Restore or Ignore?
It has been some time sense I have made a significant post of any kind (busy keeping up with my 4 and 6 year old), but I think you will find this to be a most interesting post.
My history with this boat has span over 10 or 11 year with the previous owner a friend and fishin buddy who was the second owner to the craft. He picked the boat up in a divorce sale from a female (he claimed). I was intrigued by the design and specs of the boat from the minute I walk up on the boat as it sat "ON THE WATER NOT IN THE WATER". Even My then "97" Punta Gorda built SilveRKinG Signature with 100hp Suzuki V4 2 stroke did not have the stance and on the water posture like this boat. I was shocked that this boat had more square footage, higher gunnels, Larger bait wells, 1/3 less hp with same speed and half the draft of my then $32,000+- new but 3 year old trick out boat and yes I know they are two different animals for the same use. No doubt I was in love and told my fishin buddy "Never sell this boat"!!!! and if you do "Call me first"!!!!!. Well the wife and I made two kids and me and fishin buddy lost touch with one another for about 6 years talking maybe yearly at best.
Well on the phone with a mutual friend of fishin buddy (another fishin buddy) I asked how buddy #1 was. He tells me he is picking up his new 22' bay boat in a few days. :hairraiser to say the least!!!!
Now what I do and do not know about this boat and the builder. Bill Knowles is best known for his 30' express wood built sport fish boats. Based in Stuart FL he attempted to build flats boats to subsidize his larger boat building but found that was not cost effective. He did manage to build 3 boats mine and another 16 footer and a 19 footer. In my opinion this makes my boat kind of special. One of one I think?
She is in ruff shape and has been fished really hard for about the last 10 years. The boat is going to need to be gone through from one end to the other. I don’t know if I can afford that rite now or if I have the time or patients. Take a look at the photos and let me know what you think.
Any other history or knowledge about my hull would be helpful. Thanks