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Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:12 pm
by hoodman
I'd be interested to follow along with the next project whatever it ends up being.

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:57 pm
by sscobra
Thanks BayouBengal! Sorry I got you hooked on the Bring A Trailer site! Yes, it is very addictive. I am really not a notch above anybody here, but thanks for the compliment. My boat came out the way it did by my standing on the shoulders of those who built before me. There were many builders here that really inspired me and I learned a lot from everyone on here. I am not going anywhere. I monitor this site everyday. I haven't decided what I want to do next. If you all promise to keep it quiet and not tell my wife, I am thinking of building an airplane. I will have to put it on floats to keep up with the nautical theme! Skip

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:56 am
by Bill Edmundson
Skip

Several people here have built airplanes. So, you can still come here for help.

Bill

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:10 pm
by mrintense
Well Skip, I know that must have been hard to do. The new owner is getting a nice work of art and I hope that he takes good care of her. I'll always remember that first launch. It was a blast.

If you build plane, any ideas which design you are considering? What type of material? I once considered doing this many many ears ago, but ultimately the cost was far too much for me at the time.

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:49 pm
by sscobra
Thanks Bill. I will be coming here very often to keep up with all the great builds going on. Thanks Carl! It was hard to sell the boat, but in the long run it was the right thing to do. I have several planes that I am interested in such as a RV, biplane like the Pitts or Christen Eagle, or even a seaplane. I will probably have to win a lottery to be able to afford to build one. Right now it is just a dream, but building a boat was a dream also! Skip

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:38 am
by billy c
Skip-
An airplane is probably easier than what you just built :wink:
Billy

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:03 pm
by tightbox
Skip, I came here see your build after following the auction on BAT -- AMAZING work!

Have you ever done any restoration work? I recently acquired a stripped 1954 Chris Craft Riviera and I'm wondering which way to take it. It is stored at Lake Medina, just south of Dripping Springs. Any interest in helping guide my next steps in the restoration?

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:43 pm
by sscobra
I have never done any restoration on boats, but I will be happy to help in anyway I can. Skip

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:25 pm
by sscobra
Well, the day finally arrived to say goodbye to my Monaco. As you all know I sold it on an auction site, called Bring a Trailer. Well that deal fell through, fortunately. The auction winner was going to put the boat in Lake Eden, which turned out to be very small. It is a 190 acre lake of which only about 60 acres is deep enough for the Monaco. It turns out that the winner realized he couldn't put it in that lake so he decided he was going to sell it right away. He took his sweet time getting the money to me, so I eventually gave him a deadline for full payment, which he couldn't meet. Also, fortunately another bidder reached out to me, offering to buy the boat at the auction price if the deal fell through. This bidder assured me he could send me the entire amount at a moments notice and also very, very kindly offered to cover the auction buyer's fee the first bidder payed to Bring a Trailer. I presented this to the first bidder and he accepted. The Monaco is leaving the country! The new owner is from the Ontario, Canada area and lives on Lake Joseph. He recently purchased a cottage and boat house on Lake of the Bays, an incredibly beautiful area. The Monaco will be a perfect match for either of the lakes he puts it in. He drove down from Canada (about 2000 miles) and arrived yesterday to look at the boat, and fortunately it met his expectations. The new owner is a great, honest person and I feel like I made a lifetime friend in the short time he was here. I arranged for a shrink wrapper to come up from Houston to wrap the boat for the long drive back to Canada. The company is Texas Mobile Shrink Wrap and I highly recommend them to anyone. The weather here has been very nice except for the day the shrink wrapper came. Fortunately they were able to wrap the boat inside my shop in a timely manner and at a very reasonable price that the new owner kindly covered. Shortly thereafter we hooked up the trailer to his tow vehicle and off he went (in the rain) back to Canada. Very sad to see it leave, but so happy to see where it is going. Here is a link to a video of the Monaco's last moments here in Texas. Skip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2YMFa6oFkM

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:41 pm
by Bill Edmundson
Skip

I'm sad but glad for you. I think that everyone here gets a little attached to all of OUR boats.

Bill

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:43 pm
by vupilot
What a interesting turn of events. I'm glad it found a great home.

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:30 pm
by speedracer
Skip, I'm glad it all worked out for you. I feel like I lost a boat too.

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 6:49 pm
by tysman52
Glad it found a good home skip! Sad to see it go I’m sure. On to the next project!

JT

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 3:26 pm
by mrintense
Well I know that had to be hard. It was hard for me to watch it leaving. Good luck Skip with whatever project you choose to do next. My own personal experience with your workmanship makes me know that it will be a beauty.

Re: Making progress on my Monaco.

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 9:49 pm
by sscobra
Thanks guys! I am spending some time trying to come up with something to work on, but for now, I am putting up shelves in the now vacant part of my shop. Lots of room to expand into with all my tools and scrap wood (lots and lots of scrap wood)! Skip