Fishing Opener in Minnesota, or Teach Your Wife to Drive the Boat!!!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rush Point Realty LLC, Victoria Frieberg, broker

As well as owning Rush Point Realty LLC, my husband and I own the Rush Point Store LLC, a local convenience store, bait and tackle shop located on the southern side of West Rush Lake.  We have owned the store for eleven years now, and for some reason, fishing opener still brings us some of the best laughs, groans, and new stories to share through the year.  This year we heard one to top the list!  A friend and customer who has been in the water patrol for over 20 years stopped in and we were comparing opener mishaps.  Another deputy had been on local Lindstrom Lake a couple of years back, doing his thing at the public access, when he sights a boat coming in way to low in the water, full of guys.  He's thinking there must be trouble, leaking, something wrong, when the tongue of the trailer begins to appear as they approach the landing!  Seems the missed the important detail of unstrapping the boat from the trailer when launching, and proceeded on their way!!!!  The bouyancy of the tires must have been on their side, or they would have never made it back!

Each year we have someone dump their boat onto the concrete when in their haste to hit water, they loosen the boat from the trailer, and let it slide off before backing to the lake.  Some let it gently glide as the tilt is engaged, some just unceremoniously  dump it.  For some reason, people think boating is a genetically programmed skill if you are from this area!  One poor lady was seated in the hubbies boat as he pushed it off the trailer.  Sad thing when she was set adrift not knowing how to turn it on!  As he screamed and yelled for her to drive it back, she finally engaged it, only to speed back at shore at full throttle!  Not pretty for that prop! 

Another co-worker (who shall remain unnamed!)  brought his beautiful baby schnauzer out for the first time.  Excited the dog jumped in chasing waves.  Afraid the puppy might drown, the gentleman jumped in to save him, leaving the wife, who had never driven the boat, in charge.  After a couple of close calls with her husbands body and a couple of boats, she managed to turn it off and wait while he swam with the clawing and biting dog back to relative safety!


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Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
Victoria--Some Minnesotans (like me) are better off on the shore! We were asked this weekend why we were one of the few MN's without a boat...I will remember your stories as they are VERY GOOD reasons why!
May 14, 2007 01:39 AM #1
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc - Eustis, FL


These stories do not surprise me in the least bit... being from S Florida and growing up on the water, I saw much of the same things happen.

I have a couple of my own stories from when I was a teenager taking the boat out with some friends.  I came close to sinking my boat one time.  The neighbors succeeded in doing it with their own boat in the middle of the intracoastal heading out to the ocean. 

May 14, 2007 07:05 AM #2
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ


Sounds like you have a fun life! I know of someone who left the trailer attached to the boat, they must be related.

May 14, 2007 08:26 AM #3
Vicki Watzlawick
Broker (The Watz Team) Exit Strategy Realty - Algonquin, IL
Illinois Foreclosure Expert, The Watz Team
You should post a video camera in the trees by the landings!  :)  Those would be too funny to watch.
May 14, 2007 04:27 PM #4
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