I sold my boat this week. I'm not really sure why I let it go. I put it up for sale on a Wednesday and by Sunday it was gone. The new owners got a good deal. It was a good boat.
My final fishing experience with the boat was the Saturday before last. I was on the water for a few hours with my dad. I caught a few. He didn't. The boat performed like a champion. She may have looked like Ab Vigoda on the outside, but on the inside .. she ran like Carl Lewis.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not sad the boat is gone. I just can't figure out why I sold it. It felt like the time was right to move on. Maybe we just outgrew each other. I didn't have a lot of time for the boat this summer. However .. as I look at the date, summer just started. (Guess I need to buy a boat.)
There are some real benefits to selling a boat in it's prime. First of all, I never had a bad experience with the boat. It will always be "the best boat ever" .. and not " the worst boat ever." I am convinced that if you keep a boat long enough, it will eventually turn into the "worst boat ever."
It also prevents you from getting attached. That way, when it's time to put the boat "down" .. it's not an "Old Yeller" moment.
As the boat rolled down the street Sunday .. attached to a truck it just met, I started to think about all of the good memories we shared... all three of them. So it only took me about 23 seconds. Good times.