharf the little boat doesn’t look as impressive as the big inboard/outboard with tied up at the neighbor’s place, or the cabin cruiser style a couple of cottages away. But I’m not going for an award for sharpest boat on the lake, I will have to settle for Most Practical Boat On The Lake…..
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