1st Boat - Restoration

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by jsheehan, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. jsheehan
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    jsheehan New Member

    Hello!

    I joined this forum to do some research for an upcoming build I'm planning. While I'm here, this is how I started out.

    In July 2007 while on vacation in Maine I came across a dilapidated 8ft dinghy. Upon setting eyes on it I decided I must have it - $50 later it was strapped into the back of my Chevy Blazer (RIP).

    This is the only before picture I have of "Cleo" (poor planning):
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    (The dashing young fellow on the left is me at the tender age of 18)

    After letting her spend a year in the garage, I tackled the restoration in the summer of 2008. All told it took about 2 months to get the work done here and there - here's how it came out:

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  2. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    That's a sweet little tender. Tenders like that are so hard to find for a reasonable price.
    Is that Maine location somewhere around Freeport/Yarmouth?
     
  3. jsheehan
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    jsheehan New Member

    Not too far - Boothbay Harbor
     
  4. missinginaction
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    missinginaction Senior Member

    What a great job jsheehan! It's wonderful to see someone take on these "rescue" projects. You have a great conversation piece there!

    So what's your next project????:D

    MIA
     
  5. jsheehan
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    jsheehan New Member

    Thank you!
    I've always found satisfaction in giving this type of "lost" project a new lease on life.

    My next project? I want to sail - a few years of sunfish sailing got me hooked. Thing is, I live in Boston year-round these days (studying Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University) which really cuts down on my storage/workshop space.
    Right now I'm weighing my options with what I can manage, and I'll have to do some fiddling to come up with a design that fits my needs. The goal is a portable, storable, 1-2 person craft for sailing in light to medium weather (I won't be taking it to Martha's Vineyard, but I'd like to be a little agressive with it on occasion).
     

  6. missinginaction
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    missinginaction Senior Member

    Boston......well the good news is that you have Boulter Plywood Corp. in your backyard. They're in Somerville on lower Broadway just off I-93. We live in New York but have a lot of relatives up on the north shore. I've made a number of trips to Boulter on my way home from Gloucester. Saved the shipping charges.:) :) :)

    Very helpful people!

    MIA
     
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