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Glad to see you gettin after it

December 16 2006 at 7:03 PM
Tom Slayton  (no login)


Response to * Update on the 20' fiberglass Sea Skiff project (an "almost Commander")

Congratulations on the progress, Paul, I'm impressed with the drive you apparently have, because I've seen a lot of work being done on that project of yours in a fairly short time frame. I guess you're serious about having a runabout to drive in the springtime. I am also impressed at your measures to keep things original, because I can't tell you how many boats I have seen over the years that have "the mark" of a previous owner left on them. Few people have the restraint to "leave well enough alone" and it seems everyone wants to personalize or customize things. Thats not all bad, but more often than not, the customization from the general public is not a pretty sight.

I have been looking over the files you posted about Warren Pateman's restoration of his 38' Commander. That whole project of his is inspirational. His work is all custom. He did it to such a high standard I think he missed his calling in life and should have been in the boat design or manufacturing business. The decision has to be made on each project, and on yours I think it's great to keep the boat as original as possible.

Cheers, Tom




 
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