Here is the background info. My dad lives in England and comes to visit for a couple of weeks each year. He likes to go fishing and wants to have a boat on hand here when he comes to visit. Years ago I bought him a rubber dingy and that was good enough for a few years. Then my father-in-law offered me a free boat that needed repairs. The boat is an All American Larson Motor Boat which is about 30 plus years old. FIL is in Michigan. I'm in NC. Hubby and I went for a visit and towed the boat back home. Long story short we have invested over $500 and hours and hours of time. After the repairs we took the boat to the lake and couldn't get it to run even though the repair shop said it ran fine for them. Maybe we had dirt in our fuel tank or the mix was off. Anyway, dad wants me to go and buy him a boat. He said he'll pay me back. Remember I paid for the last two boats. He says to make sure the engine runs. Now how would I make sure the engines runs without taking it to the lake? I made sure the other engine ran - paid for the repairs and had it serviced. So my problem is I DON"T WANT TO go buy a boat for him. I don't want to run round looking at boats, meeting people to get the title notorized, go to wildlife and fisheries to register the boat, go to DMV to get trailer sorted out etc..... With the last boat it took 3 trips to DMV, 1 trip to wildlife and fisheries, 2 trips to the repair shop, 2 trips to the police station, not to mention the $500. We're talking hours of running back and forth with 3 kids in tow. Now obviously it was more difficult to register the last boat because of its age and lack of paperwork but still. Not to mention that I no longer have a vehicle with a trailer hitch and it would cost something like $300 for one. I know I should follow my own advice and just tell my dad NO. But he's going to get the hump. Should I write him a letter about all that is involved in getting a boat. Am I being unfair or unreasonable?