Lots of wooden boat owners can not afford the major refit option here in New York. Many of us realize that plugging away in Martha Stewart style is the way to go. Some of us keep lists with structure being the priority. Not to many, plunk money in the cushions and varnish while ignoring bleeding fasteners, broken ribs and cheesy looking planks. Every wooden boat owner has a plan and we often stick to it.

Urbanboatworks ( thats us Julien & dana) is honored and pleased to keep these New York Wooden boats alive & sailing. Check us out at www.urbanboatworks.com if your in need of help and live in New York or CT.


Herreshoff S Boat Repairs and Restoration- also known as Spring Commisioning

 Herreshoff S Class RepairsA bunch of 90 year old S Boats sail out of western long island sound. They are in various states of condition. Wooden boats always need something. We started out building a new cockpit for Allegro. She also needed 8 broken frames repaired.

New cockpit soul on s boat

replacing a plank on a s boatplank repair

wooden boat restoration new yorkNext we worked on Danai which is also kept in the Brewers yard. Julien removed stem to keel fairing because it was badly chafed and found iron drifts cracking the keel into the rabbet. We replaced six floor timbers and the mast step. The highlight of the job was steam bending 5 ribs into the bow. We replaced these ribs as they flattened on either side of the brake spoiling the shape of the boat.

wooden boat repair- new york

new mast step

floor timber replacement

Refastening wooden boat

Phillip came in with a new s boat now named   Ingwe  . We call it the Rhode island rat and wonder if he bought it from our friend Thorp. She is a bit out of shape and has been abused. A  deck was put on a crooked boat which has to come off in a few years. This year Phillip is trying to get her sound and is doing a wonderful job. Julien and Phillip steam bent 8 frames. Julien will replace one plank and has removed three that will be added to. Splining loose seams will take up much of the week. Splining seams is a fairly straight forward procedure of evening up the wide seems and inserting a v shaped spline- glued on one side and caulked on the other.

wooden boat repair new york

rib repair

Ingwe s boat repairs

ingwe s boat

We applaud the S Boat Owners at the Brewers Yard in Mamaroneck. They are all doing hands on maintenance and only require Urbanboatworks for extra ordinary projects.

Q Class Wooden Boat

Work On Wooden Boats

  • S/V Extra Dry floor timbers- ribs- butt blocks- planking
  • 1924 23 foot knock about Timberpoint Steam bent ribs, floor timbers, center board trunk, deck, shear stake, garboard, spars,
  • built 5 clam boat garveys from scratch
  •  K and T Products – machine shop apprentice
  • Built H-28 Ketch S/V Ishtar from line drawings
  • Worked for Babylon Marine doing various repair projects on wooden production motor boats-
  • 41 foot Gardner Ketch S/V Malabar – new transom, cockpit, side decks
  • On going saga of derelict cold molded wooden sloop “ Tiger Maru” – made sea worthy by 1986-sailing from West Indies to New York half a dozen times -Most recent refit 2009- replace cockpit with new single Molded fiberglass and bridge deck, new mid ship floor Timbers, reconfigured galley to new bridge deck, Mast step, replaced lower stem, replaced 30 sq feet of Cold molded planking,
  • Replication of 1951 30 ft Egg Harbor in the Virgin Islands Saved keel and stem,
  • 1935 35 foot Rhodes sloop “Winddrift” replace 4 ribs, re place mast step and floors replaced shear strake, replaced covering board, repaired deck beam ends, replaced 7 ribs in main salon up to the sisters at turn, replaced floor timbers, new garboard and three strakes above
  • 1930ʼs Alden Yawl- S/V Gratia Virgin Islands Rebuild broken mast
  • Dock Building project – Reicon NYC Replaced wooden whalers, bumpers, sheathing and deck on the under side of the marine transfer station in Collage Pt Queens NY
  • 40 ft Passenger Perdohm Catamaran water taxi Replaced port wave piercing bow to coast guard specs
  • 70 foot Ketch S/V No Nonsense Replaced teak taft rail and cap rail , rebuild combing, repaired rot in lazarette boxes
  • 1937 Rhodes 41 foot yawl S/V Golden Eye Scarfed mizzen mast together and fixed broken cap rail
  • 1946 Alden Yawl S/V Aegir Rebuilt main boom,  various Dutchmen’s to bright surfaces, Yearly brightwork & Hull painting 1946 Wintrop Warner Sloop S/V Mary Loring, Replaced 7 set of frames and floor timbers in bow Replace section of stem in bow, Scarfed in three new plank ends, splined 30 ft seams, Replaced 3 frames aft, replaced planking, caulk
  • 1929 John Alden Q Boat S/V Hope New York Repaired forward broken bulwarks and caprail, Set new bow chocks, spring maintenance repair Rot in bulwark, covering board and shear strake, replace 2 sections of cockpit combing, various dutchmens, Haul out- scarfed in new bottom of rudder, replaced Worm shoe, fabricated new bottom gudgeon, painted hull
  • Rhodes 41 Ft S/V Golden Eye Built bowsprit, repair to main mast broken at upper Spreaders.
  • 1950 Huckins Motor Boat S/V Dolphin Replaced cabin trunk corner post, replaced cabin side, Fabricated and installed new eyebrow


Rot Work
Rot Work
Tiger Maru a cold molded one ton- rebuilt
Tiger Maru a cold molded one ton- rebuilt


New Cockpit being installed in Wooden boat Tiger Maru
New Cockpit being installed in Wooden boat Tiger Maru


Rot Repair to Cold Molded Wooden Boat
Rot Repair to Cold Molded Wooden Boat
Replanking Cold Molded Wooden Boat
Replanking Cold Molded Wooden Boat


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wooden boat Hukins rot repair- new york
wooden boat Hukins rot repair- new york

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