For my first wooden boat project, well first boat actually, I picked up a very distressed old 12ft clinker rowing boat in August 2011 off an old guy in the local pub (much to the sniggers of some of my neighbours). If you wish to add more photos (or videos) to your post or if you have any problems loading photos use the link below (there is no need to resize or adjust your photos). So, before selecting your photo please use the 'Message Box' to indicate to which post the photos belong. Our expert team stands ready to manage all aspects of your antique and classic wooden boat restoration and maintenance needs.
60 - 80 year old antique boats often need important structural repairs or replacement before proceeding to cosmetic restoration.
Pictured above is a 35' Chris-Craft Commander that got a new roof, new decks, upholstery, dinette, sofa, galley, v-berth, head and all new mechanical and electrical systems. The owner, a NY resident, bought a 19' Capri from our inventory and had us do some upgrades.


The original Chris-Craft bottoms were two layers: diagonal planking for the inner layer and lengthwise planking for the outer. Even though you havena€™t changed much of its shape or appearance, it looks so fresh with the renovation. Our team will spend several hours going over your boat, and Mitch will give you a written list of findings and recommendations.
Our customers are always excited to see shiny new varnish, sparkling new chrome, restored gauges and new leather or vinyl upholstery.
She will be getting a new bottom, sides, decks, upholstery, wiring, instrument restoration, chroming, steering wheel restoration and a better trailer.
After scraping her down last autumn, I got some excellent professional help over the winter to replace the bow stem, knees, ribs, lower transom, gunwales and some planks that were all badly rotted. Whether you are contemplating a keel-up restoration or just a few coats of varnish, we will be happy to discuss your project.


We are experts with engine rebuilding and installation, wiring, 12 volt upgrades, plumbing, sound systems, underwater gear, air conditioning and electronic upgrades.
Plywood does not require an expansion space, therefore boats with 5200 bottoms can be dry launched. Myself and my brother began varnishing and painting in the spring and got her finished and back in the water in mid June this year. It was an enjoyable project from start to finish and I'd like to thank DIY Wood Boat for being an invaluable source of information over the last year.



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