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ChocLabWhaler posted 06-29-2002 02:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for ChocLabWhaler   Send Email to ChocLabWhaler  
Hey you guys, How many of you have a wife who sends you to HomeDepot for supplies and, on your return, you find her rewiring the trailer?
kingfish posted 06-29-2002 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Oh, yeah - and changing the lower unit gear oil, too---
OutrageMan posted 06-29-2002 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Mine was doing all of the brightwork, and then fired up the HVLP gun and started sptaying Imron.

Then she had a baby the same day, and 20 minutes later put on the bottom paint.


Jay A posted 06-29-2002 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
Great day today! My wife during the winter attended a safe boating course so she can take the boat out herself so she could get quality sun tan time. So today while we cruised around Gloucester harbor and the Annisquam River I said: "Honey, take over....This weekend is the St.Peter's Fiesta with Greasey Pole contest(A 40' telephone pole greased up with a flag on the end of a platform in the harbor) and Siene boat races (30' 12man row boat).Well do you get the picture? Hundreds of boats of all makes and models. Bobbing and weaving every which way! It didn't take long for her to say:" I don't like this!" So being the good husband I took over and headed towards the breakwater,less boating traffic but a minefield of lobster pots. OK honey,there's less traffic,lets head along the breakwater,your turn.We zig-zagged and loupped in and out for about 1/2 mile when she said:"I don't like this!" She turned over the helm to our 9 year old nephew and I said:"OK Cody,can you take her back thru the same course?" Well he did a magnificient job with hardly a zig or zag!As for my wife,She loves the boat as long as I'm at the helm.
Draftmanswife posted 07-01-2002 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
My husband isn't allowed to touch my Whaler without my permission. He respects it, and that is the way it is, period. He is more than welcome to wash, wax, and polish, but I do all the maintenance myself. Choclab, can she back the trailer? I was thinking of putting together a weekend course to teach wives how to do that, maybe she can help me!? Anyway, go Sissy's:)!
Bigshot posted 07-01-2002 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Wife is good with the Baja....she cleans and armor alls the interior. The Whaler she say" what? You only have 1 seat, do it yourself!" I give her the wheel and she thinks it is a car and is constantly looking for the yellow line. No matter how much I tell her, she can't relax. If it had a hotfoot throttle, it might work better for her. Had to see her try and ride a scooter.....geez!
JFM posted 07-01-2002 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
My wife grew up in her father's boat yard. She was helping him haul boats before she was 16.
Yesterday we took the 13 out.
My wife drove.
When we arrived at the lake, my daughter's boyfriend said "Mrs. Murray your not going to back the boat in are you"? If looks could kill, he would be dead. She backed the boat in between 2 pontoon boats in a 2 boat launch.
I guess the kid got the message when she pounded his but through the front hull after she told him right where to sit.
It was classic. Regards, Jay
Duncan posted 07-09-2002 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     

Backing up a trailer is a whole lot more simple than people make it out to be.

Watch ONE rear CORNER of the trailer and guide it to the proper edge of the ramp. Bingo.

Too many folks start thinking..."If I turn the wheel this way, the nose of the car will go this way, and the boat will go that way", blah, blah,blah. Follow my motto...."DONT THINK"

Draftmanswife posted 07-09-2002 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Draftmanswife  Send Email to Draftmanswife     
You got it Duncan, it's real easy if your other half isn't screaming at you on a sunday afternoon infront of 100 people:)
I learned from my Dad, of course, as all good women discribed herein. Want some free entertainment?...just go sit on the bench at a boat ramp just before dark some sunday afternoon..Regards,
Duncan posted 07-11-2002 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     

Chivalry is not dead....I have backed up many trailers for wives whose lesser halves were barking (indecipherable) instructions from the saftey of boats. Pressure from impatient onlookers doesn't help. In fact, I've pulled some bonehead manuvers like:

Not putting in the plug at a crowed 10-wide ramp in Atlantis Highlands, NJ. Then going to park the trailer and returning to a sunken boat.

Launching (or trying to ) without removing the winch strap or stern tiedowns.

My local lake in Vermont has a perfectly sufficient two-wide ramp but the inexperienced would back right down the center making it a one boat at a time operation. Aggrivating when you've been on the water fishing since 4am. $%^& waterskiers.
I called the state F&W Dept and suggested they paint a double yellow line down the middle and they did! It has completly eliminated the often half-hour-long wait to launch...but, boy-o-boy is it funny watching the less-than-acomplished-backer-uppers negotiate a single lane.

triblet posted 07-12-2002 12:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Best thing to help someone back up a trailer
is to do nothing unless they are about to
hit something, then shout "STOP!".

Too many cooks...


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