Primped and Proud

1 Sep

Bushranger is looking lovely today.  She has been primped and pampered and looks just marvelous!

cleaning 

I don’t know if you remember but Bushranger has had (since the day we met her) an embarrassing problem.  We seldom mention it (as it’s rather personal) but, if the truth were told, Bushranger’s mast was a bit ‘wonky’…well, NOT the mast, really…the BASE of the mast!

Yep, when we first bought Bushranger we noticed that the base of her mast had a bit of a crack. 

old mast base

Concerned, we pulled the mast off, loaded it onto a truck, and drove it to a gent who does wonders with metal (thank you Hoyt at the Peden’s Prop Shop in Iuka Mississippi).  He fiddled and mended and did the best he could with the old bronze, we stuck the mast back on, and off we went to ‘do the Loop’.

Well, we’ve now ‘done that Loop’ and have decided that Bushranger deserves better (and the next owners of this little boat shouldn’t have to worry about the embarrassing ‘mast problem’).  So, Boyd designed, and Hoyt constructed, a brand new mast base.

What do you think?

mast base

We’ll do a bit of sanding and painting and I think that this mast will stand proudly on Bushranger for another 34 plus years…

raised mast

4 Responses to “Primped and Proud”

  1. Heather September 1, 2016 at 16:29 #

    You are way too good for the next owners! Bet they are overwhelmed with your generosity.

    • MrsB September 1, 2016 at 17:11 #

      I’m sure that they deserve all the best. …

  2. jdepodwin September 1, 2016 at 18:26 #

    She’s looking rather stately!

    • MrsB September 1, 2016 at 18:59 #

      Oh thank you!

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