I've been entertaining a grandson for the past couple of days and this morning we decided we'd take the boat out for a little fishing. He's fairly new to boats, but fishes off a dock with his other grandpa, who lives in Florida. After a little shake-down on boating etiquette, and the proper way to operate a fishing pole, we settled down to watch a bobber.
Appleby Manufacturing Co of Lebanon, MO in the mid '60s and originally belonged to my grandad. It's been rebuilt several times, the transom replaced a dozen times that I know about, but the boat is still in service, still watertight, still educating grandkids.
After he tired of fishing, we had a quick lesson on paddling a flat-bottomed boat.
As I was putting the boat away, I happened to notice the initials in the bow of the boat and marveled that they're still there, still visible. With my grandson, he's the fifth generation of this family who has used this boat. My grandad, my father, my generation, my kids, and my grandkids.