Boat Ride

Long time ago I was told this story by a friend. I was a volunteer fireman when I lived in the Holden heights area of Orlando Florida. We met every Wednesday night at the fire station for practice. After our meetings some of us would go over to Chastain’s restaurant located on South Orange Blossom trail. It was a nice place to go and relax after our meeting. What I’m going to do is pull two names out of a hat for this story. Their names will be referred to as Ronald, and Willard.

We were sitting at our table drinking our coffee when Ronald said “I have a story to tell you”. Some one said “it better be a good one”! “It is!” Ronald replied.

Willard and I went boat riding yesterday. We had been riding around for about two hours and we decided to stop out in the middle of the lake to have some lunch. We were talking about how nice it was, clear skies, and the wind was calm.

Evinrude Outboard EnginesWillard was operating the boat, after finishing lunch. Willard asked me if I was ready to go. “Yep lets rock and roll!” I replied. I was sitting on the bow with my legs hanging over the front edge staring out over the lake. Willard had to start the engine. The motor was running and the boat cruising across the lake. I noticed that the shore line was getting closer. I figured Willard would turn the boat away from the shore at the last minute. The only problem was that the boat was getting closer to shore and Willard was not turning the boat! As the boat got closer I decided to turn around and holler at Willard. As I turned around and looked Willard wasn’t in the boat! I turned back around but it was to late. The boat ran ashore and I was thrown off, amazingly I was not hurt. After getting to my feet I looked out over the lake. Willard was out in the middle of the lake waving! He had fallen out of the boat when he cranked the engine!

If you want to know how it happened. Willard was standing up in the boat when he cranked the Evenrude outboard motor. You now know the rest of the story.

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