Whitford said he doesn't remember losing any really important guitars on that boat, but he remembers losing pedals and amps. Those, he misses.
"I hate to lose anything," he said. "You get attached to all of it."
Whitford said he has quite a little collection of guitars and amps he's built up over the years -- a lot of it stuff he probably wouldn't take on tour -- and the collection just sort of grows.
"I probably have everything I need, but it never stops," he said.
Recently, a friend who works in a music store emailed him a picture of an amp someone had brought in to sell. Along with the photo was the message, "Here's a picture of your next amp."
"It was a 1956 Fender Twin Reverb," he said. "Oh, my God. Here's a '56 Twin that Keith Richards hasn't bought yet."
He laughed then sighed, "It never stops."
Whitford's ability to afford new gear doesn't appear to be in any kind of real jeopardy. With more than 40 years in rock music, Aerosmith is still considered one of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll.
Last November, the band released its 15th studio album, and 30th record overall, "Music from Another Dimension!" The band shows no real signs of being interested in retiring, although singer Steven Tyler keeps talking about doing a solo album.
"I keep asking him what he's waiting for," Whitford laughed.
Otherwise, everybody is more or less fine -- a few health problems here and there, but it's nothing they can't handle.
"Everybody is still hanging," he said. "I suppose we're maturing -- or growing old together."
Maturing doesn't necessarily mean slowing down, but Whitford acknowledges that the band's live show might not have exactly the same level of energy it had 20 or 30 years ago.
They've cut back, he said. They don't work as much, and when they tour, they try to break up the shows with a day or so in between to give Tyler a chance to rest his throat.
"Primarily, because he puts so much into his performance," Whitford said. "He just doesn't think that he could do it at that level with back-to-back days."
Still, Whitford thinks Aerosmith is playing better than ever.
"Somehow, we conserve our energy and save it for the concert," he said. "They're still pretty high-energy shows."Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.