996883_520911267978270_1066503414_nHave you ever needed help?  We did this weekend, and a lot of it.

First, we (this is the Royal We here, where my husband does all the work, and I get to write about it and choose the pronouns) had motor trouble and needed a part from across the country.  Thanks to a referral from the great guys at John’s Old Mercs my husband not only received the part on time, but was on the phone with the guy who sold it to him at 10PM the night before the boat show talking through every detail of this particular headache.


They got it fixed enough that it was seemed to be okay (while running tied to the dock under flashlight examination), but nobody knew what the morning would bring.

And when the morning came it brought waves.

Waves and tiny boats don’t mix.

Image 1

Second, we needed help getting to the show.  Two teeny- tiny boats, a 5 person family, and a 15 mile drive each way through rough waters isn’t an easy commute.  Thank goodness for Uncle George who happily volunteered to drive.  This was made even more special because he was one of the original builders of the Babe, and this was his first ride in it since it had been renovated.  The kids thought it was great fun to ride with him, and I enjoyed making my first solo drive across the lake, breaking waves ahead of our funny little parade.

george with kids in babeImage 2

The worrisome kg7motor ran great, and we not only made it, but it only ran out of gas once ~ Quite the accomplishment if you know how tiny those tanks are.


We thought we were home free, until I realized that I forgot my camera – one of the most important accessories at any show.  Luckily, Randy (aka. Captain Grumpy) came to my rescue, taking and sharing these great photos.  To see more check out his facebook album or his great write-up of the show in WoodyBoater.


Thanks to everyone’s help (and a bit of blood, lots of sweat, but no tears that I know of, from my husband) the boats placed well.  The Babe took first, and Lightning second in class L.  1077438_536219956431817_473482909_o

We (again, Royal We) still have one more tiny boat left to restore.  It is another family treasure known as The Bug.  I can’t wait to see all 3 together at next year’s show.

Sheryl e-signature

On Helpful Friends
Tagged on:     

4 thoughts on “On Helpful Friends

  • July 31, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    wow those little boats look quite zippy, looks like a great day to be out on the water, loved the images

    • July 31, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      They really are quite zippy. I think we clocked the Babe at 31mph (which is very fast when you are just a few inches above the water), but we haven’t had the Lightning in the water long enough to get her timed yet. Maybe next weekend.

  • August 1, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Good friends are worth gold. Thanks for the reminder!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *