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100-mph Chaparral Update: New Stringers and Sole Installed

Progress continues on the restoration of a 1986 Chaparral Villain owned by Chris Uzzolina of Charlotte, N.C. Most recently, Lake Effects Marine in Mooresville, N.C., replaced the 23-foot sportboat’s stringers and sole, which is ready for fiberglass, according to Uzzolina.

New stringers have been installed in Uzzolina's 23-footer.

New stringers have been installed in Uzzolina’s 23-footer.

“Once Lake Effects is done with hull blueprinting and gelcoat, Bob Shudder at Boat Repair Plus in Denver, N.C., will handle the rigging,” said Uzzolina. “Lake Effects is backed up with work from all the downtime they had because of a family illness, and the boating season is in full swing here. So this will help lift a load off of them so they can service their customers. Plus, what could be better than to have one of the best men in the industry rig the boat?”

Last weekend, Uzzolina picked up his new trailer for the boat and Loadmaster Trailer Company in Port Clinton, Ohio. While he was there, he toured the facility.

“It’s cool to see how a hand-built trailer goes from a pile of steel to a finished product,” said Uzzolina, who towed the trailer 580 miles back to Charlotte. “They were an absolutely great company to deal with from start to finish. I got what I asked for and they did a great job.”

Once the project is complete, the boat will travel on this new Loadmaster trailer.Once the project is complete, the boat will travel on this new Loadmaster trailer.

Editor’s Note: Speedonthewater.com will continue to follow this project as it progresses.

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