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Join date : 2011-06-30
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PostSubject: This Old Boat   This Old Boat EmptyWed May 30, 2018 2:30 pm

There I was, sitting in a chair in my living room Saturday morning, when the mrs comes up to me and says "did you see this on Facebook? There's a boat for sale, comes with the trailer, oars, seat cushions, and a two year registration. Asking $200."

My mind jumped. $200? For a boat and trailer? That's cheaper than one of those fiberglass kayaks I've been looking at!

'Really?' I ask.

"Here, I'll send you the link."

A few minutes later, after receiving wife's permission and checking to see how much available cash I had on hand, I was on the phone with the seller. Well, at least his voice mail. Sent him a text, too, to cover all bases. Then, before I knew it, I was at the Pig Store (piggly wiggly) looking for a pin for the ball hitch I found lying on the road a few years ago (but picked up and kept for a 'just in case'... and as luck would have it, the ball was the right size for the trailer).

Fifteen minutes later, I found myself the proud owner of a 40-something year old 12' aluminum boat, ranging from 4' at the stern to 5' in the middle.

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Yes, it's old. But it holds water. It floats (I'm planning on naming it 'Pennywise'). It needs a paint job. the wooden benches may need replacing.

But it works. It does the job.

During the summer, the boy and I will be sanding her down and repainting. I plan on sealing the bottom (inside and out) with some flex-seal or whatever as an added layer of precaution, than applying a nice coat of paint.

At some point, I will be picking up a trolling motor and battery... but we got to get out cat fixed, first. I also might get a captain's hat, just to be a dork. I did, however, order a figurehead. Should come in by Friday.

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One of the cool things about this is that, with the help of another, I can get the boat into the back of the Dog House. I may have to look into getting a pulley system for the van so I can get the boat in and out by myself. anyway, quite happy with this find! Will post pictures as the refurbishing takes place.
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