I am hoping someone who is participating in this forum can help me out. I am looking for a boat to restore.
I am just about finished with building my second wooden boat. This project is the pram found in Chapter 2 of John Gardner’s Building Classic Small Craft. I now feel that I am ready to take on a restore project and I need to find a suitable boat.
I will be attending Wooden Boat School this summer and I hope to bring a Maine boat home (to Wisconsin) with me. My free time in Maine will be limited so I hope to have zeroed in on a likely candidate before hand. Below are some of the criteria that I am working with:
I will be driving, so anything that I bring home with me must fit on the roof racks on my station wagon. This means it must be less than 16 feet and 200 pounds. While I am flexible about hull shape, I am most interested in a row boat. It need not be rigged for sailing.
As for its condition, I am looking for a good project that will keep me busy for awhile. I measure my projects in years rather than months. So it can be in “somewhat” rough condition. I don’t mind replacing a frame (or two), a plank (or two) or even parts of the keel/stem. It is the sum of all repair that I am most interested in considering. I am looking for a boat that is worthy of a new lease on life and will serve as the focus of my learning experience.
Alternatively, I would be open to a small boat that comes with a trailer. As long as the trailer (and boat) are up for a 1300 mile drive and can comfortably be towed with my 1.4 liter Toyota engine. I would prefer that they both (boat and trailer that is) be in sufficiently good condition that parts will not blow off on the way home.
The price is negotiable and as you would expect dependent upon the condition of the boat.
If the readers here or anyone they know think that they might have a possible candidate, please contact me either by replying to this posting or writing me an email.