Sunday, March 29, 2009


This week saw progress but it isn't really apparent. I replaced or repaired more of the plywood structure and filled and smoothed around those repairs. It's not that interesting - so I'll just describe the concept (so to speak) for this restoration.

Performance is always a priority but this also has to be a creative exercise. In other words, it has to be fun. For the most part, I can only play with the stylistic side of things. The hull and deck colors, random details, and the cabin are open to interpretation.

The great thing about this boat is that the simple construction allows for experimentation without being too concerned about causing irreparable damage. There's no hull liner and almost everything is completely accessible. You can grind out and lay in a tab anywhere. However, we want to keep things simple and we don't want to add a lot of weight. I'd like the boat to have a more minimalistic aesthetic than it already has. But, it should also surprise you a little the first time you peek through the companionway.

There are a few things that will impact how the cabin will eventually look. For example, the settees and cabinets originally had a mahogany veneer with standard teak molding but they've been rebuilt to the point that they'll have to be painted. So, that's an opportunity do something unique like painting them with a metallic paint or cladding them in aluminum or both. The cabin sole (floor) wasn't in the boat when most of the water damage occurred so it can be refinished and reused. I will probably concentrate all the wood finishes in the center of the cabin with the keel trunk clad with wood as well. The boat didn't come with a ladder so I can design and fabricate one that's consistent with the overall interior aesthetic. There are a lot of possibilities and, all things considered, this should be a fun project.


  1. I'm looking at a rodgers 24 soon thats up for sale. I like the looks of the boat, but wonder about build quality. Seems like you may have an opinion on that. What type of core material does it look like they used, how was the swing keel done, how is the glass work?

    Hope to hear from you, thanks Beau

  2. Hang in to the beautiful end. We have a relative(Captiva 240). Bought it from Chesapeak Bay, VA, had the trailer repaired, and hauled it back to GA to restore. TOTALLY worth every bit! Sail it in the Gulf every chance We get. Great lttle boat.
    PS. It is the wife that is writing. One of the daughters is the "Official Boat Napper" - the other gets sea sick. Can't win them all - but it's worth a try.

  3. Just finished a cosmetic job on a Captiva 24 circa 1986. Although only in production for 4 years its a very good pocket cruiser that has stood the test of time Draws 2"8 with the board up and that's where you can keep it unless you sail close to windward. It's a modified Rodgers plaining hull with a 222 rateing. Unable to find out why Captiva of Oldsmar, Fl. had such a short life but another one of their boats is being built today by International Marine.