It is about 5 pm, and I am ready to hit the lake. I am launching the boat and while tieing the boat to the dock, I look over my shoulder and there is a board from my trailer floating in the water. W T H. Keep in mind I am by myself. So i get the boat tied off and now I have to retrieve the board. I get the board and the trailer out of the water and take a look at the board. The bolts are completely gone, not missing the nuts, the bolts, nuts, everything rusted away and gone. Now I have a boat in the water and no way to get it back on the trailer.
Luckily, I live close to the dock, so I went home and got my lovely wife to sit with the boat and I had to work on the trailer board instead of fishing. After two hours in the hot sun, I was able to drill the old bolts out, put new bolts in and re staple the carpet. After it was all done, my wife asked me if I was still going fishing and after all that I did not go out.
Now is a great time to put the boat in shop get everything looked at and maintained, take all the boards off and put new bolts. While it may be slightly interesting to read about my adventure, the entire ordeal really did suck. Well you guys have fun-out there and I will hopefully see you again in a few weeks.
The moral of the story is: maintenance is key to a successful day on the lake.
Good Luck and great Fishing.