Today's post is officially the last post for this blog, and it's not at all how I envisioned wrapping up the project, or the blog. On October 27, 2015, my best friend -- a man I'd known for over 35 years -- passed away unexpectedly.
Ten years ago, Greg set out on a journey to build a cabin cruiser, and I eagerly agreed to go along for the ride. We worked on the boat consistently for about three years before life got in the way. Over the next two years or so, we worked on the boat a couple of times. We haven't worked on the boat for about five years, but we frequently talked about getting back to it.. someday. Now, Greg is gone. While I have the expertise to finish the boat, I do not have the heart. After discussing things with Greg's widow, we have agreed that the best approach is to put the boat up for sale. If you are interested in purchasing the boat, please read on...
For Sale are the following items, which are being sold as a kit. We are not interested in selling items separately.
-GT23 cabin cruiser kit, partially assembled. Hull is constructed. Stringers are in. Frame pieces are in from the stern to approximately 2/3 of the way to the bow. Bottom is coated with skid-resistant, graphite-infused epoxy. Rubber skid plate is installed on the bottom so that you can intentionally beach the boat without damaging the paint. Remainder of the kit is intact and accounted for to the best of my knowledge. Transom has an extra 1/2" plywood panel, designed to accommodate high-output motors.
-GT23 cabin cruiser plans.
-Aluminum bracket for mounting the motor to the transom. The bracket is NOT currently mounted to the boat.
-Evinrude 150HP V6 outboard motor with 4 blade propeller. The motor is currently on a custom-built rolling stand. The motor has not been started in a little over a year, but it started last time I checked.
-28.5 ft Trail Star Tracker trailer, with custom brackets designed specifically to carry the GT23.
-1 new roll of bi-axial fiberglass, 4' wide.
-Approximately 2 gallons of Epoxy Resin.
-1 gallon of slow Epoxy Hardener.
-1/2 quart of medium Epoxy Hardener
-Several extras, including several disposable sanding and fiberglass respirators, Full West 407 Low Density Fairing Filler, 1lb Phenolic, 6 oz Fumed Silica, two bags chopped glass, 1 lb milled glass fibers, 1/2 bag graphite powder, 3 lbs wood flour, 4 rolls biaxial fiberglass tape (6" wide), box of leftover fiberglass pieces and parts that are still usable, disposable rubber gloves, tongue depressors for stirring, and additional books on building stitch and glue boats.
-Please note that I will use a small amount of the extras as I repair a canoe that Greg and I built in 2003. As such, the Epoxy and extras may be slightly less than listed above, depending on how much material is required for the repair job.
If you are interested in purchasing this boat, please check out the forums at www.bateau.com.
In the pictures below, you will notice a relief cut at the halfway point. The relief cut is there because the boat was slightly too wide. Greg put the relief cut in to ensure that the boat can be towed in all 50 states without a wide load permit.