I was recently wondering aloud to some friends, “Yo, if I die, how will everyone know I loved to fish, like, forever?” And it seems whoever wiretapped my Siri was definitely paying attention!
I was recently made aware of an Arkansas Glory Boats builds what they call “vessels to convey the mortal remains of outdoors enthusiasts to that glorious final harbor.”
While you may laugh at the idea and the silliness of it all, it did come from a pretty genuine place. The company’s owner, Joe Schmidt, told the story to KFVS12 News, stating the idea came from a joke about laying his father to rest in a fishing boat.
The idea stuck and now we have Glory Boats! According to their website:
“Used in funeral services the same way as traditional caskets Glory Boats are compatible with standard burial vaults. The internal dimensions of a Glory Boat allow even the largest individuals to easily fit. The inside of a Glory Boat is softer and more comfortable than traditional caskets. The outside of a Glory Boat is rugged and tough like many of the outdoors enthusiasts who loved spending time on the water in their lives.”
So, it’s basically a regular casket, except it looks like a boat. No word on whether or not you can float around and fish in it before the afterlife. If you truly LOVE fishing, or are even obsessed with fishing, like Karl VonDibble, I don’t see why you wouldn’t immediately share this with your family members as your burial plans. You BETTER not cremate me if I can get buried in a boat. What a wasted opportunity that’d be.