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.
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