June 6th, 2009What’s all the Commotion?
Startdate June 6th / 7th 2009
Donna went to Maine for work on Friday and then hung out with Kim, my sister on Saturday so I headed down to the marina to help Paul on Reel Pursuit. Paul has been busting his bee-hind all summer getting his boat ready for the charter fishing season. (If you ever want the best charter fishing in Boston, you need, no, you MUST talk to Captain Paul and his first mate Scott – more on Scott in a minute.)
Paul spent the better part of 2 weekend (4 full days) sanding down the teak on the back of his boat. It looks fantastic. But wouldn’t you know it, when you sand 1/8th of an inch of wood off, the screw holes for all the gear that goes in these holes no longer line up. That wouldn’t have been such a big deal except the week before we had rebunged most holes on the teak as it was. Now Paul had to fill in the holes and wait 24 hours before he could actually finish the job. That said, I saw the finished product on Sunday, it looks great! Time to go fishing Paul! Paul captaining his vessel this Tuesday in a bass fishing tournament in Boston Harbor. Good Luck!
Now, commotion number 1 (and here is where we get back to Scott).
Mike the owner of Mic Mac and Scott, Paul’s first mate, Boston Fireman and all around great guy took off fishing for the illusive tuna at 3:30 this am. And by god they got one. If you have ever been tuna fishing, you know this is a) a very hard fish to catch and b) a great day when you get one. The fish weight about 150 lbs, was 60″ long and (if you ask my wife) was pretty tasty. Mike and Scott fought the fish (on the Mic Mack) for about an hour until they landed the fish in the boat.
Now just when they thought they were done for the day and could come home, is when they were faced with a new challenge. See, the weather and the seas were a bit on the rough side. In the distance, about 1/4 of a mile or so away, Mike and Scott saw some folks on a 31′, center console fishing boat. The guys on the boat were waving their arms like they were in trouble so Mic Mac raced over to see that their boat had been back to into the waves and had taken a couple of 5′ swells over the stern of their boat and it was sinking. Mike and Scott, worked very hard and rescued the three fisherman from their sinking boat, while some jackass (yes, I said it), who was closer at the time, took pictures and video from his boat and did nothing to try to help save the fisherman. You know, I do believe in karma and one day, he will get his. Mike and Scott are true heroes. As Mike and Scott headed back to Boston, the Coast Guard came by to take the fisherman off to the Coast Guard Station to ensure that the men were okay and not under the influence. Apparently when the Coast Guard showed up, one of the first questions they asked was “How much fuel did you have on boar?” to which the answer was “About 150 gallons.” Wrong answer. Keep in mind all you boaters out there, if you ‘spill’ gas into the water, its your responsibility to clean it up, which really means pay for the clean up.
The following day, Seatow went out to the spot where the boat had ‘sank’ and the nose of the boat (just like in the picture) was still above water. Seatow put a rope on the front tow ring and tugged on the boat. The word is that the boat ‘popped’ out of the water, self bailed and Seatow towed it back to Boston. Now, because this is considered a ‘salvage’ they own the boat. Not a bad days pay I’d say.
Mike and Scott got back to the marina around 1pm with the fish and told us both stories. What a day. Mike and Scott cut up the fish and handed out tuna steaks to a bunch of folks on the dock. Bruce, our next door neighbor, took one of the steaks and cut it up and some of us had Sushi right there on the dock with some wasabi, ginger and soy sauce.
Begin commotion number 2. This is when things went a bit south. The ‘gang’ decided to make a few drinks, which led to a few more and when ever you mix tequila with anything it can get a bit messy. Well, I’ll spare all the details but lets just say it’s really important for all of us to remember that we are a family down at the marina and we all need to respect each as well as each others space down there. There are folks that live on their boats year round and others of us that just come and go as we please…. Let’s just say that Saturday was a learning lesson for all of us and hopefully we are all the better for it. It was an early day that day.
Sunday was a fun evening on the water. In the afternoon we had a nice bar-b-que at the house with the family. Monica, Ryan, Adel, Herb, Felipe, Manny, the Oxnars and surprise, Donna’s cousins from CA were there Mark, Heather and their son Miles. It was a very nice day at the house getting all caught up. After eveyone left, that evening Donna and I and the cousins from CA all went for a fun boat ride in the harbor. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day. It was great to see you guys Mark, Heather and Miles and you are all welcome to come back any time.
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