|Betsy, a 1958 28′ Connie last weekend on Smith Mountain Lake|
It comes as no surprise to many of us here in the classic boat hobby that our wood boats are more than just inanimate objects that float around. They are living breathing things that we share our place on the planet with.. So.. you say, Woody’s gone off the deep end here? He is about to get all spacey – tinkle on us.. Well.. it’s true… Our boats are made from an organic matter.. They breath.. they soak in moisture like we do.. They dry out.. And left alone.. die.. And given love and respect, thrive and return the favor.. It does not take a huge leap to believe that they also soak in good energy.. or bad.. They for all intensive purposes have a spirit.. Come on.. It’s all part of the hobby.. How many times have you fallen in love with a boat from across the marina? Why do folks restore the un restorable? Why do folks look for years for there long lost boat that they had when they were younger? How many of you long for that freezer that was in the garage when you were a kid? Or the lawn mower you spent your summers making money with? So, what in the heck does this have to do with Betsy, my old Cruiser… Well, about two months ago I sold Betsy to fellow Woody Boater Phil Jones on Smith Mountain Lake.. Folks asked why? We all helped in the naming here of Betsy, we followed her repairs and know her history, why would I sell her so fast and loose money in the deal. KARMA! It’s that simple..
|The day we picked up Betsy, her with her past name Odyssey|
For those that are new to the Betsy story.. We picked her up this past spring for about $2,500 in a Marina here in VA.. She had been let go for a couple years or so, and she needed a home.. What was different about Betsy though is that in the late 90’s she had been beautifully restored and loved.. Over restored… Her name was Odyssey.. Now.. nothing special about that.. BUT.. turns out the restorer was a woman named Betsy.. Betsy was an artist like my mother, did landscape painting like my mother, was about my mothers age.. And died suddenly exactly from the same cause of death as my mother.. On top of that, when we were pregnant with our first child, we did not know what it would be.. A boy or girl? if it was going to be a girl, she was to be named Betsy.. So all these things came together regarding naming the boat.. Betsy was a clear favorite here on Woody Boater when we all voted.. Betsy was brought home to Reedville, and her transom was repaired and some bottom planks.. We spent the summer on glorious sunset cruises.. That boat made this summer one of the best we have had down there on the water..
|Betsy, after her repairs and about to be put in the water..|
But things were changing, Our sons are going off to school, and have not gone down to the river in years.. Woody Boater is demanding more time away on the weekends, and the idea of owning a un attended to cruiser was not in the cards.. Also Phil was looking for a worthy project with a twist.. And that is were Karma comes in.. Turns out Phil sponsors kids with special needs.. and is part of a group of families that also have kids with special needs.. They wanted a project that they could all work on and then enjoy the results.. Betsy in a sense was going onto to help these kids feel joy and giving them an opportunity to learn and enjoy the joy of boating
WOW.. Betsy was put in the water on Smith Mountain Lake about 2 months ago and has not stopped.. The reports of Betsy and her crew have been heart warming and joyful.. The kids LOVE it.. Betsy the artist who donated her paintings to good causes is still helping.. Her simple choice to save a boat over 20 years ago is still passing forward good things.. And now Phil is doing the same.. Thanks Phil, Betsy would be proud..
|Betsy still going strong… Note the date..|