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Surprise of a lifetime?
|Author||Topic: Surprise of a lifetime?|
|Lil Whaler Lover||
posted 09-10-2001 12:40 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 09-10-2001 04:47 AM ET (US)
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
posted 09-10-2001 05:51 AM ET (US)
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
posted 09-10-2001 06:02 AM ET (US)
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
posted 09-10-2001 06:17 AM ET (US)
Name the boat after her!
You've got a great wife (and a great boat).
posted 09-10-2001 07:58 AM ET (US)
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. . .
posted 09-10-2001 08:23 AM ET (US)
A tribute to the power of love, isn't love wonderful. I think I would call this a 3 way romance. Enjoy......
posted 09-10-2001 09:44 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 09-10-2001 10:40 AM ET (US)
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
posted 09-10-2001 12:11 PM ET (US)
What a great wife! Now does she have a sister???
posted 09-10-2001 04:09 PM ET (US)
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.
The only thing that comes to mind, that rivals the splendor of a Whaler.
posted 09-10-2001 10:35 PM ET (US)
"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."
posted 09-12-2001 11:30 AM ET (US)
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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