Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 3, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

The Boat Tote

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

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