Grapeview Point Boat Works

81 E Grapeview Point Rd + Allyn, WA 98524 + 360-277-9015 + boat_works@yahoo.com

Restoring a Phil Bolger designed Cartopper

All spruced up and ready to go!

Restored Phil Bolger designed Cartopper sailing dinghy
Restored Phil Bolger designed Cartopper sailing dinghy
Sailing dinghy damaged in a mudslide
Sailing dinghy damaged in a mudslide

Besides suffering the normal wear and tear of a boat that is well used, this boat was damaged in a mudslide. Her owners brought her to us to be repaired and refurbished.

Exposure to the elements was evident in the peeling varnish, faded paint and worn keel. The owners asked us to repair the damage from the mudslide, fix the deteriorated centerboard trunk logs, upgrade the rudder hardware and repaint the interior and exterior.

The damaged transom
The damaged transom

Her transom was damaged at the corners, partly because it had not been reinforced when originally constructed.

The original transom without quarter knees
The original transom without quarter knees
New quarter knees being installed
New quarter knees being installed

We added quarter knees to the stern. These will reinforce the transom and provide a handhold for carrying the boat.

Damage to the keel
Damage to the keel

The keel of the boat was damaged by being dragged up the beach.

Adding bilge runners and repairing keel
Adding bilge runners and repairing keel

We added bilge runners on either side of the keel, and reinforced these with a strip of brass half oval running the length of the keel and the bilge runner.

Here you see the installed bilge runners and the half oval ready to be screwed on.

The restored Cartopper, ready for more adventures
The restored Cartopper, ready for more adventures.

In addition to the repairs, we repainted the interior and exterior with marine enamel. For the interior, we used a semigloss soft yellow and the exterior with a semigloss green. This is easier on the eyes in bright sunlight than the original gloss white. We also stripped most of the hull varnish and applied two coats of varnish, with the owner wanting to apply the remaining coats.

Now she's looking great and ready to go!



When you are ready to discuss your project, please call us at (360) 277-9015 or send us an email at boat_works@yahoo.com. We look forward to working with you!


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