Restoration of a Marshall Sanderling
A syndicate of some sort has taken on the project of restoring a Marshall Sanderling here in the Keys. The four owners found a Sanderling in need of some TLC and after some fine negotiations, were able to acquire the boat in "as is" condition. The next step was to find a shop here in the Keys that was up to the task of restoring a 1980 Catboat, built in South Dartmouth, Mass. Well, as luck would have it, there happens to be just the right Yacht yard here in Tavernier, the deal was made and reconstruction began in earnest a few months ago. Today, myself and two other Sanderling owners visited the project and found some amazing work had been accomplished, new rub rails and handrails, new cockpit sole, transom replaced, bottom paint removed, hull and deck painted with Awlgrip and the port lights replaced.
The boat will sport the new name, "Usual Suspects", a ceremony un-naming the boat will be preformed then a boat naming ceremony will follow. This will be the second time I have been to such a ceremony, I guess it's a Keys thing. No matter, the little vessel looks great and I'm sure that the new owners will have many great hours sailing on the Florida Bay.
|Teak work and new cockpit sole|
|Fresh coat of Awlgrip paint and teak rub rails|
|View from aft, in the cockpit|
|New handrails and teak cabin trim|