My first memories of boating was as child my father bought a canoe. We'd paddle around lakes and creeks. When I was around 6 or 7 my dad bought a 1968 28' Owens cabin cruiser. I remember lots of work necessary to maintain the wooden boat. We spent most summer weekends for several years on the boat, first in the Delaware River, then Indian River near Georgetown, DE, and finally at the Northeast River and Chesapeake Bay. Around 1977 dad moved on to building a house and the boat got left to the wayside. During my teens, twenties, and thirties I saw only sporadic boating interludes.