Greg Said I Could

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 012015

And so did Miss Terry. I haven’t asked Ron Speidel yet, but that’s two to one, so the majority wins anyway.

What the heck am I talking about? Boats.

A couple of times I have said that if we ever hang up the keys or buy a winter place in Florida, I would get a fishing boat to use on the Indian River and Intercoastal Waterway.

Ron and Greg White both told me that wasn’t a good idea, and really, I can’t blame them. Ron once spent a joyful half hour watching me fall into my Native Watercraft kayak on a trip down the St. Joseph River in Indiana.

Yes, falling into my kayak. Anybody can fall out of one. It takes a real talent to fall in. I know, because I did it three times on that trip. That’s one of the reasons I now have a much more stable Sea Eagle PaddleSki.

As for Greg’s objections, he’s just getting lazy in his old age and doesn’t want to have to fix a boat when I break it. And yes, we all know that I will.

So what’s this all about? Lately I have become enamored with pontoon boats. I always pictured them as big, slow party boats, but as it turns out, they also make incredibly stable fishing platforms. When I told Miss Terry I’d like to have one if we ever get a place in Florida, she didn’t seem all that impressed. But a few days ago we stopped at Bass Pro Shop here in Las Vegas to check out a few of them and this 20 foot Sun Tracker Fishin’ Barge caught my eye.

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They had another one on display inside and when Terry sat down at the helm she got a big smile on her face and said, “Now this could work!”

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Who knows, maybe someday. A guy’s got to have dreams, right?

After I wrote about the delicious pizza Terry made for dinner Saturday night, a blog reader asked how she can do that in this heat and wanted to know how we could handle having an oven on inside the motorhome. Our Winnebago doesn’t have an oven, but Terry has never needed one. She uses her 1800 watt Breville Toaster Oven to make everything from cookies and cakes to pizza and roasts. She loves it and it’s a real workhorse. And our basement air conditioner will freeze you out, even in this heat.

Breville Oven

I finished the new issue of the Gypsy Journal yesterday and Terry started proofing it. This afternoon I will upload it to our printer’s web server. It always feels good to get a new issue done. Now we can relax a little bit until they get it printed and shipped back to us and then it’s time to start the mailing process.

Congratulations to Hank Whitney, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Birdsongs by Jason Deas. We had 63 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t chose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.

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  5 Responses to “Greg Said I Could”

  1. We have the same boat in the 22 foot model with the 115 HP motor Nick. We Absolutely love it. We use it a couple of times a week and we have had it everywhere from the Keys to the Gulf at Crystal River. Super stable and comfortable everywhere we’ve been. If you get one, do yourself a favor and get the biggest motor you can. Even if you only use it for the two of you for fishing, you’ll be glad you did. We started with the 90 HP and moving up after the fact was a lot more expensive than if we had ordered it with one to start with. Also, get a trailer with good brakes on it. Some of the standard ones they sell with boats are entry level. A couple hundred more dollars gets you a lot more trailer.

  2. Love Love LOVE my Breville Oven. I use it for all my baking … makes great toast too. Thank you Miss Terry for the recommendation!!

  3. Have had everything from a 12 foot John boat to a 32 foot sailboat, 2 center consoles and enjoyed them all. But I LOVE my 22 foot pontoon. Best bang for the buck very stable and more comfortable than anything else I’ve ever been on. Not good in big waves, but for general recreational boating and as a fishing and diving platform it can’t be beat.

  4. We’ve looked at boats but don’t think we’d use it enough to justify the purchase. Our cousin did give us some tips when we were looking. She suggested a tri-toon for more stability and the Voyager brand as their tubes are filled with styrofoam. If we ever do get on I think this is the route we will go. It never hurts to dream!

  5. I agree with Debbie and Joseph. Here in MO, Lake of the Ozarks can get very rough. A friend of mine has a tri-toon with at least a 150 on it and maybe a 200. I will check if you want me to. It handles the rough waves very well and is great to fish from.

    Your blog for June 2nd, did not come up. This happened a couple of weeks ago. Is it on your end or mine?

    Please be careful on the road.

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