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trayson
09-28-2013, 02:19 AM
So I'm the type that's near impossible to buy for. If it's not terribly expensive, i just buy it. If it's a bigger ticket item, I do painstaking research to find the best item at the best deal...

My wife started working weeks ago on what was going to be my anniversary present. She was able to enlist the help of a couple "boat ninjas". Namely our very own "NEWTY" and another local. Thanks Ryan!

When I bought the boat, the rear cushions were in sad shape, and the trunk lid had a big split on the center seam. The vinyl that covered the hinge was also looking pretty bad.

Before:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-hDutLxr9yj0/UVO5YISmcWI/AAAAAAAANto/WBuilTiNznY/s800/photo%2520%25282%2529.jpg

I found some white cushions on ebay and got them for next to nothing. They were a little small, so I used the bottoms of the old cushions to hold them. Kinda looked like cushions sitting on cafeteria trays... But it worked and it was super cheap. The white was "close" in color to the light gray and it was getting me by... I "fixed" the ripping seam in the center of the trunk with some black gorilla tape. It held for a couple months.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kadaXilR0AI/UbUv9UxvcnI/AAAAAAAAOF0/5lm74ynKuLM/s800/%255BUNSET%255D.jpg
After a few bruised knees and scraped shins, I guess the wife wasn't a big fan of my cheap ass fix on the seats. And I knew something would have to be done again on the trunk lid.

So, she enlisted the help of some "boat ninjas" that we'd met via the Moomba forums. With their help, they were able to find my old seat vinyl, take my seats and the trunk lid without me knowing, and got them totally reupholstered. Then while we were away in Vegas celebrating our anniversary, they actually came and stole my boat and removed the decals and did an aggressive polishing on the gelcoat. They also dressed the trailer and oiled up the teak and reapplied the decals (which my wife was able to re-order from the place I had them custom made at).

New rear cushions and trunk lid:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/9974424463_81a0d80797_b.jpg
We went with a black stripe on the trunk lid to match the one that's on my engine cover.

trayson
09-28-2013, 02:19 AM
And the shiny polished up gelcoat with fresh decals.
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n54/phathomthis/Swim%20Platform/IMG_20130926_180323_404_zps4db6f12a.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3829/9974565603_c5c2503562_b.jpg

kaneboats
09-28-2013, 03:32 AM
Awesome! That's the stuff we love to hear. Marry her again or marry Newty anyway. Great job guys! Love a stealthy wife who runs up credit card bills (uh, wait a minute- if it's for the boat, OK).

rdlangston13
09-28-2013, 06:26 AM
That's an awesome gift!


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motosno963
09-28-2013, 06:30 AM
awesome wife..i have to find a wife like that.

jmvotto
09-28-2013, 08:01 AM
Very cool, great surprise and result. She's a keeper!

deerfield
09-28-2013, 08:06 AM
That's a great thing! Wonderful spouse, good friends, and super looking boat! Next project: white powder coat tower and grab rails to match up with the bold graphics.

iwaterskihard
09-28-2013, 08:28 AM
Awesome! I'm amazed she was able to pull it off. Only way my wife would be able to do something like that is if I was out of town!

MJR63
09-28-2013, 08:53 AM
What a great wife! Very nice! Can some steal my 65 GTO and restore her....my birthday is coming up... Ha!

mikenehrkorn
09-28-2013, 11:00 AM
Great story, I have a better half that tends to do that type of thing as well.

The way to really thank her is in about 3-4 weeks just stop and get her flowers for no reason at all. Or better yet, if she works outside the house have the flowers sent to her work. I know my wife loves to show off that type of thing to her co-workers!!!

And congrats on the anniversary!



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trayson
09-28-2013, 03:21 PM
Awesome! That's the stuff we love to hear. Marry her again or marry Newty anyway. Great job guys! Love a stealthy wife who runs up credit card bills (uh, wait a minute- if it's for the boat, OK).

LOL. well, no racking up credit card bills here. Her money, I think she's blowing a little of her inheritance nest egg!

I think I'll have to pass on marrying Newty. He's talented and all, but I don't think I could support his bud light habits.

wolfeman131
09-28-2013, 03:35 PM
Wow! That's a great present and great to read about the Ninjas.

jpetty3023
09-28-2013, 07:51 PM
love to read a feel good story

newty
09-30-2013, 11:53 AM
I'm trying to cut down...ish. Glad you everything worked out.

bergermaister
09-30-2013, 03:06 PM
Did you guys miss his Halloween costume last year?

http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0112/9162/products/Hops_Fan_Brandon_aka_Beer_Ninja_1024x1024.jpg


Lookin good Trayson!

kaneboats
09-30-2013, 03:13 PM
What is he, the vending ninja?

trayson
09-30-2013, 03:16 PM
creative use of shop rags and soccer sandals...

newty
09-30-2013, 05:22 PM
Did you guys miss his Halloween costume last year?

http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0112/9162/products/Hops_Fan_Brandon_aka_Beer_Ninja_1024x1024.jpg


Lookin good Trayson!

That's a serious 12 pack! Love the carpet in that hotel room.