The Trials of Boat Ownership…

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It’s ear­ly morn­ing, the mari­na is qui­et, the boat is cov­ered in dew and the clients are on their way.  The rit­u­al of prep­ping the boat for a day of fish­ing begins.  The clients step on board.  The key is turned and the engine starts, every time…

Barnstable Harbor Fishing

Then begins the hunt.  Find the “spot”, find the fish, drift the flat… each time the engine is turned off as the anglers toss casts in every direc­tion.

It’s that one time, the key turns, the engine sounds almost right except that it just does­n’t turn over.  Squeeze the bulb, open the fuel cap, add choke, wait to make sure it’s not flood­ed, remove the cowl­ing and look at stuff (don’t touch unless you are the one that knows what they are doing — not me) and final­ly flag down a friend for a tow back to the dock.

For­tu­nate­ly, espe­cial­ly in July, per­son­al­ly know­ing your mechan­ic and con­fi­dent that not only have you paid your last bill but also that you always pay in a time­ly fash­ion;  you walk over to his shop and explain that your out­board is on the fritz.

Today is Mon­day, I’ve got trips booked this week and I cross my fin­gers that Yama­ha has sent the part for arrival today and that my good mechan­ic can put the parts in and back togeth­er by day’s end…

We shall see if the engine gods want Salty Fly Char­ters to fish tomor­row…