Winter Workshop Photo Contest Winner(s)!

When you see these 2 projects, you’ll understand how they HAD to be a tie for best winter project. Bruce Hays from Annapolis has a story about his winter project that brings life to all of the unfinished boats and little to-dos hiding in our workshops. Bruce’s project brought tears to our eyes -adding salt to what is an amazing self design and build.  Ron Fortucci from Denton, MD sent us an amazing restoration story about a revered Dyer Glamour Girl restoration. Bruce brought the boat back to better-than-new condition from it’s former post rotting under a tree. It’s impressive work for a home garage/ shop and we think you’ll find pleasure and inspiration from both of these customers.

Read all about both projects below. And congratulations to Bruce and to Ron. A $50 JD credit awaits your account! 


Bruce Hays Story: Below is the skiff that I built starting late last summer as a project to share with my father, who had cancer and was at home in hospice care. After seeing a similar boat tied up to a pier in Tilghman Island, Maryland, I decided to design a smaller version that I could build with my father in his garage. It was a great way for us spend time together doing something we both enjoyed. He was no longer able to speak, but would write down suggestions and comments as we went. I have his notes and some photos from the building process, to reinforce the memories of working with him. He passed away in September and progress slowed, but your contest motivated me to finish it.

Our goal was to use as much wood and hardware from our respective stocks as possible. I did purchase TotalBoat Traditional Epoxy resin to glass the bottom and chines. This is the first boat that I’ve built to my own design, and I’m anxious to get it in the water in the spring to see how she rows!

Ron Fortucci: I am restoring a 1960 Dyer Glamour Girl. I received her as a bare hull, sitting outside under a tree for many years, and have completely restored her, and now I’m at the paint & varnish stage. As a 30+ year customer of Jamestown Distributors, I started using your Total Boat products as soon as they were available.

Finish coat on decks – I switched from Interlux Off-white to Total Boat Off White – much better coverage. Check out the gallery of Ron’s restoration below!

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12 responses to “Winter Workshop Photo Contest Winner(s)!

  1. Both Bruce Hays and Ron Fortucci did beautiful work on their boats. Goes to show that if you put your mind to it, anything can be accomplished. Enjoyed your photos and comments.

  2. That picture with the million clamps is freaking AWESOME! And the boat is magnificent! Both projects are great! I can’t wait until I can submit my 1976 T-26 Columbia total remodel. Not a ton of teak, but a lot of fiberglas, and elbow grease.

  3. Both beautiful stories and both beautiful finished products.
    As a friend of Bruce’s dad I couldn’t read the story for the tears.
    Congratulations to you both.

  4. I really like the center thwart on Bruce’s boat, which has a cutout on each side (or maybe “a wide spot in the middle”). I’m not sure exactly WHY it has that feature, but it’s the sort of thing that comes from someone thinking about things a lot, and coming up with a solution that’s just a little different from what we’ve always done, and that’s often a good thing. It also happens to look attractive in this case.

    Ron’s clearly be spending his life following the old rule that at every yard sale you pass, you should buy a clamp. 🙂

  5. I showed the photos to my wife – she no longer thinks I have a “clamp problem”… thanks Ron. She wants Bruce’s boat, I want Ron’s.

  6. Thanks for the comments. Although we made use of both my dad’s and my clamp collections, we didn’t come close to Ron. “Glamour Girl” is an impressive and beautiful project, and in a different league than my “Badger.”

    John H., we shaped the center thwart that way to allow the oarsman to scootch forward a bit when there is someone sitting in the stern. Many years ago we built a Bolger Nymph, which has a longitudinal thwart, and we have found that being able to move forward when there are two people in the boat makes a big difference. We’ll find out how well it works as soon as it warms up a bit!

  7. Congrats to Bruce! All boats built or restored are winners.
    And yes, I do stop at EVERY yard sale for clamps, I have also found
    electric planes, hand tools, cordless drills, and even wood.
    The day we clamped the coaming was quite a work-out! My wife & I were clamping as fast as we could before glue set up. We were trying to clamp opposite each other to keep the 4 layers of wood in place.
    The driveway still has a ring of glue drips almost a year later.
    Yes, my wife mentions them every day….
    Hope to be at Jamestown’s Open House on April 22nd.
    Maybe we’ll see you there.. (not with the boat)
    Now off to watch Louis’ latest video….He’s great!

    1. Great work and congrats to everyone out there who enjoys the fun of boat building, repair and restoration. Enjoyed the pictures of the “Fotrtiucci Boatworks” setup. As for the glue shadow, we love that kind of patina around the house, memories of the energy and spirit that came and went with each project.

  8. I must have missed my spring JD catalog because I definitely wouldn’t have a missed another Glamour Girl restoration story. I recently restored my grandfather’s 1950’s Glamour Girl, which hadn’t been in the water since 1990 and was almost in as bad shape as Ron’s. I replaced the sole with new teak over plywood, rebuilt the keel, lots of fiberglass work (including rebuilding the bow which had major accident damage), lots of new brightwork, etc. I even saved the 1950s Volvo motor with a rebuilt starter, alternator and transmission. She turns heads every time I take her out. Here are some pics:

    Beautiful job on the Glamour Girl Ron. They’re a rare breed! Very happy to see a Glamour Girl restoration to such a high level.

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