12-16-2008, 08:19 PM
I am seriously considering taking the plunge on a custom built, 1960, 52' double planked, twin diesel-in-stern (ala Huckins) cockpit cruiser, and apparently glassed when built. I have owned large wooden boats in the past and have done a fair amount of epoxy, wood and refinishing work. Engines are 6-71 Detroits with V-Drives (drives and shaft logs are under the aft-cabin bunks) and being of hard chine design, I imagine she would be capable of a good turn of speed. Builder is G.R. Wood in Alabama (NOT Gar Wood!). The boat is in the water, appears dry, however cosmetically quite neglected, but nothing terribly intimidating. There is some evidence of sheathing delamination close to the rail, but probably 90% seems to be well bonded to the hull, above the waterline anyway. Anyone have any experience with Huckins or other early glass over wood / double planked hulls and their revival? Anyone ever hear of G.R. Wood? Im against the glassing of traditionally built wood boats, but I have heard if it done when new, it can be a real plus. Thanks in advance!