At one time or another I have brought upon myself almost every predicament in the book.
- On one occasion I was talked into standing on a plank in water up to my knees to letter a powerboat transom. Strange to say, that job turned out all right. One time I looked down to see minnows nibbling the bubbles on my legs.
- Another time I was talked into hanging off the transom of a boat in a sling to put on gold leaf with an outline. As the day wore on, rolling waves came in, causing the boat to dip my butt in the water. A local tourboat operator joked about the quaint scene as he motored by, knowing that in my plight, I had no means of retaliation. Afterwards, the boat owner compared my price to having his boat lettered on land. "Funny," he said, "It didn't cost that much last time."
- Recently, I climbed off some staging "one more time" to make sure the layout had come out "perfect." In my haste to swing myself up onto the staging, I neglected to duck under the bar I was swinging on and gave myself a nasty knock on the head. In any case, the job turned out "perfect" before the day was done.
So you really want to letter a boat in the water?
Then prepare to adapt...