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How to name a boat. (true story)
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Rob    Posted 05-29-2002 at 10:51:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A good friend of mine once found an old old diesle powered boat. It was made entirly of wood, I am guessing from the 1930's or 40's. A grand ship, it leangthed a good 50' long, and 20 or so feet wide. He would drive by it week after week on his way to work, or while running errands. Though it be in dire need of repair, including a new keel, he really wanted this boat.

Once he decided to try and aquire this project he was confronted with two very real and large obsticles. First, getting the owners to sell the monstracity, and secondly moving it to his barn where the work would comense. He was lucky to find that the very nice little old man (Les) and his wife (Ann) were willing to part with their oversized yard ornament. Now the hard part was finding a way to move it.

Our rural region has no large moving companies, and hiring a big city mover would be very very expensive. So there the boat sat for a few weeks. Feeling greatly hindered my friend returned to tell Les and Ann that he was unable to move the ship. Les and Ann put thier heads together and found an old friend of thiers that could do the job for a minimal price. My friend was overjoyed with gratitude to the couple.

Within a few weeks, the boat was moved and work had begun on this huge task of restoration. Out of gratitude to the little old couple who for so long harbored his prized ship he decided to name it after them. Thus, before the boat was even finished it was christened the Les'B'Ann.

Much to the loss of many a would be laughing seafarer, the Les'B'Ann never did see water. It was lost to the evil bankers of the east in a bloody battle of bankrupsy before much of the repair was done. Even so, the legend of the politically incorrect boat that would have been lives on in our hearts.



D.H.    Posted 03-06-2006 at 12:06:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
stumbled into this story searching for the meaning of S.S. in the name of ships,THIS STORY - Name of the Boat - IS TOO CUTE! Glad I stummbled in!

DeadCarp    Posted 05-29-2002 at 16:27:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know Rob, a lot of the story is in the telling, and you musta done pretty good because i didn't catch on til the very end. I cuss every time i have to mow around that dang johnboat but now i'll be thinking "Could be worse - Thank gawd she aint a LesBAnn!"

(there's a boat story to go with that:)heh heh

D. Mosey- boat names    Posted 05-29-2002 at 13:36:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
This happened to my dad & me years ago. We went out onto the Gulf of Mexico on an old derilect charter boat to try our hands at some offshore fishing. We didn't do too bad at it neither. Well, the skipper comes on to the P.A. and says that the boat is adrift, but they'll get the thing a runnin again. They did too, about 6 hours later. In the meantime the ice maker went kaput, the head backed up, the lights went out, and they ran out of cold drinks. On the way back in to Fort Myers Beach, Fla. that night the helm locked up while turned to the left (port side?) and the old boat rammed in to a piling causing a few fellas to loose their tackle overboard. Several of us fishermen handled the lines and with some help from the shore we got the old tub into the slip. Our short trip out lasted almost 12 hours
and our fish got right rank before we found ice for them.
When we climbed down off the boat and got to my dads truck he asked me this:
"Son do you know why boats & ships are named after women?"
Before I could reply he winked at me & said:
"Because they're hard to handle."

I about died laughing. I still chuckle when I tell it.

D.Mosey    Posted 05-29-2002 at 13:20:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice story, all but the bankers part. I got a friend that has a boat on the Cheasapeke Bay that he named "After You'. Whenever anyone asks what he named the boat he tells them "After you of course." LOL

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