I've loved boats since I was a kid growing up in Kentucky on the Ohio River.. Now a half a century later and 785 miles south I'm here in NE Florida still loving the boats and working on them all the time. Below are several I have worked on with some photos to show what I do. A few below have an extra page so you can see more if you want. I'm always available to answer any questions if you have one so don't be afraid to call.
A friend called, said I got this boat and you got to come see. It was a heck of a deal, it just needs a little bit of love. It was a retired security boat from King's Bay and besides being weathered out bad and covered with barnacles looked like someone had attacked the sides with a chainsaw.
Took about a week to do all the gel coat chips and scratches and a good three days to compound it out. The name and mermaid I did at night. Looks pretty sharp I say.
THE BEFORE PICTURE
TIGHT FIT IN THE DRIVE WAY
GETTING RID OF THE COP STUFF
CLEANED THE BOTTOM AND GEL COAT REPAIRS
BUFFED OUT AND NEW STICKERS
WHOLE BOAT BUFFED AND POLISHED
NEW NAME ON CABIN SIDE
DESIGNED THE LOGO MYSELF
ONE ON THE TRANSOM TOO
This Pro Sport started out with a leaking below deck gas tank and after digging out the old tank we just kept finding stuff. Money was tight but the owner wanted to help with the labor and we came up with a plan to rebuild the entire boat. The boat was stripped down to a bare hull and with Bruce helping the plan was put into action. With a clean hull we were able to modernize the whole setup. We re-designed everything from top down.
We did everything new, an insulated fish box, live well, waterproof hatches with drain channels. All the wiring was installed in conduit channels, the entire deck was replaced, every piece of marine plywood we used was encased in fiberglass, non-skid with a splatter finish and the hull was buffed to a mirror finish. All for less than a fifth of the cost of a new boat and he keeps on fishing and smiling.
Hit the rocks at the "Little Jetties" in Jacksonville slicing a 8' gash in the STB side. She was underwater in a very short time. The new owner is restoring from the ground up and I was contracted to do the major fiberglass repairs. Though a bit of a challenge the gash was repaired in the span of a week and other repairs in the following weeks. Currently the boat is back in the water.
The inside layer of fiberglass had broke loose around the halo around the drain plug allowing water to intrude and rot out the inside layer of 3/4" marine ply. We attempted to remove just the rotten wood but at last ended up removing all the wood. The back wall was glassed over and the outside hull was glassed inside and out and then reinstalled. We then poured ceramic in the void and sealed the job. It will never rot again.
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