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Isn't a boat described as 'a hole in the water that you keep throwing money into'?


Arrrr, matey. That it are. Another definition of boat: 'Bring Over Another Thousand'.

There's a cartoon strip by Raeside of a man buying a screw. The counterman says, “That's 25 cents.” The buyer says, “It's for my boat.” The counterman says, “That'll be $12.”

I've always wanted a boat. I would look at 32-footers and figure out how to pay for one like it not realizing that what I wanted was a small boat nimble enough to fish out of and have more protection against the elements than my collar. I bought a cuddy boat that's a bare step above camping. It's a day boat: up early, fish all day, then come back to the dock and put the boat back on its trailer.

But boating is seasonal and I had to find something to do. So I formed a marine company, Brigantine Marine Group Sales and Service Inc. Hired people who know far more than me and now we're just coming to the end of our first year. So I'm retired but not.

I started working at 18 and now, coming into my 67th year, after almost 50 years of working, I find it terribly hard not to work. Sure, since officially retiring I have laxer hours (I no longer work 60 hours a week) but retiring to do nothing is a recipe for boredom.

To me filling time can be done but why? Possibly retirement is an opportunity to do something different. My mother, at 65, took up painting and became quite good. My neighbors, in their 80s, are not just gardeners but bordering on horticulture mavens.

My task is that, in ten years, I will be a recognized authority on boats. I will then write a book on them. Let's start with the opening sentence:

“A boat is a hole in the water into which you cast dreams.”


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