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Bert Slater

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PostSubject: Black Betty Delivers!   Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:20 am

Yesterday I completed a 2500 mile round trip from Florida to Wilkes Barre, Pa to pick up a Seawind 24 Catamaran. The Seawind was disassembled and looked like a pile of boat parts. She was donated to a charity and I was the only bidder. So for 150 bucks I had another S24!
Betty performed very well. After rebuilding her brakes, all new from the booster out lines, calipers, shoes, pads, cylinders etc., a new fuel sender/pump, air shocks, tank straps and assorted misc. parts she decided it was time to go. We beat the cold weather by just days.
Betty is a tow package vehicle and performed better with a load than she does without. At around 100 psi with who knows tongue weight on good roads I did not know she was even there. I used an extended tongue hitch with a 6 inch drop and turned it upside down. The ball was above the bumper cover getting the trailer level.
SoI have to say anyone thinking of buying a 20 plus year old B-Body wagon and using her for a work horse I say go for it. I had a pick up before and got pushed all over the road by big rigs retrieving a similar boat. It rode like a truck, what it was. Betty rode like a Buick Roadmaster and that is exactly what she is![img][/img]
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PostSubject: Re: Black Betty Delivers!   Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:26 pm

Great news . who needs a truck when you have a roadmaster !
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Bert Slater

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PostSubject: Re: Black Betty Delivers!   Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:51 pm

Yep, we can put wings on 'em
and they'll probably fly too.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Betty Delivers!   Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:03 pm

I always think of my OCC as a pick-up truck with a permanently installed cap. The ride is better than the truck as well, as well as access to the "cap".
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PostSubject: Re: Black Betty Delivers!   Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:37 pm

The aluminum in the mast is worth more than you paid for her as scrap.  And they threw in a free trailer too?

Well done.  My largest/heaviest haul was 600 sq ft of 3/4" maple flooring, plus compressors, nail guns, chops saws and other assorted tools.  Oh yes, and a wife and 2 cups of coffee.  The wood alone weighed 1680 lbs. Trip was a 400 mile run from Geneva NY to Franconia NH. Very smooth ride with that much weight.
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PostSubject: Re: Black Betty Delivers!   Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:50 pm

The trailer was acquired for the trip. A 7000 lb powerboat trailer it needed serious rebuilding for that use, but it is ok for a 2000 lb sailboat. For my next trick I will retrieve 3 pallet loads of pavers one at a time. Around 3400 lbs each.
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