My dad had a saying while I was growing up: “Boats are just bottomless holes that suck your money.” Everytime I even mentioned or suggested we ought to get a boat so we could fish away from shore, he would remind me of that life lesson.
Like most life lessons, they need to be actually learned. Sure, it would be nice if our fathers could just tell us the secrets of the world, and we would listen, and never feel pain. But that is not how life works. Believe me, momma and I are learning that daily from the boys.
Most guys face something called a midlife crisis. They leave their families, buy a sportscar, or do some other crazy, idiotic, irrational thing. Not me. Instead, I’m getting a boat. Not just any boat, but a fishing boat.
The family took a trip to Bass Pro Shops yesterday, and the boys just loved climbing all over those brand new boats. Momma even had a sparkle in her eye as she invisioned weekend trips on the family pontoon boat. Realizing the boat dream is going to happen, she has given in with the hopes of steering the decision toward the pontoon type boat, making it safer and more comfortable for her. Instead of losing the boys to fishing with dad, she choses the lesser evil of joining in family fun on the water.
With that in mind, I find myself in the market for a boat, trailer, and advice.