RESTORATIONS & REFITS
SOUTHPAW, Marshall 18' - 1968, #8
In 2009, a very loving owner of this early Marshall decided to make an adjustment to the original design to expand the size of the cockpit and allow for more comfortable picnic excursions for his family and friends on Cape Cod Bay. Working with Olsen Marine, a plan was hatched to cut back the cabin and expand the bench seating and cockpit area, keeping within the lines and vintage of the original design. Along with the new cockpit, interior, cushions and centerboard trunk and table, Olsen Marine added fresh varnish and paint, newly polished brass, a new sail and a quarterboard. The result was stunning, a huge success and a toast to the Marshall class. The improved design led to many day and moonlight sails on the bay with room to recline, spread out and enjoy the motion of the Marshall on the ocean.
TRUANT, MacKenzie Cuttyhunk 26' - 1958
Olsen Marine endeavored to give rebirth to this vintage classic using only the finest of materials and modern construction techniques, coupled with the best traditional boatbuilding skills on the Cape. Prior to coming to our shop, evidence of neglect was obvious and hopes of her resurrection were dim. A between boat projects plan to build her anew was hatched by Olsen Marine. Upon her recently replaced keel, new oak frames, copper riveted mahogany planking, and a modern diesel power plant appeared over the course of a few years. Her original bronze hardware restored, fore-n-aft operator’s stations installed, bright finish mahogany windshield and trim work fashioned to the era, and all capped off with a stunning color scheme. She has a new home in Buzzards Bay and is known as "Shipster."
DASH, Huckins Gurnet 34 - 1955
This Gurnet 34 was picked up in 1996 by a customer looking for a complete restoration and with definite ideas about the finished product. Dash was given a new bottom, ribs, bulkheads, chines, cockpit sole, engines (454 Crusaders, with a top end 37.5 kts.), electrical and plumbing systems, and a redesigned roof. Added to all that was a glossy paint job, ultra suede cushions and a new cockpit arrangement, with hidden seating and a varnished drop leaf table for ten. Dash, was a picnic boat extraordinaire and once again a true retro-styled head turner. Recently, after changing hands for almost a decade, Dash has came back to Olsen Marine in 2011 for a spruce and new tables before heading north to Maine.