Ever since I sold my boat last summer before moving from Washington to Florida the siren song of owning another vessel has been a weight on my shoulders. That is no longer the case.
Last weekend I had a three hour drive to a marathon on the East Coast of Florida and was hot to trot as I saw the boat of my dreams listed on craigslist. It was within my price range and had the exact outboard I wanted (Honda). Over the long stretches of pavement I kept thinking about the launching, storage, maintenance, and other associated issues of boat ownership. These thoughts became a major buzz-kill to thoughts of the wind in my hair and being able to fish almost anywhere. It was a heavyweight fight between the reality of ownership and the dream of boat ownership.
Reality won as thoughts from my past came flooding back. I started remembering how much I enjoyed fishing from a kayak back in the Pacific Northwest. I even wrote about the limitations of kayak fishing back in August of 2011 here. I came to the decision that I was happiest when I was the horsepower. I had already sold my kayak so I needed a new fishing platform. There are differences between saltwater fly fishing in the Northwest and Florida so I decided on a Stand up Paddleboard.
My new boat is a Bote SUP and I cannot wait for the winds to die down a bit to test it out. I have a ton of learning to do but I look forward to the higher casting position a SUP gives.
Here's to a summer of adventure and here's a little video of the board I just purchased.
BOTE HD 12'6" Stand-up Paddle Paddle Board from BOTE Board on Vimeo.