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 What She'll Become:  Our Plans

A Sad State of Affairs
Obviously, fire is devastating to any boat.  While it was clear that #16 was badly damaged by the 2002 fire, it was equally clear to me that the damage was repairable--and, interestingly enough, surprisingly minor in the scheme of things.  

The underdeck damage in the port cockpit lockerStructural damage, from my initial survey of the boat, appeared to be limited to the hull on the port side of the engine room, the adjacent deck and cockpit areas (where the fire had burned away the entire inner fiberglass skin, exposing the core from beneath), and some severe charring and other damage to the exterior gelcoat, paint, and outer fiberglass layers of the hull, particularly on the transom and starboard quarter.  Repairs would be possible and would return the boat to her original (or better) structural condition.


cabinfwd1.jpg (107104 bytes)The rest of the boat, at first glance, appeared to be in a shambles, but in reality the damage elsewhere was mostly of a cosmetic nature.  Of course it looked bad:  the entire headliner was blackened from soot and cracked by the heat, and other fire-related damage (soot and water) was noticeable on every surface.  While a significant a mount of work would be required to repair the collateral damage, that process would actually play right into my hands.  What could I possibly mean by that?  Read on.

A Unique Opportunity
It's important at this stage to understand a little about me, and my reasons for undertaking such a project.  While saving an example of a deserving and noteworthy design from an uncertain end is a part of it, there's more; a project of such magnitude only makes sense (using the term loosely, I might add) if there are underlying reasons behind the choice.

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Reasoning (such as it is) aside, the fact remained that I was ready to undertake and excited about the prospects for such a project, as I felt it represented an interesting opportunity to truly hone my skills, raise my personal bar, and end up with a boat that would suit our future needs as well as, or better than, anything else--and look good in the process.

My plans for the boat, while not crystallized in great detail at the onset, were extensive, and the thought process behind the plans was rarely far from my mind as I went about normal life.

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