Woodwind Yachts Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Restoration, Repair, Refinishing, Building and Sales

Woodwind Yachts Restoration Project
 

TYPE: 14' Aristocraft Torpedo Runabout

BUILT: Aristo Craft Boats, Atlanta, Georgia, 1957

PROJECT: Remove and replace several sections of the hull and chines, decks and deck beams, dashboard, seats, floorboards, and apply West System TM epoxy to hull exterior. Completely refinish vessel inside and out, then polish and re-mount all hardware.

 

Vessel as she was found laying inside a storage building.
The exterior paint is stripped to reveal the extent of the repairs required.
Several areas of the hull and the chines required renewal. Repairs are difficult on a curved plywood vessel of this type, with very few frames to fasten to.
The decks and interior are removed and wooden "wedges" are epoxy glued into all of the fastener holes. Everything will be re-drilled into "fresh" wood.
The vessel's interior is being stripped for a complete refinish.
Varnish and paint have been applied to the interior. The hull has been repaired, epoxied and primed at this stage.
The new decks have been made, the undersides varnished prior to installation, and are shown here being permanently installed.
This photograph shows the forward "upper" deck framework being built. The accented curved upper decks are difficult to build and install, and must be made to fit the hardware exactly.
The hull has been painted and the decks varnished as she was originally. Here, Stan is carefully bending and mounting the hardware to fit properly.
The finished product! She was outfitted with the original rebuilt outboard motor and new upholstery. She was then taken to the 1999 Gravenhurst Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show and awarded with Best Outboard Boat and Motor in Show!

Woodwind Yachts
3986 HWY. 7A, Nestleton, Ontario, Canada L0B 1L0
TEL (905) 986-9663 FAX (905) 986-1345

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