May 21, 2010
Cermele: Abandoned Boats and Restoration Shortcomings
By Joe Cermele
One website I'm always sure to look at on a weekly basis is Yousuckatcraigslist.com. This site compiles the most insanely ridiculous Craig's List posts sent in by viewers and comments on them. If you've spent any time on Craig's List, you know people try to sell, trade, or barter some really off-the-wall stuff. Take, for example, this post I recently read on yousuckatcraigslist.
Unique Sand Box for kids
We have a really unique sandbox for the kids to play in – Free...
We cut a 16 foot ski boat in half longways. That left the top of the boat, with the steering wheel to fill with sand. It’s gone through the grandkids and has just been getting dirty and filling with weeds. Free to the first person who comes to get it. We’re moving and it must be out of here by April 30.
They forgot to add that tetanus shots are required. Clearly this is a poor attempt to con some sucker into getting rid of the old boat, but it got me thinking about the days long before I or any of my buddies could afford a boat. We always had radar spinning for those old abandoned boats out in the woods, or the one on someone's lawn with the "free" sign. I bet you know what I'm talking about. We'd spend a few days trying to convince ourselves we could restore them, but alas, it never happened.
Just the other day I found a new weed-covered boat on a trailer near a pond by my house. I had to laugh because 10 years ago, I'd have been thinking of a way to get it out of there. Has anyone ever actually grabbed the junker on the lawn or woods and restored it? If nothing else, I'm sure I'm not the only one that could find a free boat or two this weekend if I were so inclined. - JC