The things we obtain, keep and store are not always those of great value in dollars but often priceless in the memories they conjure up. Case in point: Mark Smith’s boat.
There’s few things in life as relaxing as being out on the water, alone or with friends, catching some fish and contemplating life. A perfect scenario might include a soft breeze that sends ripples across the water in the shore’s direction while the boat just sways gently back and forth.
Occasionally, though, there are times when the experience and the fishing don’t go according to plan. The times when either the fish aren’t biting or the day turns on you and nothing, from the weather to the sinker, goes the way it’s supposed to.
About 10 years or so ago Mark “Shark” Smith had one of those days, a time when things just didn’t go according to plan. He was out on the water at Saylorville Lake with his friend, co-pilot and fellow Beaverdalian Doug Schreck.
“We were fishing, you know, and after a bit I asked Doug to pull in the two anchors,” says Smith. “So we get going, and I notice that we’re moving pretty slow, and I ask Doug if he remembered to pull up the anchors. Of course he said he did. After about 10 minutes of this, it’s clear something’s not right, and it was about that time we lost the second anchor. Doug grabbed one but had forgotten the other.”
The boat hasn’t seen much of the water since then. It could use a little TLC, but on the whole the boat still works well, and the engine is great. Smith has had the boat on and off the market for several years now looking for a pontoon boat that’s lacking an engine.
“My engine works fine, but the rest of it has been neglected,” Smith says.
Now the boat is used more as a storage unit rather than a water vessel. Little things kept popping up that would add to the cost of maintenance. Smith tried to act as his own mechanic, but that has proven more difficult than imagined. It seems until the next ship comes in, this “Shark” is landlocked.
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