More Boat Tales

I remember Daddy telling me about the time he borrowed Uncle Jack’s motor and put it on his boat so that he would have two 5 horsepower motors at the same time. He said that they could outrun boats with 30 hp. motors! The only problem with that boat was that because of the flat bottom, it had the tendency to catch the wind and try to flip! Someone with substantial weight had to sit in the front to hold it down.

Once, during their teenage years, Odell was playing with the boat by turning the motor to the full right with the full throttle. The boat would spin around and the nose would come way up out of the water. As it would happen, the unpredictable wind caught the flat, light boat and flipped it completely over. Eddie was watching from the shore as Odell somehow managed to right the boat and bail enough water out to ride it back to shore. Odell made Eddie swear to “never tell Daddy” about this incident.

Some thirty-something years later, while Pop-pop (as our daddy was affectionately called by his grandchildren), Odell, Eddie and I (Bobby) were sitting around reminicing about old times, Eddie exclaimed, “Hey Odell, you remember the time you turned the boat over?”

Odell, with a look of shock on his face exclaimed, “You said you weren’t going to tell daddy!”

The next day as Daddy and I were talking at work, he chuckled out loud thinking of Odell’s reaction to Eddie’s revelation. “What did Odell think I was going to do? Spank him?”

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