I got a little Classic boat for our good friend, Ann. It’s a 1958 GFO — 14 foot fiberglass. The Evinrude outboard is also a ’58 with 35 hp “Lark”. It starts on the first compression! Her grandson is going to have a BLAST driving this thing around Hauser and Canyon Ferry Lake!
Had a few issues with the boat. The lower unit leaked — also had a shift problem. Put in new/used clutch dogs, gears, and shaft from other dead motor, rebuilt fuel pump and hoses — and away we go! Gets up on plane in about 8 seconds and gps says going 37 mph.
Has a “Billy-Bob special” going with the steering mount that has a bit of play in it. The pic is here so that a mechanically-minded friend can give me a tip on making it right. When the season is over in November, I hope to tear it all apart and remake it NICE. Some dummy painted this thing with a paint brush!
Is equiped to row. Has two swivel seats up front and a bench for two in the stern. No key, just push to choke and push to start or kill the motor. Even has a working electric bilge pump that pushes 4 gallons/minute.
The strange thing is that I intended to buy an aluminum boat that was nice, but nothing special, for the same money. The seller went nuts on me and wanted more than he had originally stated. I was bummed a bit, but now I am VERY glad that the first deal fell through and I was able to get something that’s a collector’s item – and more fun – for the same price. It is one clear example of how even the “bad” things in life are placed there for a Reason that is ultimately for the good of those who trust Providence. If Ann ever wants to sell this boat, after a bit of polishing and some housekeeping, Ann will get back all of her money AFTER having enjoyed it!
I’m just so glad that I don’t get what I deserve! Yes, there are dangers and pains, but I am thankful for all of it.