iboats.com | Dad’s Boats
Most of us got in to boating as a family experience. Our parents owned a boat and we would pester them to go boating as often as we could. Boating delivers great family fun. That’s why we love boating no matter what our age.
Like quite a few of us who are frugal or too sentimental, I still have my dad’s boat. His early wood boats are long gone but his 1970 14’ Alumacraft is still in use today. He started using it with a well-traveled 1939 Evinrude “Mate” 1.5hp outboard he purchased before going in to the Navy for WWII. The little Evinrude was fine for a couple years but eventually we graduated to a 1971 Mercury 9.8 hp outboard that still pushes it around the lake today.
Many of you who have visited the iboats.com Facebook page “I Love Boating” have seen photos from our good friend Tom King. Tom has been and continues to be one of the top photographers in the marine industry for well, we’ll just say decades. He’s been an avid boater since he was able to be carried on to the boat by his parents. You’ve probably seen his images in many boating magazines for articles and ads around the world as well as online.
Tom’s dad has had a passion for wood boats that goes back past Tom’s years on this earth. He’s wanted to have another wood boat and found a reproduction of snappy little run about like he had years ago.
Click this link to see Tom’s video of his dad and his boat. (use Quicktime to view)
We’re sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we have. You’ll also see this link on “I Love Boating” along with a good selection of Tom’s other images. Post your thoughts on the video there. When you go to the Facebook site, consider posting a photo of your dad’s boat too.