Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 3, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

The Boat Tote

Back from the fishing trip, the kids still wanted to play with minnows.


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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