Update on What Does Love Look Like

In my blog post titled What Does Love Look Like To You?  https://toricarson.com/2016/03/22/what-does-love-look-like-to-you/ I detailed how my husband decided to completely remodel the boat of his dreams into a boat more to my liking.Mere words can’t describe how large of a project this was. I’m still in awe that he would do something this massive simply to make me happier.

Here are a few pictures to illustrate the project.FB_IMG_1459176625656

This is what the boat looked like after he’d restored it. As you can see the back seat area is very small. There’s no real cuddle room. When I admitted that I missed our previous boat’s lounge space, his first response was, “let’s sell it.” I really didn’t want him to do that. He’d been looking for a boat like this for years. I asked him to please reconsider. After a few days of soul searching, he decided to remodel it instead. The first step was to rip out the freshly reupholstered interior and take a saw to the aft deck.

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Pretty scary right? Nah, he’s amazing!

20160226_111546Not only did he redesign the cap, reapply the fiberglass and gelcoat, but the addition made it necessary to reupholster the interior. Because no project ever goes smoothly, we hit a roadblock. One of the fabrics used during the first restoration was no longer available. This made it necessary to completely redo everything including the dash, front seats, and gunwales.

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The new interior colors necessitated new pin striping as well.

20160514_085648_001The project took on a life of its own, but it’s nearly completed. Only the grab rails need to be reattached. You’re seeing months of work captured in just a few snapshots.

When fellow boaters see us at the dock, they will probably only notice a well cared for older boat. They’ll never know all the hours and hours and outpouring of love that went into this project. They’ll never know this beautiful boat is really a physical symbol of one man’s intense love for his wife. A symbol that my guy didn’t just say “I love you, angel,” he proved it.

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