Renovation Nation Part 2

By BoatUS Magazine Editors

More before-and-after photos of our BoatUS members' inspirational boat-restoration projects.

Liknother salon before

Liknother salon after

Liknother (Salon)

I purchased a 1978 Chris-Craft Commander in 2009, and it’s been a labor of love ever since. In the main salon, the most prominent feature is the tin ceilings (which are actually 24-inch-square stainless steel panels) with mahogany trim.

Liknother stateroom before

Liknother stateroom after

Liknother (Stateroom)

The wallpaper was stripped off the main bulkhead and the paneling look was achieved by outlining everything with plywood and covering up all the end grain with trim pieces.

Liknother laundry after

Liknother (Laundry)

I used solid-surface countertops on the desk and vanity, and converted the hanging locker into a laundry facility. What you see in these photos barely scratches the surface.

— Steve Gembrowski, Bay City, MI

Seas of Anarchy exterior before

Seas of Anarchy exterior after

Seas of Anarchy (Exterior)

My family lives in Myrtle Beach, and we have done all of the work on our 1987 Carver Riviera ourselves — from stripping the bottom, wet sanding and buffing, upholstery, to the custom-designed hardtop (built from scratch in the garage).

Seas of Anarchy interior woodwork after

Seas of Anarchy (Interior)

We bought the boat as a project and we're proud of the way we have brought it back to its glory days.

Seas of Anarchy interior before

Seas of Anarchy interior after

Seas of Anarchy (Interior)

We love talking about her to anyone who has a question on what or how we did any of it. We enjoyed doing the work (some still going on), but we especially enjoy the time we spend together cruising the Intracoastal or just hanging at the dock.

— Dutch Shaffer, Sr., Myrtle Beach, SC

Blue Moon exterior before

Blue Moon exnterior after

Blue Moon

I bought my 1987 Phoenix from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. As you can see from the pictures, the boat was pretty rough. I pulled all of the cabinetry from the boat as it was rotted and falling apart. They have been replaced with cabinets constructed of teak and Azek materials so I won't have to deal with rot again. All exterior upholstery has been redone as well as the interior cushions, and I refinished the hull and topsides with Awlgrip. I owned my last boat for 17 years so we named this one Blue Moon since that is about as often as I buy new boats. 

— Rich Peppiatt, Doylestown, PA

— Published: August-September 2014

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