Passion in all we do.
1971, 32 foot Alcan 370. It’s an aluminum, twin-engine houseboat. She’s kind of funky but we see that as having a lot of character.
The sea trial…..She’s dirty, but the water is staying on the outside of the boat, and both engines run.
Inside – All of this is getting torn out. Country blue shag carpet and dark paneling made up the interior of the boat.
Before and after – Our intention was to tear out all of the paneling. The thought of that became overwhelming, so instead, I painted the paneling on the bridge.
How the boat got her name….
We lost our Sweet Lou to cancer this past summer at the age of 2. She was our feral rescue pup that came to us severely damaged and terrified. She made great strides towards trusting us and then was taken away. Losing her was heartbreaking. I can’t think of a better remembrance of my Sweet Lou than to name our boat after her.
We were parked at the entrance for most of the remodeling. It definitely caused quite a buzz in the marina. We had the pleasure of meeting some really great folks that were in different parts of the marina that we had never had the opportunity to meet simply due to the location of Tanki Tini, our sailboat, over on the levy.
We were blessed with a 70 degree day in November! This was the last work we were able to do before the cold weather hit. The Top side paint, (black) went on quickly and looks really sharp, the bottom antifouling paint, (also black) took much more than I thought and I was only able to get half of the bottom done with the one quart I ordered. Not enough time to add the boot stripe, so now we wait for springtime! Construction on the inside has halted but hoping to get that started soon! In the meantime, we are working on the menu, finding the right equipment and finishing the logo!
What a beautiful day! We have been blessed with a very mild winter. 🙂
Things are starting to get very real now. I have most of the equipment needed and just received my signs, tent and of course my awesome balloon man! Now we just need to get the inside of the boat finished!
Sweet Lou’s paint job is finally finished and it turned out beautifully! We are nearing completion on the kitchen and will be moving the equipment on in the coming days. Our dock is almost finished and then we will be able to move to our permanent location next to the gas dock. The weather has cooperated although we have some rain and colder days still to come. We are very excited to finally open our doors!