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Old 02-27-2014, 04:59 AM   #3
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City: Denver, CO
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Why Knot
Vessel Model: 1988 45' Nelson
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 18
Yep, that's our boat

Hi Ted
That picture at Big Chute is our Why Knot but with the previous owners. 2006??? We looped Jan 2012 to April 2013. We did the Chute mid July 2012.

When we were Titusville after our loop this last April I started digging into T/Ns history as both shipyards were both right there. I met a guy named Phil at Nelson's old yard that used to work for Nelson. You're right that they were all done to be finished by others...except ours. Nelson built her out completely as a spec boat. It sat on jack stands by the side of the road for two years before the first owners came along. I also learned that our boat was the very last one ever built. She's the last T/N. Nelson's timing of becoming a yacht builder couldn't have been worse: softening market and then the dreaded luxury tax. Thompson sold all the jigs and molds to Nelson to raise cash to build a 90' luxury yacht, which was ill-timed also. Both folded.

Thanks for replying.
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