A great site for these great old boats that need homes. by: Mike
Bone Yard Boats was founded in 1996 by Virginia "Ginger" Marshall Martus.
Ginger’s youth roaming boat yards and marinas along with her love for old wooden boats lead her to establish “Bone Yard Boats” when one day in 1996 she sought a reprieve for an old boat destined to be destroyed.
What started simply as sending flyers to her friends grew into a nautical newsletter with an international audience.
Bone Yard Boats has a website but the mission remains the same: to "help save old boats".
This is also the reasoning behind DIY Wood Boat.
Many years ago, when I bought my very first little cruising (plywood) boat there were, in the boat yard where I kept her a couple of lovely old wooden sailing cruisers.
At first it didn't dawn on me that they had been abandoned.
And when I did find out, I found it hard to believe, it was just inconceivable to me that anyone could leave them to rot.
One in particular had clearly been a little gem in her heyday.
I kept hoping that someone would buy her and restore her to her former glory.
Back then, I had neither the courage to take her on nor any knowledge of how to go about it.
Then one day the yard owners took a chain saw to her!
Along with several others, she was destroyed to make room, on the hard for paying customers, mostly with ugly ‘plastic’ lookalikes.
I am perfectly aware that the majority of Wooden Boat aficionados are sensible folk. However, I need to point out that I am an amateur wooden boat enthusiast simply writing in order to try to help other amateur wooden boat enthusiasts. And while I take every care to ensure that the information in DIY Wood Boat.com is correct, anyone acting on the information on this website does so at their own risk.