My love of wooden boats started at a very early age. My father was an amateur boat builder who began building a 38’ ketch in our back yard when I was two years old. By the age of 5 my father would let me “help” him by drilling holes for screws that he would install. After launching the boat we spent ten years sailing “Yankee” every summer on the Sassafras River and the Chesapeake Bay. When I was 10 my dad bought us a 1959 14’ Thompson to restore as a family. We used the boat for several years then moved up to a 1958 18’ Chris Craft Continental. We were so anxious to start working on it we had to put the interior back together so we could take “before” pictures. I learned a lot about what to do and not to do during those restorations.
I started my professional career in 1996 working at Haines Vintage Watercraft. I worked with Mike Haines for 5 years and then I decided to go out on my own. A co worker and I traveled to different marinas to work on boats in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey area. After 2 years I started looking for a place to set up shop. I found an 8400 square foot shop on 5 ½ acres, a former spinach packaging plant. The building was more than we had ever hoped to find.
Wooden Boat Restoration LLC opened its doors in 2003. Soon after moving from our home outside of Pennsylvania I hired some local talent to help work on the projects we were working on. I spent the next couple of years transforming the shop from a former spinach packaging plant to a state of the art shop dedicated to work on these fine crafts. We installed a 14 by 30 spray booth to do our finish work in and all the wood working tools needed to produce the finest work possible.
With acccomodtions for boats up to 50 feet in size, we are able to work on all different size and types of boats. We currently havea wonderful staff of artisans who are ready to help restore your antique or classic boat.