It was the boat the family used for their fishing trips. All 5 boys, mom, dad and lots of poles & bait. The boat was later sold to brother Mike when they upgraded.
Steve told his brother Mike he would work on refurbishing his boat this last winter when things were slow at the shop. Then his health got bad and his hands quit working. The boat sat at Mom and Dad's and winter turned to spring.
Michael visited after Steve's diagnosis and they both wished the boat was more usable for their fishing excursions. As soon as Mike left Steve set out with a mission to get this boat looking like a million dollars before his bother visited again. The flat bottom boat (set up like a bass boat)needed total restoration.
Unfortunately, as you know, even a small amount of work will fatigue Steve. If it is a chemo week then it's compounded. But he went to his folks every day he could and made the boat a real beauty. When the temp rose to the high 90's his mom would bring him water and make him drink. She was also his left hand and professional gofer. His dad was his consulting agent. Steve re-carpeted, painted and repaired boat and trailer.
With the benefit this weekend it is now time for Mike to visit again. I wish you all could have seen his face when he realized this gem of a boat was his. Once again Steve (aka guy with the surprise) pulled though when the odds were against him. When he should been pampering himself with naps and very little work he put someone else before himself. I want to be just like that when I grow up.