Class of 66

by Ralph Chapman
(Yacolt, WA)

Having recently purchased a 28 ft, 1966 Trojan Express "woodie", with a lapstrake planked hull and teak deck, I am looking forward to lazy cruises on the Columbia and Willamette rivers this summer while getting acquainted with her.

The original "318" engine has been replaced with a 270 Crusader w/velvet drive transmission, providing ample power and soft shifts.

She needs some attention to wood and mechanical items so I'll be posting pics of my projects progress as each are undertaken.

This year I plan to replace the aft decking and new deck beams along a "Haul-out" for fresh bottom paint and "fasteners" inspection.

Being without a name, I've decided to name her "Class of 66" to denote the class and warmth of wooden boats built during that era.

Her nickname will of course be "Classy" which will never require an introduction.

I'm looking forward to becoming acquainted with other "woodies" while sharing boating experiences and repair tips.

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