I will never forget my first boat. It was a 1988 Supra TS6M competition ski boat. It was red and white, had over 900 hours on it, no back seat, and there was a certain kind of charm in the quirky instrument panel. In fact I don't think we ever really knew how fast we were going since the speedometer would float between 17 and 25 mph with every small bump in the water.
Needless to say, the boat wasn't much to look at. Still, it had tons of heart and ran like a top -- that is, until we failed to pull the plugs one winter, and flooded it on dry land. It was a hard lesson to learn, but it also made us take proper winterizing steps very seriously with the next boat.
Thankfully, you don't have to learn the hard way. So if you have a brand new boat, then make sure you take the necessary steps to keep your boat maintained and stored properly.
But I am curious -- do any of you out there have a boat horror story to tell? Please share with the class in the comments so we can all learn from it.