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Old 19-10-2015, 11:01   #1
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What's the oddest thing -

You've ever removed from your "new to you" boat? Something the previous owners left and you can't imagine why it would be on board at all.

The reason I ask is that I've just finished looking in the last (that I know of)locker/hold/lazarette in this massive old boat and I'm looking at the 20th carload of GARBAGE someone in the past felt it necessary to hold on to.

So here's my example:

A rubberbanded roll of 1979 Penthouse Magazine inside of which was a blown up, burnt out regulator. And the magazine isn't worth anything, I checked.

I'm just grateful I didn't find the body parts or a bag of coke I was sure was in one of the compartments shortly after we took possession.

Has anyone else ever sat there shaking their heads asking "Whaaaaat?"

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Old 19-10-2015, 11:08   #2
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Re: What's the oddest thing -

On my current boat I found a really cool massive brass flare pistol, I'm thinking its at least an 8 gauge.

But, it had apparently been treated with vegetable oil many years ago. Of course my natural inclination when opening the box was to grab it and check to see it wasn't loaded.

It took me days to wash the smell of very rancid vegetable oil off my hands.

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Old 19-10-2015, 11:09   #3
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Re: What's the oddest thing -

The PO was fastidious, super clean, and did some nice things to the boat.

When he pointed to a U bolt just in front of the pedestal, he asked me if I knew what it was. "Sure, to attach a tether to." "Right answer."

In looking at it from below though, somebody really goofed. They'd drilled the holes right through the cover to the idler wheels for the steering!!! In order to remove the cover, which would normally be a five nanosecond job, it requires removing the U bolt, undoing the cover down below, checking or replacing the idler wheels/sheaves and axles, and then either relocating or rebedding the U bolt.

It also makes removing one of the aft cabin bulkheads impossible without doing all this, too.

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