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Planning

Summer isn’t over yet but if you’re considering major maintenance this winter now is the time to start discussing what your boat needs so we can get you on the books.

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Reduced

1950 Chris Craft 16′ Riviera reduced to $21,900! Click here to go to the listing.

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Instagram

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.

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Transforming Witness

Before:

During:

After!

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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.)

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Dogs Love Wooden Boats

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

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SX26-042

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

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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.

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Fins

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.   ​

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