Well most of you know the reason, but figured I'd post my progress.
First day we got the bane of my existence.
And that same weekend we also got a 4th dog, who has called eternal dibs on this seat apparently.
I had to dig a hole to lower the outdrive. Guess I need to figure that out when it's parking position has been established.
The general condition of the floor.....basically non-existent. Water came up everywhere we stepped.
Besides the seat vinyl being torn up, the frames and backs were rotting and/or infested with critters.
My glorious stationary gantry crane. Had to use the jeep to pull it up.
The engine ran after I had the starter rebuilt, and pumped out 20 gallons of who knows how old gas. Anybody need to burn some brush piles? Here it is all separated and ready to be pulled.
The instant the gimbal housing was out of the way, she was back. She kept bringing me a ball and dropping it inside the boat while she waited outside for me to throw it.
What was left after the seat boxes and deck were removed.
Suit Up! That suit did wonders compared to just a flanel shirt. Still itched like hell.
Here it is all clean, and a large sheet of glass laid in to reinforce some surface cracking.
Some of my patching where I got a bit greedy with the chisel had to be repaired.
In between my grinding and Lily getting in and out of the boat the keyhole had some damage to it around the bolt holes. I was going to do the repair from the inside, but decided it probably wouldn't turn out right and ended up grinding back the gelcoat to put a patch on the outside that would give me a solid surface to work with.
All clamped in place.
The end result. I had a hump in the middle but that's going to get cut out anyway.
Put in two more layers into the keyhole. I'll have to grind the edges flat before the next layer and fill in any holes with some putty.
And the transom, two layers of chop mat on the top and only one on the bottom. I'll put another on the bottom tomorrow and then it's ready to go into the boat.
That's where I am as of tonight. So I won't be going to Lenoir this weekend, and possibly missing mustang week because of a work trip, plus a few more shindigs here and there until it's done. I didn't hit my deadline of memorial day, or July 4th, so now I'm just saying it will be done when it's done.