Restorations, for the most part, are the larger and longer repairs or projects done to a boat.
The reconstruction of major components affecting the structural integrity, the strength, and the soundness.
Maintenance of this magnitude, for obvious reasons, should be addressed sooner rather than later.
A proper restoration will breathe 20 to 50 more years of life into most boats,
allowing these heirlooms to be passed down through families for many many years.
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Typically repairs are the much smaller operations on a boat and done quite frequently as wood can only take so much.
These types of repairs can also obviously involve some of the strength and integrity aspects.
Being a wooden boat, care and regular maintenance is required to keep these wonderful works of art from becoming a wonderful pile of firewood.
Regular inspections and fast responses to problems is key to being safe on the water.
Anything from a cracked plank to a broken rib or frame. to a seam opening up should be repaired promptly. As well, repairs to any interior components like seats, floors, hatches are important for comfort and safety.
Sometimes something as small as a broken piece of chrome can lead to something more drastic.
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Keeping a pristine finish on your boat is almost as important as completing a repair.
Any nick, ding, bang, dent, scrap, or scratch can possibly led to a greater problem if not addressed soon.
Some boats require a complete strip to bare wood, re-faired, re-stained, and rebuilt up with varnish. We won't let a boat go from a bare wood state without at least 8 coats of varnish, with a promise to come back in 1 year for the final filling coat.
Most boats however just need a one time freshing coat, just to restore their shine and luster.
Still a big job, all chrome, hardware, parts, hatches have to be removed and the whole boat gets a flattening sanding and then the final coat applied and everything gets reassembled.
This is crucial to do every 5 years for good boat keeping
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Mechanical aspects of a boat implies the engine of course, but it is much more. The steering, the shaft, the prop, the stuffing box, the rudder, the strut etc. - basically any metal moving parts.
Electrical falls into this category for us and obviously includes the lighting, battery, ignition. etc.
We can't forget the fuel tank and all of its components.
All aspects of these critical systems get equally special attention by qualified personnel.
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Usually when it comes to upholstery our customers have a good idea of what color and material they would like. We try to assist with this step in keeping with the boat's originality as well as suggesting the era of such cushioning and style.
The chrome we call it is all the shiny hardware that makes a boat pull your eyes right to it. If done with finesse a boat will look like a gem in the water. Sometimes when a full restoration in progress the chrome is sent out for replating. Depending on the year and type of boat it could get chrome or zinc plating.
Most of the time just a good hand rubbed polish with our "secret" product will return a tired old faded star to a youthful energetic sheen
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In this section I thought it would be interesting for you to see some of the weird, wild and crazy tools we bring to bear on your wooden boat.
Most are quite normal and recognisable although you may have never thought of using that familiar tool in that certain way, let alone on a boat.
Hopefully you'll see some tricks and techniques only a boat builder would attempt or know.
Every so often we'll feature a specific tool, and show you what can be done with it.
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