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It’s official! Paul and Karen have run out of gas on the river cruise! Now there are a ton of excuses of course but the facts are the facts. A picture is worth a thousand words. So send a big thanks out to them. It’s summer!

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24 Responses to “It’s officially woody boater time! Paul Harrison runs out of gas!”
  1. Rick

    Out of gas AND in the rain. How much fun can they stand. Since Paul is not driving now would be the best time to break out the emergency margaritas. How many bar drinks is he on the hook for concerning proper etiquette for a tow?

  2. m-fine

    You would think a Canadian would over fill their tank if they forget to convert their fuel needs from liters to gallons. That would give Paul a safety margin of 3.8 or so.

    Yet even more surprising is how he managed to run out of gas when he was just telling us he didn’t have a boat down there this year. Is there really someone in this hobby who would lend Paul a piece of machinery and expect to get it back in fully operating condition? Don’t they read Woodyboater?

  3. Natashia Kadimik

    Paul, I’m starting to think you’re bad luck…. Now you’re making other people run out of gas!?

  4. floyd r turbo

    tee hee hee, the legend of “dark cloud” continues…

    The only way he can get out of this is to take up sailing. Wait, what…there’s no wind today? damn.

  5. Paul H

    A new wrinkle in the running out of gas story – as PASSENGERS in the boat of Chris and Lindsey Stang (’59 Lyman 23′) we enjoyed a great run of 140 miles to Jacksonville yesterday. We stopped in the last third of the trip to fill up, and for the first time in my experience, the GAS STATION ran out of fuel before we were filled. Now you’d think with the density of boaters and people on this river that there would be gas everywhere – nothing is further from the truth. So we did the best we could by putting in all the gas we could at the last stop but alas’ the boat ran out about 3 miles before the first stop today. Gas station runs out of gas? Maybe there is a dark cloud following me around!

    It was very, very rough this morning with winds of 15-20 knots but the Lyman was perfect – especially when it had fuel in it.

    • Fred B

      The gas station ran out of gas??? The only time I ever heard that line, I was on my way to a “Rhythm and Blues Review” in Illinois parked next to a beat up Dodge Monaco…

  6. Paul Harvey

    The rest of the story…

    One mile under the second bridge we spotted a pregnant manatee. She was under distress and we new we needed to render help. All four passengers jumped in the water with the boat idling near by. It took nearly an hour to birth the little manatee calf whom we named “Woody”. He was a stong lad with a strong stoke. Paul cried out “our work is complete” and we knew it was time to reboard Adele. We swam two miles uphill and we reboarded our Lyman.

    Not long after, we noticed a boat in distress. None other than Boat US… he needed fuel! Can you believe it? We promptly siphoned out 20 gallons of fuel so that he could rescue other mariners in distress. Thank God we did because Boat US received a radio call that a women was in labor just up the St. John’s and at that point we felt we had done our duty. Two births in one day, what are the chances?!

    We cracked a beer and began under way towards the Outback Crab Shack when the boat began to conch out. It was at that point that we realized we made a grave mistake… Flashbacks of basic 3rd grade volume calculations appeared before our eyes. Luckily Lowe Tech was there to give us aide and we ate merrily at the crab shack knowing well in our hearts that we had done our duty to humanity with two new lives!

    The Cruise has begun!

    • Alex

      Your mistake, Paul Harveyson, was being in a boat that’s not a hybrid. Meaning one that doesn’t burn gas, and beer in a pinch. I know burning beer is just wrong. But in a pinch… Besides, it’ll power you to the liquor store for reinforcements.

    • Paul H.

      Why yes, and I did comment to our intrepid captain after we realized what had happened that I was glad he was not a pilot……

    • m-fine

      I must remember NEVER to fly on the same aircraft as Paul!

      Come to think of it, is the Gimli glider passenger manifest available online? What are the odds there was a P. Harrison on board that day?

  7. Randy Rush Captain Grumpy

    Well ive had a boat burn, ive had a boat sink, but ive never run out of gas, still safer with me than Paul!

  8. RiverRat

    Rough water? Nothing better than that 23′ Lyman but don’t sit in the way back unless you want to be as wet as the lake. I like that it is being pulled by another lapstrake?

    • Paul H.

      Yep, a Lyman rescued us. I think there were 4 or 5 Lyman’s yesterday, from a 15′ outboard up to a 27′ Sport fisherman. Simply fabulous boats, and we were dry and comfortable through the roiling waves that we were in most o9f the day. There were 4 in the boat and we all sat up front. Another Lyman joined us yesterday afternoon, a 25′ 1963 Overnighter. I believe there are 6 now, plus a very nice barn-find 1955 25′ Sea Skiff. It’s a veritable flotilla of lapstrakes on the cruise this week.

      • Ryan K

        Glad to hear a Lyman came to rescue. Lymans take care of their own.