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This project was most definitely a labor of love. That’s me, in the summer of 1960. I was 13 years old. My dad and I with help from my mom and sister Pam, built this 13 1/2’ runabout over the winter of 1959. In the spring dad bought a brand new 25hp., 1960 Gale Buccaneer outboard motor. This is the first picture of the inaugural launch. I can’t believe that was 52 years ago, I will be 65 this year, 2012.
Left: this is how she looked in 1998. She had been driven hard and put away wet. She was stored under cover on her side for more than 20 years. Time had certainly taken its toll. Right: this is how she looked in her first season in 1960.
THE PROJECT: Bring her back to pristine condition.
Like I said this was a labor of love. Dad did not have the heart to scrap her. He wanted to pass this little boat that had given us such joy, on to me. So that hot summer of 1998 was a rebirth, as such, for the little boat without a name.
Right: we completely stripped the mahogany decks off, and gutted the interior.
Right: Dad, Mom, Jacquie, Kiko, and me ready to go boating.
Launch day: on Okanagan Lake, Kelowna B.C.
Right: the 1st. mate and captain are happy.
Comments: What can I say? The family came together to resurrect a treasured heirloom. My wife Jacquie gave her a new name;
We had our first date in this boat and just celebrated 40 years together.