I recently aquired a '68 Venture 17 amazingly she was complete with sails. I am in the process of restoring it as age has taken its toll on the finish. I was looking in the access hatch underneath the forward berth & the entire cavity is packed with Styrofoam blocks. Is this original or something a previous owner did?
When I was removing some of the blocks I found an old weathered 3x5 card in the bottom that has "17" written in the top left corner "#57" in the right corner,
"WATERLINE-WHITE" written in the center of the card.
Seems like this was something from the factory? the original color of the hull was skyblue and the numbers on the sail are 57 and the hull number is 57.
I took her on the lake twice so far and no leaks at all
, then I took the keel out to rebuild it because its swollen & I cant get it to swing down
. As far as I know this boat has been in fresh water all its life and possibly in AZ as most of the wear on the boat is from the sun. The only other problem I can see is because it sat on the trailer for so long the bunks have dented the hull where they sat. Any ideas how to correct this? FYI pics coming soon...