Photo at right shows the boat before restoration.
By Peter Richardson
This boat was bought in 1957, because a Lakefield boat was put on the rocks with a big hole in it in 1956. My father had always been a great fan of Shepherds, and I think he welcomed the excuse to acquire one. In the early years, it was used extensively by the five boys in the family as a ski boat. By the early 1970s it was not used much at all, and with my father's death in 1974 it was laid up for five years or more. After we built a cottage on the same island, beside the family cottage, we acquired ownership of the Shepherd. The best engine on it was a Merc 78, but latterly it has had Evinrudes, currentlyan Evinrude 50.
Currently receiving a full restoration.
After dismantling the bottom, it is also evident that this boat will need new bottom frames, new chine, new transom, some side frame replacement, as well as the new bottom.
Dismantling and reconstruction begins
New frames fabricated and installed - March 13, 2005
New planking started and new bottom installed
New bottom epoxied (inside) and new 20" transom constructed
Anti-fouling painted bottom
Varnishing has begun
..... more to follow in Spring of 2007
See more details and pictures of this boat at John's Little Boat Shop