Yesterdays weather was amazing, simply amazing, and as boating days go, might have been one of the best boating days I have ever had in my life. Perfect water and just amazing. Now of course, to me a perfect boating day involves some sort of drama. And our pal Art, delivered in spades. So, I will let the pictures tell the story. Molly O boy!
Molly O doing her thing
Owen Bob Shaptons new find. OWEN SMITHS personal boat pulled out of Harsons Island
We set out around 11 for the picnic ride with Molly O and OWEN. We were in Stinky. All was great. We kinda were near to the shore, its flatter there and there was a ton of boat traffic.
OKAY! One second we are next too Molly O and all of a sudden a large wake grabs us all and just lifts Molly O and takes her and crew into the reeds. Art, did the right thing and kept calm and rode right in there. It was surreal to be honest. And if I had not seen it all unfold would never have believed it, or would anyone had known they were in there? Like Poof gone.
Are you in there? YES? Is everyone Okay? Yes? Okay, so we can make fun of you now? NO! Too soon? YES!
OWN and Stinky had tried like little engines that could to pull them out. Not enough power. So we flagged down the Sherif.
You okay? Yes! Can we make fun of you yet? NO! Actually the Sherif was amazing. Very helpful and kept it all working forward in a positive way. Handed Art water.
Oh ya, they are in there
We were able to get all the passengers off Molly O. Art, the captain that he is, Stayed with the boat.
The Sherifs boat got her moved about 10 feet until it broke of one of the cleats on the Sherifs boat! And then POP, ping same with a part of Molly O.
At this point, TOW BOAT was called, and the crew from Molly O was on Owen and needed to get to land. We stayed behind and hung out with ARt. Okay we made kept it fun and just hung out. Art was in there with very little breeze and sweating, so water was delivered and the occasional joke.
Steve Lapkin came for a photo op, and had no idea this was all unfolding.
Yes Art you look great for the camera. Art cracks me up. Here he is in the reeds and kept it all going. Thats true woody boating. no one was hurt.
A small window of air
There is Art
The Tow Boat guys, had the juice and correct towing stuff.
Here she comes
BAM there she is
Clearing off the reeds
One light and a chock gone. But all good
Molly O, just enjoying another day in her long history
Some of the damage
Clearing out the reeds
Personally I would have saved some of those and framed them!
And just like that, VROOM, she started up and we proceeded together to the picnic. About 2 hrs late, but better for it all, and I had a much higher respect for ART and his boating skills. He did everything one could do in a tough situation.
OWEN brought some of the crew back to the show.
Now, this is where you may get some sort of chill. At least George and I did.
Ready. MOLLY O was sold to Art’s grand dad by his buddy OWEN. Yes, the same OWEN that owned the above boat. Both were special ordered boats, and Owen Smith and Art’s Grandfather were pals. And here we are at the 100 year celebration of Chris Craft, and for sure, 100% Owen is here with Art’s Grandfather all going boating with us! Yes, kinda cool, in an open yourself to the universe kinda way. When you are in a Woody Boat, you are never alone, and yesterdays adventure is proof. STAY TUNED!