For the record, I way too emotionally involved with my boats, but have tried to figure out ways to not take it too seriously. After all its all part of the fun. Right? Fun? Right? Now there are countless reasons why this all may be happening. You could just be scared of the dam thing. Its a dream and any flaw is a slap in the face, or fear of money being spent because of a jealous spouse. You can only use the boat on Weekends when the weather is good and too much is riding on the line? The list goes on and on.
1. You get angry at the last person that touched your boat when something goes wrong.
2. You are scared to take people out on it.
3. You are scared to take it out on long runs.
4, You are happy when it rains
5. Your mood goes into a deep funk if its too windy or rainy.
6. You think the boat is going to sink if there is a drop of water in the bilge.
7. You automatically think your engine needs to be rebuilt becaue its running like crap.
8. No dogs on board.
9. When its your spouses birthday you buy her a boat part for your boat.
10. And last, you don’t want to read the cure below!
I know there are more, but this can be a serious problem when you are trying to enjoy this passion. After all the passion is about FUN! Not stress. And yet, these are old 60-80 year old machines made of a living material that ages. Stuff rusts, ages, aches and breaks. Image your kids taking you out for a run full throttle at 80 years of age. Aint gonna happen. Yet because we live in a time were stuff works most of the time, we all forget that back when our boats were new, they were spotty reliably. Hell, the boats were designed to be used for 3-5 years. Thats it. So whats the solution?
THERE IS A CURE!
Its simple. Here is a list of things you can do to break the spell, and have FUN.
- USE YOUR BOAT A LOT.
- Own more that one, so when one is down and you are waiting on parts, you can still go boating.
- Take your boat out and beat it to death, try and break it. You might be surprised how much she can take. Even for an 80 year old.
- Work on it yourself. Mess it up. Mistakes are lessons learned the hard way.
- It’s just a boat!
- Water is your friend. As long as there is more below the boat than in it, you are good.
- Have friends with boats. You will have a pal to play with.
- When ship happens, know you are not alone and its part of the fun.
- Attitude. There is enough crap in your life, breaking down is an adventure as long as you dont die. And if you die, hell, what a way to go. Far better than dying from some sort of dumb ass desease. See it gets worse.
- Take photos of your disaster and share it. We all love a good disaster story.
See, even at boat shows, breaking down and being towed in is part of the fun. So this fathers day weekend, get out there, and have… FUN
So I bet you feel better already. Its boating, it’s life, it’s passion, relaxation, and time to have fun, even if your boat aint boating. Cause if you are working on the boat, you’re not just boating, you’re WoodyBoating!