Well, I don't usually have much of interest about my boating to post, at least I don't think it's all that worthy of posting my/our various adventures.
Told Parrothead of this within a day or so as we have enjoyed some good times together boating, but have told no-one else.
Guess I'll tell everyone tonight LMAO!!
This summer has been a massive roller coaster.
Literally hours before pulling the 1978 Taylor SS "Lowrider", the boat my father bought from the showroom in Enid Okla., out of the garage to prep her for July 4th week vacation, while our backs were turned running errands Lowrider died.
Unknown cause, but I have suspicions involving a full plastic gasoline can (3 actually) and a fan I had been using earlier working on vehicles, the detached garage Lowrider was inside of burned to the ground.
No, no pictures of the corpse, what it looked like exists only in my memory, and that'll fade.
She deserved a better end.
Well, after the week we STILL spent at Grand Lake boat-free (so I didn't have to look at the skeleton every 15 minutes from the backyard pool), and after the clean-up, boat shopping began.
Lowrider's 650hp nitrous-sniffing 454 did survive, is apart right now for a re-gasketing, low-temp bits like the zinc carb and the cast aluminum valve covers melted, fuel pump & distrib. too.
The Admiral was "OK" with my beloved jetboat but, she did want something larger to just "hang out on", and I approved, next purchase would be "hers", long before the fire. Had not fulfilled my promise, now needed 2 boats, since I still enjoy my hot-rod AND the smaller muscle-boat does a better job yanking and cranking kids on toys.
Well, technically my boat got bought the day before hers did, but, she took FOREVER to figure out what she wanted, her fault.
Both are older boats due to budgets and both need a lot of TLC and minor repairs/maintenance, but that is no problem for me.
The I/O systems are 100% new to me and the obligatory SELOC manual has been aquired already.
"Hers", 1990 Magnum Mach 1 2450 Magnum Cuddy Cabin Cruiser.
454 Chevy, Bravo 1 drive, Mercruiser quiet-choice exhaust, Mercruiser trim tabs, 10 capacity.
"His" 1978 Hawiian 20' Bowrider, 454 Chevy, Dominator pump, Place diverter, seats 6.
Both have sunburned gell, can polish the Hawiian in the garage, the Mach won't fit so doing it right now.
Stickers are off, will repaint in Imron most likely, same scheme tho.
Both interiors are functional but imperfect, The mach's back seat and hood are worst, seat is at the upholsterer right now, more parts as I get to them.
Hawiian needs an entire engine cover rebuilt, someomne made some huge bastardization box, wrecks the entire lines of the hull.
The Mach's cabin is in good shape, very good.
The sink in front of the left bucket is good, the faucett is corroded junk, some past owner removed the fresh water tank entirely. We will see if we would like to have it next summer. If so, I'll put one back in, if not, we won't. Tank sat right behind (outboard) of an "ice-box" which had cracked so it leaked, so the guy I bought it from had removed it. Storage space, have not decided how to use it exactly, other than to put a door on it eventually.
Similar area on the starboard side but that is access to the back of the helm. Haven't decided how to best use it either.
Storm cover for the cockpit is present, but in bad bad shape, talked to upholsterer. Found an old side isinglass window to a no-longer-existing weather canvas. Will eventually (by spring) put a bimini on.
Big boating trips like the 4th Holiday will entail taking both, it entails taking kids and grandkids anyhow LOL.
Lowrider's 454 is headed to the Hawiian, maybe by next summer.
The Hawiian's 454 will later get overhauled and tweaked appropriately to work best with the I/O prop and replace the Mach's 600+-hour 454, probably the next winter. Have to arrange an a-frame to swap engines there, and figure out alignment.
The Mach's 454 will eventually wind up overhauled and worked suitably to go into the '93 Suburban which drags the Mach 1 to water.
Boy, I better keep working overtime LOL