~ The Boat ~

~ A Really Short Boat Trip ~ Not Many Pics of This One ~


After I left the Air Force I went back to work at the Sears Warehouse in the West Bottoms in Kansas City

We were a Plumbing and Heating warehouse but on my floor I found a neat little runabout stashed there... I asked about it and found it was a clearance item at a give away price.. I snapped it up...

Soon after that I bought a lot at Lake Lotawana near Kansas City to have a close place to boat and waterski...


So at that time a lot of weekends were spent at the lake...

My ladyfriend Donna would rather sit on the boat than get behind on the skis, I don't think she ever tried...

The foredeck was one color when I bought it, later I did the two tone wood when I added the windshield...

And Donna wanted to ride with me every time when I pulled another skier, I thought it would be nicer if she would let the other girls ride now and then... I could only take one passenger with the original 25 HP motor...

Here are a couple high school buddies kickin back with their lady friends...

This old dock belonged to my neighbor there, later we went in together to build a new one... I supplied the barrels that Donna's dad gave me and the neighbor supplied the wood and assembled it, then I painted it bright red and white striped..

Four people was a full load for this little 12 foot runabout... I could only take one passenger when I pulled the waterskiers...

Later I traded up to a larger fiberglass runabout with a 50 HP Mercury on it... And it was a real workhorse...

But it wasn't as good looking as the little Yellowjacket... And I don't have a pic of that one either...

My how time does fly, here is my kid brother and his first born...

Have a snack Dad and then let's go for a cruise...

We better take this along, might be out awhile...

So here I am getting up on the skis... Got to brag here some...

I read how to do it, then got up the first time I tried and stayed up all around the lake...(really) And I got real good at teaching the quick easy way to get up, stand up and stay up...

So many times out at the lake and so many waterskiers and hardly any pictures...

Showing off a bit here? Well anyway I had strong teeth then... and still do now...

About that time I got interested in SCUBA diving, took a course, bought the gear and went diving with the Dive club here and there in Southern Missouri, in deep springs and old mine pits...

But I have no pictures... I had some movie film but it was lost along the way...

And when I moved to St. Joseph the SCUBA went by the wayside... I didn't look as good as this friend did in it anyway... though that is MY wet suit...

So, I sold the boat and lake lot and SCUBA gear and moved to St. Joseph... Then the canoes came later, you've seen a lot of the yellow one but I had two more aluminum ones, a short wide one, not good for much except maybe pond fishing and a nice long one that made a few more river trips before that hobby waned...

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