Preparing for a fishing trip jogs memories.

Courtesy of G3 Boats

Photo: courtesy of G3 Boats

It was a simple thing that jogged just one memory and then the gates opened. Ironically, it was while scrubbing the deck of the G3 boat. The deck is a vinyl material that resists stains and is extremely easy to clean. I could not help but think of a friend’s quote “carpet is for the living room, not a darn boat”.

There were only three carpeted boats in my past. One was a Terry bass boat. The boat was a statement of its time; including an FM radio and brown carpet. Fortunately, the title was missing and I quickly returned it to the seller.

Then there was the Ouachita tiller bass boat. Apparently, they were only available in a burnt orange color with an earth tone astro-turf style carpet. The old boat saw many trips in St. Cloud’s, East Lake Tohopekaliga. However, this craft saw a lot of action and the “football” carpet did not survive. Nearly a whole day was lost, replacing this odd material.

The semi-famous Stump-Knocker boat was unique. This craft featured optional, lift-out flooring. The flooring adorned with marine-grade carpet, smelled like a shrimp boat. The smell quickly disappeared after I threw the decking onto a bon-fire. Problem solved.

Blessings,  -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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