She’s in better shape than we thought! A few punky spots here and there, nothing horrible. Engine good. Trailer needs restoration, too, but we’re so glad to have it. Mr. J.T. Oliver cared for this boat so well, and kept impeccable records for his little runabout. It’s been fun pouring over them. I know its bad luck to change the name of a boat, but I’m thinking that the universe would be ok with me changing her name (and her gender?) to Oliver, don’t you think?
Fellow Woody Boater Chéri reports in from Rhode island with the wonderful news that the Sweet 18 Sportsman has made her journey from South Carolinia. You may recall this all happening on Ebay last week here on Woody Boater. She’s here!!!
Our hauler – an awesome young retired Marine named Adrian – picked her up in SC on Sunday, in a 53′ covered car carrier. She spent Monday night in an impound lot in Maryland (LOOOONG story), and arrived here in RI on Tuesday morning. She’s now safely tucked into the garage for the winter.
Capt. Kelly’s working on contraptions to pull the motor and get her flipped over to being the restoration. He did a complete resto on his dad’s Century Resorter when he was young, and I helped my dad with his 1942 CC barrel back 19 runabout when I was a kid. We’re both giddy with excitement to get going on this project. ….though we weren’t looking for one. It’s all your fault!! 🙂
Some pics of the pickup/dropoff, below. The guy, Tom, who sold her on behalf of the owner (JT’s daughter, who is 86!) is pretty cool dude. He’s got a booming business making/distributing custom hot rod parts. That’s his ’66 Chevy putting her in the truck.
We’ll keep you posted every so often on our progress. Hoping to get her in the water next summer. …though I’ve been vetoed on using her in our back yard. NO SALT WATER, he says. Yessir.
Thanks again for helping this old girl find her next berth!