Insane. That's the only word I can think of to describe myself. How else can I refer to the impulsive frame of mind that led me to purchase a 70-year-old boat with the demented notion of restoring it to its former state of glory?
The name of the boat was Seven Bells, and I found her rotting away at a dock in San Rafael, California, north of the Golden Gate Bridge and hovering on the west side of San Francisco Bay. After a few months of preliminary work to fix the most obvious damage that had accrued over the years, we shipped the boat to Seattle and contracted with CSR Marine to undertake a complete process of restoring the boat to original beauty and functionality.
The entire restoration project took almost two years, and you can see photos of the process here.
Visit the Seven Bells web site.