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The boat was not a pretty sight sitting on a trailer in the salvage yard, long forgotten and forlorn. She’d need more than a little time
and energy to restore her original glory,
dating back to 1974. Even the trailer lights
were long gone; I had to replace them just
to get the boat home before I could start
work on her. That work was divided into
two distinct areas: interior and exterior.
Before starting on the interior, I
ensured that the boat was watertight so
upgrades and enhancements wouldn’t be
ruined by water leaking inside. I installed
a bow port light, not an original feature
when she was built, and replaced the leaking forward hatch. I removed the frames
around the ports and powder coated
them, before installing the new smoked-acrylic windows. I also fabricated a three-piece companionway hatch from the same
material, which offers privacy and keeps
the interior cooler on hot days. The boat
essentially has been restored to factory
standards; however, I did treat the old girl
to a fancy kick-up rudder, which makes
trailer launching and retrieval easier.
The interior was refreshed considerably by adding new lighting and upholstery and replacing the outdated and
shabby faux-wood-grain panels with
smoked acrylic to complement the windows, hatches, and companionway. Other
wood items were replaced with Starboard
panels. The only wood left on the boat is
the tiller, further reducing the time needed for varnishing each season.
The boat is now named TranSeaEnt,
and we enjoy cruising the waters around
Grosse Pointe on Lake St. Clair, Michigan.
When the wind fails to
cooperate, a very reliable 9.9-hp Honda outboard scoots her across
the water nicely.
Michael A. Vallejo
Grosse Pointe, MI
TRANSEAENT, A 1974 MACGREGOR 25 VENTURE