A friend of mine recently came home from the grocery store to find her husband had hauled the shell of boat onto their driveway. He had been given it for free from a neighbor who was about to scrap it and was just pleased for someone to take it away. It had some holes. It had 3 layers of old paint, all flaking. The benches were rotten, and the motor was dead. My friend did not look thrilled (her teenage daughter was horrified - sure, she wanted to invite her friends to come hang out on her boat, but this was far from what she had in mind). But my friend’s husband saw a project. He gave each kid a paint scraper and safely goggles, and a while his wife unloaded groceries from the car, they delved into discussing paint colors and boat names. Paint flakes chipped away. Rotten wood was ripped out. A plan was emerging for making it water-tight. One man’s junk had become another man’s gem.