Rebuilding David B 1999 to 2004

Working at the Dock in Bellingham from 1999 to 2004

Once we moved the David B to Bellingham we got busy. Our first project in Bellingham was to make a cover for the boat so we could work in a dry space. We strung lights up so that we could work after work during the dark. Our next project was to continue working on the foredeck and then to remove the main deck. Another project was to lower the pilothouse. At the end of 2004 were were required by the Port of Bellingham to have insurance for the boat. On the day that we learned about the new insurance requirement, we knew we had a big choice to make — keep working on the boat or have it destroyed.


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Photo Galleries:


Links to Photo Galleries from the Rebuild of the David B


David B's Stern | More Faster Backwards | Memoir | Christine SmithThe First Time We Saw the David B: In 1998 we went to look at a couple of boats on Lopez Island. They were looking for the perfect boat to restore. To Photo Gallery…





New Foredeck on the David B | More Faster Backwards

Working at Lopez Island: After we bought the David B, the first project was to remove and replace the foredeck. To Photo Gallery





Under Tow From the Chief Kwina | More Faster Backwards

Bringing the David B to Bellingham: After eight months at Lopez Island the David B was ready to bring to Bellingham, where Christine and Jeffrey live. To Photo Gallery…





Hauled Out In the Boatyard | More Faster Backwards

Boatyard Work December 2004 to May 2005: The David B spent six months at Seaview North Boatyard. While the boat was hauled out, we replaced the rim log, most all of the frames and about a third of all the planking. To Photo Gallery…


Christine Paints New Cabinets | Rebuilding David B

Rebuild Work Done Between May 2005 to April 2006: After we launched from the boatyard we went to work on the deck and the interior. We also took the boat back to the boatyard in March 2006 to step a new mast and to get a new anchor, chain and paint the boat. To Photo Gallery…



David B at Fords Terror | Wooden Boat Restoration | Yacht Charter

It took eight years, but the David B is now beautiful: In 2006 we finished rebuilding the boat. We continue to keep making her a little more beautiful every day. Jeffrey and I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do. To Photo Gallery…



Keep checking back! We’ll be adding more galleries soon.


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