FISHER OWNERS GROUP OF NORTH AMERICA
"It never rains in Southern California"[Editor's comment]
March 10, 2003Kristi and I were owners of a Pacific Seacraft 27' Orion, (a great boat), but
a planned move to Alaska (Whittier) started a search for a more cold-friendly
boat. Through some odd happenstance, a Pacific Seacraft owner in Dana Point,
had just purchased a Fisher 34 and it was love at first site when we saw it.
After an internet search we finally arrived at the FOG archives and this 25'
was listed from a year ago. A quick call to the owner and we found out it was
still for sell. It was located in Florida and I bought it sight-unseen,
mainly because the seller was very honest with me about the condition of the
boat (poor) - and being a hot-rodder in my previous life, I did not mind
takling a project.
Coot arrived in Dana Point on Dec 23, 2002 and I have
started a complete re-make. The main problem was that the fitting to hull
bonding was leaking in various places and that water had seeped in behind the
vinyl through-out the cockpit. I have ripped all of the vinyl out and am also
in the process of removing the cap-rail for a complete re-do of this - the
stanchions, cleats, etc. We are thinking of ditching the head (just using a
bucket) and turning this space into either a hanging locker, or extending the
front berth back. I also got rid of the propane and plan to put in a diesel
heater/stove. Fresh water is next on the list of thoughts as is a new diesel.
If anyone out there really wants 2 original Volvos MD2Bs - the one in the
boat, and one "new" spare let me know. The second one would be great for a
restoration project. I haven't decided on Universal/Volvo/Yanmar or Saab yet
for the replacement.
Coot is going up on the hard this month in Newport Beach for various re-fittings.
I will keep you updated as I pass different milestones, and hope to make it up north
on our way to Alaska, by next summer. By the way - the picture here is the only
day it rained for the past 2 years in Dana Point. The yard almost cancelled the haul
because of "bad-weather".
All the best and if anyone is ever down in the LA/San Diego
area, drop me a line.