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.