This International Optimist is used by the Colington Yacht Club for their youth sailing program in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My parents currently run the program so I donate my time doing repair work to help repay the … Continue reading →
Built in 1961 this Sam Crocker designed schooner was hauled out for regular maintenance. She is 37′ and draws 7′ with the board down. I adjusted the painted waterline to match how she sits at the dock these days, painted her topsides and bulwarks with two coats of one part polyurethane. I applied 7 coats of acrylic urethane to her rubrail and bulwark cap and stripped varnish from the coamings, hatches, and house for the owner to oil. And two coats of gold paint to the carved trailboards.
Figuring out solutions to unusual problems is always interesting. This 54′ Paul Mann Sportfisher had a locker in the saloon where the owner wanted a flat screen t.v. but didn’t want to lose the stowage area. I built this drawer mounted on 100 lb. capacity drawer slides so the crew could still get to their snacks, with an extra large (and reinforced) drawer front for mounting the t.v. The DVD player and cable remote receiver are also mounted on the front with a fiddle on the shelf down low for the remotes. The drawer slides are “push to open” so they lock in place when the drawer is closed but I added barrel bolts at the top for extra security.
Dow Woodworks just finished installing these new name and hail boards. Accomplished ship carver Jim Knowles carved the letters for me, then I finished off the carpentry, applied sixteen coats of exterior acrylic urethane varnish, primer and two topcoats of polyurethane to the border and letters.