Renovation: The Jeanne Marie

By Peter Canning

Jeanne Marie exterior before renovation

Before: Exterior

I grew up in a boating family, but didn't have a boat as an adult until I purchased this project boat in 2005. I wanted to keep my hands busy and have a boat for cruising, diving, and waterskiing. I bid on boats that met my criteria, mostly on eBay, and this is the one I won, based on one photo!

Jeanne Marie interior before renovation

Before: Interior

I took my son out of high school for the day, drove up to Cape Cod to bring her home, and have been working on her ever since.

Jeanne Marie interior during renovation

During: Interior

I renamed her Jeanne Marie; stripped out the interior and foam; built the deck, bulkheads, and fuel-tank enclosures out of fiberglass panels; reset all glass; painted her; replaced the trailer, engine and steering; and installed new electronics.

Jeanne Marie interior after renovation

After: Interior

She's definitely not a showboat, but she turns a lot of heads. I'm looking at mermaid and name graphics for the cabin side panels.

Jeanne Marie exterior after renovation

After: Exterior

She serves as a patrol boat in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and has also been a research vessel for Suffolk County, mapping the bottom of Lake Ronkonkoma. 

— Published: October/November 2014

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