A few years ago I came across an unusual gondola on the internet.
She was Venice-built, had fully carved decks, and was owned by an event planner.
The gondola was fairly old but appeared to be in decent condition.
There was one problem though:
somewhere along the way, the gondola had been cut into three pieces.
Yes, I know most of my readers might see it as a sin to cut a gondola up,
but the owner wanted to be able to carry the boat into places for events - using hallways and freight elevators.
Assuming you don't need to put a boat back in the water,
this is actually a clever way to make the boat more mobile.
When the event planner decided to sell the gondola though,
this three-part-boat wasn't an easy thing to sell.
After the vessel had been on e-bay for a while, I spoke with a number of my friends in the gondola business, and everyone seemed to agree that it wasn't a project they were ready to undertake.
Then along came Matthew Haynes - owner of La Gondola in Providence, Rhode Island. I didn't even know he'd bought the boat until he sent me a link to a news story.
I watched it and was blown away.
Here's the link:
Renovating a gondola, awaiting spring thaw.
Watch and enjoy!