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My Fortune

Tonight I had Chinese food and got a fortune cookie. I opened it up and started to laugh. I showed it to Susie and she said, “You have to post that on your blog.” I could not agree more.

Engine installation day

Today while Susie went to see a show, I stayed home and put the engine and transmission into my boat. It took a lot of time (again) but at the end of the day, there it sits. Now I can return the engine stand and engine hoist to their proper owners! HUGE thank you to Robert and Kris.

How’s the boat going?

I’m often am asked, “How is the boat project going?” It’s been a while since I posted so I thought I’d update the blog to answer the question.

Once the purple boat was gone I hauled the trailer to Glenn’s Welding in Lynnwood. They are going to straighten the trailer for me. To do so I needed to remove all the wood from the trailer and I had to pull all the wires. I did this and quickly realized I’m now restoring a trailer along with the boat. So, the project grows. The trailer needs new carpet on the rails (the part the boat sits on) and on the platform on the sides. New wood is necessary for the platforms as the old ones were rotten.

I have discovered that putting things back together seems to take longer than just taking them apart. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, when putting things back together I like them to be clean. Is this just being obsessive? Perhaps, but keeping things clean is part of owning a good boat. If you let a boat get dirty it is nasty later when you need to do some maintenance. If everything were new and clean this would be going a lot faster. Second, I’m being cautious as I go to make sure things are right. For instance, I am sealing every screw that goes in the boat hull.

The last couple of weekends I have begun to get the boat ready for the engine installation. This has involved installing the engine frame back into the boat, and also installing all the parts that are easier to get to without the engine installed. This means mainly the bilge pump and the pylon. I spent a good number of hours yesterday installing these parts.

The photos below answer the question, “How is the boat project going?” The answer is, “I’m ready to install the engine.”

Current state of the boat
You can see here the aluminum engine cradle, bilge pump, bilge pump controller (that small black box), and the ski pylon.
Ready for installation!

Boat tear-down

This was a frustrating weekend. I intended to drop the boat off at local dump, but when we got there the guys running the dump refused to help get the boat off the trailer. It was impossible to move ourselves. Note: “We” is Erik and me – Yes, Erik gets free boat rides for life.

After that fiasco, I decided to just cut the boat up and take the pieces to the dump that way. There is a positive in this set-back: by cutting this boat up I will learn a lot about the structure of my boat and how it is held together. We already found one interesting thing about the Tree Nautique when we pulled up the carpet. The first few photos in the slideshow below are of a HUGE crack in the floor. The tree did more damage that I originally thought.

These pictures are of the progress made until the saw broke tonight. Tomorrow I’ll get a better saw and keep going at it!

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Pulling the engine

The big day finally arrived. Ever since the Tree Nautique arrived at our house, I knew that I’d have to pull the engine from this boat to transfer it to mine. Although I’ve done a lot of mechanical-type things in my life, I had never pulled an engine from… well… anything.

First, I got an engine hoist from a good friend. Kris is a fellow Ski Nautique owner (and has built a beautiful Datsun 2000 Roadster, by the way). He has a super lift that he was kind enough to let me borrow. On Saturday our “other son” Erik came over and we got after it. Susie took on the role of photographer.

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I’m very, very happy that Erik could come help. I’m currently working hard to finish stripping the Tree Nautique so that I can get rid of it. Susie is anxious to have it out of the driveway, and so am I. My garage is REALLY full. I need to start putting my boat together!

New Masters Men’s Slalom Record

When I get my boat fixed, I imagine myself doing this. I won’t be able to do so, but it is what I imagine. 🙂

The purple Tree Nautique is almost completely stripped now. This weekend I hope to pull the engine, pull up the carpet, get the remaining few parts off the boat, and then the hull will be ready to go to the dump.

The big sell-off

In the last month I have been picking apart the purple Tree-Nautique (as I have come to call the tree-damaged boat I purchased). Some of the parts on this boat are duplicates of parts I already own so I’ve been selling what I don’t need. Note for all my readers: If you’d like to get a lot of email, just mention in the right places on the internet that you are parting out an early 90’s Ski Nautique. So far I’ve only sold roughly a dozen parts. Largest item has been the windshield, and the smallest a couple of hinges. The most common ask is for the control throttle, which had already been removed from the boat when I got it.

As I disassemble I am carefully going slow and taking a lot of pictures. I don’t know how people could ever put together a boat without seeing how it was together when it was new. There are wires, tubes, and fasteners everywhere. I have probably 100’s of pictures like these now to help me remember where everything goes and is connected:

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A friend came over and helped me take a bunch of parts off last weekend, so I’m basically down to the point where it is time to pull the engine. THAT will be interesting, and I’m sure worthy of a blog of its own.


Engine Day

July 20, 2012

Today, I got an engine for my boat. To say I am very excited would be a modest understatement. There is a mountain of work in front of me. Let me share the story…

A few weeks ago I got an email from a friend named Kris. I was in Dublin at the time so the email arrived at 2:00AM or so. When I got up and checked my computer the email said something like, “There is an engine from 1993 Ski Nautique in Kirkland! Go to the site!” I met Kris on So I went to the site and buried in one of the forums there was a note from somebody who said he had an engine and was looking for a buyer. I quickly emailed the guy (Bruce) and got a response within a day or so.

Bruce sent me some photos that were a little shocking:

Broken Nautique
Big tree
Big tree

However, Bruce’s email contained two other very exciting images:

Low hours
Less than 400 hours!

And – the most exciting image of all:

PCM HO Engine!
PCM Ford 351 HO engine!

I went over and looked at the boat a few days after I returned from Dublin. As advertised, the boat was toast. The hull was smashed (beyond what I would want to repair anyhow). It also turned out that Bruce was ready for the boat to be gone. He asked me if I needed other parts, which I do. Bruce had some parts that he wanted from the boat, but the majority of it he did not need. So, he agreed to sell me the boat, with the agreement that he could keep a few parts.

Today, I had a flat-bed truck driver pick up the boat and had it delivered to my house. The engine – and all the other little parts I need, are mine! I’m very excited, and I have a lot of work in front of me to pull the parts I need, sell what I don’t need, and then – pull the engine… I’m sure that will be a blog post all on its own.

It is mine!
So happy
Trees and Nautiques – Not a good mix