We spent a few weeks and a few hundred dollars back in 2007 building the SS Jacob and it was a blast! Like all new and exciting things, however, the boat was eventually set aside as fresh interests worked into the heart and mind of my fast growing young man, who is now dangerously near passing me in height at the strapping age of 15. Here’s a news flash about wooden boats: Like a fine musical instrument, they will last forever but only if you lovingly care for them, use them, and keep them in “bristol” condition.
It just so happened that I was looking for a new project, I needed a chance to try out some awesome new work-ready clothes from Dickies. The first order of business was to remove the rotten wood so we could see just how deep the damage went and determine what the repair would involve. West System Epoxy is a great product for boat building and for just about a million other uses as well. Since I felt like part of the blame for the rot was in the fact that the plywood didn’t hold-up the way I expected, we cut the replacement parts out of solid pressure treated lumber. Installation was accomplished using screws to hold the material while the epoxy, which was applied liberally to both the boat and the replacement parts, dried and cured overnight.
For the longer board, as seen in the pictures, we also used a few clamps to be sure the curve of the boat’s rail didn’t put too much stress on the screws.
After letting the epoxy cure overnight, Jacob and I set about removing the clamps and sanding down any excess epoxy that remained on the boat surface. Sand off what you do have the very next day…if you let it sit for a few days it can get so hard that you can barely remove it. As it was, we didn’t have too much difficulty getting the surface of our repairs and surrounding area smooth and ready for finishing. Due to the time constraints of working with epoxy in the 100-plus degree Florida heat (heat makes epoxy set faster), there were a few gaps here or there that were too large to fill with just paint. The paint, which was done almost entirely by Jacob, is Petit EasyPoxy in Bikini Blue and White. The end result, as you can see in the pictures, was just as rewarding this time around as it was the first, and Jacob is happy to be back on the water. Once the cabin exterior was complete (all glued and screwed) we fiber-glassed the roof and sides with epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth.
We had been consultants for many years when we happened to find ourselves in Florida for an extended consulting project.


We thought we couldn’t start a boat construction project, because we lived in our RV. We still had a weakness for houseboats or shanty boats, so we starting looking for something reasonable that we could trailer and take day trips on the waterways.
One day we found a Yukon Delta that we thought was a good fixer-upper that we could handle in short order. We approached the RV park owner with the proposal to rent a small piece of a vacant lot next to the park. The Jarrett Bay service yard has become the go-to facility for retrofit projects large and small. Hull 25 was splashed in the summer of 1999, and has served its previous owners well as she’s proven to be a fish raising machine! Starting in the engine room (perhaps the most exciting change), she’ll be repowered with Caterpillar’s brand new C12 prototype engines, said to deliver 1000bhp per unit!
Inside, we’re replacing most of the major structures of the salon and berths below by reconstructing with more modern and efficient materials.
Hull 25 will maintain her traditional Carolina Flare styling, but will splash with all of the modern upgrades and finishes of our most recent builds.
Sign up now to receive news alerts, announcements and special discounts from the Jarrett Bay family. Happily, we found that only the outermost piece of a three layer rail along the top edge of the hull was ruined. It’s very strong, completely impervious to water (although the wood itself is not), and relatively easy to work with. They say these are work clothes and work-ready they certainly are given the ease of movement and tough durability of the cargo pants and the t-shirts which soak up sweat in a manner that defies the laws of physics. The previous owner had already cut the fiberglass floor away, so we had to find a way to fit the floor supports in the hull. With water all around and the Inter-costal Waterway right there, we began thinking about another boat. Despite that, we thought we could clean her up and make her look presentable. But, when we started to remove the dirt and some inside panels, we had a rude awaking. We’re excited to restore her new boat glow, with a few modern upgrades and cosmetic repairs.


The entire salon will be renovated with granite countertops, new soft goods, a relocated entertainment area, modern appliances, and teak veneer has been chosen for all interior cabinetry and woodwork. We’re really pumped up for this one, and can’t wait to get her back in the water for what she was born to do, fish! It’s very difficult to put a number on it at this stage, as there are still some decisions to be made and we may make additional changes. The result was a frighteningly large section of rotten wood on one side and a smaller section of the same on the other side. But unlike the images that come to mind when you think “work clothes” the selection of jeans, shoes, shirts, and cargo shorts from Dickies (available at Sears and Target) is, IMHO, seriously stylin’.
The Yukon deck slants up in the bow, so we needed to construct the supports to allow the slant upward. So the thought came that maybe we would just buy a boat and use it while we were there in Florida. Paint her and then sail the Inter-coastal.  After which, when we got ready to leave Florida, we would sell her.
In an estimated two to three month timeframe, Hull 25 will be receiving major work on the exterior, interior, and in the engine room. We will work side-by-side with our Jarrett Bay Marine Park partners at Gregory Poole CAT to run and evaluate the C12’s performance numbers for the first eight months to a year. Below, our master, VIP, and companionway bunks will all be rebuilt using updated materials.
Each head will get new granite countertops and teak cabinetry for a stylish new look throughout. Most of the other major components in the engine room are fairly recent and will not need to be replaced.



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