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We’ve been busy since the last post here and the IT guy has been over on social media ever since.  He finally figured out some of the integration issues and has added an Instagram feed over in the sidebar so you can catch up.  Tying WordPress, Facebook and Instagram all together seamlessly such that a quick post from the shop on the iPhone shows up in all places has been quite a challenge.

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Todd was Here!

World famous, locally unknown artist Todd Hanson paid us a visit last week. He did four transoms and a pair of registration plates before heading back north.


Transforming Witness





Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may we all have a great New Year!  A heartfelt thanks to all of you who keep us busy.  (Thanks to WoodyBoater for the image.)


Dogs Love Wooden Boats

Charlie enjoying the last ride of the season on “his” Chris.



1958 Chris Craft 26’ Sports Express hull number 42 of only 48 built. Happy to be home on Lake Martin Alabama.



Cold Molding Repair

Most modern wooden hulls are constructed with a technique called cold molding which uses epoxy and multiple thin layers to achieve the desired total thickness. This allows for complex shapes and results in a stable material that resists swelling and shrinking. Usually the inner layers are cross-diagonal and the outer layer is laid to look like traditional planking.

All good unless you don’t get uniform clamping pressure. In this case it resulted in a visible bubble with a hollow void behind and cracking. Luckily this was below the waterline with no rot so we don’t have worry about the cosmetic issues that a similar repair under the varnish would involve!

Time for a drink to steady the hand! Set the bit depth and start removing wood.

You can see the trowel marks in the dried epoxy where it never made contact with the outer layer. Next we set the depth a hair deeper to remove the dried epoxy, clean up the patch area and shape the insert.

The patch was glued in with thickened epoxy using a top secret clamping device! A seal coat of epoxy followed by primer and paint will complete the repair.



We get to work on some nice boats and it’s truly a thrill to bring a classic out of storage!  Two weeks ago we brought this 18′ Cobra back to life.   ​


Stauter Skiff

This skiff got a new keelson, bottom, keel, paint and varnish. Seats and trim still to go!


Roll Call

I’m embarrassed to note the last post was nine months ago!  I’d fire the IT guy but we need him for varnish work.  The pine pollen is flying, temperatures are pushing summer-like numbers and the shop is buzzing.  All the usual spring residents plus a few more:

  • The Lyman is getting her forward cabin painted and main cabin varnished plus some bottom maintenance.
  • We’re boring the shaftlogs on the Aquarama and setting PVC liners in 3M 5200 plus replacing the packing on the shafts and rudders with graphite packing.
  • Repairing soft spots in the stringers on a Chris Craft Continental along with stripping and refinishing the transom to rid her of her old name for her new owner.
  • A punch-list on a Century Resorter.
  • Finish work on a Riva Tritone.
  • Engine work on a Chris Craft Semi-enclosed.

Summer projects include rolling a 1948 Chris Craft Deluxe and installing a new bottom among others!