Repairs & Restoration

Swedish Cutter


Built in 1976, in Sweden, this cutter rigged sailboat is planked with teak on copper riveted oak frames at 8” centers. Once a wedding gift from the royal family, this small yacht (34 feet on deck) found it’s way to Saint Augustine where we rescued it from years of neglect and possible sinking. She has a copper-sheathed bottom, and both the planking and copper are in good shape. However, the deck has opened up and this will involve new oak deck framing and mast partners, and a new teak deck will be installed, as it is in a poor state. The sitka spruce mast has lost it’s finish and subsequently rot has shown to begin, as well at the delamination of glue joints, so a new spar will need to be built We are intending to do a full restoration.

Shew and Burnham Whitehall


Built by Dick Shew and Cecil Burnham in 1986. Copper riveted Port Orford cedar on oak frames. Teak seats, transom, rudder and tiller. Cotton lugsail by Nathaniel Wilson Sailmakers. Sitka spruce spars. Oars by Shaw and Tenney. Full restoration is necessary because boat was left in sun and has dried out to where planking has split/pulled apart as fasteners held. Boat will be probably be completely replanked with  cedar. Some ribs have cracked and need to be replaced as well.


English yacht tender


Built in Lowestoft, England in 1976. This beautiful 9 foot tender is one of a pair that came off an English yacht. The workmanship is impeccable, and is shown by how well this little tender as aged. Bronze plaque commemorates builder, etc. Copper riveted port orford (or similar) cedar on steamed oak frames. Mahogany transom, seats, centerboard, rudder and tiller. Sitka spruce spars and spoon oars. Vinyl lined canvas covers for all mahogany accessories listed here, as well as spars and oars and includes a boat cover. Dacron lugsail rig. Professional restoration in 2009. Recently repainted.

Bahama dinghy


One of many that come through the shop, this abaco-built dinghy is unusual in that it is planked with white cedar, in lieu of pine, on madeira (horseflesh) frames, She has a mahogany transom, too,  so appears to have been more of a “yachting” type dinghy as opposed to a workboat. Her lines are much more “delicate” than normally found in these dinghies, with the bow being less full than the traditional working type dinghies.

She will need a new stem, and half of the ribs are broken and will be replaced. The cedar planking is, for the most part, salvageable.


Barbour runabout


Built by the hundreds, if not thousands, by Barbour Boatworks in North Carolina in the 50’s, these popular runabouts came in a variety of styles. This one needs a new bottom, and will receive new, reinforced framing to accommodate the additional horsepower and more pounding she will invariably receive being used in local waters.Mahogany bench seats, windshield, ect will be added. We have removed the polyester resin saturated fiberglass cloth someone had covered the hull with. The cedar hull is in good shape, just needs cleaning up and refinishing.

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