This may be our last Father's Day.

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Things are looking pretty grim for Dad and (don't throw stones for me saying this), I find myself hoping that we are nearing the end of his journey. He's NOT comfortable at all, and it just seems to cost more day-by-day. (THAT'S AN AWFUL THING TO SAY) . Anywho... In the event that this is our last Father's Day, I want to do something special for Dad. He was quite the fisherman and "slugger" in his hay day, and he often laments about his inability to fish anymore. . I tried to take him (although I HATE the sport. I literally wore a homemade HAZMAT suit) last year and I had to do everything... bait the hook (Gross!), reel it in, and remove the minnow - I mean whale - we accidentally hooked before calling it a night. Now, he's unable to spend any amount of time in direct sunlight or heat without his breathing becoming labored or getting really dizzy. We may even have to stop our Saturday breakfast date at a local diner because he gets so tired. . I will take one for the team to see him smile again with a minnow on a hook. Can anyone help me with a creative idea to get him back on the water, possibly for the last time? His smile was priceless last year (along with the string of expletives) on that trip. I just want to do something special for him before it ends. . My Dad is dying. It's evident now... Despite all we've been through, it hurts to admit that. Wow...

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Gee, i thought pontoon boats only capsized in Garrison Keillor monologues. I learn something new here every day!
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Too funny! That seems to be the one thing those boats just can't take.

It sounds like such a fun time. Your dad is gonna love it!
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Susan, that's EXACTLY how we capsized the pontoon! Cruising in the wake of another boat and SPLASH!!!!

It looks like I'm going to be driving it (why do I keep hearing the Gilligan's Island theme in my head?!?!), so if you don't hear from me in three hours, call the Professor, or Ginger or someone!

I'm actually excited about this one! Dad's going to be so surprised!
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Tinyblu, that's awesome news! I'm glad to see the pontoon idea worked out for you.

Yes, they can be capsized, though it takes some foolishness or extreme conditions. The part I left out of my story about the pontoon trip with dad involved my idiot BIL who had never driven a boat before and took the pontoon, at top speed and crossed the wake from another boat. Pontoon tipped up at the front and then DOWN, submerging the whole front of the platform. Gravity took over, and Dad, being a very large man on a scooter with wheels, started rolling forward, towards the water. I leaped up, yelling, "DAD!!!" and lunging towards the scooter. Not sure what I thought I was going to do there, since, as I said, Dad was a large man and rolling on a downward slant - but in my panicked state, I just reacted. LOL
Fortunately, the pontoon immediately bobbed back up and no one was the worse for wear, though I'm sure it didn't do Dad's heart much good. Not to mention mine!

The pontoon is a great idea, just mind the boat rules! Take it slow and don't cross the wake from other boats!
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...so I got the thumbs up from Dad's doctor, and have a pending rental.

To be nice, I invited the most recent ex wife and her pushover - I mean husband. They will have my nephew (My deceased brother's son) for the summer, and my Dad ADORES him, so I was willing to take one for the team for Dad.

Too bad she just CAN'T miss church to go. No biggie. I'll figure out how to drive the boat myself. I really didn't want to be around her... on a boat... for four hours. That might turn into a man overboard situation.
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Is a transfer chair an option? Take the scooter with you but use the transfer chair, which is much lighter and can be locked in place, onto the boat.

Also, check with your local chapter of a service organization like Elks, Lions, or Rotary. They often have inside tips because of how involved they are in their communities.
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Thanks BarbBrooklyn! The least I can do is make him smile...
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...and yes, I had an experience with a Pontoon boat years ago... they can be capsized) LOL!!!
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OMG Susan! What an AMAZING idea! I live by a popular lake in NC, and Dad would LOVE that!!! I'm making phone calls as we speak!
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You might try contacting fishing guides who might know of locations or services that landlubbers might not be aware of. Love your idea. So glad you remember that special smile.
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