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the winds. I beg you to strike this vessel’s
name from the annals of time and allow me
to christen her Jenny on this day. Aegir and
his wife Ran; Poseidon and Neptune; all of
the great gods of the sea and keepers of the
deep; Boreas, keeper of the North wind;
Notus, keeper of the South wind; Eurus,
keeper of the dreaded East wind; Zephyr of
the West wind; and Thor, god of Thunder;
I beg you to give Jenny safe passage in your
domains.” I turned the key and she fired on
the first stroke. Jenny was flawless, if maybe
a bit awkward in her shift. When I gave her
wide-open throttle, she set a new top speed
and flew like the wind that day.
Back home, Jenny was washed, covered,
and tucked away in the driveway. The craft-store letters barely had made it through the
day. We ended up back on the BoatU.S. website that night. Little “e” and capital “JNNY”
was the way it came out, just like on Forrest’s
She ran proud the next few weekends,
until one day midseason the very gods I
sought to appease were hiding in the reeds
and tall grass on the bend just half a click
from the Edison Launch. One of the gods
snapped a branch and the others laughed.
Thor held the base of a small log in one hand
and massaged the other end with his palm.
The gods nodded in agreement, and suddenly Jenny sacrificed a coupler. We were dead
in the water. There was a crowd on the boat
that day; I just managed to get the anchor
out before we hit the shore. I spotted a center
console to starboard, and waved them over.
“Hey, Captain Jack! It’s me, Mike. I was
in your Captain’s Course last fall.” Mike and
his dad towed us back to their ramp and my
guests headed off to the beach to make the
best of the day.
It ended up being the engine coupler. The
outdrive and engine would have to come
out. There’s a silver lining to every cloud,
and of course it could have been worse. A
few days later, I was telling a friend this story.
He wandered into the back room of his shop
and came back with a brand-new coupler: “Is
this the one?” He’d bought surplus parts a
few years back for his Sea Ray with a V8 Ford
onboard. The GM coupler was in one of the
boxes and he tossed it up on a shelf, hoping
it would be of use some day.
The next Sunday, Jenny hit the water for
her second shakedown run of the year. I was
nervous rounding that bend past the Edison
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ramp but the gods were nowhere to be seen.
The VHF crackled as I passed the spot where
she was hooked up for the tow, but the
gods had moved on to new mischief. I don’t
think I said more than 30 words the whole
six hours we were on the water (very out of
character). Afraid to tempt anything, on the
way home I reminded myself to honk the
horn when I went under the bridge.
Jack Gilbert lives in New Jersey with his wife and
children and runs a boating school offering the
state certificate course and the USCG captain
and master courses.