I went to the Ply-wooden boat show
in Port Aransas this weekend.
There were several lovely boats there, but two particular boats impressed me with respect to attention of the husband towards the wife and staying together.
One is a 46' bolger designed troller. Its a beautiful boat
inside and out, the builder
meant to spend his retirement
on her with his wife. It took 10 years to build, cost several hundred or thousand dollars. But his wife complained he was spending too much time with the boat
and not with her. So after the divorce and a remarriage he spent a few years sailing the Caribbean
with his new lovely wife, but must sell the boat to support the new life with the new wife.
The other is a flat bottom rectangular house boat, the wife says is a blown up puddle duck. Its a house boat 22 feet, runs on two outboards has two rooms, enclosed shower
, double bed
and a "porch", camp oven
etc. It took three months to build, although its not totally finished. The wife and the builder
traveled in this year's Texas
200 in the boat. The wife appeared to be happy with the arrangement.
A lot more planning went into the Bolger than the puddle duck based boat, but then again, it appears the second builder may have been paying more attention to the needs of the family
I wish both builders a happy life going forward and only hope I can find a new larger boat that I can enjoy with my current