Mahone Bay's Heritage Boat Yard Co-op

Celebrating our heritage, our legacy, our pride. Mahone Bay, NS


did not fine image Anne Crawford donated her little wooden Lawley Tender to the Mahone Bay Island Conservation Association (MICA) for auction at their annual fundraising dinner on Friday. October 30th 2015.

The Heritage Boatyard Co-op restored this beautiful wooden vessel in preparation for the auction.

did not fine image Lawley Tender was built by Anne’s husband, Mike, while attending the Wooden Boatbuilding Program at Nova Scotia Community College in the mid 1990’s. This program was taught by Nelson Cutler a shipwright from Britain who had great skills in passing on his boatbuilding skills. Most boatbuilders in Nova Scotia have been trained by Nelson. The Lawley Tender was bought by Mike after the course ended. He stored his skiff for 20 years, not to be rowed. She was in need of a total cosmetic makeover before going to the MICA auction. That’s where the Heritage Boatyard Co-op (HBYC) got involved.

did not fine image HBYC refinished Lawley, first at the Mahone Bay Marina where we were loaned space at the end of the Town Wharf. Erecting a small, used structure to do the sanding, stripping and touch-ups. In the fall we moved her to Peter Redden’s shop and varnished and painted her.

did not fine image Our sanding, scrapping volunteers comprise of John Taylor, Darryl Haley, John Bemishimer, Bob Douglas, Gregg Little, Graham Duncan, Steve Hine, Susan Nauss, Peter Redden.

did not fine image Our mentor/advisor for finish work is Bill Lutwick of Lutwick's Boat Building and Repair, Indian Point, Nova Scotia. Bill also lent (gave) us the seam filler for paint preparation.

With Bill’s advice:
….the top strakes and transom are varnished with 5 coats of Epiphany marine varnish and the skeg and remaining strakes received 2 coats of primed, then painted with 2 coats of Easypoxy marine paint.
…the interior is varnished it with 5 coats of Epiphany marine varnish.

Lawley Looks Spectacular!

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