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1948 Lakeside Re-build

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History Over Sixty-five years ago this cedar beauty was first constructed in Peterborough, Ontario. Now she’s getting a second chance to serve and entertain a new family. This Lakeside has been hanging from the rafters of a barn for 30 years. Still with her original coats of varnish. Now she is being converted into a gem on the waters, Starting the rebuild Most of the hardwood on this has dry rot, so I’ve had to remove the inner and outer […]

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1955 Peterborough Royal

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She had been in the same family for over 45 years and after numerous repairs and a previous re-build by 2013 she had been serving for 58 years. On her last outing an accidental hull puncture placed her in a precarious position, invest or retire. Fortunately for this Royal, she had become part of her family, part of the heritage and history of her owners. Now, after a complete re-build she will continue to be a part of her families […]

Outer hull stripped of fiberglass and 8+ coats of paint.

1954 McCall

Outer hull stripped of fiberglass and 8+ coats of paint.

In the Shop I found this in a field with plants growing out of her. At 13.5 feet she’s a tinny thing, but evidence shows that she had been in regular use for most of her life. With 4+ major repair jobs and 15 different colors of paint on her, she has had a very active life. She needs her ribs rebuilt, backbone, keel, runners, transom, deck, furnishings all replaced. She is going to be a great little racer soon […]

A Beautiful Cruiser

Celebrity 240

A Beautiful Cruiser

This 24 foot cruiser was strong and healthy…except for all of her interior wood. The floor seemed a little springy to the client. It turns out that what remained of the floor was carpeting and staples. All of the wood needed to be replaced. We re-enforced the structural integrity of the hull by using white oak hard wood 2×3 inch floor joists to replace the factory installed plywood.

New white oak screw-less inner transom frame.

1955 Peterborough Re-build

New white oak screw-less inner transom frame.

Re-building a classic boat can take many thousands of hours. I try to shoot some photos every day, or at least every day of noticeable progress. Scraping and sanding and fixing the same beautiful wooden vessel for months on end is a labor of love. The following photos attempt to convey some of the stages of progress. From removing the old fiberglass to installing the new electrical system.

Out from the dark of the past comes the light of the future.

The shine of Varnish

Out from the dark of the past comes the light of the future.

The art of Varnishing has been in practice for thousands of years. Today, with the same tools and recipes, the art continues. These surfaces have 8 coats of Epifanes Varnish applied by hand with a badger brush. Each coat takes 24 hours to cure and about 2 hours to apply. The lower hull in these photos is epoxied fiberglass with a coat of marine grade Poli-Urethane. The ancient Egyptians were well acquainted with the art of varnishing. Varnishing, however later […]