New canvas & transom finished in period jade mist green.
Original ribs, cedar strips, outwales, inwales, keel.
Exterior wood surfaces, cleaned, sanded & sealed with two coats of CPES.
Interior surfaces were cleaned, sanded lightly and varnished with multiple coats of Sikkens Cetol Marine Original.
Four coats of Interlux Pre-Coat and six of brilliant Sea Green Interlux Brightside Polyurethane, the most technically advanced one-part epoxy on the market today, were applied to the canvas and transom.
The 1946, 2.5 HP, direct-drive Johnson Sea Horse engine is in original paint and decals, has been serviced, starts & runs smoothly.
Extra NOS prop & water pump impeller included.
Yacht Club bunk trailer is in excellent condition.
Cadillac Marine & Boat Company of Cadillac, Michigan started in September 1953 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Wagemaker Company. Boat builder Wagemaker of Grand Rapids, Michigan also owned U.S. Molded Shapes, Inc. and Mr. Raymond O. Wagemaker was president of all three firms. The Cadillac Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in luring the boat firm to the city. Across town was a branch plant of Chris-Craft that opened up in 1941. Cadillac made aluminum fishing boats and runabouts. U.S. Molded Shapes made molded veneer boat hulls for Wagemaker which finished them and marketed the boats as Wagemaker Wolverine. Cadillac also made wooden boats with hulls from U.S. Molded Shapes. During 1958-1960, the Company designed and produced a small number of wood-hulled boats, and at the top of the line was the double-cockpit, “Model 505”. The Cadillac Seville. She is a 15′ molded plywood runabout powered by a special edition, 30 HP Evinrude outboard engine. We acquired this boat out of a barn in late 2010, and began actively preserving her in late 2011. That process was completed today, May 2, 2013, as she, perched on her 1959 Tee Nee tilt trailer, emerges from the Snake Mountain Boatworks’ preservation shop and moves into our showroom. She is hull number M5883, which tells us that she was the 83rd boat produced by Cadillac Marine and Boat Company in 1958. While the video’s narration suggests that she is the 83rd of 87 Cadillac Sevilles produced in 1958, further research informs us that, at a price of $1,245 FOB the plant in Cadillac, MI, very, very few orders were made for this then super-expensive little boat. So M5883 was the 83rd boat delivered by the company in 1958, but that included total production of mostly aluminum and very few molded plywood hulls. True to her name, Cadillac Seville, she is long on luxurious adornments, from her fantastic cutwater to her bold “Cadillac Seville” name plate. Even the floor-mounted shifter and throttle are unusual. Enjoy meeting this fantastic example of what was considered “haute design” for vehicles of all sorts in the late 1950’s.
Maintaining and preserving antique and classic wood boats can be hyper-expensive. Doing it correctly improves performance and saves money and anguish over the long run.
Lapstrake boats are an excellent case in point. The topsides have a huge amount of surface area, which makes stripping and repainting them on the recommended five-year cycle both time-consuming and expensive.
I understand constraining cost wherever is possible without compromising the outcome. Painting topsides is not a candidate for doing it without proper preparation.
Yes, if the existing paint is in excellent condition, and if it was not applied on top of layer after layer of paint, sanding it flat, priming it and applying several coats of topside paint is fine.
This video offers an up close and personal view of what happens when correct procedures are sloughed aside in favor of “Just tossing on a couple more coats.”
As of April 19, I have removed 80 pounds of topside paint from the strakes. Yes, 80 pounds! And we are about 80% of the way to clean wood.
Please, please, please. Strip it long before there are 10+ layers of paint on the hull. Your performance, as in speed and acceleration, will improve. And, stripping the paint completely off every third round of repainting will expose emerging issues before they become serious, and before addressing them involves a major structural as well as cosmetic repair.
The air is electric as Brian prepares to cut an 18″ diameter hole in the Lyman Cruisette’s brand new seamed, planked teak foredeck. One mistake with the Festool router, the Drake will be severely wounded and disaster will rule the day.
The original keel in this 1946 16′ Gar Wood Ensign had failed completely as we have chronicled in earlier clips on this project. Drilling new rudder shank and propeller shaft holes, and especially the latter, represent a particularly daunting task. If the prop hole is misplaced and/or misaligned, the shaft log will not receive the prop shaft symmetrically, and only bad things follow there from.
Today John and RJ decided that the moment had come, and, with John narrating, this clip introduces you to how we meet these challenges at Snake Mountain Boatworks.
What you will not see in the video is John’s rather ingenious solution to the reality that the Forstner bit tends to cut a tunnel having somewhat ragged and rough walls. John produced silky smooth walls by wrapping the prop shaft, first in progressively finer grits of sandpaper, beginning with 40 and ending with 100
The keel blank is now ready for shaping and fitting to the hull, which we will share with you in the coming days and weeks.
Green Mountain Buoy “bumped” into something at some point that left an ugly gouge – almost 3 inches by 1 inch by 3/8 inch deep about mid-way along her port side. Using a plunge router, we were able to create an purposely irregular shape that would be filled with what is called a Dutchman patch – a piece of wood that is shaped and shaped until it fits precisely into the declivity we have created with the router.
Fitting the Dutchman perfectly would have been much easier had we simply routed out a uniform rectangle with straight sides and 90-degree corners. But such a patch would be virtually impossible to hide.Selecting a piece of planking that had been removed from the topsides for replacing allowed us to select wood of the same age and similar grain and coloring characteristics, which is a great strategy for hiding the patch even further.
Here we follow John LaFountain as he first patiently shapes the insert, glues it in place and then sends it in a day later once the Gorilla glue has cured.
Yes, the patch IS still visible at the end of the clip, but once we have bleached, stained and varnished Green Mountain Buoy, I will challenge you to find the Dutchman.
This 1958 Cadillac Seville is an early example of cold-molded plywood hull construction. She has two cockpits, complete with two windshields. Her deck planks alternate in mahogany and avodire, which produces a striking result. Now that all the structural and most of the cosmetic work has been completed, we can begin reconstructing her. Wait until you see her original Evinrude outboard with matching Evinrude blue upholstery her Caddy Seville crowns and chrome moldings!
Let’s agree, stripping varnish or paint is just plain WORK! But it is the first step in saving an old wooden boat’s decks, gunwales and topsides, so here we are, almost finished stripping Green Mountain Buoy’s foredeck, while RJ, who is out of the shot, toils with the starboard topsides. Next comes releasing the white material in the seams before we can begin sanding the decks. Happily, we have discovered that previous work on GMB included digging out and replacing the original material with restorer-friendly silicon caulk.
The seams are next, but that’s also the subject matter of the next video report. Yes, she is ugly now. Just wait. Soon she will jump out at you. I promise.
We are nearing completion of a thorough preservation of this early example of cold-molded plywood hull technolong. The 1955 Cadillac Seville sports double cockpits, complete with double windshields. Leveraging a deal they made with GM at the time, she also is adorned with gleaming Caddy chrome trim and the Caddy crown crest. Here we have just finished applying the second of an eventual seven coats of Interlux Perfection Plus varnish.