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Kethridge's 1955 Vagabond 05 Jul 2017 20:07 #75703

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kethridge wrote: ... As for now I've got a bathroom remodel to finish before my wife will even let me think about touching the boat.


Boy, does that ever sound familiar! :)

Congratulations. That looks like a really nice boat.
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Kethridge's 1955 Vagabond 05 Jul 2017 18:43 #75702

Looks like a nice one. Well done. Big motivation to get the bathroom done.
How are you going to haul the Teardrop AND the Vagabond?
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Kethridge's 1955 Vagabond 05 Jul 2017 18:21 #75701

Well it happened, much sooner than I predicted. I bought a FEATHER CRAFT. I joined the forum not too long ago and started looking for a boat. I've talked to several members and what a great place to come for information. You guys are truly awesome. I even had one member offer to sell me a boat, and then congratulate me when I informed him that I had gone another route. Everyone that I’ve talked to from all over the country shares not only a passion for these boats, but has a genuine respect for other people and willing to take the time to talk to a complete stranger.

I will share a little insight as to how I caught the fever for a Feather Craft.

In the spring of 2014 I acquired a 1971 Camper fixer-upper. This seemingly harmless project, 13ft tongue to bumper, 10ftx7ft Box, turned into a major overhaul. After finding that an army of carpenter ants had completely destroyed the camper I decided to tear it down to the frame and start from scratch. Now campers from the 70’s weren’t exactly my taste, boxy and boring. Practical? Sure. However teardrops from the 1950’s were calling my name. About a million clicks in AutoCAD I had a blueprint for the camper that we wanted. After countless hours, beers, and split firewood it was finished and we (my wife and I) took it camping the first time on Memorial Day weekend 2015. It’s an ongoing project to say the least, but we love it. See the pictures.

Anyways, the boat. I’ve always enjoyed boating, but never saw myself as a boat owner. With all the costs, headaches, and costs of owning a boat why not just ride in someone else’s? But now we’ve got a camper…and camp around lakes…maybe we could find a boat that’s affordable and looks good with the camper? Bingo. One google search was all it took. If we’re going to have a boat, it has to be a Feather Craft!
Fast-forward to July 4th, 2017. I met John in Martinsville, IN to look at it. A 1955 Vagabond I. From my limited knowledge, I concluded that I had found a good starting point for a restoration and brought her home!

I intend to use this thread as a progress page. I'm slow, and busy. I hope I can keep updates coming. As for now I've got a bathroom remodel to finish before my wife will even let me think about touching the boat.

Until then, stand by.

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