Fixing up a 27' Ed Monk Cruiser

by tom Carson
(Charlotte, NC)

rotten deck forward

rotten deck forward

I enjoy looking at all of the projects here on DIY Wooden Boat, so I decided that I would post my own project.

I'm 2 and a half years into fixing up this 27' Ed Monk wooden cruiser.

She was rotting away uncovered in a field on a lake up in Vermont when I came across her.

I low balled an offer and it got accepted so I trucked her down here to Lake Norman in North Carolina.

Ed Monk Sr. was a big designer of rugged cruising boats mainly on the west Coast.

My boat was built in Washington state, cruised Alaska, and somehow ended up in New Jersey before finding here way up to the Lake George region of NY state, and eventually VT, so she's a real rarity for this side of the country.

Of course my initial self survey didn't begin to uncover all the problems that plagued my boat.

So after 2 new frames, 5 sistered frames, new breasthook, forward deck, graved stem, 14 frame tops, new deck shelfs, garboard planks, cockpit flooring, port & starboard step ups, side boards, 4 planks, all new circuit panel and AC wiring and a complete wooding to bare hull, she's starting to look much better.

I soaked her up last season for a week and she did pretty good.

The perkins 4108 diesel fired right off too, which was a big relief!

I've learned a lot working on her.

I really enjoy the process of working in wood (white cedar on white oak frames).

I'm shooting for a July 2014 launch date.


PS. I've also learned that fixing up an old wooden boat is actually more expensive in the long run than buying one that is already in moderately good shape. When you take into account the cost of materials, yard storage bills, and equipment repairs & replacement.

Comments for Fixing up a 27' Ed Monk Cruiser

Click here to add your own comments

Hole in the Water (air/pocket).
by: Anonymous

I would not share this with Susan and I have a nice place to float that cruiser.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your Wooden Boat Projects...

Want to add more photos?

If you are having problems uploading Photos or would like to add more click on this link for the Upload Form.

You can upload as many as you like and there is no need to resize them.

You might like these

  • Readers Tips for Your Wood Boat.

    Readers Tips advice on how to maintain and improve your Wooden Boat and save time and money

  • Project Boats by Proud Wooden Boat Lovers.

    A showcase for Wooden Project Boats that enthusiasts are working on building and restoring.

  • Boats and Bits, Free Advertising.

    The Boats and Bits Exchange is a FREE advertising space for anyone wishing to sell, buy or exchange Wooden Boats, Boat Bits or other items of Chandlery.

  • Wooden Boat Women

    Wooden Boat Women, come on girls, you can do it just as well as the guys, show off your skills, your boats and encourage other environmentally friendly female boat builders.

Recent Articles

  1. Wooden Boats Chugging Into Cd’a This Weekend

    Aug 22, 19 03:20 AM

    Wooden Boats Chugging Into Cd’a This Weekend

    COEUR d’ALENE — Murray Danzig is often asked why he owns so many classic boats. 

    For Danzig, who lives near Kidd Island Bay, the answer is simple. “I love wooden boats,” the 87-year-old says.

    Read more…

    Read More

  2. Classic Lyman boats share limelight at Progressive Cedar Point Boat Show

    Aug 22, 19 03:10 AM

    Classic Lyman boats share limelight at Progressive Cedar Point Boat Show

    The Progressive Cedar Point Boat and Demo Show will make a splash with its lineup of expensive yachts and sailboats, but the classic Lyman wooden boats once made in Sandusky, will also be in the spotl…

    Read More

  3. Just a boat

    Aug 21, 19 03:18 AM

    About done

    Read More