Repair Rotted Wood
We're not talking about a major restoration, have been through enough of them. Instead we'll show you how to locate problem areas and ways to prevent further damage. Always be on the lookout for rot and address it as soon as possible.
Teak decks are beautiful to look at and provide incredible traction when wet. Neglected they leak and the water penetration does more than soak your bunk. It's not fun replacing a deck core nor is it cheap. We'll make sure your deck seams are doing their job.
Many older boats have had multiple owners who decided if they can wire a lamp a marine fuse panel can't be much different. We learned long ago there is a big difference. So, we check, double-check, and re-check every ABYC connection is correct.
Not many things are more annoying (and destructive) as a leaking port. Sometimes it's nothing more than a gasket and other times they need to be removed, rebuilt, and reinstalled. Generally not too difficult, just takes practice and usually a lot of time.
Brightwork & Topcoats
We seldom use the more exotic coatings as we are not set up for it. One-part urethanes and as of late, switched from spar varnish to Awlwood™ for brightwork. We try to use coatings which are easy to touch-up and relatively inexpense.
Spend your time on the water, let us take care of maintaining your boat. And, taking care of it is just paying attention, keeping it clean, and when a problem arises fixing it sooner than later. Simple really, we can help take away your pain. Call today.
Have to love wood
It's not like I was a certified surveyor back in '84. A little rot goes a long way, but then again bringing the Owens back from the wood pile was gratifying to say the least. Turned out beautiful - those admiring her thought she was fiberglass.
Size doesn't matter
One of our most fun restorations was a 1973 Aquarius A23. She was a mess - deck and cabintop recored, portlights rebuilt, fuel locker fabricated, bimini install, solar charger, just a lot of fun things. Sailed it a thousand miles a year - Joakim bought it. Took it from MN to his new home in Boston. He bought a pot for family lobster dinners and trailers her every where in Maine from Acadia National Park to Casco Bay.
Bloxygen - has saved me hundreds of dollars. Not a total cure for preserving coatings but has served me well over the years.
Boats For Sale
We have a number of classics in the process of refurbishing... we keep our eyes open for good boats we can buy right. Then we spend the hundreds of hours necessary to inspect and bring them back to about good as new... more often better than original.
We enjoy our craft and maybe even more so helping other enjoy the water in comfort. We will always do our best to give you an honest days work and we carry that attitude with us as we refurbish boats.
Cape Dory CD10
Sailing dory with a broad wineglass transom— rows easily through the water, yet when utilizing the Gunter rig is stable when heeling.
This forgiving dinghy is suitable for a variety of uses — ideal for kids learning to sail, a 2.5 4-stroke moves it easily, styro-flotation, and at 150 lb easy to move about. $2895.00/OBO
1976 Uniflite 36DC aft cabin - $14750.00 USD
The hard work has been done... needs some reinstallation on the flying bridge and interior headliner/floor covering. This project is on hold while the Grand Banks is completed - it is available for sale in it's current condition.
Check out waa2.com to compare this boat to other 36DC’s.
454/350 Crusaders are in excellent condition with 930 hours and complete maintenance done. All hoses replaced, new belts, super clean running, all new ABYC guided wiring thru out, new AC/DC Blue Sea panel, switches, fuses, all checked/renewed in a workmanlike manner the surveyor found excellent. The fuel tanks are rebuilt, with new fittings and shut-offs, in addition a to the new Dometic Vacuflush fresh water toilets. The space for the genset is wired, Onan removed and needs engine rebuild... previous owner told me the winding good. (long block on-line at $800)
Basically all mechanicals are in excellent condition.
The salon was gutted during the rebuild and all headliners and carpet removed - allowed a problem area in the cabin to be addressed and updated, the new teak paneling has been installed in the salon and only needs final trimming out and some varnish, and the new floor painted. The rest of the interior is as to be expected for an aft cabin cruiser with V-berth, galley, head/shower forward and twin bed aft cabin with head/shower. This is a very comfortable boat to say the least.
The bridge was removed when the cabin was repaired (common problem fixed). It has been reinstalled but gauges, side panels, and seating not installed... not a big deal, just will take some time to put it back together. The full-canvas enclosure is in very good condition - all seams have been restitched and any chaff areas repaired. Proctor Canvas says it's in excellent condition. The seats are in excellent condition - really, this is not a huge project and allows you to customize to your liking as you reassemble.
This is not a difficult project to undertake, will make a great summer cabin on the water, and is a worthy investment. Uniflites are solid boats, fire-retardent and this one not only has all you need, but all of the problem areas addressed and upgraded. What needs to be done is cosmetic allowing you can choose how to decorate to suit your taste(s).
I have been restoring boats for almost 40 years - the past 6 have been spent on a 1972 Grand Banks 32 for The Great Loop and this year the Uniflite has been used as a hotel while working on the Baby Grand. My intention was finish the installs on the Uniflite and use it for my summer Duluth cabin - as one gets older plans change.
If interested let me know - recent Survey available - inspection by appointment. Located in Duluth MN.
How can we help?
We'd like to talk with you about your boat or just about anything related. If you don't have the time or not sure what to do, give us a call, fill out the form below, or schedule an appointment on our contact page... let us take away your pain.