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My husband and I have been thoroughly enjoying our little boat...we have been perfectly content with the little 1980 16’ 50-hp runabout tri-hull that we purchased for next to nothing and spent the winter refurbishing.  We have had several comments from people at the Yacht Club that it’s a “beauty” and we were feeling kind of unique in that we had a nice little classic.

On the flip-side of that, the kids were less than impressed with the sight of it and even further disappointed at the fact that we wouldn’t be able to abuse them physically by throwing them off a tube (or trying to) because it didn’t have enough “umph” to pull them as fast as they may like.  After talking to the kids, i felt like the parents who drive the 30 year old Dodge Dart!  VERRRRY uncool!

After a particularly enjoyable afternoon with the girls at the lake a week ago, Paul and i got to talking about how the boat was kind of small for our family.  We had decided that perhaps we’d look into something bigger.  We were pretty casual about it, not thinking or planning that we’d be on any sort of mission but rather we’d wait and see what happened.  Neither Paul nor i were interested in putting more money out right now for entertainment purposes.

It’s also important to know that i’ve been a regular reader of Craigslist for over a year.  Every single day i check what’s for sale, rants and raves and services available locally.

Wednesday evening i came upon a listing for a boat that read pretty appealingly.  I showed it to Paul and he was only marginally interested.  He shrugged and said, “Yea...sounds like a good deal.“  I know my husband well enough that if i wanted him to think seriously about it, i had to let it be for a day or two.  When we decided to spend Friday on the lake, i mentioned to Paul that the boat from Craigslist was on the lake.  On our way to the lake, i called Jax (our daughter) and asked her to find the listing and give us the number.  Naturally, she couldn’t find the listing.  As luck would have it, the listing was no longer there on the date i’d seen it...BUT it was newly listed that day!  Just as Paul made the call, something told me that the “Roger” we were instructed to contact was the husband of a past customer.  Paul thought i was crazy and the odds of my picking that name out of thin air were ridiculous.  After he talked to Roger for awhile about the boat, i insisted that Paul ask his last name.  Guess what?  It was the Roger i told him it was!

Paul and I drove to the lake bright and early Saturday morning and saw the boat...took it out for a spin (twice) and made an offer.  Patti (my “x” customer) accepted it!  Another couple who are friends of theirs who i’ve heard about from yet another client, stopped by and i got to meet them.  What a lovely couple!  I knew Tom as a local pharmacist but hadn’t seen him in several years.  Sadly, he suffers from Parkinson’s Disease...but the disease hasn’t taken the edge off his sense of humor!  What a wonderful story-teller he was/is!

Anyway, we are now the owners of TWO boats...anyone looking for a real cream puff boat?  We’ll give you a sweet deal!  :c)

Here’s the New Boat

And the old girl, “Dock Banger”


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