Why I love Boating -Hart Robinson

As a father of three boys (soon to be four), I’m familiar with a life of chaos. The weeks and months pass by in what feels like the blink of an eye as we repeat our daily routine. Get up, go to school, play, eat dinner, cleanup, go to bed. The cycle repeats and before I turn around it’s been another month, a half-year, and a year has gone by. With what seems like so little time I find my comfort in tradition. Tradition has a way of anchoring children, a way of giving them an identity.

Cooper Robinson with the Liberator

Cooper Robinson Jr.

 

For me, my childhood was spent in and around boats on local lakes and rivers. I can remember spending the entire day of nearly every weekend out on the Tunica Cutoff with tons of friends and family. We had a cobbled together dock anchored out in the lake. On one half was a screened in porch with a roof, on the other half was an open deck with a swimming pool ladder permanently bolted on. Everybody would setup shop there and ski, swim, eat, and play all sorts of games until the sun reached the tops of the trees. I can remember nearly getting carried off by mosquitos as the family helped dad prepare the boat for the drive home. Mosquitos in the river delta are huge! We’d often stop at the Delta Queen in Tunica to get ice cream chocolate “dip cones” if I was able to stay awake. More typically, I fell asleep before we made it to the highway.

Tridition doesn't change, Paw Paw started it all

Cooper Robinson Sr. taking delivery of yet another boat

I remember taking boat trips to different places from a very young age. Our family, along with 3-4 other families (some cousins) would load up and spend the days on the boat and nights in a state park or other hotel nearby. We visited Cincinnati, Chicago, Charleston, Savannah, the Gulf Coast, Key West and more. We went to some awesome places and had some amazing experiences, many of which I don’t remember. What I do remember is the undivided attention my parents gave me and my siblings. It was clear there was nothing more important in the world than their investing their time by spending it with us.

Hart and his oldest son Griggs

Surfing with my oldest son, Griggs

Now that I’m a father I have the opportunity to do that same. I have the opportunity to invest in my boys by spending time with them. Uninterrupted, intentional time. I have the opportunity to build into their lives tradition, identity, and stability. I have the opportunity to teach them responsibility while having fun, rest while working hard, and the importance of family. I love boating because it provides all of those opportunities while taking us away from the distractions of daily living. I love boating because I was brought up boating and find great joy in continuing the tradition.

The kids with their dad and friends

The family and friends

The Fillin Station Grille’s Work Getaway

When it comes to going out to the lake, most Memphians travel to Pickwick for a fun time with the family! Since last year a lot of changes have been going on at the lake, this includes the opening of the Fillin Station Grille at Aqua Yacht Harbor Marina.

If you haven’t made it out to get breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Fillin Station, then you are missing out on some great food. As soon as you walk in to the place, you are greeted with smiles. You have the option of sitting outside in the newly built deck or inside to escape the heat. The service and management are top class, and the food is exceptional. During Memorial Day, the crew at the Fillin Station was all hands on deck and worked tirelessly to serve every customer and keep tables happy during their meals. As you know, Pickwick gets busy on big weekends, but that doesn’t stop the people at the Fillin Station from working their hardest to make the customers happy.

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The Memphis Boat Center crew has become regular customers at the Fillin Station, and we love going to eat there after a long day out on the water. The food really is amazing, and if they don’t have it on the menu they can make it for you as long as they have the ingredients! We tend to order a lot of Chicken Philly Sandwiches even though they are not on the menu, and they are some of the best we have eaten.  During our dinner a few weeks ago, we began to talk to the restaurants amazing management team and came up with an idea to take their employees out on the lake on their day off for a full day of surfing as a treat for all their hard work during Memorial Day.

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The day came and we drove up to Pickwick and met the Fillin Station Crew at the restaurant on the water and loaded everyone up on the beautiful 21VLX. We stopped at the Aqua fuel dock to get ice for the water and gatorades in the cooler and headed down to the Tom Bigbee waterway. None of the crew had surfed before, but by the end of the day everyone had surfed or wakeboarded! The smiles of everyone when they got up and surfed was amazing, and they were soon taking pictures and posting them to all their social media networks!

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The day was perfect in every way, the weather was great, we were the only ones on the river, and everyone learned how to surf. Memphis Boat Center enjoys partnering up with companies and taking out their hard working employees for a day out on the water. This creates team bonding through spending time together and helping each other learn how to surf. There will always be a time for people to have fun on the water, enjoying the gorgeous lakes in our area and working together as a team learning a new sport!

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For more information feel free to call us at (901)744-4444 or email enrique.martinez@memphisboatcenter.com to schedule your company for a retreat out on the lake!

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The Checklist!

It happens to all of us… We are finally on the water and enjoying the lake, when suddenly we realize that we have forgotten to bring the snacks for the kids, waters for the coolers, or a first aid kit for any cuts or scrapes. “how could i have forgotten it!, i put it on the counter so that i would see it on my way out!”, says everyone in frustration when the one thing they need at that exact moment has been left behind!

Here at Memphis Boat Center we tend to be on the water a lot and we constantly leave things behind such as paddles, dock lines, towels, or first aid kits.  Some even ask us why we go out of our way to have some of the items in the list of intangibles that we are about to share with you, but the answer is plain and simple. 9 out of 10 times you will never have to use some of these items but on the 10th time if your stuck without it, the day can turn into a bad experience on the lake.

So we have gotten together and come up with a list of items you should always pack before leaving the house and double check that they are with you before putting the boat in the water.

  • Phone: Make sure that it has a full battery. Have one phone on the boat to be used only for emergencies.
  • Paddle: Trust us, if you run out of gas, or your boat doesn’t crank in the water, paddling back with wakeboards and ski’s is not a fun experience. Yes, we have done it.
  • Sunscreen: Its always a good idea to have extra sunscreen on the boat and to put it on multiple times a day. If not, all the alo vera in this world would not be enough for the pain that is sun burns.
  • Towels: When you come out of the water for the last time its always nice to have a dry towel to dry off so that you do not get cold from “air drying”.
  • Change of Clothes: At the end of the day it is always better when you get back in your car wearing dry clothes, avoiding a long ride home in a wet bathing suit or shorts. Along with the dry towel, a change of clothes are the best combination once you have come out of the water.
  • Sunglasses/Hats: Protecting your eyes is one of the most important things that you can do out on the lake. With sunglasses and hats, you do no not only protect your eyes but also avoid migraines or head aches that are caused from a full day out on the sun without eye protection.
  • Dock Lines/Bumpers: If you ever want to tie up to other boats or to a restaurant or marina, if you do not have dock lines you will find yourself sitting next to your boat holding it at all times. If you do not have bumpers, the possibility of your boat getting scratches increases significantly.
  • Water/Snacks: Water could be the most important item on this list. It is a good idea to have plenty of it and have it iced down. If the forecast is warmer than usual, bring more waters to avoid heat exhaustion or dehydration. Snacks are also important since because they will give you the energy and protein that you loose throughout the day.
  • First Aid Kit: Every once in a while an accident will happen that will require someone to clean up a scratch or cut. Lake water can be dirty and contain bacteria so by having a kit on the boat the chances of getting a cut infected decrease since you can clean the wound as soon as you come out of the water.
  • Tools: If you go to Lowes or any store like it you will see a 6 in 1 combination screw driver. This tool is awesome on the boat and will help you with any small fix that you need to do on the water.
  • Cash: Always make sure you have extra cash on you when you go to the lake. In case of an emergency cash is accepted anywhere, and some boat ramps do not take credit cards.

No matter where you are going, if you take everything on the list on the boat with you, you will be sure to have a great stress free and problem free day out on the water.

 

if you have any other items you would like us to add to this post feel free to comment below!!!