Son Shortage

Yesterday a friend of mine sent me a photograph of his new boat motoring on a beautiful Canadian lake.

Boat economics are pretty easy to comprehend. The rule of thumb is to assume that everything for your vessel will cost about four times what any sane individual would pay for something on land.

Sometimes the bills will induce fainting but proximity to water helps break the fall. His new speedboat is small enough that it’ll only cost him a few hundred a week to keep it gassed up. That’s practically nothing for something that floats.

The biggest problem my friend faces with boat ownership is his shortage of sons. If you don’t have a boy to scrub the hull and do a million other tasks, the fun is going to drain away.

My dad had a nice boat for a long time which he enjoyed immensely. Then his son grew up. Somehow without a cleaning crew, the nautical life lost its luster.

Not too long ago I walked by this boat on a trailer. My eye was drawn to the dirty hull which is a clear signal of a son shortage.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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