Willy Smith

Posted by: In: Memories 05 Apr 2013 Comments: 1

I was lucky enough to call Mike one of my best friends. We had lots of great times together over the years but some of our best times were on my boat ( calling it a boat might be a stretch- more like a glorified canoe). At the time I acquired my boat, I knew absolutely nothing about boats other than that they were supposed to float. Mike was the resident boat expert since his dad had a boat so he quickly was dubbed Captain. So off we went one sunny Cape summer day to the busy town pier to take our boat on its maiden voyage, after waiting for what seemed like forever it was finally our turn to put the boat in the water. Mike as the captain was in the boat as I reversed the boat trailer into the water with a lot of “left” and “right” from Mike. I was so proud that I had actually reversed the boat into the water and Mike quickly unhooked the boat from the trailer. As I started to pull up the ramp, full of pride about my latest accomplishment, I heard Mike shouting as well as soon bystanders at the pier, “the boat is sinking!!!” Like a true captain, Mike stayed on the sinking boat as I comically tried to reverse the trailer back down the ramp. Fortunately a bystander, who was finally able to stop laughing, was able to reverse my truck and save Mike and the boat. As it turns out, we had failed to close the two drainage plugs in the boat… You would think this would have been enough to end our boating careers immediately, not so, we drained the water out of our boat and started out on the first of many boating trips together. I have never taken the boat out without my captain and I dare say my boat will ever see the water again. My heart goes out to you all. Mike was a wonderful friend and I will miss him always.
With Sympathy,

Comments: 1

  1. Posted by Betsy 07 Apr 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Wow, Willy that was a great story! Mike always had such wonderful things to say about you and I know how much he valued your friendship. Thank you so much for sharing that, it made me laugh and cry all at once!

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