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    Registered CAPTAIN CHUCK's Avatar
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    The Swamps of La.

    Angry It's Gonna Be A Long Year Guys!!!

    I am here to tell the tale of my last 2 years that some of you may find intresting... even entertaining to others. It all started in August of 2004 when I purchased a 1994 24' Baja Outlaw from a dealer in S. Carolina. I bought it for a relatively cheap price and it needed some work but overall a decent boat. Over the next 11 months I put all my heart and soul (not to mention about 10k in repairs and upgrades) into my Baja. I was in the process of having the vinyl done a couple pieces at a time by a local upholster and I had the engine tuned up and the outdrive rebuilt in July 2005. Due to my job I was working a 14/7 shift schedule so after the engine and outdrive work I only got to take her out for 2 weekends....then the schit hit the fan!!! On August 29th 2005....the worst day in history if you ask me....that bittch named Katrina literally rolled through my back yard. We had a 25' storm surge in my neighborhood!!! I was at work in south Texas of course when it came through and I couldn't get home to get my boat. My neighbor secured a couple of lines to some telephone poles for me before he high tailed it out of town. I wasn't able to get back home until the police finally let us back in about 5 days after the storm. I was in shock at the ferocity of what that storm did to my home and the surrounding area. My Baja was still in my front yard (kinda) along with 2 of the 3 homes that were across the highway from me. My Baja came to rest on top of a Lincoln Towncar on top of an 8' wrought iron gate that crumbled under the weight. See pics below. At some point during the storm she rolled on her side and took on water. (salt water of course) To my great despair I found out that my insurance had lapsed on my boat and my ex-wife conveniently forgot to tell me about it. (long story about her) So I had to salvage what I could. After about a week of cleaning with a bobcat and a dozer my front yard was somewhat clean. I took the Baja to a buddies that lived in an area that wasn't directly hit by the storm since my home was uninhabitable. I only had 1 day to go over the boat and all I could do was drain all the fluids out of the engine and the drive. She only had a couple of bad spots on the starb. corner where the fiberglass was damaged. (no holes in the hull though) I went back to work for my 14 day hitch and left my boat in my buddies driveway about 40 miles from my house. I secured it with a stainless cablelock that I ran through the rim and I also put a hitch lock on it. The second weekend I was gone my buddy called to inform me that my boat was gone. He had to go to Houstin to get his family and while he was gone someone helped themselves to my recently devoured Baja. I was beyond pissed. I had lost my house, my boat, and my wife within a 2 month period....Keep the house and the bittch of a wife but GD I wanted my boat!!! The local law enforcement infrastructure was so overwhelmed at this point they told me to wait a couple of weeks to make a report bcuz they simply didn't have the manpower at that time. I knew at that point I would never see my beloved Baja again....Well it turns out that I was wrong. I got a call from a detective last week and he asked me if I had a Baja stolen from me after the storm. I told him I did and he said a confidential informant came forward with information on where a stolen boat was being kept. It turns out some phuckhead had it sitting in his backyard in the woods of Mississippi. The cops ran the hull id # and it came back to me. So after they arrested the douchebag who had my boat I went to pick it up from the impound Monday. Apparently my boat has been sitting in this azzholes backyard untouched for almost 2 years. Needless to say she is in bad shape. I am going to start gutting her next week and I am going to document the whole process for the wonderful members of OSO becuz I know the best of the best are members and anything I do will be scrutinized and I am going to need that for a few of the things I plan to do. I know the stock 454 mag is probably shot so I am looking to repower with either a 496ho or a 502. I guess when it comes down to it the price will be the deciding factor. All my money went to rebuilding my house.(damn insurance companies are legitamate thieves) Any encouragement will be greatly appreciated from all of you guys. I know anything I need to fix or upgrade I can find it on here so wish me luck on this massive project I am going to undertake pretty much by myself. Thanks guys !!!

    Capt. Chuck
    Last edited by CAPTAIN CHUCK; 04-12-2007 at 05:02 PM.

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member yesrej's Avatar
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    newbugh ny
    thats horrible man. good luck with everything.

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    1990 28 Apache SOLD!, 1990 16 Wahoo DC, 1973 40 Kingscraft
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    Mansfield, TX
    What don't kill ya, can only make you stronger

    Good luck man

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    Registered buck183's Avatar
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    Siloam Springs, Ar.

    That's the only word I could come up with after reading that. I'm still kind of dazed from all the info my brain just processed.

    I can't even think of anything else to say to make you feel better.


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    SORE MEMBER Platinum Member Wobble's Avatar
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    2950'49.74"N 95 5'17.55"W.......TEXAS
    Tropical storm Allison, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita cost me about 400K in lost business and flood damage, both years brought me to my knees financially.

    All you can do is learn whatever lessons can be learned and turn your back on the rest.

    Better times are ahead

    Attitude is everything.

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    What a ****ing mess...

    Motor through...

    "When your going through hell, keep going" -Churchill

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    Charter Member #232 Charter Member Audiofn's Avatar
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    1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
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    Carlisle, MA USA
    Is your name NickSlick by any chance

    Man you seem to have a killer attitude all things considered!!

    Put your best foot forward!

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    1998 Sonic 26 Prowler 525SC (updated to a ZOOMY 600hp)
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    Saucier/Gulfport, MS
    I saw many of the boats that Katrina destroyed, sad, very sad. It's a shame you couldn't get it to one of the many "salvage" boat auctions. I attended a couple, & to my complete amazement, people paid "Top Dollar" for these "salvaged" boats. I saw a 2000 32 Fever with severe bow damage, not to mention the water damage to the interior, & many other small items, this boat went for 50k. I do wish you luck with your project...& as for the X...when ya get the boat back in the water, take her for a nice ride out to Chandalier Island...& leave her a$$ there, ohhh...I forgot, the island is completely submerged now...oh well, hope she can swim

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    Gold Member Gold Member BajaFresh's Avatar
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    Wildomar, CA
    Good luck with the boat. You might want to put this in the Baja section too for more support.

    Keep looking in the classified and swap section for good deals.

    Hang in there and take your time. It will come together eventually.

    Any OSO brothers in his area that can help him out?

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    Monroe, LA
    Quote Originally Posted by CAPTCHUCKV View Post
    Thanks guys !!!
    Sending you a pm now.

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