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22' Buddy Cannady Rebuild - Custom Carolina Boat

Old 05-29-2015, 10:16 AM
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Default 22' Buddy Cannady Rebuild - Custom Carolina Boat

Last year I was in the market to purchase a 20-24 boat for a while and never found one that I wanted. I finally came across a bare 22’ hull built by Buddy Cannady that had recently been re-glassed and painted. I instantly realized that this was the boat for me.

I grew up in Manteo, NC. My dad, Capt. Allan Foreman, started running fishing charters out of Oregon Inlet back in ‘71 on his first boat named Gal-O-Mine. That’s where he met Capt. BC and they both became good friends. Dad purchased an inshore head boat named Crystal Dawn and moved both boats to Pirate’s Cove Yacht Club which he founded under the name of Pirate’s Cove Marina in ‘76. Dad had a second Gal-O-Mine built by Omie Tillet that he fished for several years. He decided to sell Pirates Cove in ’82 to free up some time that he could dedicate towards his family and fishing. In ‘90, He, Capt. BC, David Swain, Bobby Croswait, Don Croswait, and Tom Croswait built a 57’ offshore head boat that he named Country Girl (which is still in operation today – docked beside the original Crystal Dawn).

Dad met my mom through her step dad, Buddy Cannady, when she would come to the docks to see the day’s catch. I grew up fishing on the Country Girl since I was tall enough to hold a pole of my own. Rest in peace to all the sea bass, trigger fish, and not to mention the 250lb blue marlin that was released at the age of 8. I grew up working on both boats until my senior year of high school when I picked up welding. I worked in the metal shop at Spencer Yachts until I started college at UNC Wilmington in 2005. Freshman year was the birth of High Speed Welding when I started building truck ladder racks out of my single car garage. After about a year I moved into my first shop where I started building T Tops and then on to a new 6000 square foot shop which we’re currently operating out of today.
Hopefully by now you can understand how special it is for me to own a hand built boat crafted by my grandfather. Not to mention it would also serve as a bad ass tender for my dad’s boat Country Girl.

With me living in Wilmington, four hours away from Manteo, I asked my brother to check it out. He did and mentioned that it was actually a second cousin of ours who was selling it. I called and talked to my granddad about it. I asked when he built it, what type of wood he used, and some general performance related questions. I then called my cousin and asked what he used it for and why he wants to sell it. It turns out that the boat was previously used for crabbing and he decided that it was too nice of a boat to crab in. He had a local boat builder, Vernon Gilbert, re glass the inside/outside and spray on a fresh coat of paint. Funny part about that is, he is the same man who gave the Country Girl its most recent glass/paint job.

After we hung up the phone it might had been 30 minutes until I called him back and we came to an agreement. I planned to make the drive up the next evening. I got to the boat a few minutes before he did and walked around while checking it out from top to bottom. After running my hands down the side I realized that I would own this boat forever. My mind was racing with ideas on how to build it. Which motor? Which console? Bracket off the back? What size fuel tank? Upper control station? Full Tower?


My cousin showed up and we talked about it for a bit. I asked about his opinion on a motor and he laughed when I said, “I want to put a 200 off the back”. He screamed, “Are you nuts?! She did 32 knots with a 90 on the back!” We both laughed and then I asked if it had a fuel tank. He said, “no, but I’ll show you what I did.” He jumped in and so did I. Once I put my leg over the gunnel I realized that this boat is the exact same boat that I grew up on only smaller. Same builder, same materials, same paint, same heritage. Sent chills down my spine.

Hauled the boat to my parents and the rest of the family came and checked it out before dinner. My mom told me, “It brought a tear to her eye when she heard that I was buying one of her step dad’s hulls”. All parties involved agreed that I was the absolute best buyer for the boat and that I would do her proud.
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We finished the boat last summer, but unfortunately the boat wasn't designed for what we did. My granddad is known for giving each customer what they asked for. This boat wasn't originally designed for such a large bracket and a 150 hanging off the back.

The Saturday before last memorial day weekend, I launched the boat and took it for a cruise with some friends. Within about 2 hours, I noticed that the transom was starting to crack. It broke my heart. Hauled it out and evaluated the damage. It needed a new transom and reinforcements to keep it sturdy.

I had reached out to a company to fix it, unfortunately they didn't perform the work as requested and it had to be redone.

Half way through last summer, I realized that the boat needed about a months worth of work to be done. I only had 2 hours on the motor!! Anxious to use the boat, I reached out to a good friend, Beau Johnson with Johnson Custom Boats. We worked out a plan. We decided to "band aid" the transom, so the boat could be used to cruise the rest of the summer / fall. We did that and everything held up.

Around Thanksgiving we sectioned off about 1000 square foot of our shop and blocked up the boat for the winter. My dad came down and helped me rebuild the transom. We reinforced it by bringing up another bulkhead from the next floor joist. This would allow for ample support and could double as fish boxes. My dad had just taught me how to mix epoxy and lay fiberglass. I was excited and decided at that moment that I was gonna strip it to the stringers and redo it.

The boat was already in great shape, but I plan to own the boat for quite some time and wanted to make sure it would hold up in the long run. We de-rigged everything, took out the console, ripped up the deck, and started to sand. We did a lot of sanding..

I'll post some pictures of the full rebuild so you guys can see what work was performed.

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Here are some photos of the bracket build. I've built a few for some customers, but most of them have been duplicates of existing brackets. This was my first 1-off and I think it came out pretty well.
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Some more photos.
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Looking fine!! Stay the course.
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Here are some build pictures of the gas tank. We originally started out with an 80 gallon tank, then decided to shave the sides off a little bit so we could slide it forward a bit.
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Here is the console and new motor. We had a T Top in our inventory that fit well in the boat, so we had our friends at Tidewater send us a console that would fit it.
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Damn...that thing is gonna be nice! I wish I could come across something like this (that didn't need the work done) for a decent price.

How often do these little CCs come up around the NC area?
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Nice keep going
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Wow, those are some nice welds!!
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
Damn...that thing is gonna be nice! I wish I could come across something like this (that didn't need the work done) for a decent price.

How often do these little CCs come up around the NC area?
Not really in the market for one any more, but I'm sure they come up every now and then. A cousin of mine is building similar boats. Croswait Composites out of Wanchese, NC
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looks like an awesome boat, and a great story behind it. Welds look top notch. Can't wait to see it complete.
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Cool Story, cool boat. Thanks!
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very nice work,, !
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[COLOR=left=#000000]For those that have been following this thread.. I put down my camera and picked up a GoPro..[/COLOR]

[COLOR=left=#000000]We had so much fun filming/editing our first video that we decided to create a new Youtube channel (Fish Fab Hunt).[/COLOR]

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Pics aren’t showing up for me, but I want first right if refusal should you ever sell!
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That's a sweet little boat.
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Awesome build and great video! Thanks for sharing.
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