There are a lot of do-it-yourselfers out there who want to start a project. Well, let these people inspire you with their amazing boat restoration project!
First thing’s first, they get the boat hauled out of the muck. It may not be a looker, but they see potential, so they start with the cleanup process, hoping to eventually get it looking good as new.
After they hauled the boat out, they checked to see if the boat had any leaks that needed to be addressed.
Unfortunately for them, they found one in the front spine, and as such they have an extra bit of work ahead of them for it.
First thing’s first though, they start with the cleanup process. They set the boat on its side, drying it, and ultimately cleaning it with a wire brush to clear off the old paint and the crud.
Following this, they went to the bottom of the boat, re-riveting and drilling its raised spine, applying a coat of Marine Tex to help in the repair process.
Next up, they took to the rivets by applying some sealer to keep them nice and… well, sealed.
And yet, despite all of the work that they put into it, they still have a lot of work ahead of them, particularly in getting everything clean and operational. And…
…Voila! The boat is well on its way to looking good as new, even with only a simple coat of primer to help it stand out.
Now we see the next layer of primer going on to help give it added durability and longevity.
Next up, they apply Rust-Oleum brand marine paint color as the top coat to give it a nice luster and aesthetic.
As anyone with experience in this can tell you, you never want to skimp with paint, which they don’t, adding a second layer of the color to solidify it.
Following this, they begin to focus on cleaning on prepping here and there to touch it up.
Remember the Marine Tex from earlier? Well, we’re going right back to that!
While it’s coming together, we still need to do some more work on the hull, so let’s get to priming that!
The visual quality of the hull is finally starting to match the inside!
To match the work that they have done with the boat, they took the trailer for the boat and primed it as well.
Woof, now that is a pretty hull, thanks to that next layer of paint applied.
They again match their work for the trailer, giving it a beautiful pitch black sheen, one that certainly contrasts the aesthetic of the boat.
If you showed this off to someone, there are no doubts in my mind that they would be unable to tell that you didn’t just buy this baby today!
…Well, at least as far as the outside is concerned, anyway. Time to work on revamping the boat’s innards with some new seating.
The process involves cutting out some plywood to not only add a front bit and some seating, but also a floor to offer great stability when walking in the boat.
Of course, you cannot just rush something as important as that, so they make sure to accurately measure the pieces for the respective parts. Don’t wanna have to do it all over again, after all.
They put the plywood pieces into the boat, applying a fabric on top of them to add both comfort and style while also painting the sides to match the aesthetic of the rest of the boat.
Now that the major work is out of the way, they can finally begin working on accessorizing the boat, spending $200 on a fish finder, battery charger, and a motor from a friend.
Next up, they began work on the finishing touches, adding some lights, a board for the engine, and a new cap.
This thing sure is looking good! You would almost think it was ready for boating, right? Well, you’d be wrong. You can put it out on the water, sure, but why even bother until you’ve got…
…A Bimini Top! Where they got their other accessories from a friend for a steal, they went on eBay for this one. It really brings together the whole thing, and will definitely make them look pretty good when they have it on display thanks in part to this styling top!
Finally, after all of that work – and after not having skimped on the quality of their effort or the products that go into their work – they can finally put it into the water, safe in their assurances that it will not only float, not only work, but also look like a damn fine boat at the exact same time.
And a damn fine boat it indeed is! We finally get to see it soar out into the water, leaving its trailer behind as it goes on to show to other boaters just what a real boat is. So not only do these boaters get to be proud in the work that they put in, not only do they get to save money, but they get to get as good a boat as anyone who paid thousands to get one brand new.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
Airline Passengers Attention Please: Avoid Wearing These Items While You Fly!
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