I was reading Jonathan Tachell's post (and success) about "Puget Sound Silver Report 8-26-12" from a 10' aluminum boat. It brought back a lot of memories of my first boat that I bought when I was 16 - a plastic 'linearglass' boat about 6' long, and weighing 35 pounds at a cost of $49. I would transport it in the trunk of my Dad's '61 Chrysler, letting hang out a couple of feet. I fished that boat all around Bainbridge Island both freshwater and saltwater, including and a few trips to Point No Point for silvers. The first time there with the boat, the resort guys just laughed at me and wanted to charge me the regular full launch ramp price to put in. Instead, I bought a few live herring, parked as close to the point as I could get, and carried the boat to the point. Probably 150 boats, with no fish on, watched me row out to my favorite spot where a nice rip was forming. The resort guys had a good laugh again when just 45 minutes later I was back. "You give up already? HA Ha ! " "No", I said. "Just want to weigh my limit". It was dead silent when I weighed the 8, 10, and 12 pound silvers (limit was 3 salmon 16" and over). Funny thing, a couple years later when I was going to college, a guy comes up to me and says that he had been at the resort that day and asked me if I had really caught those fish - apparently there had been quite a 'discussion' after I left. One frosty December in Agate Pass, I caught a 20 pound Blackmouth that towed me around and spun the boat in circles over and over again. The next July I rowed across to Brownsville and caught a 17 pound King - I didn't have a net and couldn't get both the boat and the fish to be still enough to grab it. I ended up stunning the fish by hitting it with an oar. And then there was that afternoon that I caught 56 largemouth on a popper, and ... The boat served me well for about 3 years until someone backed into/on it and split the linearglass. It's been 44 years, and I still really miss that boat ! Rich.