The boat tote situation needed some improvement, so I put my minimal intellectual abilities to work on it. When carrying a load on the roof, one should always have a front and back tie down to prevent slippage either way. The problem is that I am too short to reach the bow of this small boat easily for the front tie. Leaving the rope on the bow loop always resulted in the rope giving me trouble lifting the boat onto the roof racks. Suddenly I recalled back when I had a canoe on a minivan. A friend suggested some loops of webbing from under the hood for that front tie. OK. Let us see what can be done.
For some unreasonable reason, Chevy had left a perfect spot to tie to the front fenders on the truck. After checking things out for a minute, a nylon rope loop was tied through the hole.
When I let the hood slam down the first time, I thought the hood would probably sever the loop. Nope. The loop fit just right.
Now I would be able to leave a lot shorter rope tied to the bow of the boat. The shorter rope should not interfere with loading the boat on the top of the truck. When the wind is blowing like today, loading that light boat is like hoisting a big balloon. The wind can take control very easily. WOW this worked out really well. On to the next chore.
The bed of the truck had several months of accumulated dust/dirt/leaves/junk in it that really needed to be cleaned out. So the truck was turned around so I could work while standing on the concrete slab instead of the fire ants. About thirty minutes later the bed was unpacked and I was able to wash the interior out with the water hose. Perfect timing, it was lunch time and the bed needed to dry before I did anymore work in the back of the truck.
While sitting here in the trailer enjoying my stir fried vegetable feast, a wild thought flitted into my head. There is plenty of room in my head for wild thoughts since it is mostly empty space I have been told by my so called friends. What if the boat could fit into the back of the truck now??????
It turns out it fits better than my wildest imagination. The trailer can even be coupled up and towed with the boat in the back of the truck.
The downside is I lost some “security” when I have the boat in the back for my other things back there. It is still better than an open bed truck, but not as good as when I could lock the canopy door. Loading is certainly a lot easier, especially when there is a lot of wind. The boat extends past the truck by less than two feet so no flagging is required. Now I have two ways to carry my boat. As my old buddy Ben Ngo says options are always nice.
Speaking of options, every last day of the month is the night I check myself for financial standing. Since the day for choosing if I want to start SSA payments is coming fast, tonight is particularly important. It is very important for retards, I mean retireds, to make certain that the money will last as long as they need it to. My comparison is between actual expenditures and planned expenditures. For the moment I am right on schedule per my wild guess while working. Tonight’s accounting will be enlightening to say the least.
There were not any big adventures today, but there was a lot of excitement for me. Tomorrow should be really exciting since I plan to run around somewhere to try to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM