The other day we got an email from Fellow Woody Boater Shawn Brozovich, who thought we might be able to help find a boat he rode in once, 20 years ago. What made this a special story is in Shawn’s words below. His desire is to surprise his bride, with a special 20th anniversary ride. And yes, we got permission to write the story. Apparently his spouse like all of ours doesn’t read Woody Boater.
Take it away Shawn.
“I am a romantic at heart and of course there is really cool story…short version is Carrie and I were college sweethearts who…got separated by distance, time, jobs and relationships with others that had gone wrong. My job moved me to Texas after college and she moved to California for her Gemology degree. Over the years we kind of stayed in touch as we would talk once a year on our birthdays. This was before cell phones and was not easy reaching each other when we could talk.
Fast forward 11 years and I invite her on a vacation to NH. She had moved back to Ohio from Cape Cod and Ford had moved me back to Michigan…now she’s 4 hours away! December 23rd 1993, she called and asked I come down and help fix her locks as someone had broke into her garage. The rest is history, we started dating on the weekends, driving back and forth and….I proposed 8-24-94 as you can see by the date of the photos. Which by the way is engraved on the inside of our wedding rings along with the date we were married and “Love me Tomorrow like today”.
The engraving on our rings (which I had done prior to the boat ride) takes me to the proposal…while getting reacquainted, we discover that the song, “love me tomorrow” by Chicago whenever we would hear it play on the radio over the years, would remind us of each other. So while George was taking us around Lake Winnipesaukee, I asked Carrie “will you love me Tomorrow like today”, she said yes, then I asked “will you marry me the day after tomorrow”? She said WHAT? So I had to ask her again, it was worth repeating because she did say YES.
Of course there’s George who I never met and I had to explain what I wanted to do over the phone from Michigan. His response was “well I’ve never had a request like this before, but if your brave enough to ask her , I’m willing to take you for a ride”! Needless to say, George agreed to take us for a spin on Lake Winnipesaukee. It was funny thinking back because he ripped around the lake at quite a pace and never looked back. When we returned he asked “if the boat did the trick” I said yes and he smiled! George said “good”…he told me he was nervous to look back because he did not know if she was going to say “YES”.
Like many couples, wedding days are something we all remember. For us everything from my proposal to our life today is very special. Regrettably I can’t get back with George to thank him and to let him know how thankful we are he was a part of our day. However, writing this an talking to you is a way maybe his family members will find out, I’m sure they already know how genuine of a person he was.
After Carrie moved in (Christmas Eve) and we got settled down in life, I made a model boat like George’s. 26″ Dumas scale model triple, with water cooled dual electric motors …most importantly the name, “Meant to Be” on the Transom with Lake Winnipesaukee below the name.
This model boat goes back and forth from up North to our back “boat deck” when I’m not running it
Shawn, Meet Again. “WORKBOAT ONE”
We found the boat! One call to Pat Curtin who knew George very well, he made a call, and we have a found boat. It’s got a very romantic name.. WORKBOAT ONE, that’s right, kinda brings a tear to your eye. Like a romance novel. All we need now is Fabio. The good news is that Richard Kourian the owner of Work Boat One is a fantastic guy, and the boat is about 20 feet from were she was when Shawn proposed. Right at the New Hampshire Boat Museum which is actualy building a new part of the museum for George. So this August Shawn you are all set up.
If you have any romantic or lost boat stories, we love these sort of stories, please let us know. You can reach us at [email protected], or Texx @WoodyBoater.com