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Winter work begins on the R. Ian Fletcher

Sorry for the delay between posts – it’s been a busy winter! Let’s jump right back in…. There’s a lot going on this year with the R. Ian Fletcher, Riverkeeper’s patrol boat on the Hudson River. Last winter I had started replanking the bottom sides and this winter sees more of the same. Removal of the bottom

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Off to Wooden Boat Show

Venture II was mostly completed (95%) last Friday and that afternoon made her way to the 28th Annual Hudson River Antique and Classic Boat Show in Kingston, NY. Here are some details and pictures from the tail end of the job… After the fiberglass and dynel, the foredeck received 2 coats of Brightside Polyurethane Paint

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Deck repairs to Venture II

Work continues on this 1942 Wheeler Sportfisherman… Rotted sections of the plywood foredeck have been cut away and replaced with new ¾” marine plywood: There was some rot on the faying surface of the deck beams and hatch framing. This was cut out and “dutchmen” made of white oak were epoxy glued and faired to

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From Belle to Tate

Earlier this spring, work was done on a 1929 28′ Alden Triangle Sloop. Nothing too major — just a few maintenance issues. In 1990, the previous owner cold-molded a new hull over the old one. Layers of western red cedar were epoxied over the existing white cedar planking and then sheathed in fiberglass.  It has

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Two New Jobs

I just started two new jobs this week. The first is a 1952 40-foot Wheeler Sport Fisherman, Venture II.  The fiberglass on the forward deck has started to lift in places and so it will be removed in its entirety and new glass laid down.  Along the way, there will be some repairs to any

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Caulking “Pickpocket”, a Block Island Cowhorn

Yesterday I caulked new planks on Pickpocket, a Block Island Cowhorn. Her mooring anchor stood up and the shank gouged seven bottom planks, which I replaced earlier in the job. Pics of that work to come…. The boat is caulked traditionally with cotton. Below is a short video that shows the caulking in progress. Normally,

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About Us

Welcome to the Brennan Boatbuilding blog

Thanks for visiting the Brennan Boatbuilding blog! I’m Chris Brennan, owner of Brennan Boatbuilding. Two of my greatest passions are wooden boatbuilding and the Hudson River. Originally a carpenter by training, I quickly fell in love with the art of building wooden boats and secured a position as an apprentice boatbuilder in Piermont, NY, where

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