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I was scared to death that I was going to get some outrageous lawyer bill from winning custody of Lauren. I freaked out and sold the boat that I was building to be our 25 year boat. That Smokercraft is the Swiss Army Knife of boats. It had everything how I wanted it.
Interesting how things work out. Maybe in reality I wasn't building it for me at all, but I was building it for the person that bought it.

WELLLLLLLLLL, Now the rest of the story

I grew up in Illinois and my Dad and I love aluminum boats. We especially love Lund boats. He was looking for a nice farmpond boat, so I was helping him. One day he asked which Lund I would buy. Well, I am not in the market, so I dont really look for me. I am trying to help him find a boat. His comment was something along the lines of "Did you see that Lund Crossover?" Nope dad we are looking for a boat for you.

I came down with this horrible disease after the Smokercraft was gone. It is called aboat. It means without boat. They say the only cure is to buy a boat. Hmmmmmmmm, how comfortable is my couch? This forum meaning all of you great people out there that make it great sure do talk about boats a lot. There is even a boat porn thread...Ugggggg

Well...my case of aboat had gotten worse over the days and nights. Those of you that took me out on your boats were awesome. I felt like a junkie getting a fix. I found myself going online in the middle of the night to look at boats. Who leaves their beautiful wife in bed to go look at boats? I looked at boats during timeouts at Lauren's volleyball games. I looked at boats at work. I even tortured the local boat dealers by checking out their gorgeous showroom boats. All three of my daughters would tell stories of being on the Smokercraft. Something had to be done. What should I do to take care of this? I checked out that Lund Crossover that Dad mentioned. Oooopps, bad idea. Have you ever just said I will eat just a little bit of that pizza and then realized you ate the pizza and breadsticks before you got home? Yep, I even stopped for dessert on this deal.

Seriously Ya'll the closest Lund dealer is Fish & Ski Marine in Valley View over three hours away. I have been in touch with Paul at Fish & Ski Marine via email and pone inquiring about the Crossover. Turns out they have one. Uh Ohhhhhh. He said to come up and take it for a spin. Wow, I never realized how busy my weekends are. There is just no way to make it up there. I have been in Lund boats, but not like that one. They have the Crossover 1875. Almost 19ft, holds 8 people, holds 8' rods, full windshield, goes over 45mph, it fits in the garage (kind of), and most important it can be pulled by the minivan. Paul made this way to easy on me. Everything was done via email and barely by phone. Even getting financing done through USAA was incredibly easy. Paul and crew are busy getting all the additional stuff like a 80lb I-pilot and HB999 HD SI along with a few other things ready for pick up on Friday. Buying a boat sight unseen is kind of fun. Plus my dad might be just a little bit jealous. Hopefully jealous enough to get his butt down here to visit a little bit more.

I have to mention our one and only Gary B. Gary knocked out the insurance for a price I cant beat anywhere. Ok, I didn't look anywhere else because Gary B finds the lowest price with the most coverage. If you need insurance please go to Gary.

Thank you RO, Terry and Kyle for the information on the lake.

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Glad to know it all worked out for you bro. See you in January....the TTZ trail awaits.....lol. And let me know if you need any help with the bird. I'd like to think I've learned a few things this year regarding the electronics. I leave tomorrow for Houston for a few months for work, but I should be back in time to run the trail. Also I'll be down for the weekend of Gpaz. Let me know if you'll be around.
 

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That's great news Corey! It's awesome that you have a spouse that recognized that you needed intervention with your aboat disease. Loved the Lund for 29 years now I'm loving the Smoker Craft.
 

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I would say that is one lucky boat, I know what's in it's future. Building family memories, building memories that kids will have forever,
& of course mom & dad's memories, getting to go to different lakes, replacing the new boat smell with a fishy smell and a sunscreen
smell. Seeing the smiles on everyone's faces and just knowing how Cory will treat the boat. Congrats Cory
 

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There are so many of you that behind the scenes that have helped make this happen. Thank you all.

I am still waiting on that bill, but life is what you make it. I prefer to make it fun and interesting.
 
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