A huge shout out to fellow Woody Boater Sean Slattery. He is one of the Sean Shawns, Shauns. I get anxiety when I see a Shaun Sean, Shawn. But it all goes away when I know the Water Safety Patrol is out there in style. I love this kinda stuff, and wish many lakes and water ways celebrated there history with an classic boat.
While some of the other vessels of the fleet have been in since April, I’ve been waiting for this day since September when she was put away for the season. It still gets me and some of the other crew members giddy as kids on Christmas morning. While there are other boats in the fleet, this one is different. This one is special.
I was thinking of her last shift before she was put away. The last shift of ’21 included corralling a pack of speed demons, towing in a vintage Chris Craft that lost its prop, and finishing off the season by stopping off at a wedding filled with some current staff and alums.
With the boat entering its 57th season of service, I’ve only been a small part of her history. We have had some great stories, some funny stories (somehow made it to the Tahoe show without leaving Wisconsin), and some tragic ones. Such is the life of a patrol boat. Looking forward to this season, we will do our best to keep the lake safe and Boat #1 will be a key part of our mission.
One of the things you can do to keep your loved ones and your lake safe, is to “Clip Before You Dip.” If you or your loved ones are going to be jumping in, please consider wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). The new ones are lightweight, less bulky, but when worn make all the difference in the world. Of the 25 fatalities on Wisconsin waters last year, a properly worn PFD could have made a difference in a majority of them.
Safe Boaters are Strong Boaters and the Strongest Boaters are WoodyBoaters.
See you all on the water.
Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol