|Desiree in Happier Days|
I have loved Friendships since the age of six when I saw my first one in Gloucester. Each time I passed Desiree forlorn by the roadside, I shook my head as she was far too pretty a boat to leave to become a planter. Long story short, I bought her in December.
|By the roadside|
The engine has not run for at least 3 years and the diesel in her tanks is 10+years old.
The rest of the boat is a mess cosmetically: mold, mildew, dirt, varnish gone and generally not a happy girl.
The goal is to get her back in the water by this summer - July 10th to be exact. There is no magic to this date (except the tide happens to serve); it is just a date to shoot for. My punch list is huge including everything from general cleaning and refurbishing to rebuilding woodwork and systems.
In the coming weeks, I will chronicle the rebuild and hope you'll come along. There is an old saying: "If you don't know what you're doing, go slow." Since I don't, I shall. And I welcome you on the journey.