Are You Participating In The Relationship With Your Boat?
One of the true joys of classic boating, is the feeling that you are part of the boat, you and the boat working together to participate in boating together. You are the brains of the operation, it’s the muscle. And together as one with nature you complete the moment. All your senses are needed, if that makes sense. Your nose for certain smells, Your eyes for certain elements, your touch to sense vibration or anything out of wack. Even your but can send you messages. many race car drivers use there buts to feel the car.
You are one with your boat. And it needs you as well. Otherwise she just sits. And she loves to go for boat rides as much as you do. A perfect relationship. And she will tell you what she needs if you listen, feel, and just take her all in. Then you are participating with your boat in a fun day on the water. After all if she just sits in the barn with all her stuff, is she really happy? No, she is lonely, and one day may leave you. She isn’t a trophy, she is…wait, okay this is getting rather metaphorical, and its not supposed to be. But I guess it is. And all the same observations still apply.
Your boat is part of your family, all of you must feel the love together. She, your boat, needs you and others to be complete. After think for a second, how would you feel sitting out in the cold with nothing to do.
Maybe you should go out to her RIGHT NOW, and ask her to go on a vacation to rekindle your love affair? Someplace warm.. Like lets say Lake Dora? And maybe, just maybe you will pick up a new baby to really fix that broken relation—–ship!
To a non boater, your story may sound ridiculous, but I can relate to much of what you said. It’s tough having them out in that cold barn, but I know April will be here soon, and we will be back together on the water!
Are you NOT making the pilgrimage?
Come On Man!!!
BOAT THE BROWN
I go visit her in storage at Katz’s. I like knowing where she is. I also say hello to her friends in the other racks. Some of the older boats have interesting stories to tell.
Captain of Her Heart by The Double comes to mind with todays post
I went yesterday, changed her oil…ran the diesel, slept aboard.
John in Va
I keep my little Gar Wood “Rabbit” in her boathouse all winter in NW Sconnie. I once threatened to take my down sleeping bag and sleep on the back seat on one of those sub-zero January nights. But then I realised that I’m 6’4″ tall and she is just a 16-footer with an accordingly narrow beam, so I’d have a very sore back in the morning.
And, Matt, I’m amused by your atrocious spelling. But can’t you spell “butt”? “Butt” is that appendage at the top of your legs.
Ha. If I worried about words these wouldn’t get done
Very deep story today Matt. I can relate to it. We put our hearts. soul. sweat and money into these beauties. Why would we not have a special bond with them. Most people do not understand this. Go to your boats today. Brave the cold and snow to visit them. look at them and touch them. It will get you excited for spring. Now I’m getting deep.
Usually any excuse to take the boat out . with Covid and the winter it’s been difficult. When I bought her we agreed at least a trip every month or its not worth keeping
We managed to get out on the Thames twice during January.
An excuse for a photo share
Many years ago I worked in a boatyard that had a hire boat service on the Thames In Wargrave. They had a few of the long boats that is in front of yours. Brought back many great memories.
Loved the article today Matt.
I really enjoyed your article/post today.
I always laugh when I see the name “Stinky” on a treasured boat,
especially in an article about being in a “relationship” with your boat. Been a lurker long enough to get the joke, but seeing that you actually named her that makes me laugh.
Keep up the good work!
Much truth, my friend.
Matt Your stories are always great but todays really hits home. I so understand. Keep them coming.