Now that I have your attention, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Ray, and my wife, son and I live in East Central Florida
. Home of year round sunshine, Disney World... and its $20/day parking! Not to mention sweltering heat, burning droughts, and torrential rains. Sure, it has its downsides, but it's great to be able to hit the water
I've been on the water
for as long as I can remember, in fact, my oldest memory is watching my dad try and pull start a an outboard
with a rope
when the starter must have died... So why am I just now getting to this forum? Well, I’ve never had a cruiser before, I've had the pleasure of spending many great long days on the water, in a beautiful, fast, hell I'd even call it sexy, fishing boat
. A real fishing boat
too.. not one of those fancy pants boats with a dang out house for a center console. But one day.. All that changed, my wife became ill. It was terrible, she was always nauseous, in pain, heck, she was even painful to look at... but then finally something happened, it turns out that my wife wasn't just getting sick and fat, we were having a little boy!
Yay! now I have someone to always take out on this speedy little fishing machine! but unfortunately, my wife never recovered... all of the sudden something else was wrong, due to mysterious medical
reasons, she could no longer enjoy the bright Florida
sunshine all day, she could no longer pee over board... heck she couldn't even deal with dropping a deuce in a bucket (yes she has gone to sleep... so I can get away with this). But now she wanted something bigger(that's what she said?) and as her list of needs grew, my options of boats grew smaller. couple that with the fact that we weren't the only people trying to move up to a more family
friendly fishing boat, (in Florida, the Bay boat market is on fire) and prices became ridiculous. I mean, we aren't poor, but I can't see spending half as much as my house on a fishing boat...
Alas, the solution, I had a walk-around cuddy cabin
fishing boat when I was younger, it was great to sleep on for a night or two... especially for a guy who's only 19 or so, I'm mean, it was downright luxurious... I didn't even have to move dirty laundry
to get to my bed
. So I brought this idea to the wife, she liked it, however.... Once she learned she could get a boat with some minor amenities she went whole hog... I mean she wanted everything, it was at this point that I knew I had created a monster.
We had a little experience with extended stays on a boat, having done a sailing vacation
on a chartered catamaran
, back in the days before our financial liability was born. This was good to help reinforce to the wife that she would like spending extended periods of time on the boat; however, it posed a whole new set of problems... Her only experience with cruising aboard a boat was on a Lagoon 440
, and my plans were for something a little less prestigious... Something that's not propelled by something as silently elegant as wind
, or ruggedly powerful as diesel
, but a lightly marinized car engine
plugging a giant hole in the transom, and attached to a galvanic reactor... I felt was thinking a boat with a name that doesn't quite scream "I've made it! I'm a Yachtsman!" or “I’m remotely well built”. People who drive a Mercedes only recognize this brand because their friend once swamped one while passing them in their Hatteras in a no wake zone... I'm sure you've figured it out by now, yes... we bought a Bayliner.
But not just any Bayliner, Oh No!, we got the goofiest one we could find, its nearly half as tall as it is long, the Bow looks like they left off a foot or two. It's a Bayliner 246 Discovery, and in all honesty, we love it.
It has all the comforts of home, AC, Hot water, blah blah blah. It's a real weekender. Best of all, it was cheap
enough that we could keep the fishing boat so we didn't have to compromise to get a boat that does it all (which doesn't exist). It even fits on a trailer!
Now who trailers a cruising boat you ask? Well, see therein lies the genius of my plan. Due to the aforementioned financial liability, formally know as Dominic, we have to keep our day jobs, for at least another 20 years I estimate, How can we do any proper cruising with a full time job? hmm, well we can't, I mean we could take the boat somewhere on our measly two or three weeks of vacation
, but we would never get anywhere throughout the rest of the year. With the trailer
, it allows us to take weekend trips all over the place. We can leave on a Thursday night and be cruising in Charleston, or Key West
in the morning. It's a great method, and so far has worked great. We have been able to cruise
Biscayne Bay one week, and the next weekend, watched a rocket launch near Cape Canaveral. All while squeezing in our day jobs in between!
So why are we so excited about all of this? Our family
, most importantly our son, is the world to us. We want to spend every minute soaking him up and helping him experience all there is to see in the world around him, 3 days at a time.
Thanks for reading!
Oh, and about the Free Apple Pie, I’m sorry… It was just a clever.. Or not so clever… Marketing
gimmick; however, if you really want free apple pie, I’d be happy to share some with you if you’re ever in the area..Cheers!