The Boat!

Although most of the Ridge’s better read have already been made aware by bloggers here and there that there’s a new boat in town, I, alas, was in Nashville for the maiden voyage. 

Thus yesterday, RealtorChick allowed me the honor of being the first to actually ski behind the beast.  In the "if you’re going to do it, do it right" category, she supplied me with an honest-to-goodness ladies’ slalom ski for this adventure… the first time I’ve ever used a water ski specifically designed for someone like me.

Every idiot knows that there are differences between men and women; smaller feet (usually), lighter weight (usually), lower center of gravity, etc.  I’ll admit that, slipping into the water, it occurred to me that I’ve only water skied about once in the last ten years, though it used to be a several times per week activity for me.  I was sure that I hadn’t forgotten how, but not at all sure that I still have the strength and poise to pull up on the first try.

But I did.

Dang, that’s the boat to ski behind!  With the rope tethered about 6′ off the water in the center, there’s no difference in crossing the wake from one side or the other, as was always an issue in my ancient little tri-hull craft.  The beast of a motor will put out enough horsepower to go far faster than I was willing to try being as out of practice as I was, but I can still lean out and skim the fingers of my left hand across the water. 

We also planted the idea with the nice folks at the Flatwater Grill that they should prepare for a brisk dockside to-go business; we were the first to have our order delivered to the water, and yum, it was tasty.

Thanks, PunkHP and RealtorChick.  I’ve never known luxury like that on the water.

9 Responses to “The Boat!”

  1. on 30 Jun 2007 at 10:41 am realtorchick

    I would like to report that after a 10 year sabbatical from her skiing, Netmom looked like a pro as she danced back and forth on the ski. And as for her ancient tri-hull, some of our best times were on that rig. One thing is for sure about Netmom; once she puts her mind to a task, it will not go undone. She even taught me to navigate the Clinch (something even the pros are skeptical of), drive a boat and pull a skier. I look forward to many more fun voyages!

  2. on 30 Jun 2007 at 4:34 pm daco

    Sure…sure. Where are the pictures? You s-a-y “I can still lean out and skim the fingers of my left hand across the water.”
    Photographic proof?

  3. on 30 Jun 2007 at 4:36 pm daco

    As for a beast of an engine I don’t doubt it, but can it yank a full grown man like Punkhp of myself outta the drink?

  4. on 30 Jun 2007 at 4:50 pm Netmom

    I can’t very well photograph myself skiing, so you’ll have to come along and see. We didn’t try skiing any of the fellas (having only a ladies’ ski on board, but I have a set that will fit you and PunkHP) yesterday, but judging by the beastly motor, I don’t think that would be a problem.

    I’d wager it will pull me and RC at the same time, without a hitch.

  5. on 30 Jun 2007 at 6:24 pm Punk HP

    Netmom ruled the Clinch Yesterday! I am planning my return With a new pair of extemely wide(you do the math and Physics) skis. We now have a two person tube that provides high levels of ACA ( Ass Clinching Adventure). Come one come all, enjoy 26 feet of 300 horse Sea Ray 240, soon to be named.

  6. on 30 Jun 2007 at 7:38 pm realtorchick

    I think when the decal comes in with the name we should have a boat christening party. What do you all think? Anyone in?

  7. on 30 Jun 2007 at 8:47 pm daco

    Sound like a blast. She does need a proper christening.
    http://www.boatnaming.com.au/hisstory.html

  8. on 01 Jul 2007 at 9:18 am Mrs. Eaves

    Sounds like a great time!

  9. on 01 Jul 2007 at 10:12 am David Bolling

    Congrats on the new boat, and hats off to Netmom. Personally, I would have faired about as well as Aunt Edna’s dog behind the Family Truckster in the movie Vacation!

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