"Lady Like Me", 1958 Sea Babe Restoration

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

c1961 at Detroit Lake, Oregon

c1961 at Detroit Lake, 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!

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by: Mike

Looking superb, well done girls.

Painting underway!
by: Barb

I already posted pics of the sanded and primed stages. This week I started on the colors. There are only two - white and turquoise. She's looking good if I do say so myself.

If you read this thread you'll see I was pretty intimated to start the painting process. No more! It's way easier than I expected. Photos to follow.

What do you think so far?

Thanks for the feedback,

Sea Babe
by: Bill

She’s looking good Barb,

Keep up the good work.

by: Mike

Yes Barb,

Undercoat under all paint.

About to start painting
by: Barb - owner

I'm about to try painting.

You can see the original design in the pics connected with this post.

I hope to restore the original design and color scheme.

The second picture is from a 1990's repaint (not restoration).

I'm attaching a picture of the last products used.

Do I use the undercoat on the ENTIRE boat or just the part that is in the water?

Thanks for the advice!

Sea Babe Trailer update
by: Barb

A neighbor came over yesterday and cut off the old broken coupler.

Unfortunately, he left a gash in the tongue.

It shouldn't be a problem since it's nowhere near where the new coupler will be bolted on.

Still at square one getting the boat to the paint shop.

I'm not giving up hope yet though.

UPDATE: Lady Like Me
by: Barb

Thanks everyone for your comments and words of encouragement.

This project has been met with way too many obstacles to list.

Not with the boat but with life and trying to get her done.

I've finally reached the point where I am going to have a local boat shop do the painting.

I'll do all the new fittings and trim but I don't have it in me to do the painting.

But...before that can happen I have to fix the trailer to drive it about 20 miles from home to their shop.

The trailer was also made by my FIL when he built the boy.

It's falling apart! The coupler is shot.

It's the old square, spring loaded screw down type.

It needs to be changed to the lever type for easier use.

Can't deliver the boat until that is fixed.

That means getting someone out to cut the welds of the old one to bolt on the new one.
No, he didn't use bolts - that would have made this fix far too easy, LOL!

Anyway, my goal is to be in the water by the end of May.

At least now I have found a path to success!
Wish me luck! :)

Lady Like Me
by: John

Congratulations for taking on this task and preserving your father's efforts!

lots of sanding followed by a good 2 stage epoxy resin will seal the wood.

Follow up with several coats of marine paint - I used Epiphanes on mine.

I used Sea Babe for my hull and added a cabin...turned out great.

Look for Big 'D' buried in this site.

Happy boating!

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.

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.

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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