Where have all the DIY Boat Yards gone?
Yards where Wooden Boat enthusiasts can work on their own boats are becoming increasingly rare.
it seems loves to
see Wooden Boats afloat.
rules and regulations are making it almost impossible
for Wooden Boat owners to find somewhere where they can restore and
maintain their own boats, so as to keep them afloat.
Others are finding themselves in an insurance Catch 22 situation.
Larry in Florida has a problem with "Descanse II" a 1968 Chris Craft
Constelation which he intends to restore.
But how to get her out of the water. "They
won't haul without insurance and we can't get insurance without an out
of water survey."
Even those who work on the boats in their own back yards are
not free from bureaucratic interference.
I know of at least one boat of historical importance, which
the owner, after a good deal of painstaking restoration was reduced to
destroying due to the intransigence of local authority
And here is a similar story from Newport
If you know of a Wooden Boat Friendly DIY boat yard, marina or
facilities where the DIY'er is welcome please
let us know so others may
be able to benefit.
And let's celebrate them for
helping us to help ourselves.
And if you haven't already done so please tell us about Your