Going Deep

Now’s the time to get a boat, I’ve decided. I’ve always thought it might be a good idea – you never know when a flood’s going to strike up and wash away all worldly possessions while also leaving you without a means of transport. That might sound bleak, but I’m just saying that boat skills are something that might come in handy when you least expect it. 

Where I am right now, I’d be completely at a loss as to what to do with a boat. I wouldn’t know how to operate it, let alone maintain it, let alone build one from scavenged parts. Not that I’m thinking of diving right into marine fabrication; that seems pretty advanced. I’d like to start by having someone walk me through the basics of how boats work, show me how to start the engine and help me choose the right vessel for my seafaring needs.

On a less prospectively apocalyptic note, I’m interested in using said boat for fishing. I know a thing or two in that department, although I’ve never done it from a boat before. It’d be good to get some advice on the finer points of that, like whether it’s worth investing in stainless steel snapper racks, and what kinds of fish to find where.

When you get right down to it, it’s not really about the fishing (at least not the ‘actually catching fish’ aspect of fishing) and it’s not really about the possibility of floods either. I’m really just interested in nerding out in the boat department, all told. That’s just the way I am – once I latch onto a topic that sparks my interest, I want to know every little detail about it, even the arguably more boring ones. 

Marine navigation techniques? Yes please. Charts showing the relative effectiveness of different types of fishing rod holders? Sure, I’ll bite. A history of bow rail welding? Why not?