You want a free boat? You don’t hear those words too often…but when I heard my husband come home and say that I rolled my eyes. Because I’m crazy, I believe that most things are too good to be true and everything has a catch. My husband is Mr. optimistic. So when he wanted to do some construction work for a neighbor and told me the man was paying him with a boat, I laughed. I assumed this so-called boat would be a paddle boat, possibly a small row boat, but definitely not worth the hours and hours of labor he put into this job for the last three months. (To clarify, my husband, his father and brother put in about 70 hours of labor and a couple thousand dollars in material to roof, side and build a small addition to this home. Further clarification, they are always getting themselves into these bargaining situations.)
So, on the Sundays he went to help his dad, I would get frustrated and tell him that I’m sure this boat wasn’t even going to float. This was a waste of time and just another one of his crazy ideas. I struggle very much to type this next phrase, but…HE WAS RIGHT…I WAS WRONG. I was very wrong.
Swallowing my pride is exactly what I had to do when I pulled into our driveway last week. Sitting, gleaming in the sun was a 32 foot blue and white boat with a 12’ mast. Who would have guessed that a 32 foot boat would be sitting in my driveway? Not me. (It’s a used, 1988 boat and needs a little love, but is in very good condition and runs well.) Most important part is that it has a cabin with a full bed, kitchen, shower/bathroom and lunch area. Not exactly what I had anticipated in my original paddle boat vision.
I have never been boating on a big lake and my husband has never driven a boat. Conveniently, I work at an insurance company that specializes in insuring boats and that exact one also. I need to know everything there is to know about boat insurance, check-ups, classes and, of course my mantra-safety. I thought I could share the journey with you, documenting with some pictures of this crazy thing and get any help with how to spend this summer as totally inexperienced boaters.
Any ideas? Stay tuned for more pictures and stories…
Stay safe this summer on the shore and on your boat. Your safety is number one to us. For peace of mind on the water, contact a Foremost agency to talk about a boat insurance policy.