Most sane people would have most likely changed their mind about the boat when they found piles of crap left behind by the old owner. If not that, then perhaps when they discovered that half the boat was rusted through. Maybe this still wouldn’t scare away the strong willed, but how about realizing that you have to rip everything out of the inside to make the needed repairs? Ok so maybe some slightly crazy people would still see the fun and adventure in this, but anyone with any sanity would run after our last adventure.... right?
If there is one thing he and I have in common (besides being slightly crazy) it is that when we want something to work out, we make it happen. Neither one of us gives up. So our boat almost sank because of a crappy plastic thru-hull, so what? What’s next! I guess we just have a crazy desire for adventure and a love for challenge.
Anyway, as we shook off the events of the night not-so-affectionately known as “the night of the great flood,” we got to work on the interior. Measurements, templates and cuts were made, and before we knew it we had a rough cut galley, a chart table, settees, bookshelves, forward berth shelves and hanging locker, a pantry and a floor. We got the stove in and set up with the propane tank so we could start cooking on the boat again. He installed our new Kyocera solar panels, batteries, and breaker panel. As soon as we could we got a stereo/CD/Ipod player hooked up so we could jam while we worked.
About this time, I got a call for a project in the same places and time periods as him, which works out perfect for us. By the time we were getting ready to leave for work, most of our rough cut work was finished. We hauled the boat back out for safe measures, locked her up, packed our clothes, and headed up the coast to make some money.
|The beginnings of the galley|
|Beginnings of the pantry|
|Beginnings of the chart table|
|Pantry in progress|
|Companion Way, engine bulkheads, and Mahogany Steps|
|Beginning of the salon settees|