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My 55 Vagabond V7 450 55 28 Sep 2016 13:38 #66463

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Yeah, that is a great story. It sounds like that boat ended up just where it belongs. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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My 55 Vagabond V7 450 55 28 Sep 2016 12:07 #66462

Excellent story, John. Dante would be both proud and very happy. :)
Good luck with the restoration.

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My 55 Vagabond V7 450 55 28 Sep 2016 11:32 #66461

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In Dante's backyard
I was able to purchase a 55 Vagabond this summer. This would be my 4th (all gone but this one) This one is special. It was 20 minutes from me and is the first Feather Craft I ever saw. (about 15 years ago) I saw it just as pictured. It belonged to a dear friend of my Dad. A Model A Ford buddy. He also became a great friend to me. His name was Dante, a true NC mountain boy who spent his life cutting and setting grave stones. He was good at it and did well. His place was like a museum. He had owned over 150 cars in his lifetime. He paid an "ole boy" $100 f or the FC 20 years ago. Dante never got around to finishing the Vagabond. Only boat he ever had.
Dante died quickly of cancer last winter. I went to see his widow this spring and we visited for 2 hours. She is as wonderful a person as he is/was. She asked me to help her sell the Vagabond. I thought about it, I did not want anymore boats, and then I told her I would love to buy it myself.
So here he is. Per my wife's suggestion, I will restore him and call him "Dante" in the Flying Boatman" style of naming boats. Trey I need some decals my friend.
John

PS. The Jetstreak is for sale....I need the space !

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