I admired the wax job on the boat trailer. The son of a farmer, you learn to take care of what you have. This Xpress boat is nine-years old and looks great for its age. Some lucky angler will buy it soon and with care, put another nine years of memories in it.
This is by no means a record for boat ownership for me. A 1967 Stump Knocker boat has been in my care for over 26-years. The old motor is long gone but the boat still holds many memories. When Doreen was in better health, we made regular trips in this boat. Our second date was a trout-fishing trip in this old rig. We were later married on a dock, overlooking the same waters. From redfish to crappie, this boat has seen many fish.
Deciding what to do with the Stump Knocker the past few years has been the topic of discussion over several campfires. “Should we find a “kicker” and resurrect her?” “She would make a great planter in the front yard.” “I’d like a dollar for every fish that’s been in that boat…Maybe we could scuttle her so she can live on as a fish attractor.”
A boat of so many memories should have a fitting end.
Therefore, I have given brother Ron specific instructions. “Fill the Stump Knocker up half way with pine straw. Then load it with wood from the burn pile. Toss my carcass in the boat, amidships. (Make sure my Road Runner cap is on.) Douse the whole thing in kerosene. Tow it down the Alabama River to a good spot and set it ablaze. No fuss, no muss, just a fishing trip.” He laughed until he realized I was serious.