It's been a few weeks since the last update, but the wait is well worth it in terms of content.
I added two videos, as well as nearly 100 pictures of the restoration. The air traps are now installed, as well as the sponson frames. The bottom batons are going in soon, and work will begin on the nose in the coming weeks.
As most everyone already knows, the restoration itself began with the realization that most of what remained of the "original" wood structure was deteriorated to the point that not much of it could be salvaged in it's original state. However, there was enough left we could still use with some creativity, careful planning, and patience.
We are now at the point in the project where we can begin re-installing some of the original Squire Shop wood back into the hull, which we are all pleased knowing we found a interesting way to do so. The part of this that is unique in a way, is that we are having key individuals associated with the team from 1979-1981 sign these wood pieces as our way of honoring their dedication and sacrifices for "paving the way" for us to follow.
Kelly Stocklin was the first one to sign his name, and many others will be doing so in the next few weeks. We have identified around 20 people, and were still trying to track down a couple of them.
So to put it simply to anyone who may be asking, the answer is yes........................there will still be original wood left in the hull once the restoration is complete.
What does than mean exactly you may be asking?
Well, I'll put it this way.........every section of the hull from the tips of the sponsons all the way back to the transom will have original wood throughout (and everywhere in-between).
Again, thanks to all of you out there for your ongoing and continued support!
Look for the next restoration update to be posted by the end of the week, stay tuned...
I am in the process of refining the vintage photo gallery, and I'll be adding a ton more photos by the end of the year. There are about another 1000 being scanned right now, sow it takes time to get it all done.
I'm also going to include some pictures from the Squire Shop stores, company picnics, and of course.......the boats and crews.
I will have another restoration update posted shortly, hang in there!!!