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I’d always thought that a restoration, once I’d found a suitable boat, would be a simple matter of a bit of paint and
varnish finished off with a few pieces of
chrome bling. Boy, did I get it wrong! In
the end, the complete restoration of my
22-foot Chris-Craft Catalina Dory took
I found the boat in New Jersey, an
almost 2,000-mile round-trip from my
home in South Florida, and bought the
boat on the spot. There were problems
with her for sure, and the scope and
expense of these wouldn’t become obvious
until I started on the restoration in earnest.
As I drove home with the boat in tow, I
could only think of the fun we’d have in it.
I was living in a townhouse at the time.
So I parked the boat in my brother’s yard,
an hour’s drive away. Setting to work on
the hull, I was relieved to find that, apart
from a little rot in some of the planking,
everything was sound. With only one day
per week available to work on the boat,
progress was slower than I would have
liked, but little by little I made progress.
I sanded away loose and oxidized paint
and refilled all the exterior hull fasteners. I
began applying primer followed by lots of
sanding until I had a surface ready for the
top coat, which was applied by a profes-
sional paint shop. With morale now boost-
ed by a freshly finished shiny blue hull, I
V-bunk. I rebuilt the
engine and installed
new running gear,
new wiring, gauges,
upholstery, and a
bimini top. I also
SCALAWAG, A 1967 CHRIS-CRAFT CATALINA DORY
replaced the cockpit sole, rebuilt the
engine box, and installed sound insulation.
It’s been an interesting, rewarding,
frustrating, humbling, and challenging
project for this neophyte boat restorer.
But what a journey! Having learned a
great deal, I’m ready to start the next res-
toration: a 1984 26-foot Shamrock Cuddy
Cabin, which my surveyor assures me just
needs a bit of paint and varnish.