07-25-2008, 12:48 AM
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Well, I'd hoped to get the "new, old boat" wet this year. I have rethought my thinking. It still may happen, but, being somewhat of a perfectionist, I have decided to shoot for next spring. As I said, it may still happen this year, but the boat would not be repainted. I have yet to buff out the gelcoat to see what condition it is in. If it is in decent condition, and can last a couple of years, the boat gets splashed this year. If not, well, there's next year. I just hope the weather holds out. I still have to refinish the pulpit and the swim steps. Then I'll be done with the woodwork.
Gauges have been replaced, stereo installed, GPS installed, trailer tires replaced, lights fixed or replaced, refrigerator installed, plumbing fixed, new power inverter installed, head replaced, grill purchased, new Bennett trim tabs installed, oil changed, filters changed, new faucet in the galley, and inside cleaned. Trailer will be painted when the boat is in the water and not on the trailer.
By the way, with gas prices on the lakes being $4.35-$4.50 a gallon, I think I'll start a fund for those who would like to donate to the "herefishy's boat gas fund". All donations would be rewarded with an empty beer can(Coors Light) or Jim Beam bottle as a souvenir. I've got plenty of empties in the trash can on the boat at the moment so supplies should last. Empty 2-liter Diet Coke bottles available on request.
Almost as much fun as waiting for your tank to cycle.