What’s your story?

We love to work on boats.
And we want to hear what other people are working on. If you are working on a cool project – tell us about it. Here are a few stories that people have sent us.

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Captain Rob Holmes
Rob Holmes

Captain Rob Holmes sent us a photo of his work done on the cockpit in his recently purchased 1968 motorboat. As you can see above, his construction looks great! What we also found quite interesting was his process during the restoration: Rob tells us he preplanned and built the whole project in a three-dimensional computer program! He wanted to be able to play “what-if”, and test his ideas before he cut the wood. He’s actually a 3D animator, so this planning was right up his alley. What’s funny, he says, is that the project turned out “exactly” like the 3D designs, which is quite rare. He told us:

“When I bought my 1968 boat a few years ago it had a terrible mess inside the cockpit bulkhead. Some rough fiberglass work had been done to cover up holes left when instruments were taken out. I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to create some much needed organizational space, as well as a navigation station; which I did not have. I designed a cabinet to cover the space; made so the whole unit could fold down and provide a spot for my laptop. I also devised a system for raising and lowering the unit to make it into a laptop shelf and for making it adjustable.”

He’s told us this is only part of his refitting for this boat, but from what we can see, it looks fabulous! What’s your story? If you are working on a cool project – tell us about it. Email us anytime at images@jamestowndistributors.com

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Bill Benson
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New York artist Bill Benson blew us away with his beautiful work. We looked him up on his website, wmbenson.com, and his artwork is just as fabulous as the work he’s done on this sailboat. Bill tells us that this 36′ wooden sloop arrived in his yard in November of 2007, and that all of this work on this sailboat was done by turning his back deck into a portable workshop! For the past six summers, he’s moved all his power tools out there to work on large pieces of the boat, whose major changes included entirely replacing not only the cabin walls, but the interior and cockpit areas as well.  After so much time spent on her, Bill says he knows this sailboat inside and out, and he should hopefully have her in the water by this summer. What’s your story? If you are working on a cool project – tell us about it. Email us anytime at images@jamestowndistributors.com

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Steven Zawalick
Steven Zawalick

The Elizabeth Marie recently got a whole new cabin roof thanks to owner Steven Zawalick. Steven used kerfed marine plywood, a clamping caul, brace, and shims to epoxy the new roof into place; using over a quart of West System epoxy with silica for the one press-up shown above. Elizabeth Marie’s interior underwent some serious change during her makeover, but she looks fantastic! What’s your story? If you are working on a cool project – tell us about it. Email us anytime at images@jamestowndistributors.com

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Luciano Valdivia
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Luciano Valdivia’s work on this 1965 Sailstar Bristol Corinthian was as in-depth as it is gorgeous. This sailboat from Rhinecliff, New York could be the poster for Extreme Makeover-Boating Edition. Unfortunately, the photos show only a fraction of his work on this boat, christened Pas de Deux, but much more has been done. The teak cockpit flooring had to be bleached and oiled, and the chainplates were pulled and reset. All of the boat’s brightwork had to be refinished; and the entire interior was sanded and refinished as well. Pas de Deux’s interior also received new cushions, shelf installation, and rewiring. In fact, all of her hardware was reset. To replace the old, rotted combing boards, Luciano cut brand-new boards out of mahogany by using the originals as templates. The original winches were replaced with bronze Barient winches, and the old bench was refitted with new silicon bronze fasteners. To maintain Pas de Deux’s classic look, Luciano added vinyl graphics for the name and hailing port. All of Valdivia’s work has definitely paid off, however, because she looks incredible. What’s your story? If you are working on a cool project – tell us about it. Email us anytime at images@jamestowndistributors.com

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Brooke Seckel
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Brooke Seckel sent us a whole powerpoint of photos for this contest! The Seckels renovated nearly every part of their 1972 Lyman Islander; starting from the inside out. They repainted the entire 32-foot hull; using TotalBoat Wet Edge for topside paint and JD Select Bottom Paint for below the waterline, and replaced the entire top deck as well. In addition, they also replaced and varnished their Lyman mahogany helm (not shown). Both the interior and exterior of the boat’s cabin was redone; as well as the boat’s transom. This included an enormous amount of new brightwork and varnish, as well as replacing rotted wood in the window frames and in other areas. The Seckel’s dog also helped too! During the renovation process, you could almost always find Zephyr hanging around the shop and supervising everyone’s work. Unfortunately, we couldn’t use all of their fantastic photos here, but we’ve tried to highlight some of the most drastic changes, and we couldn’t resist leaving Zephyr out of the photos. What’s your story? If you are working on a cool project – tell us about it. Email us anytime at images@jamestowndistributors.com

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Luis Fierros
Luis Fierros

Luis Fierros entered his 16-foot Sundowner Micro-Skiff Explorer in our image contest all the way from Miami! This little flat-bottom skiff get used every week in the Miami shallows, and is great for bay and backcountry trip in nearby areas. Luis says she is in prime condition, and he had a great experience using TotalBoat Polyurethane Wet Edge primer and topcoat to maintain her. The photos show his maintenance on the bow deck of the skiff. What’s your story? If you are working on a cool project – tell us about it. Email us anytime at images@jamestowndistributors.com

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Kevin Guglielmello
Kevin Guglielmello

Kevin Guglielmello purchased his first boat only a few months ago, and has been renovating it ever since. The photos above only show his fantastic work on the cockpit floor of this Tanzer 22 swing keel, but Kevin has replaced and repaired much more of his new project, and says he uses the TotalBoat products for much of the work. In addition to the floor renovation, Kevin’s repaired the boat’s windows and transom; and he’s entirely replaced the mast step support beam. As you can see from the photos he sent us, he’s also included some of the TotalBoat products he used on the cockpit floor; including both our slow- and fast-hardening epoxy systems and our TotalTread non-skid deck paint.
What’s your story? If you are working on a cool project – tell us about it. Email us anytime at images@jamestowndistributors.com

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3 thoughts on “What’s your story?

  1. refitting my Columbia mkII 34 sailboat, all new interior and appliances, new engine and sails so welcome any all advice and guidance to avoid serious mistakes or errors and to get the best top quality stuff for best prices. Thanks. Richard.

  2. I will email some of my projects – wood boats 14ft – 16.5ft scale to actual – these are toys radio controlled.

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