When you’ve lived down in the bayou as long as I have, you pick up a few things here and there about boats. Most people probably think this swamp-dwelling life is a simple one, but the truth is that it’s a life of adventure and excitement. Every day brings a new challenge, whether it’s warding off the mosquitos to prevent an untimely demise to malaria or fighting off an angry hoard of crocodiles. By now, I’ve upgraded my boat in ways you couldn’t even begin to imagine. Sometimes I wonder if there’s a more impressive boat out there than mine – I seriously doubt it, though.
My love of finding new ways to upgrade my boat hasn’t always been about protecting myself from the many dangers of the bayou, though. No, there was a time that I was just as interested in snapper racks as I was in anti-crocodile defences. It was a simpler time, one where I would often go down to the closest marine stainless steel fabrication shop Melbourne had to offer. The boat welders there were true professionals, knowing everything there was to know about boats. I spent many Saturdays there, discussing with the experts what the next big upgrade for my boat should be. Eventually, they sold me on everything from a boat catch installation to a bait board, so I figured it was time to move on.
That was when I started getting into custom upgrades. Having just bought a property right on the edge of the bayou I was excited to see what I could come up with to make that kind of lifestyle easier. Now I can take my boat down the swampy river without worrying about a thing, knowing that I will be safe from all the nasty creatures that want to make my boat their home and my body a nice meal. But still, it’s a nice place to live, even if everything does want to kill you. I really feel at one with nature as my boat’s defences obliterate the local wildlife. I honestly can’t recommend it enough.