Wooden Boat Friendly DIY Boat Yards

Where have all the DIY Boat Yards gone?

Yards where Wooden Boat enthusiasts can work on their own boats are becoming increasingly rare.

Everyone it seems loves to see Wooden Boats afloat.

Yet, increasingly 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.

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 aparachnics.

If you know of a Wooden Boat Friendly DIY boat yard, marina or other 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 Wooden Boat.

Your DIY Boat Yard Questions.

Below are recommendations from others who have been lucky enough to find somewhere suitable.

Your DIY Boat Yard Recomendations.

The Wooden Boat Shop, LLC. Cincinnati, OH.
Submitted by Butch Davis, Owner.

The Wooden Boat Centre, Melbourne, Australia not only builds wooden boats but provides the facilities, tuition and support for individuals to build their own boats.

Bayside Marina in Fair Haven, NY, USA, has been submitted by Susan.

The Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania, at Franklin, on the banks of the Huon River, southwest of Hobart, Tasmania.

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