Boat Renovation: Before & After Photos: Pretty Lady

By Tom Sagle

Before renovation exterior of Pretty Lady

Before: Exterior

In October 2008, my wife, Nancy, and I decided to acquire her father's 46-foot diesel-powered aluminum boat, Pretty Lady, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Nancy's dad, who'd recently died, had built the boat in Ketchikan in the early 1980s for fishing and pleasure boating. This was the third boat he'd built; the previous two were built in Arkansas. The second one was motored through the Panama Canal to Ketchikan from Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1972.

Before renovation galley of Pretty Lady

Before: Galley

Because the driveshaft on Pretty Lady had cracked, we had to have the boat barged to Seattle and trucked to Idaho, where we now live, for mechanical repairs. The repairs included replacing the cracked driveshaft, adding a second cutless bearing, replacing the dry exhaust system with a wet system, installing a new starter, adding a new head and sewage waste tank, replacing the old propane refrigerator with a new 12-volt model, rewelding portions of the railing, replacing the cable steering with a hydraulic system, and, of course, replacing the eight-track stereo with a modern XM radio/CD player.

After renovation galley of Pretty Lady

After: Galley

Three years later, after the repairs were complete, we brought Pretty Lady home, completely renovated the inside of the boat in our backyard, and added some color to the outside. When all the repairs and upgrades were completed, we had the 15,000-pound boat transported to Bayview, at the south end of Lake Pend Oreille, for launching on September 5, 2012.

After renovation exterior of Pretty Lady

After: Exterior

Three years later, after the repairs were complete, we brought Pretty Lady home, completely renovated the inside of the boat in our backyard, and added some color to the outside. When all the repairs and upgrades were completed, we had the 15,000-pound boat transported to Bayview, at the south end of Lake Pend Oreille, for launching on September 5, 2012. 

— Published: April/May 2015


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