Sometimes the most stressful part of the boating experience is bringing it into the dock. If you’re off by a little, it can mean backing up and trying it again. In light of this, my niece and I got my dad a T-shirt for Christmas that said, “Sorry for What I Said While Docking the Boat.” It got a lot of laughs.

A few weeks ago, on a cold Saturday morning, I cheerfully and somewhat naively volunteered to help my parents get their boat out of storage at Barrett Boat Works, and then take it to their dock on Lloyd’s Bayou. Easy enough, right? But when they picked me up at my house, the first thing my mom said was, “Where are your gloves?”

Carrie Brown Boat

The family pontoon boat is moved from winter storage into the water.

About the writer: Carrie Brown is a communications professional and writer who lives in Spring Lake. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she won the Avery Hopwood Award for Poetry.

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I think I need to find out where you found that shirt for MY husband, Carrie. Nice column.

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