It was Free! It was close by, and it’s old !
At first I had no idea what it was other than an obviously old boat.
There was no ID number, no builders plate, no registration number… Nothing to identify this boat other than it’s unique features. Not even the US Coast Guard sticker could help.. it’s dated 1973.
Stripped of most of it’s hardware.. except the really cool bow light. No seats, No steering. Just leaves and (My Favorite) wasp nests. I was told that this boat was sitting on the side of the road with a free sign on it. And my neighbor brought it home hoping to fix it up.. Old boats that have been in the elements for a time are a daunting task to restore.. But I am doing it to one now.. and learning.. I also have a lot of spare parts. So I know what to expect.. and the worst case is scraping the boat.. And I’ve done that twice before.. We’ll see
The clamp was just there to pull the boat… not to hold stuff together.. but you can see some trim is missing.. Some of the unique features are the … large sliding side windows. port side helm, and the cast aluminum handles on the back corners.. (found only one in the boat) Oh and let’s not forget the stainless steel trim with the paint color on the side.. It’s reminiscent of a fifties car. And It’s exactly what I want to do on the Seven Seas. So the search was on.. What is this boat. ? I posted on the Fiberglassic web forum with that very question. I got lots of possibles thrown at me but none were a match. So I when to the Fiberglassic library of manufactures for fiber glass boats.. And in the S’s I found this brochure…
In the top photo.. be darned if that has the unique features of the boat I have.. so I looked at more brochure pages from Sabre Craft..
Well I be darned …if that ain’t a match.. so it’s a Impella Custom 17 without the hardtop.. And look which side of the boat Buddies driving from ! And I’m pretty sure that nice lady is waving to me.. So I have a second Classic boat.. Free.. And last year we acquired a free boat trailer… also a Classic.. So now I need a motor… and time.. And that is another problem.. I’m not retired.. and there is so much to do.. and there is only so much I can do. The bes thing is to have a really good look at the boat..
Dave & I had that good look today.. It was nice weather, So I cleaned the crap out of the boat so I could have a good look. Even though the floor feels solid, there is a big section of the fiberglass missing in the middle of the floor. The plywood is very wet. When we looked closely at the transom it too became a concern. It’s cracking away from the hull , and has caused a leak on the bottom. And to add to that because the aluminum trim is missing where the deck joins the transom the plywood in the transom has been soaking up the water.. All this means a new transom is needed.. Big job. I hate to wreck an old boat.. But I’m coveting the stainless trim, the light.. and the nicely shaped motor well. That painted panel on the side of this boat is exactly what I want for the Seven Seas.. and the stainless trim is ready made !
So it’s Oct 2014 .. and we finally got to wrecking out the boat.. Yeah. After carefully removing the parts I wanted we used Sawsall’s to cut the boat up into manageable size pieces.. and of to the dump.. the aluminum window frame went to a metal collector. Done !