It Is ME

HONEY....... YOU'RE HOOOOOOOME !

  
By:  It Is ME  •  excellent  •  4 months ago  •  33 comments

HONEY....... YOU'RE  HOOOOOOOME !
Never Give Up !

It's FINALLY time to hit the wet stuff.

As of Friday - May 29 in the year 2020, I will finally be on the water with my own creation in the next few weeks that I have been trying to Re-Create since March 27, 2007.

Classic 1975 - 15 ft. Starcraft American !

Back Story:

I have always wanted my own small classic boat since I first saw my Grandfathers 1959 Funliner runabout. I use to to climb on it all the time, Pretending I was running it, shifting the shifter, making motor noise, pretending I was fishing, all the while it was sitting in his garage. 
Well, I Finally had a chance to purchase a cheap 1975 StarCraft American 15 footer with trailer back in 2007, for $350.00. It had rotten floors, a Rotten Transom, no steering system, no motor controls, and no motor. Nothing but a Bare Fiberglass moldy hull. At least the existing windows were in great shape, along with the aluminum framing, albite really dirty. My wife thought I was nuttier than a peanut that allowed itself to get squashed into butter for doing it. Well….was she …… WRONG ! jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

The work started 10 days after I brought her home. Ripped out the rotten floor and Ribs, cut the transom fiberglass and ripped out the rotten transom wood, took off all the aluminum pieces, and then gave HER a good washing. Cleaned up all the aluminum pieces and at least re-installed them to get that out of the way. Did little fiberglass patches here and there and at least got them sanded down. Of Course, work got busy, so my project was put to the side for 3 months. Then the “Crash” hit. That put a damper on things. If that wasn’t bad enough, in the beginning of 2010, my Dad got sick. Really Sick. So, for the next 8.5 years, every weekend was put towards taking care of my Dad, and for the weekdays, we had hired a home care company so he could stay home, which ate up many, many, many funds. Work became the most important thing on this planet. It was so nice of my siblings to help like they did /S jrSmiley_99_smiley_image.jpg . Well, last March (2019) my Dad passed away. Took a few more months to get his final wishes in order, got my “Siblings” satisfied ( Selfish non-helping Fuckers jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gif ) , and started getting my families life back in order. After all, “Grandkids” were starting to show up now.

Happy Days started to come back in mine and my wife’s lives. We started getting our backyard “Grandkid” friendly, which was actually fun.

In the meantime, “SHE” was still just sitting there, getting moldy again.

Well, thank goodness for my Daughter-in-Law. She looked me straight in the eye and said, “Why don’t you get that boat finished so you and Mom can go have some fun for a change.

LIGHT BULB !

Well, that was all I needed to hear. (Wish my Wife had said it, LOL)

The ordering BEGAN. Ordered all the pieces and parts and parts and pieces to get what this little thing needed to get out in the sunshine again. Box after box of parts started showing up at the door. Took a few months, but everything was finally here. Even got a little Port-A-Potty for the girls. 

NOW THE FUN BEGINS. 

My Oldest son helped me get all the framing, transom, floor and fiberglass completed to really start getting this thing done. After that, it was a one man job. Every chance I got I worked on it, while sneaking in some “What the Wife Wants” to keep her happy too. 
Day after Day, “She” grew out of the weeds to become a flower in my backyard.

Well……She’s FINALLY DONE. 

Just gotta register her, put on the new Trailer lights, and we’re off.

WE JUST MAY NEVER COME BACK.  

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It Is ME
1  author  It Is ME    4 months ago

Once this is in the Water ……… No tellin'. jrSmiley_100_smiley_image.jpg

NT may take 3rd place. jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

Boating and Fishing = 1st and 2nd place ? jrSmiley_36_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  Tessylo    4 months ago

That should be:  Honey, you're home

 
 
 
It Is ME
2.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  Tessylo @2    4 months ago
Honey, you're home

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You dooooooo......LOVES ME ! jrSmiley_93_smiley_image.jpg

 
 
 
Tessylo
3  Tessylo    4 months ago

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Dean Moriarty
4  Dean Moriarty    4 months ago

Congratulations it looks fantastic. 

 
 
 
It Is ME
4.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  Dean Moriarty @4    4 months ago

I hope I don't forget to put in the drain plug the first outing. That would really suck. jrSmiley_19_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
5  Just Jim NC TttH    4 months ago

Awesome transformation IIM.

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It Is ME
5.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5    4 months ago

Lot's of Advil and "Becks Beer". I ain't that young anymore. jrSmiley_30_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kathleen
6  Kathleen    4 months ago

Have fun!

 
 
 
It Is ME
6.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  Kathleen @6    4 months ago

If I could "Invite" everyone here to go with me..... I would. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Ender
7  Ender    4 months ago

Damn, it looks nice. Bil put on the same kind of top.

Gotta ask, is that a rear view mirror? 

I am guessing like a cb radio...

Looks like you added an air horn.

I have never seen the bumper you put on top of the window.

I kind like the split seats in the back instead of a bench seat.

Love the floor. Carpet kinda sucks.

 
 
 
It Is ME
7.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  Ender @7    4 months ago

Rear view mirrors are a must. Ya never know if an Ass is gonna sneak up behind ya. LOL !

Mirror is more for ease at watching the kids if they wanna tube for awhile.

It's a VHF radio (Not like I'm gonna be 30 miles out though). Same 6' Antenna hooks up to the FM Stereo system too. Have a new membership to "Sea Tow". No matter how hard one tries, ya know "Somethings" gonna happen. Ya just call em on the radio, and they come out to give you fuel, tow you off a sandbar, or tow you back to the port ya came from. Great deal for the "Safe Factor".

Horn IS loud. Scared the crap outa my daughter in law.

Temp Bumpers are just for the "Tarp" when it's on. Stops it from ripping.

Nice thing about the rear seats is, I have "Quick Disconnects" on them. if four folks go, I take out the middle seat and put in a large "BEER COOLER" in it's place. If only two folks go, I can take all three out quickly, for more fishing room.

I looked at the carpet stuff available for boats. Blah ! That's that 3m self stick EVA Fake Teak look flooring (Gray or Teak Colored). Thick, Really soft, and non-slip too. Cleans up quick. Cool stuff.

 
 
 
Ender
7.1.1  Ender  replied to  It Is ME @7.1    4 months ago

That is actually a good idea about being able to see behind. I was usually designated as look out when the kids were tubing.

So I am guessing it is designated for five? Taking out the middle seat would be great for a cooler. I have one that would fit there perfectly. Even has cup holders on top.  Haha

That is what I was wondering about the floors. Non slip. I need to show that to Bil. He hates the carpet. Always full of sand.

Around here one has to have a designated trash can and have a fire extinguisher. Anyone under 13 must wear lifevest.

An odd tidbit, they changed the laws around here so now anyone after a certain year has to have a license. I am grandfathered in and don't need one. All the kids had to get one to be able to drive the boat or jetskis.

We have had DMR check them before.

Edit: The sea tow thing sounds interesting. I have seen many people getting a tow from a passerby.

 
 
 
It Is ME
7.1.2  author  It Is ME  replied to  Ender @7.1.1    4 months ago

"I was usually designated as look out when the kids were tubing."

LOL ! Tell the "Captains" you've boated with to get one. you deserve some "Fun" too. 

"So I am guessing it is designated for five? "

Yippers !

"Taking out the middle seat would be great for a cooler. I have one that would fit there perfectly. Even has cup holders on top.  Haha"

Okay...... Your comin' jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif . LOL ! It will be full of "Beer"...… Right ?

"An odd tidbit, they changes the laws around here so now anyone after a certain year has to have a license. I am grandfathered in and don't need one. All the kids had to get one to be able to drive the boat or jetskis."

Ya ..... we got the same thing here. What's funny, is my daughter-in-law has that lisc. because her Dad had her get one for his boat. My "SON" , who is the same age as she is, doesn't. She loves rubbing it in how she will ALWAYS have to be the "Captain" when they take the boat out themselves. I can't stop laughing about that. Drives him nutz. LMAO !

 
 
 
Ender
7.1.3  Ender  replied to  It Is ME @7.1.2    4 months ago
It will be full of "Beer"...… Right ?

Of course !

 
 
 
It Is ME
7.1.4  author  It Is ME  replied to  Ender @7.1.3    4 months ago

Cool ! jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
lady in black
8  lady in black    4 months ago

Looks great...have fun on the water!

 
 
 
It Is ME
8.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  lady in black @8    4 months ago

Thanks ! I'm just glad it's OVER !

 
 
 
Split Personality
9  Split Personality    4 months ago

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Have a blast !

Stay Safe !

 
 
 
It Is ME
9.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  Split Personality @9    4 months ago

Bring the B&B (Beer and Bait) and you're welcome anytime. jrSmiley_36_smiley_image.gif  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

She's a beauty - enjoy!!!!  

 
 
 
It Is ME
10.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10    4 months ago

I'll come pick ya up if you tell me the best Port to go to. jrSmiley_40_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  It Is ME @10.1    4 months ago

Go up the Yangtze River to Chongqing.  It will take you a while to get here so you better pack some water and provisions.  LOL

 
 
 
It Is ME
10.1.2  author  It Is ME  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1.1    4 months ago

LOL !

I'll do a test to see how far 24 Gallons of Fuel will get me. Gotta know where the Pit Stops are along the way. 

You will have a few cases of Tsingtao and Yanjing iced and ready to go …… right ? jrSmiley_24_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  It Is ME @10.1.2    4 months ago

Tsingtau is the best.  The brewry was founded by and still run by Germans, and it uses the purest montain water. 

 
 
 
It Is ME
10.1.4  author  It Is ME  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1.3    4 months ago

It's great !

Only in "Specialty Shops' here though, and a bit pricey, but what the heck ! It's only money. jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
JohnRussell
11  JohnRussell    4 months ago

Congratulations. It looks great. 

 
 
 
It Is ME
11.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  JohnRussell @11    4 months ago

Thanks ! You're invited too. jrSmiley_24_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
pat wilson
12  pat wilson    4 months ago

Nice job ! Have fun. 

 
 
 
It Is ME
12.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  pat wilson @12    4 months ago
Nice job ! Have fun.

Will Try very hard too. 

Or would that be "Try Very Easy" ? jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
squiggy
13  squiggy    4 months ago

Wheel grease - don't be Larry.

 
 
 
Telo
14  Telo    4 months ago

There's nothing better than getting on the boat.  We have a 20' pontoon and can't wait to finally be able to get in the water this year.

 
 
 
It Is ME
14.1  author  It Is ME  replied to  Telo @14    4 months ago

COOL CHANGE !