In July of
2011, my wife, Kristen received a call regarding her cousin, Zachary Amos. Zac
bravely battled Acute Myeloid Leukemia for three years and the doctors said he
would only have 2-4 weeks to live. Zac had to wishes one of which happened to
be to go on a houseboat.
My wife set
out on a mission to fulfill Zac's final wishes. We didn't know anyone who owned
a houseboat or even a cruiser! Through networking and a miracle, we eventually
got connected with an awesome family, Chris and Dessie Bostick who owned a
beautiful Somerset houseboat on Percy Priest
Lake near Nashville, TN.
Zac and our day on the Bostick's boat, Kristen and I decided we wanted a boat
of our own, but neither one of us had ever owned or operated a boat before. We
looked at several web sites with boat listings and were amazed by both the price
range and quality of boats. After viewing a 34' cruiser and considering our two
sons, Connor and Caleb, who were four and three years old at the time, we
determined we needed the space that only a houseboat could provide. We wanted a
relatively newer houseboat since we would not have time for a fixer-upper with
our busy work lives. We looked at a few
different boats on Percy Priest Lake,
Tim's Ford Lake,
and Center Hill Lake
with no success. Either it was too old, too expensive, too small, too big, or
not well kept-none met our criteria. We started losing faith in our houseboat
dream until we found a listing for a 2006 Sailabration that was located at
Volunteer Landing in Knoxville,
TN. We fell in love with it
Sailabration had a spacious side hallway floor plan with two cabins, two bathrooms,
a full galley with stainless steel Kenmore appliances, a party top complete
with bar and bimini, upper helm controls, jet ski ramp, and a waterslide! What struck us most about this boat was the
very tasteful decorating and use of dark-wood paneling throughout. When Kevin called the boat's broker, the
broker said, it was under contact, but he'd call if something changed. We sadly
thumbed back through the internet, but couldn't find anything like our
boat we had already set our hearts upon. One week later, the broker called back
with great news saying it was back on the market. After being on the boat we
found ourselves putting down the money and a few weeks later we had the keys.To
fulfill the Coast Guard's registration, we were told we needed to name the
boat. The name quickly came to us. "Lake-A-Wish"
after Zac's last wish for a houseboat ride.
Sailabration to move Lake-A-Wish from Volunteer Landing to Percy Priest
Lake in Nashville, TN. in September 2011. As the boat
was only twenty minutes from our house, we found ourselves spending most
weekends on the boat.
first time I stepped aboard the Bostick's houseboat and now every time I'm
aboard my own, I feel relaxed and fulfilled. Worries tend to drift away,
leaving me with pure time to enjoy with my family. Regardless of illness or how
busy everyone is, Lake-
A-Wish brings everyone
together to relax and enjoy each other's company.
I were looking for something to do as a family on the weekends. We looked at
lake houses and we considered a small boat. We never thought of combining the
two together, and we're so glad we did.