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We finally admitted it.
"Quick update

We continue to work on the boat in most of our spare time. The head is framed in and we are in the process of installing the cultured marble shower (a heavy job). The pocket door to the stateroom has been moved forward 6", widened 6" to 30" and the opening raised to where up to a 6'4" frame will fit through. The stateroom closet is gone, by choice. Approximately 45% of the insulation is done and we have one of the six lower windows re-framed in aluminum. The carb on the genny has been completely rebuilt. Probably 35% of the AC circuits are in and all of the helm wiring is gone. The helm will be on the list before we launch. I think I mentioned the upper decks sometime, we are still struggling to find a GOOD tig welder for the leaks. That is the number one frustration besides not getting on the water. The salon/galley stairs have been designed and rebuilt to save 8" of galley space. The rear steps have been replaced with a single step/workbench. Much easier in and out of the aft window and nice for short rests and work space (doesn't take up an inch more than the original stairs. Many other things too minimal to list.

We are not going to get out this year. We finally admitted it. The goal is to have it completely done for next spring. We took the boat apart staple-by-staple, screw-by-screw, wire-by-wire, and wall-by-wall. We really didn't realize we were going to do everything. We could have saved a ton of time by ripping it out all at once but I JUST DIDN'T KNOW

I'll put some pics on the website tonite if you care to see the progress/devastation.

I would have posted sooner but working on a boat is funner than talking about it.

KC55 "

This is what I posted on the forum I am on.  I am sorry for the delay in posting, I didn't want to be one of those people who started posting regularly and tapered off.  Can't deny the truth though.

One last thought.  Is "Admission" the fact that we aren't getting on the water or the fact that we are paying the  "Price of admission" into the houseboating world?  It ain't cheap - time, labor, and or cash, you have to pay somewhere.  I'm glad I picked this boat for our investment.



08/09/2013 7:24pm

I am restoring a 1970 KC 35' single engine. I have also steadily be tearing everything down. I had some serious "oil can" action on my cabin roof, but I know an AMAZING welder in Louisville KY that helped me fix that and several other weld related concerns. I would be happy to help you get in touch with him, My name is Eric Bookstrom, e-mail me at

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