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duckduckgoose posted 05-23-2001 01:38 AM ET (US)   Profile for duckduckgoose   Send Email to duckduckgoose  

Got to the lake and it was rough w/ 4 foot seas rolling from the hard nw winds. I gently put her in the water moored her and went to park. As I walked to her I was at a loss for words; I gazed at many beautiful Whalers before, but she was mine. I stood and stared at her as the glowing sun began to fall and allowed the golden rays to reflect her teak's magic. Behind the break water where she rested at mooring was only a subtle ripple over the water. I wondered if she were aware of Neptune's wrath outside the wall. I worried at first, but realized I had confidence in her as she had in me.
I jumped aboard made a quick safety check and turned the key. The big Merc roared to life asking to be released from the dock. I untied and began to idle to the lake. This feeling will never be duplicated. I had a tingling in my head, hands, and feet. I reached the outlet and gave her permission to do her thing into the rough water, she did so with grace and precision. I felt as one as we cruised @ a nice pace till I hit a calm channel. This is where I set her trim and let it "go". I will say she moved like a lioness. Handeled beautifully in rough and calm. I was completely dry. I found a spot to stop and relax, turned off my vhf, opened a beer, lit a cigarette and sat there to wath the sun vanish. After 3 hours I ran back over the rough lake for an hour to return home. Moored again I felt that she was not ready to leave ; so I sat there for another 45 minutes in her at the dock. Walked to the truck loaded her on and went home. Washed her completely put her up and sit here wanting to go visit her again.
I would like to thank all the people on this forum for supplying wonderful information on these boats. I now have to find out about bilge pump mounting and other things. I'll be here again tomorrow. WOW what a boat!!!!!!!
Clark Roberts posted 05-23-2001 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Duck, great post! I know the feeling and it just won't quit! Happy Whalin'... Clark... The Old Man and the Sea
kingfish posted 05-23-2001 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
DDG- Congratulations!

I remember my first ride in my 22' like it was yesterday, and I still get a similar feeling every time I climb aboard (whether she's in the water or in the driveway)!

Tell us more about how your boat is outfitted, and send Jim some photos!


whalertim posted 05-23-2001 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Duck, Great post! There is nothing like it. I am really looking forward to this weekend to do the same.
Tim NC
hauptjm posted 05-23-2001 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Does your wife know you have a new mistress???
blackdog posted 05-23-2001 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I detect a creative writing course or perhaps Pros writing in you past. Good luck with her!
Dan posted 05-23-2001 12:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Ducky, is there such a thing as boat-porn? If so, you've penned a bestseller. LOL! Even E.E.Cummings is blushing. Outrageous. I'm scared to ask -- what have you named your Whaler? My Whaler's named Amy, she has a freshly painted bottom, and is well lubed.
JimU posted 05-23-2001 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Man, what a post!!! If I were a girl I'd probably get all teary. As it stands it makes me want to paw the dirt, snort, and look for another bull to butt heads with. Cheers. JIM
duckduckgoose posted 05-23-2001 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for duckduckgoose  Send Email to duckduckgoose     
Thanks for your comments!!!!!
Her name is "FISH TALE". . She has no cracks in her gelcoat. She is powered by a 1999 Merc offshore w/ under 50hrs. Currently I have a vhf, Garmin sounder, leaning post that her previous owner customized w/ mahogany(matches teak perfectly). The console has an added mahog. top w/ sliding glass and it is great for storage and mounting the vhf. No bottom paint and perfect bimini and forward sleeping canvas cuddy(?), and dual tele flex.
I am adding Lowrance gps/chartplotter this week and hopefully a bilge pump(where/how do I mount it?), and am wondering if Bennett trim tabs would be a good addition.
sr posted 05-24-2001 12:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for sr  Send Email to sr     
thanks man! You made me think about my "first time". Really I was scared, excited then truly impressed with both your story and the first time I faced the ocean (with 10' swell) in our whaler.
Hope she gives you much more pleasure.

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