So… I leave for NYC for Katie’s Graduation, and what does Ron do?
He races off to the lake and buys a sailboat!
The Venus is 29 ft. 11 inches long, with a beam (the inner cabin part – very important to me/not so important to Ron) is 10 feet, 2 inches wide. It has a 13 HP inboard Volvo diesel engine. It has 3 single berths and 2 double berths. So we can sleep a few people. It really looks like a pretty sailboat.
Josh and Alyssa have already explored the fishing situation at Lake Texoma. It’s an odd lake, in that more than half of it is in Oklahoma and the other half is still in Texas – it’s right along the Red River. The lake has a surface area of 74, 686 acres! If you find Lake Texoma on Google Maps, you’ll see how the state border is all over the place. In some places, it’s right off the Texas shore. Fortunately, they offer special Lake Texoma fishing licenses because it’s difficult to determine whether you’re in Texas or Oklahoma!
Katie and Alyssa are both excited for a sleepover at the boat! I think it will be a lot of fun this summer. Katie likes the quiet that sailboats bring, listening to the squeaking and the rigging. Alyssa, on the other hand, likes a little more adventure. I’m sure it won’t be long before she wants to tie a Jet Ski to the side, so she can speed around!
The camera lens they used really distorts the cabin in the photos here. It makes the galley area look much longer than it really is. Still, it’s plenty of room for us.
I’ve grown up on lakes: Lake of the Ozarks as a child, Lake Ray Hubbard outside Dallas – I love boats. I have to confess, though, I’ve not really been a sailor. It’s a lot of work, and honestly, sometimes when the boat tilts, I get a little nervous. Ron thinks I should run down to Corpus Christi and take a couple sailing courses, just so I’ll know what to do. That’s probably a good idea. What would I do if he got knocked overboard? Don’t ask me, I haven’t taken the course yet!
Ron is hoping to retire in a couple of years, and he can really see himself puttering around on this boat. He’s had to let hockey and horses go, so this is a nice retirement hobby! So if you can’t find him, he’ll probably be on the boat!