Saturday, June 26, 2010

BOAT WEEKEND SATURDAY

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Jubal here with today's post. Mom and dad have been working on our boat for the last couple of weeks getting it ready to put it into the lake.  It got battered up pretty bad last season in a freak storm.  It got banged up against the pier and had one of the pontoon splash guards ripped off along with a piece of the pontoon skin so we literally had a hole in our boat.  Dad just stuck some 1000 mile an hour tape (Navy pilot talk) and they continued to putt along for the rest of the season.  So about two month ago dad ordered a replacement splash guard part and it took forever to come in.  It arrived about two weeks ago so dad had to haul the boat over to an aluminum welding specialist to put on the new splash guard and, probably more importantly, patch up the pontoon hole.  We went and got the boat last Saturday but on the trip back home the rear sundeck ripped off and nobody realized it until we got home.  Dad unhooked the boat and retraced his route to find the remains of the rear deck.  It wasn't too far from the house and someone had obviously stopped and, probably while cursing about the idiots that dropped a boat deck in the road,  hauled it over to the side of the road and propped it up against the crash barrier leading up on to one of the bridges.  Being that we live on a really big lake there are a lot of boaters so it was probably someone who realized what it was and what had happened.  Dad figures that the deck had probably only been run over once and it was in pretty good shape.  He had to buy a 4' x 8' 3/4" exterior plywood board (kaching $$) to replace the sunning deck's old base board.  We had some extra carpet in the garage so he used that to cover it.  He had to get a bend/kink out of the cushion railing but the sunning cushion pad itself was in pretty good shape.  One night last week dad used a vinyl repair kit to fix a couple of rips in the cushion.  Then he mounted the new carpeted base board on the boat and then installed the sunning cushion and railing on to the base board.  It looks good.  Then this past week both mom and dad spent their time after work cleaning the pontoons and pressure washing the carpet and then cleaning all of the upholstery.  Only the girls get to go out front where the boat was parked because they don't wander off as much as us boys do.  Well,  it looks like the tub, err, I mean "boat" will be going into the lake either later today or tomorrow; probably tomorrow, Sunday, because mom and dad are supposed to be going to a social event all this afternoon and mom has errands with sissy this morning.  Dad says that they still need to go to Gander Mountain or Bass Pro Shop to get some new signals flares so that they'll be legal on the water; the old ones are expired.  Mom wants a flag & pole and dad needs to replace some of the web straps that rotted out; he says he'll replace the old cotton ones with nylon so it won't rot out.  
 First Mate Chance on his final boat ride.
Chance used to love to go on the boat with mom and dad, which is a bit ironic because of all of us dogs Chance liked the water least of all; well except for Gordon, but Gordon was blind and that's excusable.  These are some photos of Chance's last boat trip.  He was already sick with a terminal prognosis so mom and dad were spoiling him for his remaining time.  Chance's good friends, Doug & Kim Boggs who lived next door to us at our old house, came down to go out with Chance on his last special boat ride.  Chance went to The Rainbow Bridge just a little over a month later. 
 





 Chance and Mr. Doug on the last boat ride.
When we'd go swimming, Chance would only wade out knee deep unless dad went into the lake.  If dad swam out above knee level, Chance would swim out with him, but if dad wasn't in the water then Chance wasn't getting his belly wet. Me and J.E.B. and Shelby Belle love swimming.  The champion swimmers though are Max and Shiloh, the Newfs.  Dad is always afraid that Max goes out too far but he's like a floating battleship; we should call him the U.S.S. MAX.  Shiloh is just as good and she's as big as an aircraft carrier.
 



Max swimming in the lake.

Dad says that he's gonna see if the newbie will like the boat.  So I guess that Patti Whackit will be introduced to the boat in a week or so.  I expect that we'll all be staying home when the boat is taken down to the launching ramp this weekend.  Dad says that the first day he's not sure how things will work and he doesn't want us being inconvenienced by unexpected delays.  I think he just doesn't want to have to watch us and launch the boat at the same time.  I don't mind being on the boat but I don't like walking out on the finger part of the slip to get on to the boat.  Dad would have to carry me on from the car and he says that that ain't happening any time soon.  We'll update you later on the weekend boating fiasco, err, I mean boating "experience."
- Jubal and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties

4 comments:

Huffle Mawson said...

I hope you all get a chance to go in the boat; those of you who are interested, that is.

Gus said...

Hope all goes well with the launch, and you guys get to go out soon.

gussie n teka
(we got BAFFS, that is not as much fun as a BOAT)

Sheila and Bob said...

Thanks for the Boat story, your Dad sounds like he is very handy.
We hope you have many fun filled hours on the boat this summer.
Thanks also for the photos of Chance, we are sure he is smiling down from the Rainbow Bridge.


Hamish & Rescue Sophie

Kim said...

Good 'ole Chancey Pants was Doug's western watching buddy. I am sure he and Little Anne are having a good time together and still probably tormenting Penny as they go! Hope to see you all next weekend at the wedding. (Can't believe the little girl who knocked on your door and just pointed silently at the woods fire is all grown up now!)

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