Around 2Pm on Monday looking forward to a week of bad weather and the crush of humanity on the DC area, knowing I had to get WECATHCHEM to Katz’s Marina to start her refresh ASAP, and pick up Scarlet Jimmys 1960 Sportsman. Jimmy and I decided to drop everything and make the trip NOW! It was our window of freedom from the weather and traffic since Monday was MLK day. So around 3PM, Jimmy showed up and we bolted north to New Jersey.
In bad traffic can take 6 hours, and today 4! 4 hours and 11 minutes to be specific. It was one of those calls you make and brace yourself. Seth and Allen agreed to meet us at 7:3oPm at the Marina, and we unload and load and Peel outta there. We showed up at 7:28 on the dot. Half hour for fuel and well.. unloading fuel.
Now, here is the hard part. How in the hell do you arrive in a Woody Boat paradise and just say Hi, and leave. I hadn’t seen Seth in a while and for sure needed a varnish fix. The place was insane amazing, Allen and the team has made sure the place looks like a hospital. You could literally eat of the freshly painted floors. Throw some Chicken on a stick and some fries on that floor and I am gonna lick that floor clean!
And the boats. Let me tell you.. If for any reason you are wondering why we do this, just visit that place. And you will sell your house and steal your kids collage money to keep going. It’s like a Casino for Gambling addicted people. Like having an AA meeting at a bar, like going over to your high school girl friends house to “do homework”. AHHHHHHHHHHH!
It’s all so good and wonderful, the smells, the shapes, the wood, THE WOOD, the finishes, the raw Mahogany, the one of a kinds, the , the, the, AHHHHHH All of it. And to think in just 60 Days, we are going to be all together sniffing each others afts!
So, after a quicky with the first 17 barrel back, we were off to brag with you all and on the road home. The good news is Scarlet was all finished and Lookn good! 5 coats of varnish, all her scratch’s and flaws fixed, bottom repainted and ready for some summer love’n. Wow, what a shame to drive her in the dark! But NO TRAFFIC. That’s right, 4 hrs to DC.. In the busiest traffic corridor in the US and doin 75 with no issues. We got home around 1:30 AM and I am still wired form the infusion of Mahogany and Varnish cocktail. I need a smoke now! Dang!