The Two Best Days….

As the saying goes, …The two best days in a boat owner’s life are the day he gets the boat, and the day he gets rid of it.  Here you see a picture of two very happy boat owners.   CapnRehab on the left (getting a boat), and M on the right (getting rid of same boat).

Yes, we’re making my first purchase for the boat.  Yay West Marine stores for being everywhere!

Smiling Boat Owners

Smiling Boat Owners

M has struggled with the problem of owning a boat remotely.  Not having a place to work on it, and having a boat that needs serious repair do not go very well together.  He did what he could with the limited time he could get with the boat, but eventually you have to give up.

Here was my first view of the Catalina 22.

First View

First View

Doesn’t look too bad, till you get a closer look at what’s inside.  In the grand tradition of people giving me boats to work on, my first job is emptying them out.

Boat full of water

Boat full of water

With the boat tilted up like it is, all the water that leaked into is in the back.  Which is really great, because the wood inside doesn’t look like some of the other disaster boats I’ve owned.  The first thing to do was get a siphon going and get the water out.  IT TOOK 4 HOURS!

Draining Water

Draining Water

While we waited for the water to drain, we worked on the trailer wiring.  This was a temporary setup just to get me home.  Still didn’t work quite right.  Running lights and signals are fine, but when I step on the brakes, the lights go out.

Trailer Wiring

Trailer Wiring

It was about an hour drive home, with M following in the chase car.  It went just fine.

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