|I refuse to reference that song. You know the one I'm talking about.|
If anyone knows me then they're very familiar with how desperate I've been to acquire a water vessel from which I could fish. My grandparents were kind enough to give me the ole' jon boat that's been hanging out at the lake for a while, and I'm very anxious to get it running out on Percy Priest. Of course, there's still work to be done. I just recently realized that a fuel line needs to be replaced, and I'd like to get it cleaned up and outfitted with some lights so that it can be one mean midnight-catfishing boat during the dog days of summer.
It was a lot of fun trying to get this thing all the way to Nashville. The homegrown trailer that it sits on was a bit of a challenge to tow. If it wasn't for the crucial help that Panda provided pretty much the entire weekend then there's a very large chance (guaranteed) that this boat would still be sitting in Alabama.
After several trips to Wal-Mart and watching Panda bang a piece of the trailer-hitch lock with a hammer, we were able to rig up something that even Pon would be proud of (you probably didn't get that reference).
To make things even more entertaining, Matt helped me tow it back to Nashville with the trailer lights installed backwards. That means that if we wanted to turn left then we had signal right. The cars in front of us were very confused.
One anxious trip back and a tornado away, the boat is sitting in the backyard ready for a facelift. I hope it happens. I plan on getting it ready before the weekend is over, and if I'm fortunate then it will see the water come Sunday afternoon.
Here's hoping it all works out, and I don't spend Saturday napping or watching TV.
UPDATE: The boat saw the water twice this weekend. The Force outboard was excellent, and you would never have known that it hasn't been cranked in a long time. Matt hauled it both times and even brought in a few fish. Unfortunately, both trips were either at night so I'm still not very familiar with Percy Priest.
Best part about all of this is that there's still so much left to explore. I'm pretty excited about it.