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Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of owning a boat shop is getting to meet a wide range of people from all over the world, especially since their presence in the shop just about guarantees that there will be a shared passion for boating that creates an immediately strong bond. While I have met all kinds of different people from all sorts of places over the years, I simply cannot recall a more enlightening and enjoyable conversation than the one I recently had with Dr. Raouf Farag.
Dr. Farag was here in Galveston all the way from his home in New South Wales, Australia, where he is an obstetrician and gynecologist specializing in IVF. He walked into the shop hoping to find out about the safety regulations for operating a boat in Galveston, correctly assuming that there are some slight differences in the requirements when compared to those of Australia. After going over the rules and regulations with Dr. Farag, the doctor and I had a lengthy discussion in which we exchanged boating stories from the waters near our respective homes.
The IVF doctor from Australia was quite an experienced mariner and told me all kinds of stories involving his frequent encounters with sharks in the waters of the Australia’s Central Coast, and I was surprised to hear that many scuba divers and surfers had taken to wearing wetsuits featuring tiger stripes with the goal of warding off the sometimes unpredictable predators. After an hour or two of exchanging our sea stories, Dr. Farag set out for an afternoon on the water, promising to send me some pictures from the Sydney Harbour Regatta along with pictures of the boat he keeps docked near his home in New South Wales.
Business for me is more than doing what I love. I’ve been in a boat repair business for so many years, I lost count right after I lost track how many years my wife and I have been married. One of the main reasons I love doing business is because of the people. The people are what keep this business alive and many of them are great people to have around.
I make sure to build close relationships with the people I serve in my business because business is all about relationships—any business owner will tell you that unless they are an unsuccessful business owner! Relationships are to business just like how gas is to cars and food is to the body. I remember every person I serve in my business. Last year, I helped a lady by the name of Kimra Bettasso who was dropping off her husbands boat for me to take a look at what may be causing the problem. The saying I have is do good, receive good. That saying lived up to the meaning of its words that day.
While working on the boat, Kimra left and returned about 15 minutes later with food. She had brought me lunch! This was a sheer act of kindness and appreciation. It wasn’t extra payment for working on the boat or because she felt like she had to do it. She just wanted to say thank you, and what better way than with food?
Long story short to bring this to a close, I got the boat fixed; engine trouble. We exchanged payment and business cards along with “thank you’s” and she told me to give her a call if I need a good retirement plan. It’s almost as if she was reading my mind!
Of all the things I have, I love my boat probably the most with the exception of my wife. That was a close one! Boats can be incredibly useful and convenient to get out and explore more of the world you’ve never seen before. Just last summer I had attached my boat to the back of my truck and drove to the beach where I let my boat off. I got into the boat and navigated to a nearby island about 30 miles off the coast.
If it wasn’t for the boat, I wouldn’t have made it to the Island which proves my point of how my boat made this trip possible. Unfortunately, I had to leave the Island due to an appointment with Karl Jobst DDS in the next few hours. I got back into my trusty boat and sailed away.
I had an inflatable kayak and when the air ran out it was sink or swim time. I would not recommend the inflatable as it can leave you in trouble if you get a puncture. Nothing worse than swimming in a duck pond because your boat sunk. The sinking inflatable was very comfortable. I can see why people buy them. It is very easy to haul and costs a lot less. If you want to just try the whole kayak thing out buy a cheap inflatable and be careful. If you later have to replace the kayak then you haven’t spent too much money. Luke Weil is a inflatable kayak fan and will always have one ready in his trunk.
Being prepared is the rule for safe boating. If you plan to just learn as you go you will be in trouble when the ranger pulls your boat over for inspection. Do you have life preservers for everyone in the boat? If not get ready for a ticket. Do you plan to ski? Know anything about a no wake zone? Plan to get drunk while boating. Don’t plan to be the driver or brace for another talk from the ranger. Boating can be fun but you need to do your home work before heading to the lake. Joe Olujic is an expert boatman.
It is hard not to have a good time in a kayak. It is even more fun with a group. The exploring of the shoreline from the water is a whole different experience. The kayak gliding through the water is so peaceful and serene. I love to just paddle around and take in the details of the lake or ocean tide pool. No matter what I do with the kayak it ends in fun. If you are looking for good upper body exercise and can swim then kayaking may be for you. I like the simple nature of the boating experience. Phil Pustejovsky sold me his kayak as he no longer has the need for it.
My Kayak is great for upper body exercise. If you like the outdoors then a Kayak can be for you. If you are not content with paddling around the local lake there are rivers that offer a challenge. The white water can be dangerous so wearing the right safety equipment will be required. The helmet is an essential safety item as head injury can be a problem id you capsize in rough water. I would start out in calmer waters before tackling the rapids. The rapids are a whole different level for the kayaker. If you are a novice I would stay clear until you are more experienced. Art Falcone is a good kayaker but has not made the leap to white water.
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