This free boat and trailer are consuming my time and energy with gusto lately. I have had it parked outside at the San Juan Business Park for months, but never seemed motivated to get any work done on it. Then Terry offered to let me rent an inside spot for $50 a week. How could I resist, what with a concrete floor, heat, electricity, and not far from where I live.
I resurrected the trailer with Ospho, a chemical that converts iron oxide (rust) to iron phosphate, which effectively kills the rust in its tracks, then I bought some reject house paint at Browne Lumber and opted for a semi gloss on the fenders, and presto-chango, I have a new boat trailer.
I originally took on this project because I wanted a Plan B should I ever lose this housing option at the Village at the Harbour. Yes, I was actually going to live on this boat. I LIKE living on small boats. Since I’ve purchased property where I can keep my Tiny House to fill that need, this boat has lost its purpose as a floating liveaboard. However, now that I’ve spruced it up, I have concluded, considering how little cash I have invested, it would make a great garden shed or small storeroom. There are so many boats sitting in driveways around the island, no longer fit for the purpose intended (getting out on the water) that repurposing them makes a ton of sense. That’s especially if one considers how difficult it is to dispose of fiberglass boats. They can be ground up and used as land fill, but that’s about it.
Mine is in good enough condition that I can make it water tight and rodent proof, using the vents it comes with to keep it dry inside. With the paint job on the trailer I don’t have to worry about the neighbors complaining about the junk I have parked in my driveway. I might even buff up the hull to further that image of tidy usefulness. Those neighbors don’t need to know there’s no engine in it.
I’ve a month left of using this indoor space, so I will move the boat out now and replace it with one of my flatbed trailers and start building my Tiny House. I’m cautiously optimistic I can get it framed and roofed in that time allotment. If not, Terry has covered space for me to complete the build out of the rain. What more could one ask, except to be thirty years younger?p>