Feather Craft Vagabond Part Thirteen: Thanks for the memories…

Well , in these tough economic times, changes and belt tightening are inevitable.  And so it goes at our household.

Due to tax revenues being greatly decreased in the state, Ohio has seen fit to cut funding to the public library system statewide, regardless of the fact that record numbers of people are going to libraries for assistance in job searches, filling out on-line resumes, etc.  My wife has been caught up in the effects of these drastic cuts by being reduced to part-time and likely will not have a job by years end.  But this is all for a separate blog…so I digress.

In an effort to keep some cash handy for necessities until she finds full-time work, we have begun to shed a few items.  The first casualty just left the driveway behind a pick-up truck heading for Tennessee.  My Feather Craft Vagabond is gone.

She was indeed a fun little vessel.  We spent time cruising the Maumee River since her completion in late may.  I was always toying with something to improve the boat.  Higher pitch prop, brass prop, aluminum prop, more trim, less trim, trim tabs.  I finally got her to the point she really was in a nice groove.  She ran well and handled well.

I spent time twisting and turning while chasing seagulls and jet skis along the Maumee.  I polished her up, and was told by a young man at the dock she looked like a silver bullet going along the water.

Alas, she has left, and I am grateful to have had some time with this eye-catcher .  She delighted all who saw her.  Now, for the winter anyway, I will get back to working on a few old outboard restorations.  Hopefully by spring we may not be wiped out, and my wife will have a full-time job.  If not, my boss always says “it’s just stuff”.

I’m not really remorseful, just glad she’ll have a good home and care takers in her new Captain and Crew.

And so it goes…

AMOCI Constantine, MI 7-11-2009 037

So off to life in Tennessee with a wonderful couple who will enjoy her.

So long Silver Sonic!  Thanks for the memories…

4 Responses to “Feather Craft Vagabond Part Thirteen: Thanks for the memories…”

  1. October 10, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    It’s just stuff…there’ll be another…you have to do what you have to do…ah hell – it sucks – but there really will be another and the journey is at least half the fun.

    They come – They go
    in Denver

  2. 2 conductorjonz
    October 10, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Peter, Thanks for the support. I’ll get back out there in a rivet bound beauty again. Everything happens for a reason. I don’t yet know why this has happened, but the timing has been perfect, and I’m excited to see what’s next.


  3. 3 Dave K
    May 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Just a quick note to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed your thread.

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