AMERICAN BOATER SHARING A LOVE FOR THE WATER EDITED BY ANN DERMODY
BUILDING A LASTING LOVE BOAT
Last October we ran an article by Lin Pardey offering advice on how to get your
partner to love your boat and boating as much as you do. It elicited a great response
among readers. Here are your best, funniest, and most poignant stories
es, I admit that was my response to my husband’s gift for my 50th birthday
four years ago when he presented me with a 47-foot 1985 Harbormaster.
Other than a few trips on a pontoon boat when I was a child, I’d never really
boated before. But my husband Bill had built a 30-foot houseboat with his
father and older brother in 1959, and never forgot the joy of boating. Y
“BUT HONEY, I WANTED DIAMOND STUDS!”
“Let’s try it for a year,” he said, “and if we like it, well …” That
“well” turned into a 2007 Harbormaster 52WB two years later, and
we’re now in our sixth summer of weekend living at the Fox Chapel
Yacht Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, aboard Pure Grace II.
Determined to be a great first mate, I took a skipper-saver
course offered by our local Power Squadron, and learned how to
“parallel park” our river yacht, take it through locks, and drop
anchor. During the early spring, we’ve both wielded paintbrushes as
we put five coats of barrier coat, and two coats of anti-fouling paint,
on the hull. I don’t mind polishing the stainless railings and washing
windows, but I draw the line at waxing and polishing the hull. My
husband loves to do it, with cigar firmly clamped between his teeth,
so I leave him to that particular pleasure!
It’s now five years since that infamous birthday gift and we’ve
started our search through various Southern cities and marinas to
find our retirement spot next year. We entertain quite a bit, and the
photo of dinner on our flybridge was snapped by a guest against the
beautiful backdrop of the city, at the confluence of our three rivers.
— Kate and Bill Hallock
FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT!
Wow! How I can relate to your wonderful article, “Ten Ways To Keep
Your Lover.” In the beginning, I did what most women do when
they fall head over heels for a man who has a hobby or job he loves
more than life itself. I faked it. My husband ate and slept boating
and fishing. During college he got his 100-ton captain’s license, and
afterwards decided to go into business as a charterboat captain, the
youngest in Biloxi, Mississippi.
OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2011
I was at the other end of the spectrum. The only boating experience I had was going to the river fishing with my dad. I’d never
driven a boat, and had no desire to do so. So when we fell in love,
I was terrified of this huge 38-foot Bertram, and aware that she was
his first love. How was I going to compete and win this man over?
I concocted a devious plan to pretend to be totally interested in the
ins and outs of the boat and the business.
At the time, I owned a small deli and loved it. I thought there
was nothing as invigorating as owning my own business. But six
years later, I’d totally fallen in love with boating, completed my captain’s course, and received my 100-ton license. I shut down the deli
and together we bought the second oldest tourist attraction on the
Mississippi Gulf Coast, The Biloxi Shrimping Trip, and I discovered
being on the water all day is the most liberating experience of all.
I also discovered another truth. I was not the one “reeling in” my
potential husband at all. By patiently teaching me everything he
knew about boating and fishing, he was putting the hooks in me!
Eleven years, two children, four boats (a tour boat, two charterboats
on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and a charterboat in Islamorada,
Florida) later, the process has taught me one thing. Sometimes faking
it can backfire! — Captain Brandy Moore
IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL
Alice and I have been boating together the 53 years we’ve been married, and the two rules I’ve learned are: One, never scare the mate,
and two, give the mate the creature comforts she desires.
I was brought up around boats, but Alice, a non-swimmer, had
only experienced a ferry ride to Catalina before we married. We even-
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