Today’s last gasp story is a very special last gasp and a new beginning all in one. Lapstrake lovers Adam Koons and his soon to be Boatress Mariah Compton, sent us these beautiful engagement photos and story. Photos Courtesy Little Tree Studios of Worthington, OH
“My last gasp was an engagement photo shoot with my fiance on my 1961 20’ Lyman.
This was truly a last gasp. I not only wanted breathtaking photos of my boat (and fiancé), but I recently sold this boat to free up funds for a larger boat. We arranged to take the pictures at 7am on a brisk Saturday morning on Alum Creek Reservoir in Ohio. On the following Monday, the boat was gone, headed to the Antique Boat Center for a few enhancement for the new owners, before it makes the journey to Minnesota.
This boat was my first real restoration, and I have been “bitten by the bug”. Being only 25 years old, there isn’t a lot of guys my age in this hobby. However, these boats turn heads no matter what age you are, and my fiancé is very supportive of the hobby. After the 2 year restoration to the 20’, and the ups and downs of restoring my first Lyman, I now have 2 others, a 1972 26’ Cruisette and a 15.5’ 1958 outboard, along with a recently acquired homemade 18’ Mahogany kayak, and an older canvas canoe. I enjoy saving these boats and using them with friends. These old Lymans are really user boats, and I enjoy spending summer days with friends on a boat that not only looks good, but I own, with all the hard work from my hands and no debt.”
Way to go Adam, you are an inspiration to us all. OK you can stop reading and leave the room, the rest is a private note to your stunning future bride..Mariah…
Mariah…. is he gone? Not reading? Good… RUN Mariah! Run as fast as you can.. it only gets worse.. He is infected, it’s in his DNA… your children will suffer from this affliction. Oh sure he will name the boats after you at the start… But then he will name the boats after your kids, he will claim he is buying them for there future… … grand kids… dogs, cats, the grand kids hamsters.. yes one day your family will own a boat called “Miss Squiggles”. You can write this date down.. You will own a boat called “Miss Squiggles”! The good news is that you will always be near the water, he will lavish you with other wonderful gifts… Like life jackets and suntan lotion… And he will NEVER cheat on you with another woman… other boats ..that’s another story..
Stay tuned for more cool last gasps, including some video. You can send your gasps to me, at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment yourself , just keep the shots under 1 mg or they wont load. Keep’m coming!