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jimp posted 03-30-2002 10:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimp   Send Email to jimp  
Well, we dug her out in a snow storm this morning. This is the one I mentioned last month in a "Squall" thread. Good news and bad news.

Good news:

- She's sitting in the front yard on a pile of snow.

- The blue interior cleaned up very well, with a coat of wax, she'd shine. Couple of bad gouges though.

- Bilge plug removed and works well.

- Seat still had good looking varnish on the underside (I'll redo the whole seat anyway.)

- The entire vinyl rub rail is intact, but no longer glued on the forward 1/3 of the boat.

- She'd been sitting on the transom for 20 years with the rear seat buried - the seat looks fine (though the drain plug is clogged, likely a small pebble), the transom looks OK, except for where somebody else tried to do some fiberglas surgery.

- Boston Whaler Squall decal pretty much intact after a powerwash and scrub.

Bad news:

- She likely weighs 400 or so pounds (should be about 125)! It took two grown men to drag her from the back of the truck to the snow mound - with no energy to spare, it was a full throttle effort!

- The aft end of the keel is down to foam.

- Numerous holes, some with foam showing. Likely several bullet holes.

- She's going to stay in the front yard for a while (I took me, my wife and two girls, 17 & 15, to flip her over). Fat chance on moving her to the backyard soon.

- No centerboard, but there's still a hole where the operating handle went. Guess I'll make a plate and just cover it )I've got Chuck's blueprints for one).

If I drill my holes and get her upright (17 men, a boy, and 2 dogs needed!), maybe I can get her stuffed in the garage so water could drain for the next FEW years. Put my wife's car outside?

I'm taking pictures as I go along.

I should retire from the State of Alaska in 2015. Maybe I'll have her ready by then!

JimP

P.S. Hopes this prints OK, looked funny on the screen.

aubv posted 03-31-2002 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Jim,

Congratulations on the new addition to the family.
Your not planning to sail her east in June/July? I know, you would but there isn't enough room for the luggage, right? ;-)

Brian

jimh posted 03-31-2002 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
(Edited jimp's post to remove bogus 8-bit characters used instead of ASCII-space--wonder what that was?--jimh]

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