FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a fun coda to the Red Sox season, pitcher Jake Peavy purchasing the duck boat he rode in during the team’s World Series victory parade.
But Peavy wasn’t simply a wealthy athlete making an impulse buy. He has big plans.
The boat is being shipped off to Texas for an elaborate paint job that will include images of the World Series trophy, the Boston Strong logo and Peavy’s family. It took Peavy several months to find a company that could handle the job.
Jonny Gomes took a shot at painting the duck boat when he visited Peavy over the offseason. But it needs some more work.
“It’s going to be a fine piece of art, a piece of memorabilia when it’s finished,” Peavy said on Saturday.
Once the boat is finished, Peavy says it will play a prominent role at his ranch, Southern Falls, in Alabama. Once he retires, Peavy plans to run summer camps for kids. His large property includes several lakes, a bowling alley, a swimming pool, an arcade, a baseball field and even a faux Western town.
“This is going to be neat piece to have down there to take tours in. It’ll be able to go in the water, obviously,” Peavy said. “We have a plan and a design for the duck boat.
“This thing is so stinking cool, the history behind this thing. This thing served in World War II, so it's got some great history in this country. And the history of me and my family, who rode it.”
So if the Red Sox find a way to repeat as champions, would there be a second boat coming?
“We’ll have to see. It’s going to be hard to top that. I don’t know if I want two of them,” Peavy said.