Lazy or Efficient?

I have been called both ~ I think they’re opposite sides of the same coin for me. My brain is always looking for the easy way out.

So when you have a Boston Whaler that needs to come out of the water for engine work & you can’t motor it around because of said engine work & you don’t really feel like towing it around to the local ramp on a rainy, crappy day, what do you do?

Well, if you’re me, you call your buddy with a tow truck (those years in the industry had to be good for SOMETHING!) and have him pluck it from the water. Greg always says that I’m like a guy with a hammer ~ every problem starts to look like a nail. Or something like that. Only for me, every problem can be solved with a couple of winches on the back of an International.

STEP ONE: Call buddy and arrange for him to be there at high tide. Which isn’t the high high tide; it’s the low high tide. But since the high high tide is at nearly midnight, you understand that you would probably be pushing the boundaries of friendship if you insisted on that one. Make do with what you have.

STEP TWO: Get the boat rigged so you can lift it over the log which is stuck in the mud. These problems would not exist if you had a good high tide, but you’d also be working by headlamp. It’s always a tradeoff.

STEP THREE: Monitor boat from safe distance as it comes up and over log, fenders at the ready in case of a pendulum swing.

STEP FOUR: Up and over the pilings nice and easy, congratulating yourself on being such a smart individual and once again, affirming the fact that a with a good enough winch, you can move the universe. Or at least the parts you need to haul around with you.

STEP FIVE: Lower onto trailer and get ready to spend the next hour or two pressure washing the barnacles off the bottom of the boat. Damn, but those little things have some amazing Sticky!

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  1. Greg and Jamie
    June 15, 2007 at 4:25 pm #

    Thanks, love. I like to think it’s efficiency, so your perspective helps! Rob, no buoyancy issues here, just pure “I don’t feel like towing a boat up and around to the marina today!”

  2. bowiechick
    June 10, 2007 at 11:42 pm #

    So it is efficent.

  3. bowiechick
    June 10, 2007 at 11:42 pm #

    Hmmm….this is looking A LOT like a G & T production only YOU actually have a winch and a trailer to put it on.Now if it was us, there would be no tow truck. There WOULD be a half a dozen guys hauling on it a-la-viking style and probably putting it on blocks cos’ we’ve got no trailer…

  4. rob
    June 9, 2007 at 5:12 am #

    Way to go! what a nice tender to have I had a “dellquay dory” which was based upon one of these, totally unsinkable! and totally unliftable!!!! as the “bouyancy” foam was waterlogged :o)) I suppose the reason you chose to lift it with a crane wasn`t because yours is heavy to? A friend of mine had the same model as mine and two of us could lift it but mine ! No chance ten of you wouldn`t lift it