As we get ready to start restoring the hull, the topic of what to do about the trailer has been coming up recently.
The one that came with the boat is reported to have been originally from the Fascination, but were not 100% sure.
I have been trying to figure out where the original Squire Shop one ended up, but I have been unsuccesful so far in my search. Here is a picture of it, fyi.
Here's the one that was under the boat when Jerry Hopp campained it, the one from the Fascination.
So here's our problem, what trailer do we want to end up using? The Fascination one faces the opposite direction in regards to what The Squire Shop did, but we have another one in mind we can use instead. So far, it is our leading candidate for various reasons. This particular trailer is already in the Hydroplane & Raceboats arsenal, and it was originally built and used for the 1972 Miss Madison. It is currently paintet up as a former Atlas Van Lines display hull trailer.
This trailer needs some repairs and TLC too, but we can make it work and look the part.
This was the hull my family and I purchased (for all of 5 minutes) and traded it to aquire The Squire Shop. Back in 2013 when we made the deal, the hull was rough then...............now nearly 4 years later, it's not getting any better for sure.
So here's that sponson piece I hinted at last week, as you can see...........there are now 20 signatures on it as of yesterday. The final picture in the gallery explains the criteria for signing it, so if you are eligable............by all means, come down to the museum and leave your mark.
Update #10 is now posted, a nice video and photo gallery is on there.....as well as a spoof video of my reaction to the condition of the as it is today (just for fun).
The team has really been working hard on the teardown, a big thanks go out to them for their dedication. I should have another update this Sunday, as only the engine stringers should be left to remove.................getting close to the to the end of the tear down now.
Have you ever wondered what ever happens to the pieces from a hydroplane restoration that are not reused or scrapped?
Well, in terms of the decks and structure, most of it gets disposed of and is never seen again. this restoration project is somewhat different, but we do have our own "scrap" to get rid off. The sponson skins will be saved, thanks to Doug Brown. The cockpit will be scrapped outright, and all the wood and aluminum we can't save will be disposed of.
However, I did save as much of the painted deck sections that I could during the removal process (about a month ago). Of the pieces we saved, most have been cut down into specific sizes (4X6, 5X7, and 8X10's). I am working on a way to offer them to you fans out there as a keepsake, and to also help out with the restoration costs............every little bit helps.
I was a fan long before I ever remotely considered investing in a actual hydroplane, and I was always fascinated by souvenirs from actual boats. I figured I couldn't possibly be alone on this, so I want to be able to share them with other fellow fans.
In the next couple weeks, I will be putting a package together with the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum (if not sooner) that will give you all the opportunity to obtain a deck piece for yourselves from the hull. I can tell you right now that there will only be 100 pieces available, and each will come with a signed and serial numbered "Certificate of Authenticity" to ensure they are genuine.
More to come, you can see an example of what they will look like below....