Wanted - Wooden Project Boat

by Alan DeForest
(Wilmington, NC, USA)

Looking for a wooden project boat 22-28 feet with an inboard engine.

Preferably with diesel engine that may or may not be functional.

I'm an accomplished woodworker and have worked on other boats for myself (Lightning sailboat) and friends so, I am looking at refurbishing a boat to the highest standards.

This will be a family boat not to be resold.

I'm looking for a project to keep.

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Oct 17, 2013
Jolly Giant to sell
by: Rick CuttrissAnonymous

Hello I have a 1950 Grew " Jolly Giant" 23 foot Honduras Mahogany inboard.

I have stripped the boat down for repair.

The dowel plugs have been removed for removing the screws on the ribs ect.

The boat has everything that was on it when new.

Entire boat was hand sanded but is now grey.

It has a beautiful full bench front seat with center drop leaf to allow access to the rear.

It has a center mount Buchannon inboard.six which is original to this boat.

The motor has been stripped down and soda blasted.

The crank has been ground.

All parts are there but will need a rebuild.

Lights, siren work. All original, seats are there but good only for templates to make new ones.

Six planks have been removed from port and starboard bow, stem may need work.

Steering wheel, column and cables are all there, along with all original chrome and gauges.

You would not have to go on a scavenge hunt for parts.

I'm in St. Catharines Ont. Canada..rickcuttriss@gmail.com

There are only a few of these "Jolly Giants " left and there is one for sale in Port Dover, completely restored..asking price is $89,000 Canadian.

I'd like to get $1,500 for this boat and am not open to lower offers.

I just want to see this old beauty saved.

Rick Cuttriss

Jan 14, 2012
Found a Boat
by: Anonymous

I have found a boat for restoration.

It's a 60's Harkers' Island Sink Net Boat.

It's been at the Duck Creek Marina near New Bern for it's entire life.

It's got the rot but it's got the lines too.

Dead rise bow and a round stern make it rather unique.

Cutty for the potty and the wife is happy too.

Looking to put in a diesel and trim out the cockpit with mahogany and turn it into a nice cruising boat.

Jan 04, 2012
1960 Lyman 23 in GA.
by: Al DeForest

Alan R.,
Really looking for diesel power. Thanks for responding.

Jan 01, 2012
Another Option
by: Alan R

I have a 1960 Lyman 23 foot lapstrake boat that I am looking to part with as I think out my "collection".

It is powered by a Chrysler 318 (inboard).

It is on an aluminum, tandem axle trailer with surge brakes.

Let me know if you have any interest.

It's a very solid boat and would be relatively easy for someone with the skills to restore and use in 2012.

The boat is located in my shop in Gainesville, GA.

Dec 30, 2011
Good to hear from you again
by: Alan DeForest

I would love to see the pictures but I don't see where to open it up on this page. Would you be able to send them to my email address?

I have been thinking about transportation and if the boat is on a trailer I could drive up and tow it back. Nice road trip.

But let’s exchange more information to see if it is the right project for me. You haven’t mentioned compensation.

I’m Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

Best Regards,

Dec 30, 2011
by: Anne

Hi Alan,

Here's a picture of my dad's boat in 1980, I am working on getting photos of her current condition.

Boat was built in 1956 in Maine, has a Perkins diesel engine.

This was our family boat,I spent an incredible amount of time on it growing up.

I handles the ocean wonderfully.

No seasickness on this boat! slices right through the waves.

I cant imagine what the cost would be to transport her to Wilmington or how it is done!

Dec 29, 2011
Project Boat at Martha's Vineyard
by: Alan DeForest


Thanks for responding to my request.

I hope your Christmas was very merry and the New Year is fruitful.

I am interested in your boat and could you send more information.

I would need to look at the cost of transporting a boat to Wilmington, NC.

Right now I have no idea, but after getting to know more about your boat, including condition and what compensation you expecting, I will look at all the costs and make sure it is worthwhile to put the resources into bringing it back to it’s original condition.

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Dec 29, 2011
might have something for you
by: Anne

Hi Alan,

Sounds interesting, we have a 28 foot Maine built wooden cabin cruiser in need of some tender loving care and a new family.

She gave us years of great times and memories but due to my dad's age she has been sitting in a driveway for a few years.

Are you looking for something close by to where you live?

This boat is located of Martha's Vineyard Island.

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