out the shed

So I’ve gotten a ton of feedback, questions and example of fellow anarchists restoring their plastic classics, similar to what we are doing on AV. This one isn’t fresh, but it is a great example of what can be done to some of the plastic classics. And if you have done, are doing, or want to do a restore on an oldie, drop us a note. We’d love to feature it! – ed.

In April 2004, Caprice, a C&C 43 number 3 in production, arrived in Bronte from Chicago. At the beginning its arrival was nothing out of the ordinary. It had been received with piqued curiosity though as the boat in our eyes is part of an era that produced many great boats which is a view shared by its owner and is partly what fueled an evolution that few boats and their owners will experience.

It was contemplated at the time that upon the boats arrival it would just be cleaned up and launched to be used. But after 3 years and the essential completion of the project, it was anything but a quick clean up. The boat now clearly resembles nothing of its former self and for that matter is not, outside of the overall design/lines which was much to do with the inspiration for this project. The only things that are original are the basic deck, hull (both refinished) toe rail and the forward ring bulkhead. Otherwise the boat is entirely new.

Read on.