And back home again - auction, dinner and beers

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The auction was a lot of fun - I love large auctions as there are pieces of equipment that sell for huge amounts of money (more than $600K in this case) and there are only two or three people interested in these items so the auctioneer has the interested parties in the palm of their hand.

There was a really sweet tugboat that went for a bit less than $10K but it would have cost another $30K to convert it to pleasure boating - the engine in it was huge with huge transmission and huge screw (36" in diameter at least) with fuel tanks (and comsumption) to match. This took up most of the below-deck area and you would need to resize it to a Detroit 2-53 (in production forever, parts are common and cheap) or something and an 18" prop. You would also need to rework the bulkheads and do a stability and ballasting analysis. The end result would be a fun and bullet-proof cruiser for the inside passage and Alaska but more than what I would be willing to pay. Thought about it though...

The tools went for a lot more than I was expecting - I drop out when the price is 1/3rd what the list price is and that is for something in great condition. People were bidding up to almost list on some items - pays to do some research first but great for Murphy and great for the Port of Bellingham. There were a couple machine shops bidding and the people were in their 30's so a bit aggressive - I am going to GET THAT TOOL. More the fool for them as they could have co-operated and kept the prices down. Oh well...

Picked up two die grinders for cheap and was also bidding on some welding rod ovens but they went for close to list. Pictures tomorrow - the place was huge.

All in all, a long but fun day. Burrito on the way home and a couple pints. Surf for a bit and then time for bed.

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