As of early 2017, there were over 13.2 million household boat owners. This includes many different types of boat, from yacht to dinghy, but one of the most sentimental is an aluminum fishing boat. For anglers the world over, having a fishing boat is like having a friend to take on travels to beautiful places. But how can such a utilitarian watercraft be so treasured by its owner? Here are a few ways an aluminum fishing boat can be special.
- TimeThe time one spends alone with nothing but water, wind, and the rhythmic rocking of their boat can be meditative and mesmerizing. Being at peace with life is a rarity these days. Find a quiet lake, cast your bait, and wait until serenity takes over. Your boat is there to keep you calm.
- HistoryIf you took the time to build your own boat from an old aluminum hull and some scrap wood, that boat is a part of your personal history. It would be impossible for it not to mean something to you. That people could form an attachment to homemade custom boats might sound silly at first, but try for yourself and see how you feel.
- Hard WorkIf you do decide to build your own boat, frustration will certainly be one emotion you feel. Pride, joy, pain (from accidentally stapling your hand to the vinyl), and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment will also follow. Even simply owning a used boat is hard work, since it will require frequent maintenance. Once that connection is forged, however, you will realize just how worthwhile your efforts have been.
- MemoriesNow, your aluminum fishing boat might be your own private island of solitude, but the greatest things in life are better when shared. The memories you will make out on the water with your friends, family, and kids are beautiful. Remember that.
Sure, owning an aluminum fishing boat is not as exotic as a yacht, nor is it as adventurous as a sailboat, but it can be the most heartwarming decision you will ever make. Family, fishing, nature, and freedom… That’s really all you need in life, right?