When you see these two projects, you’ll understand how they HAD to be a tie for best winter boat 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 TotalBoat products as soon as they were available. Finish coat on decks – I switched from Interlux Off-white to TotalBoat Off White – much better coverage. Check out the gallery of Ron’s restoration below!