Fellow Woody Boater Ned Protexter sent us in this wonderful story about love, and ones passion all coming together in the form of a boat! Now this is what its all aboat. Get it.. A Boat.. Ugh.. Take it away Ned, before I stink up the entire planet with bad puns.
I can be talked into some mediocre ideas and I don’t say no to a good time. When my wife Jill and I were at Mt Dora this spring, we saw some neat small boats and I kept hearing “it would be nice if I had something like that to take the baby and dog out on the lake while you are at work.”
Woody Here to interrupt… The next line is the best! I am still laughing, This earns Ned & Jill the title WoodyBoaters of the month!
Okay, that sounds good, a reason to buy a new toy but at the time, the baby was a way out, last time I checked we don’t have a dog, and we live in Denver, CO so no real lakes around. I brushed the idea off and didn’t think much more about it.
The last afternoon we were there, Royce Humphreys offered to let us take Gary Visser’s 13 foot Whaler through the canals which I gladly accepted. I had never driven anything smaller than a Century Arabian so I didn’t know how this small boat would handle but was very surprised how well it did.
As we are going through the canals, Jill couldn’t look any happier and I kept hearing “I need something like this.” Ya sure, this is exactly what we need….
The next week I am back in the office working hard searching Facebook Marketplace and run across this 13 foot Whaler with a 40 horse Johnson on it that has been in storage for 20 years that looked to be in great shape and all there along with a top, cover, oars, trailer, etc. The price was a no brainier so I called Royce to see what he thought of it and like the enabler he has been to me (did the same thing on my 1963 Coronado) told me to shoot them an offer and I’d probably own it and that is exactly what happened.
This is where the connections from the local Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the ACBS comes in. Chris Muggie, Steelcraft Extraordinaire was going to be in the Madison, WI area and offered to pick up the boat and get it back to Okoboji. Once back, the Whaler went in Royce’s shed and then into Parker Hays’ shed. Alex Kent went with me to bring it back to our hometown for the time being. It takes a village to bring home a small boat. At this point, I sprayed the boat down at the car wash to clean it up some and backed it into the garage where it sits now.
But Ned, good for you, what about Jill? Well, she just had a birthday and now is the proud owner of a Whaler. For three months, I kept hearing “I really want a little boat and it will have a flag on the back and I’m going to name it “Little Toot” and the baby and I can go fishing and cruise around the lake.” Keeping this boat a secret for three months was tough and I made up every excuse I could “I don’t want to buy another wood boat and maintain it” “those Whalers are a lot of money” “I don’t want an aluminum boat” “you can just take the Coronado.”
For her birthday, I bought her and wrapped in whale wrapping paper a Whaler key float, a Whaler onesie (for the baby), a Whaler shirt, and an owner’s manual with pictures of her actual boat.
The other gifts didn’t really click until the owner’s manual was opened. She was very happy with it and I will get, I mean she will get a lot of use out of this great little boat.
Congrats to Ned and Jill for another addition to your family. And of course Just say’n, with one click! HERE you can make all her dreams come true.