So, as I'm diggin' through my photo archives, scanning old pics
I thought this might be a cool thread idea,...Everybody has a photo of that, "First Boat," right ??
I'll go with the, "Absolute First,"...in the Power category, for me, I dove into Power Boating,... 1985 I think it was,
with this Fine, 12' Zodiac, MKII, with 35 hp of Mercury Power, bolted on,...
"Hang On to your hat,"....well, might as well just take it off, put it in your pocket,..."On Step, in .05 seconds,..."
Man the stories I could tell, of cruising the Kodiak Archipelago with this one,...in All Weather,..
even towed a waterskier behind it a few times, out between Halibut openers in the Aleutian Islands
(sorry for the poor quality scans, still working on some of those)
Then, my first job, as "Owner/Operator,"
I got away from the big boat mania out in the Bering Sea,...
to dive into this project, a 1964 Bryant, Wood Bristol Bay Special,...started that in July of 1995
I'll start with a "Before," shot,... for the shock factor
(what was I thinking,...???,....$3,500 cash, outright, I think it was,
and I just love those wood boats,....so Restorable ,...
I actually fished that for 5 years, Hard,...made a little bit of money with it,...
something like a 10,000% return on my investment, in Fish Sales Proceeds ( if my math is good,...)
Here's the Later Years,...before I sold it for $8,000
The Big Ole, Naturally Aspirated Caterpillar 3208 down below my wheelhouse chair, had a lot to do with that
what a great engine that was,...(in 5yrs, never more than an oil change, seriously)
and received more in Peace of Mind, than money could Ever Buy,...Awww, those were the days
Anyone else have some Memories, stashed away ??