This is the tragic story about “The Cat”, my father’s ill conceived phase of being a first time boat owner and hopefully a word of caution to the reader.
Way back around the late 90’s my father bought a small boat off a friend. The boat was a 15 foot Mako with an engine that was a little too big for it’s breeches. My father’s boat was in need of some tender love and care but I was an excited 7th grader, I could see all the potential in that 15 footer and the great times my family and I would have on that boat.
Well, I never got a chance to enjoy South Florida’s open waters on that fateful craft. My father and I spent about 6-8 months fixing just about everything that could be fixed. We would go out to buy all sorts of accessories and telling our friends about how soon we would be hitting the waters and terrorizing the fish.
Then one day my father woke up, and the boat was gone, vanished, fell off the face of the Earth. We filled a police report and we finally found the craft about 6 months later, and it was just a shell of its former glory. All that time, money and potential, sitting on its side outside of a warehouse in Hialeah, what a gut wrenching experience. Anybody who has had something that was theirs taking from them knows exactly how that heavy ball feels in the pit of your stomach.
Protect your investment. Bass Pro Shops has a way to protect yourself against thieves.
Its called the Spot Trace.
This little device will update you every 5 minutes with the current location of wherever you hid this little box. Be it your boat, fleet of business vehicles, or your luxury car that you very generously let your teenager drive for a night out with friends.
You will need a subscription for the basic service, with an option to upgrade your service for continuous updates every two & a half minutes.
So stop by the Marine Department here at your local Miami Bass Pro Shops and pick one up to make sure you keep what’s yours, yours.
Marine Team Lead