Are You Participating In The Relationship With Your Boat?

She completes us.

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.

The 22 family loves to gather for reunions. A very diverse family by the way.

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.

She likes sunsets too!

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.

Have you ever considered that your boat wants a vacation too?

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!

Ahhhhhhhhhh, thanks dear, we needed that!

15 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    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!

  2. Bob Kays
    Bob Kays says:

    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.

  3. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    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.

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

    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.

  5. Alex Phillips
    Alex Phillips says:

    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

    • Wudzgud
      Wudzgud says:

      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.

  6. Sunday Funday
    Sunday Funday says:

    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!

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