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"Laurel Lynn"
1970 Mariner 31, Hull# 76
Owners:Gene & Melanie Trentham - Onekama, Michigan - USA

"Laurel Lynn" is moored in the summer on Portage Lake which has a nice channel to Lake Michigan. She was purchased from the second owners in 1986, who did little, if anything to maintain her. She was then called Gull's Egg. Not knowing of the superstitions of changing a boat's name, I thought our daughter's middle names sounded nicer. When bought, she was on the hard in Linwood, Michigan and in really poor shape. I rented space in a large unheated storage barn and much to the dislike of the marina began rebuilding her over the winter months. After replacing all the deck, sections of the cabin roof and sides, windows, the whole cockpit, repaired the holed fuel tank, she was ready to sail from Lake Huron to our spot off Lake Michigan. In the years since she has had a new rudder made. The original was much the shape of a potato chip and just as strong. With just 1150 hours the 4-107 was rebuilt. Wasn't in bad shape really, just needed new gaskets and seals, now she runs fine and we only have 1700 hours total on it. A few years ago on a beautiful summer day, perfect for sailing, we demasted. Now we have all new Seldon white powder coated aluminum spars and new rigging. She lost some of her charm with the passing of the beautiful spruce sticks, but I think she might even sail better now. I've replaced just about everything and added all the usual accessories except radar I'm presently looking into getting a gennaker. While doing such, a loft put me on to this website and association. I feel like an idiot for not knowing it existed. I've really enjoyed reading and looking at everyone else's boat. Weird, most of them look just like mine. In the spring, I'll add pictures. Nobody likes looking at a sail boat, on the hard, in a couple feet of snow and wrapped up like a frozen burrito.