My Hunter Build: LIL' NELLIE
I'm not sure if build threads are common around here, but on all the motorcycle and truck forums i've been apart of, everyone loves em, both for tracking their own progress and for others to BS and get ideas from. So i'm getting mine in here and started, despite it being winter and the boat being in storage.
Back story: I moved to Jackson after a summer of working on Tall Ship schooners in the Keys (and a trip to Europe), and just so I had a toy to play with on the lakes in the summer, planned to bring out an old Prindle 18' my dad and I had drug out of a field and fixed a few years back. In the process of working out when to make the drive to get the cat, i was at work listening to Trash and Treasure, a local call in radio show where people sell things. This dude phoned in and said he had a Hunter 22 for $500. I called bull ****, and assumed it was in half or something. After much deliberation on weather or not i should try and buy it, i just went and looked for the hell of it. The guy selling it was classic, sana looking guy in his 60s, hawaiian shirt, boat shoes and a hawaiian shirt. He was moving to FL (in like a month) to buy a catamaran because he was tired of winters, and just needed this boat out of his storage space so he could cancel the lease. First off, this thing was huge. Way bigger than I expected, especially sitting up on this tall trailer. I got the tour...the interior was pretty clean (ya know, except for the rotten bulkhead) the deck had its fair share of gelcoat cracks but it was all firm and only aesthetic, the sails were there, and the motor was tucked away in a van. It hadn't been in the water for a few years and there was, as i got digging closer the following summer, a bit of disrepair hidden away.
So many hurdles to figure out if i could make this work, luckily i was 3rd down his list of calls so I had time to think about it. I lived in an appt at the time, my truck couldn't tow it, storage in Jackson doesn't exist or is hundreds a month. Luckily, i found a place i could store it at 45 min away, I found a truck i could use to tow it with, I found a free place to store it in the winter, and everyone i knew that had boat experience said yes, buy it and you can at least recoup your costs in parts or i take to boise or a bigger city and sell it for a profit. It was enough to make me confident to take on the risk of just having to deal with it. Everyone else backed out and it was my turn. So I bought it, and the guy was pretty stoked it was going to somone who actually knew how to use it and would enjoy it (not many sailors in Jackson). He said a bunch of people came to look at it and just had no clue what they were looking at.
I brought home the Coconut Coaster in June, immediately decided it needed a name change, following all the proper channels of maritime folk lore of course. I parked it in front of my friends house to work on it, and my buddy and I got to work dry rigging it, setting the motor up, inspecting the trailer, and figuring what needed to be done before the maiden voyage.
The trailer wheels had no flat spots or cracks, the lights worked, and the bearings all had brand new grease in them, bearings all good as well. The boat came with a host of tools and a ton of spare parts, a 4 speaker stereo system, all the cushions, fenders, bilge pumps (new in box) and paddles. We set the motor on the mount, put it in a bucket of water, and it fired right up after 10 pulls. That beautiful 9.9 2 stroke sounded like success to me! I arranged the stays and shrouds to make sure the mast was ready to rise, and I determined it was ready to go trial run at the lake. Over the next week i wanted a pretty looking boat, and because it didn't need any obvious repairs...we removed all the teak and sanded and stained it.
Last edited by IDtrucks; 07-02-2018 at 04:13 PM.