Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Friends, Fun and Boats

Well, the holidays came and the holidays went and I missed blogging about any of it. We had a great Christmas and New Year! Our friends, Bruce and Laura, travelled south to spend 2 weeks with us and parked right next door. The guys fished, Laura and I walked and we did a few road trips.

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On Christmas day and New Years day, Mike and Terri joined us for some great visiting and pretty good food too! You’d think, with all the fun we were having, I’d have taken several photos, But NO! I had to steal this one from Mike and Terri and they aren’t even in it! Sorry guys! We really did enjoy having you join us!

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For those of you that don’t know Mike and Terry, here’s a picture from last summer.

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Besides all the socializing, we celebrated Laura’s birthday on New Years Eve. No one was going to be able to save room for dessert with all that food so we put her birthday candle in her burger. It seemed like a good idea but no one had any matches so it had to stay unlitBirthday cake It was the thought that counted, right Laura???

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One of our December projects was to get our Sea Eagle registered so we could add a motor. First we bought a cart for easier transport.

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Then we installed the transom, a part we had been carrying around with us for 5 years. It was still in the shipping box :)

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Next we mounted our 2 HP Honda 4 stroke motor that we purchased last summer. Looking good Smile

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Next, I got into the act and made everything nice and legal.

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Then a funny thing happened. We have had our Sea Eagle for 5 years now and have really enjoyed it in several states, on many lakes and rivers. While sitting around talking about what we wanted to be able to do with it and throwing ideas around, we never did get it in the water.

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Instead, it turned into this!  We became the proud new owners of an Old Town canoe!

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The cart fits perfectly.

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And with a side transom, the motor works perfectly. Here’s Rick and Bruce on it’s maiden voyage. An added bonus, the guys were able to fish out of it, which didn’t work well in the Sea Eagle.

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One more trip to the local tax collector office to register this one and we’ll be all set.

Our new friend, G, is the proud new owner of our old Sea Eagle. He’s testing it out in the retention pond here at the park :)

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We now have a lot more room in the basement and a new rooftop rack on the Jeep. We haven’t tried loading it yet…that might be a whole new story  :)

I’ll leave you with Rick’s latest “catch of the day” photo. We ate good last night!

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Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

11 comments:

  1. Well, Happy New Year to you two!! Nice canoe and it appears it knows where the fish are located. Nice catch Rick:o))

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  2. WOW Rick that's some fish. We are seriously thinking about selling our sea eagle too since we almost never use it. We prefer the hard sided kayaks. The canoe looks great and I know the guys really liked it. Seems like a good upgrade. Now don't forget to post pictures of the first loading onto the rooftop. :-)

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  3. Happy New Year! Great idea for a motor on your canoe too.

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  4. That is an interesting tale about the shift form the Sea Eagle to the canoe. I remember the Old town as being a bit heavier than the Sea Eagle:)

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  5. It was a fabulous two weeks! Thanks for the memories and here's to many more!

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  6. So glad you had a great holiday with good friends. That canoe looks familiar, love our old town canoe and have been thinking of getting a motor for it. Think we'll check out that motor.

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  7. Glad to see everyone enjoying time together.
    Funny thing about the boat. We sold ours too! We just don't use it enough to tie up that basement space. We bought a 16 ft Gheenoe with a 30 hp motor. It will stay in Cedar Key. Nice looking fish Rick.
    Syl

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  8. We haven't been in our Sea Eagle since the last Carolina Clan, geez. I keep saying all it is doing is taking up space in our back seat :) No where here in CA to put out, but I swear when we're in Montana this summer, it's coming out!!

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  9. Great update Mom! The canoe looks really fun! Love you ;)

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  10. Quite a photo of Rick with that fish. Where did he buy it? :cD

    Good luck with your new canoe, hope it's easier to get in and out of that the Sea Eagle. We hope no one is watching when we get in and out of ours...

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  11. We've had a ton of fun with you guys and look forward to more time with you before we all leave the area!

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