Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Extreme Makeover: Boat Edition - Demolition

The boat's name is Gemini. That's quite propitious. John is a Gemini by birth, and John and Wayne (while not twins) would be doing the work to bring the classically designed boat back to its "youthful and lively" self. Besides, you can't change a boat's name willy-nilly. There's a whole process to go through if you don't want to tempt the fates, and we sure didn't want to do that.

The first step after Valley Marine removed the leg and sealed her transom with fiberglass was to take her somewhere we could work throughout the winter. As I mentioned, we are home rich but land poor. Consequently, our Piper Arrow had to move outdoors and our hanger became a boatyard. Good for Gemini, bad for 997 (that's a whole other story).

Valley Marine did lots of work in the engine area, but left us with all the old parts. We also had to attack the interior to make room for office space. This was something Wayne and I could do. We attacked it with a vengeance and removed as much as we could with hand tools. Bags of trash and larger items were stored under the boat until we were ready for a trip to the dump. Unfortunately, the things we were removing didn't have any reuse or recycle value.

Once the initial cleanup was done, John came in with his power tools and completed the removal of interior items right down to the fiberglass hull. What we wanted was empty space, and that's what we got. No walls around the head, for that matter no head. No built in galley, no dinette, no captain's chair, no sleeping platform in the bow, nothing from the floor up.

Because of John's and our schedule, this process took about a month. Our hanger was an organized mess, but fortunately our neighbors (mostly RVs stored for the winter) didn't complain. Now we were ready for the real work of the transformation. Stay tuned - there's more to come. -- Margy


  1. Your story caught my attention because I am a Gemini, and fully act like one - often finding it hard to make a decision because I can see both sides of so many issues. Others call it being wishy washy! In any case, I think it's a great name for a boat and will be sure to mention this site in my next blog post on my boat name blog, www.boatnameblog.com.

  2. Hi Boatname - you have a very interesting blog and service. Our other boat came to use named Halcyon Days. For us it was an unusual name in the beginning, but now it really fits her and us. When we are using her on the chuck or on the lake she makes us feel calm, peaceful and happy, at least when the waves are cooperative. - Margy