Last week, we finally finished pulling the motor and all usable parts off the project boat. We originally paid $450 for the boat, knowing that the hull itself was likely to be junked, but also that the 120HP Evinrude outboard on the back was worth more than we paid. The trailer, as well, was in relatively good shape, and could be rehabbed. So, after discovering that the bulkhead wall in the hull was completely mush (think wet sawdust), and the floor and stringers in similar condition, we decided the hull would end up at the local dump.
For the record, our local landfill will take boat hulls if you remove the fuel tank and batteries, for around $35 a ton (weight of the boat). However, you have to get the boat there, and off the trailer, without any assistance from the landfill employees.
So, on Friday we loaded up the boat and enlisted the help of a friend with a truck, hoping to use our SUV to pull the boat off of the trailer once we got there.
And all was going extremely smoothly, keeping in mind that we haven’t yet had an opportunity to take a good look at the trailer with the boat on it. Right up until we got to the landfill, and they directed us to the South Landfill, which meant we had to drive up a quarter-mile long pile of marginally flattened landfill material. And it was this bumpy, unpaved portion at the very end of our journey that tripped us up.
Right as we pulled up to the spot where we were to drop the boat, the left wheel fell off. In case you’re wondering, pulling a boat off a trailer using another vehicle is somewhat challenging. Pulling a boat off a trailer which is tilted onto its side and missing a wheel is a thousand times more difficult.
Nonetheless, we were eventually successful in removing the hull from the trailer, and it was dutifully smashed up from there. Leaving us with a tilted, missing-one-wheel trailer sitting on top of a pile of trash. Literally.
Now, thank Heavens our local landfill’s employees took pity on us, and agreed we could leave the trailer there overnight and return in the morning to complete the repair.
I won’t bore you here with the full details of the repair. There are already amazing tutorials on this topic HERE (video) and HERE (written). We loaded up tools, including a jack, into the SUV, and off we went to AutoZone. $20 and about 30 minutes later, we were back on the road.
My absolute favorite part of this “adventure”? In the middle of replacing the bearing, while covered in grease and wearing a hardhat, Don looks up at me and says, with a straight face, “I’m so glad you’re willing to come with me on adventures like this. I’ve been looking for a woman to do that my whole life.” At which point I laughed and wondered what that said about my own sanity, that none of the other women he had dated were willing to help him repair a boat trailer IN the county landfill…and I was!