I traded boats for a truck, an antique bulldozer, and a hot rod car that I still don’t need

March 10, 2016
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I traded boats for a truck, an antique bulldozer, and a hot rod car that I still don’t need

I traded boats for a truck, an antique bulldozer, and a hot rod car that I still don’t need

“People call this the boneyard. It is about helping friends and people I know who need a place to park their stuff. It’s a pet project. Some took a boat on because they didn’t have anything else to do and thought they wanted a project and realized that they didn’t want a project. I try to salvage what I can out of it and if someone needs a part, it is much cheaper and easier for them to come here. Not everyone can afford new parts. I am recycling and keeping things from going to the landfill. However, if I deem a boat unworthy of going back to the sea, I care not who it belongs to, I break it apart and send it to the landfill to help keep people out of harm’s way. Every boat has a story. A gentleman bought this tractor, but his wife had health issues and he didn’t have time for it. There is a boat that belonged to a friend of mine who thought he was getting into sailing, but he had health issues and the boat has been here for three years on my trailer. I bought the Razzmatazz boat for a friend for advertising for properties he was doing. He died before we could get it to him. That was a disappointment and we just left it in the hole. I miss him, but that is part of life.”

“I was into tinkering on old equipment and cars and a buddy said we should buy boats and jet skis, and it took off. Everyone knows us around here. Last year we had 66 boats here. I traded some and sold some.  Men’s toys. But, I like the old stuff. I am looking for a motorcycle. I would like to have an airplane, but there is too much stuff here for a runway.”

“I was born and raised on a farm right here, but farming went downhill so we got into construction, and then construction went downhill. Most of my family lives around me. There were seven boys, four live here now. Six brothers made me tough. Dad taught us growing up to be versatile and do a lot of things because you won’t be able to depend on just one and he taught us to get after it. My health isn’t good. I was injured on the job in ’91. I was crushed by 3.5 tons and thrown 30 feet in the air when I got into a fight with a forklift at a generator plant. I do what I can. I don’t get mad, I just get up and do what I have to do. I was on the BP cleanup team. I have done hurricane clean up for 35 years, but nothing disturbed my life like that oil spill.”

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