What I did on 7-22-2007

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Blog entry by Karson posted 07-21-2007 02:15 AM 1516 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the members of the Mason Dixon Woodworkers Club needed to take his boat from where it was berthed to a marina that had a lift to allow the boat to be taken out of the water to be painted.

I offered to be a ferry car for the trip. The marina was about 10 miles from where I lived. We met there at 7:00 yesterday and we left my car there and rode in his vehicle to the Yacht club where his boat was berthed.

The boat was build, I believe, in the 60’s by a company called Greenwich. They only made 2 boats in the year that this boat was completed. It is 47’ long twin 300HP V8 diesel engines. The other boat was 63’ long. Georges boat is made with 6/4 mahogany planks on the bottom and 5/4 planks on the sides. He bought the boat for $378.00, which was 1 month storage fees where the boat was sitting on dry land. The previous owner had gotten taken by a repair man who took the repair money and left without completing the repairs. The previous owner was not willing to put any more money into the boat. Some of the side planks were off the boat and it was not seaworthy. The boat was on the cover of BoneYard Boats

We got to the Yacht Club about 8:30, and prepared to get under power. Here is a picture of Dave on the front and back of the boat.

We had to go down the Wicomico River in Md. to Chesapeake Bay and then up the Nanticoke River to Seaford DE. A trip of 53 miles and it took 6 hours via a GPS.

I guess every 11 Yr old boy would dream about piloting a cabin cruiser by himself.

This is the boat after arriving in Seaford DE.

While waiting for a railroad bridge to be opened about 300 yds from the Marina the boat settled on a sandbar and it took about 10 minutes to wiggle it off. It was at low tide.

We went back tonight to see the boat all lifted out of the water and sitting on dry land.

Most marina don’t want to touch wooden boats because of the weight. They are afraid of them breaking in two as they lift them out of the water. George estimates that the boat will lose about 8000 lbs of moisture that is in the planks while it is sitting on the ground.

This causes a problem, because of the cracks that will develop between the planks while it is on dry land. He hopes to get it back in the water in 10 days.

He has asked me to replace some of the wood around the front windows.

It is probably marine Mahogany plywood, but we’ll see.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 07-21-2007 02:22 AM

Living in the future I see!!! I’m still back a couple days…

This looks like a heckuva project. 8000lbs of weight loss!!! Wow…

So, it was just seaworthy enough to go 53 miles, but needs repairs to be in the water more of the time?

Have fun on the windows!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 07-21-2007 02:43 AM

The boat was repaired to be seaworthy about 3 years ago. It was just time for a repaint. It is still a restoration in progress.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 07-21-2007 02:44 AM

Aha! Thanks for the clarification!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 07-21-2007 06:44 AM

Great looking vessel and what a steal! It looks like you had fun.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 07-21-2007 02:01 PM

Hi Karson;
—-great to get out on the water also, isn’t it? Is this called dreaming ahead of time or back to the future?

I also see that gleaming of a dreamer there in Dave’s eye….captain or skipper, looks like you both had a good day there!

Thank you. GODSPEED,

-- --frank, NH,

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#6 posted 07-21-2007 08:49 PM

what a boat… a special day you had!

water loss… wow.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 07-21-2007 09:52 PM

Looks like an interesting day.

I grew up aound boats and dream of restoring a boat someday but don’t think I’ll be that ambitious….a sailboat 30’ or so would be great.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 07-22-2007 04:02 AM

I’m green with envy Karson.

Such a nice old lady with those classic hull lines… Plastic boats are not the same, no matter what they say and how easier to maintain they may be. Maybe I am biased towards wood (Who? Me? A Woodworker? No way!) :o) but wooden boats convey a special feeling to me.

Always loved to sail and always will love to. Like Bob I also grew up around boats. My father has always had a boat since I was four. The first time I was at the wheel of one for a few hours in a row I was six. Lucky me. After all those years I still remember it as if it was yersterday.

Unfortunately I had to stop sailing many years ago for other reasons. And boy if I miss it… But such is life. I hope one day I’ll have the chance to do it again. Nowadays every time I can, I hop into an aircraft, but that’s a different story…

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#9 posted 07-22-2007 04:26 AM

The rudder lines from the wheel were loose. You had to do a lot of back and forth on the wheel to keep it going straight. Once it started to turn it took a while for it to come back arouind.

But then again there was a lot of boat to turn.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 06-17-2008 07:28 PM

Hey Karson—

Great post. I’m very much like Jojo, a sailor from the days when those floating Clorox bottles were just starting to become popular. My home port has but one or two wooden boats in it anymore, sad to say.

Dorje, all boats, wood or fiberglass, should be hauled once every year or two to clean the algae off the bottom and repaint with an anti-fouling paint, scrape barnacles, and do a general inspection. Boats like this require extra maintenance, just because they are wood: worm damage, seam caulking, etc. We often joke that boats are holes in the water into which one pours money.

Thanks for the post, Karson! Excellent!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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