My Dumbest Boating Decision

Now1Speaking of wood boats and leaking, I bought a wood boat but it wasn’t leaking… it had sunk.  Let’s start from the beginning. I found this beautiful 55′ 1957 Chris Connie (translate-Big Wood Boat).  I fell in love with it which was my first mistake.  It Was all mahogany and teak and it was the grandest boat I had seen. The master stateroom was redone to look like an old sailing vessel and it had a king-size bed.  There were 2 more staterooms and the galley was the largest I had seen and everything was polished.

Now3The day before we were supposed to close, I decided to take one last look and that’s when I saw my dream was on the bottom.  Instead of walking away, I figured I could get a deal. Everyone including the broker (which is how I met Sorry Dog) said don’t buy it but I was smitten. So I bought it for 10 cents on the dollar and set about rebuilding it. I won’t go into too much detail but I did find out that if a boat sinks, all of the wiring is destroyed and mold and mildew decides to come visit. Well, 1 year and $150,000 dollars later, I had a fully restored 1957 Chris Connie. Of course, that’s when I found the next fun thing about wood boats, you have to work on them everyday. That was fun for the first year but I finally decided that I would rather use a boat than work on it.  If you get a chance, you should own a wood boat at least once.  Send us your dumbest boating decision and we may publish it!!!


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