We have the title to the boat! So Gypsy is officially no longer abandoned. We've decided to rename her, against many complaints from the "locals", who see this boat as a fixture of the marina-- as Dave likes to say, he's been here so long, he's no longer a "regular," he's furniture-- and the boat's been here far longer. She'll soon be in the water, which will change the whole look of the boat-yard.
Now that March Madness is over (I'm talking about the annual spree of archaeology conferences-- what did you think I meant?) it's back to work on the boat.
The weather was warm enough to be comfortable, but not warm enough for fiberglass work. That's ok-- there's plenty of sanding to do. Here's a pic that shows the existing bottom paint, what's left of it. The red color is the original gelcoat.
The weather has finally broken in Southern Maryland and it was warm enough this weekend to get some work done!
The ice in the bilges finally melted completely, letting me pump out all the water. Unfortunately, two out of three old pumps didn't survive the winter ice. The important engine-room pump made it, though!
No work on the boat this week-- you may have heard we had a touch of "wintry-mix" in these parts. I've gotten down to the point where things need to melt before I can go further. So what does a boat restorer do when he's not restoring the boat? He thinks about restoring the boat!
No work on the boat this week-- you may have heard we had a touch of "wintry-mix" in these parts. I've gotten down to the point where things need to melt before I can go further.
So what does a boat restorer do when he's not restoring the boat? He thinks about restoring the boat!
The beautiful weather last weekend made it an absolute joy to work on the boat... NOT! More like an scene from Ice Station Zebra. By Sunday morning, we had almost a foot of snow in the boatyard, with 2 foot drifts here and there. True to form, they're predicting a second foot-plus snowfall for this coming weekend. More fun!
The Boat: "Gypsy", a 41' fiberglass motorsailer, built sometime in the 1970s. Currently "on the hard" at Tall Timbers Marina in Maryland, and has been for the better part of 20 years. This picture was taken in August, 2009.