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#569304 - 09/29/17 02:14 PM Most interesting lunch break ever.  
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I was out for a walk down one of the many dirt roads in my neighborhood that go to Pawtuckaway Lake and I met an older gentleman, whom I had never met before, that was walking his friendly and pleasant little Papillon dog. He introduced himself and out of the blue the next words out of his mouth were: "I have three antique boats, want to see one of them?". I was thinking this could end up in some sort of Silence of the Lambs situation, but I really love antique boats (and I could stand to lose some weight) so I said "you bet". We walked down his driveway to a spectacular lakefront home and then out on the dock where he has a gorgeous 1922 Fay and Bowen 27' Laker on a lift. He says "wanna hear it run?" I said "sure" and he tried to start it, but it failed to fire. Long story short, we got it running with a bit of fiddling and in no time I'm driving a wonderfully restored old boat around Pawtuckaway Lake on my lunch break. He was amazed that I knew a bit about old boats and could use words like "Zenith updraft carburetor", "okume" and "tumblehome", correctly. Turns out he used to live on Lake Champlain so I told him about my 16 day boating vacation there this Summer which seemed to impress him. I met his lovely wife too when we got back to the house. What a strange but awesome happenstance.


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#569305 - 09/29/17 02:26 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Awesome!


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#569306 - 09/29/17 03:38 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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I'll be willing to bet that you made his day. The ole boy had someone to talk to and something in common. Sometimes it's worthwhile to slow down/stop and make a new "friend". Never know who you might meet. Very nice story to read. 👍


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#569309 - 09/29/17 04:23 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Sounds like a great lunch. How cool.


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#569310 - 09/29/17 04:25 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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No pictures?


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#569312 - 09/29/17 06:21 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
No pictures?


I cannot seem to post pictures here anymore. Only took a couple anyway. The boat was almost identical to this one: http://www.yourclassicboat.com/current-inventory/1927-27-fay-bowen/


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#569313 - 09/29/17 06:24 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Brian S]  
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Originally Posted by Brian S
I'll be willing to bet that you made his day. The ole boy had someone to talk to and something in common. Sometimes it's worthwhile to slow down/stop and make a new "friend". Never know who you might meet. Very nice story to read. 👍



I think you are right. I plan to invite them out on my boat now. He showed me his shop and stuff too. Turns out we have a ton in common.


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#569314 - 09/29/17 08:55 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Very cool to randomly meet someone like that.


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#569315 - 09/29/17 08:57 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Very cool to randomly meet someone like that.


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#569316 - 09/29/17 10:09 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Isn't it amazing how things and people come into your life when you least expect it, and the joy that comes from meeting them lasts forever in the form of memories made. Neither of you will ever forget this day, and I suspect there will be many more days like this ahead.

Thanks for sharing this great story with us.


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#569317 - 09/30/17 04:34 AM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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"Silence of the Lambs" would not have been good, but a very interesting story. Weren't you supposed to be working yesterday?


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#569318 - 09/30/17 07:35 AM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: tpenfield]  
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Originally Posted by tpenfield
"Silence of the Lambs" would not have been good, but a very interesting story. Weren't you supposed to be working yesterday?


I work from home and walk on my lunch breaks, when I take them. Friday's lunch break was only my second one of the week and I felt no guilt extending it... :-) I love working from home.


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#569319 - 09/30/17 03:03 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Very cool story.

#569321 - 09/30/17 07:44 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Serendipity........pure and simple...


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#569341 - 10/03/17 04:59 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Wow, what a beauty! I am officially jealous about your ride...



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#569345 - 10/04/17 08:48 AM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Was out walking after work with my wife on Monday afternoon (weather was gorgeous) and he called me asking if we wanted to go for another boat ride. We were only 10 minutes away, thus my Wife and I got to enjoy a nice long cruise around the the lake followed by some socializing at their house afterward. I even got to dock the thing at the end of the cruise (which was very easy). We got it up to 18.2 MPH at one point, but the boat clearly likes to cruise at <10 MPH as it is not a planing hull. The rudder is about as far back as it can be and it is very responsive to steering input, even in neutral. Drifting at 5 MPH, it will spin a very quick u-turn in neutral, like a sailboat that's coming about. Looking forward to hanging out with them in the future and they are eager to go out on my boat. Like most of my good friends, he's a very self-sufficient engineer, like me...

For those that have never been to Pawtuckaway Lake, it's small (784 acres), but it's really beautiful. The lake is loaded with long winding coves and dotted with little islands all over. Roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of the shoreline and the majority of the islands are a state park. The rest is a mix of lovely camps and very nice homes. The lake is also ridiculously rocky, truly at the absurd end of the rockiness scale. It's well-marked, but still very challenging to navigate. Fortunately, the state lowers the lake about 7 feet every Winter to protect docks from ice, so all the rocks are known. We often walk on the lake in the Winter and the low water makes it very interesting. My boat draws too much water to use the public ramp on the lake so it's nice to have the option of boating on the lake now.


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#569346 - 10/04/17 12:58 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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So did you get some pictures on the 2nd ride?


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#569347 - 10/04/17 06:34 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
So did you get some pictures on the 2nd ride?


See: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/...5.1591328395&type=1&l=66edbd3139


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#569349 - 10/04/17 09:26 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Great pics - thanks for sharing.


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#569356 - 10/05/17 01:04 PM Re: Most interesting lunch break ever. [Re: Dave R]  
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Wish I could get some of the boat from a distance, but the boat lift and canopy obscures it.


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