I love a good project. Although it’s still a work in progress, I have come a
long way. I bought my 1985 Pilgrim after it washed ashore in Port Arthur,
Texas, during Hurricane Ike and have been working on it ever since. We
were fiberglass newbies. We actually made a mold of the starboard side
and turned it upside down and used it on the port side. I would have
loved to name the boat Toot or Scruffy, but my wife wouldn’t hear of it.
— John Allsion, Kemah, TX
The condition of my
Cape Dory 25 when
I got it was appalling.
The years had been
especially hard on all
of the exterior teak and
horizontal gelcoat surfaces
due to the brutal Florida sunshine. There was some
crazing and cracking of the gelcoat, and all of the
exterior teak had weathered black and was deeply
grained. In the “after” picture, I had painted the
deck, and fabricated and installed handrails. The
coamings, companionway framing, drop boards,
slider rails, and eyebrows are all done and installed.
— Stan Freihofer, Southwest Ranches, FL
BEFORE & AFTER
You May Get