The restoration of 1983 Wasque 32 “Penguin” was completed in 2014 as a two-phase project. In Phase 1, the exterior was restored including all new teak, a new fiberglass molded helm console with a teak top and all new engine instruments. A functional and beautiful custom aft bench seat with storage was added to the cockpit. Phase 2 includes a full remodeling of the interior including a larger head, complete galley, more comfortable seating and full finished woodwork throughout. The restoration of Penquin was complete in 2014 and is being thoroughly enjoyed by its current family.
“Old Fashioned” is a 1959 Goudy and Stevens Flybridge Cruiser, a beautiful fixture in Marblehead Harbor from about 1973. Owned by a wonderful doctor who cherished the boat and kept her tip top for many years. In the early 2000’s he treated her to a full rebuild. Many new planks,frames, stringers, clamps, shelves, bulkheads, new deck beams, halfbearers, decks, brand new teak house, toe rails, flybridge, wiring, plumbing, tanks, steering and a new Yanmar 350 diesel. She was virtually a new boat!
Unfortunately, the good doctor was only to enjoy her in her new grandeur for a short period of time before his passing. “Diversion” was without her friend and caretaker and sat some years on the hard at the old Little Harbor Boatyard in Marblehead. During this time her varnish and paint deteriorated, bilges filled and emptied depending on the weather; planking dried out and the usual New England winters made their way into all the areas that we as boatbuilders try to keep them out of!
Turn the page to 2014 – A new owner takes over. Marblehead trading company moves her to our yard. We removed the engine and old Python drive system, shaft, rudder and gear for rebuild and paint and rust treatment. we cleaned the bilges and interior, stripped all surfaces, topsides, bottom, decks, house, cockpit sole, etc. Varnish, build and prime all surfaces. Removed and re-bed all hardware, replace a couple of planks and a stern bit. Rebuilt the flybridge and prepared her to be launched that Fall so she could spend the winter at Pickering Wharf, giving her planks a much needed soaking. She fared well through that harsh winter of 2104-15 and was hauled in May 2015.During this time, the final coats of varnish were applied , topsides were finished off in a Slate Blue; white boot and a beautiful varnished mahogany transom. She was given a new name and hail, “Old Fashioned”, by none other than Carol MacRae.
The engine and shaft were installed, final hook ups, swelling and sea trialed in time for the owner to take an August cruise with his son. Headed South through the canal to various spots in Buzzard Bay, through New York, New Jersey and to her new home in Oxford, Maryland.
“Maddie Rhodes” 17′ 1957 Chris Craft received varnish in and out, some refastening, engine removal, interior and bilges painted, new shaft and cutlass bearing. The engine was serviced and painted. Custom teak cockpit sole was created using solid teak epoxyed to plywood subsole. The owner requested white caulking for the seam compound which compliments the interior beautifully.
Name and hail by Carol MacRae in Marblehead. Custom canvas weather cover by Hood Marine Canvas.
This Newman 46 was built in 1978 and owned by a well know CCA sailor, Porter Shutt. She was christened “Egret” and launched at the Lyman Morse yard. Lyman Morse went on to build a number of sisters but I am told “Egret” was the first build t come out of the Lyman Morse yard.
We found her in 2010. She had been for sale for five or more years. She sat under an enormous oak tree in Annapolis, MD. The oak leaves filled the cockpit and covered the decks. Sun and shade had taken it’s toll on the exterior woodwork, some plywood and all cosmetics were shot! Prospective buyers took one look and ran! It took one look for the C.W. Hood Yacht team to know this was a boat with good bones and worth saving. Luckily, the second owner, an ex-Coast Guard Commander, knew how to moth ball a boat and when he put her up for sale he also put her to bed in the most fastidious fashion.
Dozens of scrub brushes and 5 gallons of bleach later, she started to come to life. New golf cart batteries, a quick coat of bottom paint and she was in the water. The owner arrived not knowing what to expect but amazingly after five years of sitting still, everything fired up. Engine, generator, all electronics, AC, refrigeration, and down to the last light bulb and running light! Never before had I heard about such a thing but it’s a testament to the previous owner’s care, Lyman Morse’s skill and the fact that most of the equipment was built in the good old USA.
She cruised to Marblehead without a hitch and started her improvement program. Down below she received some new wiring and plumbing, Sinks, toilets, pumps, etc. New maple cabin sole, new countertops, fresh paint, and updated upholstery.
On deck all was removed down to bare decks. The flybridge had some rot and was rebuilt. All new seating on the flybridge, new stainless steel rails, bow, grab, etc. Opening windows by Boman. New stainless steel hatches and parts by Hood; an extending flybridge deck to store a sailing dinghy. New paint, varnish, etc. She was relaunched two years later and turns heads wherever she goes.
“Skedaddle” is a C.W. Hood built 1999 Wasque 26. She came to us last spring with a long list of upgrades. Bow thruster, varnish maintenance, Aquadrive rebuild and possible engine replacement. She was built with the Pennisular 205HP V-8 and had seen many years of use as it was time to re-power and the choice was the Yanmar 260 common rail engine whcih is the standard engine in the Wasque 26 and the new Wasque 29. This engine has the latest gadgets like fuel burn rate, multiple diagnostics, etc., as well as a smooth electronic shift/throttle lever.
The owner also requested new electronics and we chose to tie into Yanmar with the new Garmin 12″ touchscreen GPS. Last but not least, a Garmin radar with custom Hood teak radar mast off the windshield.
We shipped her to Florida in time to escape the New England weather.
This past summer “Rascal” underwent a complete stripping of all teak and refinished with multiple coats of varnish. She received a full mechanical run though, bow thruster, aft bench seat, bow rail and a wonderful new paint job in Alwgrip green with a gold cove stripe. New canvas by Hood Marine Canvas sets off her classic looks.
Her second owner came to us with an idea for an open effect hardtop. With the owner, we mocked up the sides and top to get the right look. We then made the solid teak sides and went further to build a splash mold in which we could mold an extremely light carbon fiber hardtop. The side windows are laminated teak with EZZCY glass and have an ingenious inside mounting arrangement, whereby you flip two small arms and the windows lock or unlock.
The owner enjoyed a wonderful first summer aboard “Ender’s Game” with his family.