My name is Timothy Moore. I now belong to the Ohio Valley Chapter of ACBS.
Well, my story with wood boats starts with a phone call from an old friend; “Hello there Tim,” he said. “l know how much you like boats and fishing. I’ve got an old boat taking up room in my business parking lot. Come look at it. If you want it, it’s yours.”
I said I would and I drove over to see him. It was winter and had about a foot of snow on its old cover. It was a 1964 Thompson Sea Lancer 20′. Dirty beige.
I knew nothing about wood boats up to this point although I’ve owned many boats over the years. I thought, “Well, it’s free, how bad can it be?” I contacted The Wooden Boat Shop, a local wood boat specialist shop owned by this real nice fella named Butch Davis. I hauled the boat over to his shop and he took all the time in the world helping me to go over the boat’s needs.
I’ve got a small wood shop and had experience with painting, too. So he thought it would be nice if my two sons could enjoy restoring some of the boat, such as a new floor and sanding and repainting the sides, leaving the technical work for his shop like a new keel cap, sanding down and applying west epoxy to the bottom and removing and replacing the complete top with new mahogany and 7 or 8 hand laid coats of varnish, electrical rewiring new controls, etc.
Well, she came out great and we love our wood boat. I’ve never seen another just like this one. It drives really nice, can’t go anywhere without people waving and wanting to talk to us about our Thompson wood boat.
Thanks, Tim Moore, for this fun story and pictures. And thank you for restoring and using a classic boat.
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