Its great that it stayed in your family and that it is enjoyed by generations! Welcome aboard! Im new to feather crafts myself. I was smitten with them at first sight. You are in the right spot the people on here are great. I am blown away by the skills of the members. Im still looking through all the restorations and old posts there is much knowledge to be gained. David.
Hello everyone. I figured I should take a minute to introduce myself and my feathercraft. My name is Dan. I'm 36 years old and have inherited what I believe is a 1959? Hawk named the "Debbie Marie". It was purchased new by my Great Grandfather (who I never met) and he named it after his granddaughter (my mom). Apparently it was his prized possession after making it through the Great Depression and when he passed away, he left it to my mom. It sat for a few decades in a barn until my dad got it out and running again (probably in the late 80s/early 90s). Then it sat for another 5-10 years until I was in high school and my friends and I took an interest in it. We managed to get it running for a summer or two until the Evinrude Lark 35 finally died. Then I went to college, got a real job, and had two kids.
I decided a few years ago that I wanted to restore it, and I'm now finally at a place in my life where I can get started on it. I have tons of questions, but I'm already incredibly grateful for the wealth of knowledge I've gained from being on this site. I look forward to being part of the community, and posting lots of pictures along the way
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You have one of the best Vagabonds built, 1956, built in November 1955.
These have the best hulls, the first year with full one piece keel and full trim tab, the only year with 4 transom braces and with the full front seat which is stiffer and produces a better handling boat.
All my opinion but I have had the same boat for 28 years and love it!
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou