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SUBJECT: # 4372: Proud Dad

Submitted by Mike ( from VIRGINIA on 8/6/2010 4:57:00 PM

My 19 y/o daughter came to me and asked if she could take my bass boat with her to the lake so her and her friends could use it while they camped for the weekend. This is not a strange request coming from my daughter because she loves the water and has been on the water for nearly half of her life. Not to mention, her and her friends were Coast Guard Academy Cadets so I didn't think twice when I said "yes". There was just one obstacle...she had never pulled the boat nor had she ever backed the boat down the ramp. So after realizing what I had just agreed to, I had to figure out how I was going to make this happen. I just bought a new Toyota FJ Cruiser and I wasn't about to let her drive that so the next family vehicle in line was the 1997 Tacoma. In order for that to happen, I had to get the towing package installed...$275 later, mission accomplished. Now it was time for "extensive" trailer training. We drove around the neighborhood for a couple of hours taking every opportunity to back the boat into various cul-de-sacs. Then the big test. I made her back the boat down the entire stretch of our street, about 1/4 mile while I walked beside her. After she mastered backing the trailer, I went over the proper etiquette procedures at the boat ramp and how to prepare the boat to launch. By this time, she had enough of her dad! Well, her and her friends headed to the lake on Thursday and were able to get a lake side campsite to where they could tie the boat off right next to them. My daughter called to let me know they had arrived and the boat was in the water without any problems. On Saturday, my wife and I decided we would go to the lake to meet up with her. My first stop was to pay for the launch fee for Saturday since my wife and I were going to stay for the day and get some fishing in ourselves. I couldn't help but ask the attended how my daughter did backing the trailer and getting the boat in the water. "Well, we were a bit curious at first but when (we) watched her prep the boat before backing down the ramp (we) figured she had it under control." Notice the (we) part. Apparently she drew a little crowd and the curious on-lookers wanted to see this 19 y/o (did I mention she is blonde?) young lady put a bass boat in the water. "She took her time and got it launched on her first try." he said. "I think we were all pretty surprised."

I told my daughter if she would have been thinking, she should have put on some high-heels.

- $275 draw-tite trailer package - 2 hours of trailer training - hearing your 19 y/o daughter backed the boat down the ramp on her first try PRICELESS!

  1. 8/8/2010 8:14:00 AM Submitted by SpooledAgain ( from OTHER says Good story and ...
    ..even greater results of your diligent efforts.

    I tip my hat in your general direction Mike from Virginny.


  2. 8/11/2010 2:19:00 PM Submitted by brown4322 from NEW JERSEY says Great dad...
    You sound like a great guy Mike.And you are absolutly a great dad.

  3. 8/23/2010 4:00:00 PM Submitted by minner from ALABAMA says Very nice.
    Wish I could get my wife to back my trailer up, but it won't happen. She has a hard enough time backing her car out the driveway as it is.

  4. 9/20/2010 4:21:00 PM Submitted by frankfas1 ( from PENNSYLVANIA says I'll trade you
    I'll trade you daughters. Mine is blonde. Well she was born that way. Now she is some shade of red. Who knows what she'll be next week. She does know how to back a trailor, but try to tell her anything is like talking to a wall. If I say the sky is blue, she'll say black. Need I say more.

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