There is something to be said about not having a boat trailer. And for me, that something has been “Yea! No boat trailer!”
I do miss pulling up on a trailer at the end of a fishing trip, leaving everything ready and in place for next time. And the trailer checklist is not that long. Let’s just say that I have had issues with wire harnesses and taillights in the past.
Currently, I schlep a little jonboat in the back of a pickup, but it is all I want to lift by myself. Hauling watercraft is not limited to trucks however. With a universal canoe carrier, my old Lumina sedan used to carry a canoe on the roof. A buddy of mine always had a kayak on the roof of his Thunderbird in Austin, Texas. It was not only functional but also made quite an automotive fashion statement, cooler than any spoiler.
As long as I keep up with my back exercises, our boating this summer should continue to go off without a hitch.
Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Oklahoma. Visit him at www.justkeepreeling.com.