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Thanks Charles. I went back to Ebay and its been over 60 days since I got mine so I can"t seem to pull up the name of the store I purchased it from but it was someones E-bay marine store similar to your links. Linda you will have to cut your own holes and I had to get a longer vent hose for mine to work but I"m sure Mr. Mc Givver can handle that seeing how good he has done with the other repairs.
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I"m actually jealous of the stars and stripes, makes me stand up to attention and salute every time I see it
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Halfcell, thank you for the comments.  I made the seat covers last year to cover the torn seats.  Now they are on the seats to protect the upholstery while we are still working on the boat.  It truly is almost ready to launch.  We are really trying for this coming weekend, if everything works out this week with the remaining details.  We are forever looking for that one tool that we just had or the box of screws that we know we have, somewhere.  I periodically gather all the tools in one bin, all the hardware in another and all the parts in a couple others.  Still lost tools and hardware are constantly plaguing the rebuild.

WCD, thank you for your comment and the salute! I cannot tell everyone how pleased I am with how the graphics are coming together.  I knew the stars would look good, but WOW, that"s all I can say, WOW!!  I was planning to do some swirly red strips and stars on the sides but Jeff and I talked about it today and think it is very impressive as is.  It is still work in progress with the graphics but we just want to get her on the water right NOW!

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Hopefully you will not hear from me in a couple of days.  Launching!!!!!
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  You"ve done a wonderful, interesting, and informative rebuild Linda & Jeff. Here"s to you and may your first float be uneventful, successful and a pleasant experience.
  You"ve done a wonderful job there,
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Hello!!  We are back!  Whoot! Whoot!  Everything went wonderful!  Lots of great pics to share.  Sorry, a little beat tonight.  Browns Ravine, Folsom Lake, El Dorado Hills, CA was the launch site.  We had a christening ceremony that was a lot of fun with the name reveal.
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Congrats...glad it went well. Got any maiden voyage pics?
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Sounds great guys! Glad all went well and look forward to the pics..
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Here are a few pics, sorry if they appear a little blurry.  I sent me camera in for cleaning, got it back and now it takes horrible pics. 

We didn"t have anyone with us to take pics as it came off the trailer but the help was there soon after.  We launched and parked her in a courtesy slip until the rest of the gang arrived.

We put the hull id on as it sat in the courtesy slip.

Jeff"s brother Larry bought us a ship"s bell and this was installed at the slip also.

I am putting together some really cool before and after pics and will post soon as well as some other pics of the weekend.  Have about 300 or more pics to go through.  Been through 166 and need to check out the rest.

The towel hanging over the side is covering the name.  Not yet revealed!



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That boat registration decal would be in violation in Alabama and TN registrations as they require 3 in block letters/numbers. Course you do have your NC at the wrong end of the numbers .  That boat really does look good in the water. All it needs to highlight the theme is a good size US flag flying off of it.

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I don"t want to be the bearer of bad news but since Charles already has said it the NC is supposed to be on the other side of the numbers but I wouldn't worry about the type of letter you used, at least not here in MN anyway, I would recommend reading this about the registration numbers in NC:

http://www.ncwildlife.org/pg01_License/images/pg1c2_b1.pdf

With that said congratulations on the maiden voyage that is a great looking toon I am anxiously awaiting to hear/see what you have chosen for the name.



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Maybe it is a CA thing with the letters and the NC placement, all the boats around us have CF in front.  See the pic below.  I took a pic of the numbers to be sure I knew what to put back on the boat. 

As for the font, I looked a many a boat around here last year and some had fonts you really couldn"t read.  A lot of people use the same font for name and numbers, as did I.  We had the sheriff patrol around us a few times this weekend and no one said anything.  I think the sheriff patrol was just checking out the boat.  I looked at other hull id on the registration book when I signed in at the marina and the ones that stood out started with CF.

Weird!

We worked on the boat until about 11pm, then drove to Sac to sleep in front of Larry's house.  Folsom Lake is really high this year and some of the parking is under water.  We needed to get to the lake early in the morning to ensure a place to park the trailer and truck.  We took the boat out to a little town about 3 miles from our home to get fuel about 8:45 pm.  That trip was a bust as they could not pump fuel.  Something about ownership change.  Went back home an completed cleaning the boat carpet, vacuum broke.  Loaded everything and left.  Hit road construction and was delayed twice.  Most on the stations we can fit in were closed.  We finally found an open station at 1am, fueled, I still needed groceries.  Towed that boat around town in search of a 24 hr grocery, was grocery shopping at 1:45am.  Got back to Larry's about 2:15 am.  Jeff made the bed, Larry loaded his stuff, woke up at 6:55 and left Larry's about 7:30.  Had to stop at Wally World to get a new ice chest, old ice chest had lost it's plug.  Finally we put her in the water, the launch area was just starting to get a little busy but we did great.



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In that case I wouldn"t worry about it at all then.

You still didn't give any hint to the name yet though.



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Sorry gotta work now!  I am putting together the pics of the little ceremony with the name reveal.
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I don"t know about California (CF), but in Wisconsin the state letters come first (WS).  That would make your letters correct based on our regs.
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Oh, I didn"t realize she was in California, thought she was North Carolina, then yes, they have it right.
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As was I. I was just going by what Wildcat Dude said. I put all blame on him.
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Yep, its all my fault (so I"m old and senile - shoot me already)

Checked CA boat registration, and you might find  somebody not liking your style for registration as it says (just like TN & AL) Be in plain vertical block characters of not less than three inches in height



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Nice job Linda. Whats the propane tank for? Also how is your grill mounted. I am mentally designing a grill for the Dive Shack and am tossing around ideas I have seen here.
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Originally posted by Wildcat Dude Wildcat Dude wrote:

Yep, its all my fault (so I"m old and senile - shoot me already)

Checked CA boat registration, and you might find  somebody not liking your style for registration as it says (just like TN & AL) Be in plain vertical block characters of not less than three inches in height

The numbers and leters are 3", I suppose I have 2 of the three requirements, the right sequence of numbers and letters as well as the height.  Just not so "block letters".  No biggie, If I have to go plain, I will wait until the river patrol gets me.  Going to the river this weekend.

BBQ - looks like the posting of the BBQ is a little more important than my naming and christening ceremony.  Figured out a plan on how to tell the story on my way home from work today.  First the BBQ:

Oh the Propane tank.  This is for the stove and refer.  This is part on the 20% we do not have completed.  The tank will be mounted back by the engine as soon as Jeff has time to make the mounts and run the hose.  This was the quick fix on Friday.

This is the whole set up looking up from the ground.

Whole enchilada, McGiver Jeff"s creation out of scraps that were laying around.

Upper mount view, under BBQ.  BBQ is mounted to this piece.

Lower mount attached to fence, outside.

This is where it attaches to the floor outside the boat.  McGiver, I mean Jeff had to put a shim under the mount as we added the decking to the front to accomodate the ladder.  This lower attachment point was on top of the front trim rail.

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Inside view of lower mount bracket that attaches the mount to the boat.

This is a front view. The bungee is to hold the lid down when we are traveling.

This is the key, I guess you can call it, you turn this and the BBQ comes off the lower mount.

This is, I guess, the receptacle where the stem of the upper BBQ mount slides into to take the BBQ off the mount.

This is the BBQ off the mount.  We take it off when we are floating around the water sometimes if we don"t want it blocking our view.

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The forward ladder worked great!  We used it a few times.  We tied a red and white hand towel to the steering wheel when deployed se we would not forget to put it back before motoring. 

The bar worked great!  Nothing spilled and it kept everything together and in the center of the boat.



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Thank you for the comments.  Still not done.  The rest are things that we will work on a little at a time during the week.  Weekends are now for being on the water.  Leaving tomorrow to go to the river.  We will be back on Sunday.  The storage in the galley is awesome.  Everything is organized and easy to locate.  Relocating the ladder to get up on top was one of the best changes we made.  We had kids and adults up there hanging out and jumping off.  There is a warning up there that states do not jump off.  Just so you all know we check the water depth and check for any obstacles in the water before anyone is allowed to jump.  I guess we will have to do the slide next.
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Sorry I"m coming in late on this one.. but congratulations Linda on you successful launch!  The name of the boat comes as a complete surprise!!!  

I"m interested in feedback on how your new fresh water system is working.  I"m planning on (ultimately) removing my top deck solar water heater tank and going with about 40 gallons underneath using 8" PVC (similar to your setup)... in conjunction with a genuine 6 gallon hot water heater.  I"m going to have two runs of the 8" PVC, on either side of the boat, and I"ll have a transfer pump which will allow me to move the water from one side to the other as required.

Anyway.. once again.. congrats!
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Hello, Hello.  Back from another outing, this one on the river.  Launched in the Sacto River and headed up the American to anchor.  The American is a no wake river, well supposed to be anyway.  Certainly not as treacherous with wakes as the Sacto.  Wetness on the bow all the time on the Sacto as there is a lot of fast boat traffic.  Anyyyywayyy, Didn"t move the boat once anchored until we pulled her out Sunday evening.  We probably used less than a gallon of fuel the entire weekend. 

Testing 1..2..3!!!  The water tank worked great.  I used the entire 5 gallons, ran out on the last dishwash on Sunday.  I wasn"t sparing the water, just to see how I would do.  The pitch of the boat kept the water at the correct end of the tank.  We opened the drain and indeed the tank was completely empty.

I used the forward ladder and it is very nice.  The ladder felt very steady and did not flex as I went up or down.  I enjoyed the fact it has four rungs.  Most boat ladders have only two, maybe three rungs.  We do not need to add any additional hand grips or anything to assist with boarding the boat from the ladder.  McGiver Jeff will need to engineer a eyelet or something to hook the winch strap to the boat as the ladder covers the place where the eyelet USED to be.  We think we will add a strap like is on Scottbee"s boat to winch the boat on the trailer.  So far no worries, water level high enough to float the boat onto the trailer without winching.



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Linda & Jeff

Glad to see that you"re beautiful boat is back in the water!  You guys did a terrific job!

  I"m sorry that I haven"t been able to keep better track of your progress.  I"ve been very busy getting my boat ready for the Wooden Boat Show, which was this past weekend.  I can breathe easier now and take some time to read the forums.



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Thanks for the compliments and comments.

Wow, what a weekend.  The ladder at the front worked OK for beaching.  Not a great ramp, will think about carrying a board or something to strap to the ladder to use as a ramp when beached.  The strenght of the ladder and pitch into the water was fine.  Just difficult to step on the rungs when leaving the boat.  I would put my foot on the first fung and then go into the water to get to shore.  t was like trying to balance on thing tree logs or something.  If we had a board on it, we would have been able to get to shore without getting the feet wet.  Once again the ladder up front to get to the top deck is awesome!!!



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Let"s get on with the naming ceremony. Should have posted this a while back but been mighty busy.

Our closest friends assembled to witness the naming and christening of the boat.

       

OK, (giving instructions) when I raise my glass everyone must say "To the sailors of old, to Linda"s Lounge"

"For thousands of years we have gone to Lakes and Rivers.  We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name"

"These boats will nurture and care for us through perilous water ways"

"To them we toast and ask to celebrate Linda"s Lounge"

"To sailors of old, to Linda"s Lounge"

"The moods of the waterways are many, from tranquil to violent.  We ask that this boat be given the strength to carry us to the lakes and rivers.  To the sailors before us to Linda"s Lounge"

"To the sailors of old, to Linda"s Lounge" I christen thee Linda"s Lounge!

Wait!  We are not done yet! Jeff, I have to do my branch ceremony!

I offer this branch with green leaves that all family and friends aboard Linda"s Lounge will return safely to harbor.  (I placed the branch at the front gate, no pic)

Now Jeff"s turn to thank everyone for coming and thank our family and friends for all their hard work helping us with the rebuild.

... and the beach towel comes off the name!

I have more pics to share although I think I will add to the topic we already have started under Start Your Own Personal Thread.  Puttin' the Party in Party Hut.  I feel the pics of our outings should not be in the rebuild section. 

 



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Well Linda and Jeff, its like the end of one era and the opening of another. Through blood, sweat and tears (surely somebody smashed a finger like I did during the rebuild ) you"ve crafted your own thing of beauty that suits your purpose and we"ve enjoyed every post of it - thanks
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