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Project profile: "CHAUTAUQUA"   << back to Restoration

"CHAUTAUQUA" is a 38' Lawley standard cruiser, originally built in 1926. We began this project with an extensive rebuild of the structural framework below the waterline. We scheduled this work with a break in the middle so that the owners could enjoy a limited boating season.

Following the bottom work, we rebuilt the decks, trunk top and canopy top and covered them with Dynel cloth set in epoxy to retain the appearance of traditional canvas. We also put in new cabin and cockpit soles and all new exterior mahogany rails, hatches and trim. We reused all original hardware throughout the restoration.

After completion, CHAUTAUQUA's owners made her available for all to see at various New England antique boat shows. Their dedication to her restoration paid off with impressive results...

Winner: Best Powerboat at Show - 1999 Boston Antique & Classic Boat Show

Winner: Best Powerboat Under 40 Feet - 1999 Mystic Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

The images below detail some of the restoration process. Please click on an image to view a larger version.

Structural repairs forward of engine New frames and floor timbers New cabin sole installed
Structural repairs aft of engine New cockpit framing Rebuilt engine in place

Fiberglass oil pan being installed Deteriorating keel and horn timber New horn timber and large section of keel
Out with the old stem... ...and in with the new one Removing untold years of paint and varnish

Decay on old canopy has to be removed Lower windshield repairs Trunk top lamination
Rebuilding the canopy Rebuilding the upper windshield and visor Dynel on deck and trunk top

Ready for new canopy Underside of finished canopy New mahogany toe rails, rub rails and trim
All new trim and hatches w/hardware installed A classic antique... ...with a new lease on life

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