|This was my first view of Moth Nr 4065. She was leaning against the side of a garage building and appeared, from the layer of grunge, to have been undisturbed for many winters.|
|Here she is flopped down on her keel. Love the pine needles trapped under the 'whales.|
|Her owner (from new) told me that the boat had been picked up by a wind storm and dropped onto dock pilings. I can believe it. This photo, while representative, doesn't begin to show all the damage to the decks and bulkheads.|
|Here's a view from the stern. This boat is clearly crying out for some TLC.|
|After a vigorous bath she looks great from 10 feet away! She doesn't look like the same boat does she? I love the Swedish flag blue.|
|Here is a repair of an ancient war wound--evidence of a port/starboard encounter at some long forgotten regatta.|
Yes, the gel coat is rougher than what the photos suggest. Indeed there are lots of gouges and deep scratches, lumps and bumps but there are no soft spots in the laminate so this hull is worth the effort to breathe back into life. The next step will be to flip her over and remove the deck hardware in preparation for new decks a la Joe Bousquet's famous roll tank deck system: http://www.mothboat.com/Building/bousquet.html Stay tuned.