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100-mph Chaparral Project Update: Glasswork Complete, Interior Next

Though the timetable for Chris Uzzolina’s restoration of his 1986 Chaparral Villain sportboat has expanded—he began the project in March 2013 and hoped to have it completed in time for the boating season—another stage in the 23-footer’s renovation has been completed. Lake Effects Marine of Mooresville, N.C., has finished all the exterior glasswork.

Uzzolina said the glasswork restoration of his 23-footer was worth the wait.

Uzzolina said the glasswork restoration of his 23-footer was worth the wait.

“The glasswork came out great, and it was worth the wait,” said Uzzolina, a 27-year-old BMW technician who lives in Charlotte, N.C. “They definitely hit the mark in my opinion and in the opinion of those who have seen the boat.

“I have the boat at my house and have started wiring gauges and doing the necessary rigging to get this project back on track,” he continued. “As in any project, things take longer than expected so now it’s time to get moving. After I have the wiring roughed in and finish the things I can do, I will be setting up shop time to start rigging the engine and drive.”

Once the engine and drive are reinstalled, Uzzolina will send the boat to XT Innovations in Bucyrus, Ohio, for interior installation.

“It’s been a slow process,” said Uzzolina. “Between work and planning a wedding, the Villain got put on the back burner for a minute.”

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