"Lady Like Me", 1958 Sea Babe Restoration

by Barb McCullough-Jones
(Keizer, Oregon, USA)

c1961 at Detroit Lake, Oregon

c1961 at Detroit Lake, Oregon

c1961 at Detroit Lake, Oregon Picking her up in Bend, Oregon

My father-in-law built this boat in 1958 in his garage. This 15-ft. cabin cruiser was designed by William D. Jackson, N.A.

She has been passed around to family members and is now in my care. I've removed all the trimmings and completed sanding.

Next up is to paint her. I am totally intimidated by that process!

I would like to restore to the original colors and decorative painting. It's a beautiful 1950's turquoise with white base. She was a mess when I picked her up in Bend, Oregon two years ago. Stored in the open with a rotting tarp she amazingly had very little wood rot. I had that checked by a pro!

Any advice on diving into the paint project is appreciated.

The original windshield was fiberglass and cracked in the process of cleaning. A couple cleats are missing as are the gunwale bars. I'll be on the hunt for a few of these parts.

Any advice on my project is welcomed. I would especially like to find other Sea Babe owners.

Thanks for your help!
Barb



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work status
by: Johnny

Barb, how goes it with your boat project?

Do you have it painted yet ?

Would like to see some photos of it on the trailer as well as in the water.
Johnny

Painting
by: Johnny

I am a retired Sign Painter and am used to painting with a multitude of paints on a multitude of surfaces.....

A wood boat, to me, is just a big sign surface.

Properly prepped, sanded, primed and painted, it will last you many many years.

(IMO), Use a good oil paint vs epoxy.

So if you want to repaint in the future, it is easier to sand down.

Epoxy paint is fairly difficult.

As for the green color, try to find a nice "seafoam green" and you will be happy happy happy.

Looking forward to your progress.
Johnny

Your Project
by: Darlene Summers

Yay Barb!

Another woman doing her own restoration.

I know it's intimidating but don't "get a guy for that" as my friends always say.

You can do it!

I have started and restarted the painting on my boat several times.

Practice makes perfect, right?

I just sent my boat post for approval...keep your eye out for the 42' Grand Banks.

Please connect me anytime for support or to just tell me how you're doing!

I could use a kindred spirit too! ;D




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