The Adventures of Bushranger…

7 Jul

Once upon a time, there was a little trawler named Bushranger. She was a sad little boat, with her brightwork dulled, her mast fitting cracked and her engine missing a beat.  As she watched the other boats in the marina she asked,” Why can’t I chug up and down the rivers, gleaming in the sunshine, like those other boats? Why do I sputter and drip when I venture out onto the water?”  But there was no answer…and Bushranger languished at her dock, forlorn.

Then, one day, it happened.  Bushranger caught the eye of a brave young (?) sailor.  He saw what others had missed.  He could see that Bushranger was a trim little boat; brimming with potential.  He decided then and there to take her under his wing and deck her out with all that she was missing.  Now, don’t get me wrong – Bushranger was not destined to be the fastest boat in the fleet.  Nor was she going to be the most modern and up-to-date.  Rather, she just needed to be seaworthy, comfortable and efficient—as any boat ought to be.

Bushranger’s sailor tugged out all the old, ill-repaired fittings and gadgets.  That mis-firing engine was discarded soon to be replaced with a more modern and fuel-efficient engine. All those old, leaky tanks were torn out and replace with shiny new tanks.  Even Bushranger’s brightwork, all the aged and cracked teak rails and windows, were given a second life when the sailor’s wife took pity on the old boat.

She removed the old varnish and caulking in preparation for Bushranger’s reemergence into maritime society. The mast was lowered, all the fittings removed, cleaned, and repaired. The sailor sanded back the old mast, took off the old, poorly designed light, and created a tidy new setting for a new light.

The mast was repainted, and crowned with a jaunty red stripe.

Sort of makes you want to salute, doesn’t it?

It was a proud day for Bushranger when her beautiful, clean mast was once again raised up tall and proud!

…to be continued (but probably not too soon…I have to be in the right frame of mind to narrate the Adventures of Bushranger…)

…all I really needed to say in today’s blog was that we have raised Bushranger’s mast…but where’s the fun in that?

10 Responses to “The Adventures of Bushranger…”

  1. scoop & dianne July 7, 2012 at 14:49 #

    Love this adventure…want more!! Keep it coming!!

    • The Robinsons July 7, 2012 at 16:19 #

      …..I wonder what the next chapter will hold…..

  2. pat merten July 7, 2012 at 15:26 #

    What a great looking boat!! Who would have thought?
    There’s a children’s book in this blogger’s future that would rival, “The Little Engine That Could”.

    • The Robinsons July 7, 2012 at 16:18 #

      Yay! My next career!….or maybe a cookbook writer…..or maybe a necklase designer….or maybe…..

  3. DAD July 7, 2012 at 16:13 #

    Bushranger should be proud to have such loving parents. Through toil and sweat you and Boyd have trasformed an old wornout boat into a modern, good looking vessel.Other boats will look at Bushranger and say “WOW’, what a good looking boat.

  4. jdepodwin July 7, 2012 at 16:56 #

    Hip hip hooray!!! The mast is up (and Bushranger is looking mighty chipper)

  5. Paul Kinghorne July 7, 2012 at 17:20 #

    Well done ‘Team Robinson’ on achieving such a significant milestone.

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