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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 […]

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.