At Daivz BoatWorks we put our heart and soul into our custom wood boats, giving each one the attention to detail required to produce something truly unique and unlike any other. There’s a sense of pride and joy that comes from owning and operating an original wooden boat. It’s knowing that each piece was lovingly hand-carved by a master craftsman. This is a feeling you don’t get very often these days. Every line in the design has a purpose and a form to accomplish only one simple goal — to take you, the owner, to a new level of boating fun and joy.
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 … Continue reading 1948 Lakeside Re-build
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 … Continue reading 1955 Peterborough Royal
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 … Continue reading 1954 McCall
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.
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.
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 … Continue reading The shine of Varnish