Gary Oster’s dad retired and had to give up his fishing boat this past year, so Gary bought the boat — “Albert C” — and has been renovating it, which has been taking longer than expected. It’s been on the blocks for much of the summer. But during a family visit, he got ‘Albert C’ out of dry dock and into the water for a short spin around the Chesapeake Bay. Because while Dad gave up the boat, he didn’t give up fishing:
I took temporary delivery of ‘Albert C’ so my Dad could fish with my brother and me. It was our last chance this season before returning to his and mom’s new residence in West Palm Beach.
The boat was so much fun for the three of us with its modifications, structural improvements and functional enhancements. Over the long weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday), we caught a lot of fish, had a lot of laughs and told plenty of stories.
We steamed crabs on Sunday night. The crabs were caught using the carcasses of the fish we hooked earlier in the day.
Around 7:30pm, Dad took the helm of ‘Albert C’ to get her went back to Smith’s Marina — via Round Bay — where she’ll get a few final adjustments to the last renovation phase (which took six months, from January to July).
Following in the wake of my power boat, ‘Albert C’ looked like a little toy boat.