My Last Wooden Boat (I think)

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Project by DonH posted 09-09-2010 03:27 PM 2942 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The boat is a Mathews 42 foot bridge deck cruiser. It wieghs 16 tons empty and is built entirely of oak framing and mahogany. It required the sort of maintenance one would expect if you threw a large cabinet in the water for six months of the year. I worked on it through the winter on weekends at the boat yard and for two full weeks of “vacation” prior to launch. It was a fine vessel and I am sorry to see it gone but the maintenance requirements were too much – but fun nevertheless and I never needed to go to a gym for exercise.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#1 posted 09-09-2010 03:45 PM

I can only imagine what kind of time in maintenance that you spent on that. It’s sort of like it needs to be a rich man’s toy or a poor man’s house and means of transportation or maybe even a way to earn a living – sort of like in the movie Father Goose with Cary Grant.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 03:49 PM

In my case it was a poor man’s cottage and the maintenance and restoration time certainly kept me off the streets (which the neighbours appreciated)

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 03:54 PM

Beautiful old boat. It sure would be a job to keep it up. I’ve got an 18 footer and know the upkeep on that, I can imagine what it would be for an old wood boat of that size.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 04:42 PM

Oh what a wonderful project! Maybe the new owners will invite you for a cruise on the river for old times sake! As what a conversation “guest” you would be, “By the way, this is the fellow who built this boat!”

Now, maybe you can start on smaller projects like canoes and kayaks!?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 05:20 PM

Thanks – I am considering building a solar electric harbour launch but dont know yet. Did you work at Port Clinton?

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 06:05 PM

i hear that the 2 best days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 06:18 PM

And here I was about to post my latest pen creation, I think I’ll hold off on that! Very nice work, but I dont think i could ever put it in the water.


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#8 posted 09-09-2010 06:34 PM

Chrisstef – Yes definitely – the two best days are the first and last.

Robert – post the pen. If you dont put boats in the water they get dusty.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#9 posted 09-09-2010 07:48 PM

You know, the day I sold it I was ecstatic. However, I miss the comfort of the boat (I now have a smaller fibreglass one although it has an all teak interior) and I miss the interest it generated when travelling. That boat brought me in contact with a lot of interesting people and I miss that too.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#10 posted 09-09-2010 09:10 PM

I heard once that a boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into…

But I only heard that…

Nice boat!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#11 posted 09-09-2010 09:59 PM

Actually a boat is a hole in the water that sucks money out of you…...relentlasly

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#12 posted 09-09-2010 09:59 PM

Plastic is fantastic !
I had a few sailing yachts they were plastic no maintenence.Can’t beat wood for beauty though.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 09-09-2010 10:09 PM

Very impressive looking boat. I have never been a boat person but love seeing the old all wooden boats. I can see where it was a labor of love to have one. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 09-09-2010 11:01 PM

hard to believe you could build this during one winter. impressive.
boat…bring over another thousand

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#15 posted 09-09-2010 11:41 PM

Incredible, it would have been interesting to follow the build of this great project.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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