Our Classic Boats Run On The Power Of Now!


Some moments are frozen in the NOW!

This weeks incredibly tragic news has effected many of us in many ways. The senselessness of it all, and the thought of how quickly and randomly it can all change. Even if you do everything right in life. There is always some crap head out there. Some strange just wrong place wrong time thing happening. Both good and bad. So I have reflected a lot and found this small insight.

My clock works but I never wind it. I like that time stands still on the boat.

I have been dealing with anxiety of the past 2 years, not sure when that started happening, but one thing is for sure, it never ever happens on one of my boats. It might have something to do with owning 4 Wood Classic boats. Or Two Companies. Or the simple fact that looming ahead is the possible end of a work life I LOVE. HA. Believe it or not, writing this stuff every day helps, and of course is part of the hell. Not fear, or what am I gonna write about. But more about being out there and exposed as a person. Like this article. What the hell am I thinking? But here is the thing, if it helps someone out there, and maybe helps someone find Classic Boating as a passion, it’s worth it.

She, completes me.

I noticed when I was out on one of my boats with The Boatress even on a slow run, I felt calm for the rest of the day. Even when crap happens. I adopted a Point Of View that crap going wrong is all part of the passion. It’s the entire thing, the boat is only part of it, the history, the culture, the art, the faults and joy are the true heroes in the story. The emotion, the people, all of it. If it was just about the Machine I would have given up the day I started this 12 years ago this month. YUP! 12 years.

Jimmy gets it. Ya just sit and smile. Stuff will work out.

Think about it, when you break down, or some crap happens I have found that it’s happened over and over again, its all part of the living history we are living in the NOW. And that was the breakthrough for me. If I focus on THE NOW, the very second I am living in. Not in the future, or the past, but RIGHT NOW, life just pauses and calms down. Because I can control most of that moment. I can turn the wheel, increase or better yet decrease speed. Right now. NOW in fact is the only true thing. Time is a man made thing. And the good news, when you are out on your woody boat, NOW is the time, you should focus on. Does it really matter where you are going? Or where you have been? Set yourself free and go boating! Okay maybe not right now. You have a job to do and deadlines and asses to kiss. See, the NOW doesnt last very long. UGH, but it sure was nice to float there for a second.

Today in honor of Joe and others lost take a second and enjoy the love, and inner peace of Now.

For those interested in going to see the Turcotte family   –  Friends may call on Joe’s family from 4 to 8 p.m. TODAY  – Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Barton-McDermott Funeral Home, Inc., 9 Pine St., Chestertown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct 3, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, Church Street and Riverside Drive, Chestertown.

21 replies
  1. Steve in the woods
    Steve in the woods says:

    You know you are afflicted, when you go to the water and it breaks; and you find peace…

  2. RH In Indy
    RH In Indy says:

    Great words for all of us Matt. You’re right about living in THE NOW. Easy to get worked up about what may or may not happen ahead. Cant eliminate that completely. Do what you can and do the best you can. Helps you fall asleep at night. Stress is out there- no need to create more of it.

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    This is why Sandi and I find the cruising life soooooooo appealing. Unlike the runabout life where you go back to the dock and into the house with all of your other LIFE stuff, you simply cook dinner on the grill, chill for a while, and go to the master state room for the night. In the morning it starts all over again.

  4. alex
    alex says:

    “My clock works but I never wind it. I like that time stands still on the boat.”
    I liked that bit.

  5. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Well said….I too find myself GOING BOATING more and sweating the small stuff less….it is all the small stuff in a cosmic sense anyway.

    Going Boating this weekend…

    John in Va.

  6. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P ) says:

    Well put Matt. Like Jimmy Buffett wrote in one of his songs. “I love the now”. Enjoy life and find peace within it.

  7. Chad
    Chad says:

    Here is a shot frozen in the NOW from last June, using a filter to make it look like it was taken in June 1998.

  8. Greg Rice
    Greg Rice says:

    One of the great things about being a Christian is that when I feel anxious, there is someone to go to for help. The past is over and when I have screwed up, and we ALL screw up, I have been forgiven. The future is in God’s hands and He has said that He has only good plans for me. So, I just focus on today and ask Him to guide my steps. Even if I get hit by a nutcase driver, I’m covered. I get to go to heaven and enjoy perfect boating for eternity. BTW, Jesus was big into old wooden boats!

    • Wudzgud
      Wudzgud says:

      Just remember that everything done is for a reason even though we don’t always understand. Maybe God needed a good boatbuilder.

  9. Allen Willey
    Allen Willey says:

    There is a calming scooting across our lake in the early morning or dusk on the smooth surface with or without others…but alas soon to coming to an end for This year’s short season. We have enjoyed our u22 and hear the M purr……thanks Matt.

  10. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    This is where I get my inner peace. With my first mate and second mate. They both love being out in the the boat.

  11. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    And speaking of others lost my sons and I also have a special feeling being out on the boat as I purchased her after my daughter passed away at 2 1/2 years old. She was Henry’s twin. The boat was named after her.

  12. Jim Murdock
    Jim Murdock says:

    Funny you should say this Matt, I just stopped for coffee a half hr from Joes wake pulling my thoughts together on how much 1 “craphead” can change for the worst so many people lives, oh well time to pay respects

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