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Lil Whaler Lover posted 09-10-2001 12:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for Lil Whaler Lover   Send Email to Lil Whaler Lover  
For the last three days I have been working at the fall boat show in Syracuse for used and leftover boats. Morgan Marine from Penn Yan, New York brought a 1988 Sport 15 Center Console with a 70 Mercury, and a new Shoreland'r trailer to the show. I spent three months in the summer of 2000 looking for a 15 with no success before picking up my 1965 13. I called my wife before the show even opened on Friday and told her about finally finding the boat I wanted a year ago. She said to buy it if I wanted it, complete and total support for me to do whatever I wanted to do. After thinking about it I decided that things like a new roof might have a priority and the 13 was making a perfect dinghy for out 25' pontoon boat.
Today my wife came in to help greet customers and help our dealership out at the show. She disappeared several times as she is prone to do at shows and I thought nothing of it. Later on in the afternoon I finally got to take her over and show her the boat and found that it had been sold. We joked around with Jeff from the dealership for about 10 minutes and I said goodbye to the boat and I hoped it would have a loving owner who would treat it as well as I would have. After the show ended we headed home to then go to a 20th anniversary party at a co-workers. While backing out of my driveway, I see a boat go by on a trailer and said to my wife that I was quite sure it was the 15 footer from the show and that it would be just my luck that some neighbor 10 houses away would have got it and I would be tortured by its presence for the rest of my life. After a couple of hours at the party, my wife invited all my coworkers back to our home (3 miles) for a little more entertainment. When I pulled into my driveway and go up next to the barn, there sits the one and same Sport 15.

My lovely wife, Monk, had bought it for me, asked my sales manager to sneak it out to the house and then he went to the party. Everybody but me knew of the subterfuge. It was an incredibly overwhelming time for me, and it is also very humbling to be loved this much.

My "new" Whaler is a Sport 15 Center Console. It has all the standard equipment, a bow rail, a bimini top, bilge pump, Whaler cushions, SS prop. The boat is about an 8 as it sits, with fresh varnish, a small repair to the rub rail, and fresh padding in the bow cushion it wil be a 9.5. The motor is a 7 cosmetically, but I am assured a 9-10 mechanically. Is there anybody out there any luckier than me?

Monk did wish me a Happy Anniversary, (not until Halloween) and now I have the tremendous challenge of surprising her with a gift. Please post some appropriate ideas to help me out on this one.


May each participant in Continuous Wave have such an experience in their life. It is wonderful.

gunnelgrabber posted 09-10-2001 04:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
LWL, what a joy to read! you obviously married the right woman.you better make her an admiral or secretary of the navy...just as a start! she's a jewel.congratulations and maybe you can get some worthy suggestions from some of these folks.best wishes....lm
Clark Roberts posted 09-10-2001 05:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
LWL, what a thoughtful, wonderful wife you have! Now, for that annaversary gift for her, DO NOT get her a marine starting battery! I would suggest a dozen roses ASAP! I would send them myself if I had the address... Happy Whalin'... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
Clark Roberts posted 09-10-2001 06:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
LWL, I just made you both honorary members of the Spruce Creek Navy and will send you a decal (stick-on emblem... see Cetacea page 28) if you would like ... just e-mail me and tell me what color. Clark... SCN
Whaler15 posted 09-10-2001 06:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler15  Send Email to Whaler15     
Name the boat after her!

You've got a great wife (and a great boat).

JBCornwell posted 09-10-2001 07:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
WOW!! What a wonderful, heart warming story!

You have a really terrific partner, there, and she must have a pretty terrific partner, too.

Congratulations to you both.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

noswah posted 09-10-2001 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for noswah  Send Email to noswah     

A tribute to the power of love, isn't love wonderful. I think I would call this a 3 way romance. Enjoy......
LarrySherman posted 09-10-2001 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I dream of having a wife like that. You are the luckiest man in the world. God bless you.

Find out what her dream is, and make it come true.

Larry

JFM posted 09-10-2001 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
LWL, You are a very lucky man. I have a wife like that also. They are few and far between. I would definitly name the boat after her and try to suprise her the same way with a romantic thing suggested from a female friend. Men don't think the same as women!!! Regards, Jay
WantaWhale posted 09-10-2001 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for WantaWhale  Send Email to WantaWhale     
What a great wife! Now does she have a sister???


Congrads,
Fletch

Kelly posted 09-10-2001 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
A Whaler is a fine boat,seaworthy beyond compare.
It will take you out, and bring you back.
In weather harsh or fair.

Beautiful when new, even more so when it's aged.
Deserving of the best of care, and never a moment of outrage.

The only thing that comes to mind, that rivals the splendor of a Whaler.
Is a loving wife that tolerates and supports,
Her husbands desire to have just one more Whaler.

Kelly

Mike posted 09-10-2001 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mike  Send Email to Mike     
"A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life." Proverbs 31:10-12.
Congratulations, I have one too. (the good woman - also the Whaler.) The reason I have the Whaler is that, years ago when we were struggling financially and I reluctantly said, "it just doesn't make sense to spend that kind of money", she said,
"well, you work hard and need your fishing to relax, and I think you ought to buy the boat."
Eric posted 09-12-2001 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
Wonderful story, thanks for sharing it. Mike, the purchase of my Whaler was along those lines: I was waffling, and my wife insisted I go buy the boat.
Love this thread.

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