Restoration floats their boat

Maritime Museum class restores rare 1930s sailboat.
Alissa Widman Neese
Feb 17, 2013



Sprawled out on a workshop floor, Karl Husty twists onto his back, wipes the dust from his eyes and presses a hand against the lumber above him.

Suspended over his head is an old sailboat's curved skeleton, a hodgepodge of brittle wooden planks seemingly in shambles.

Shannon Murphy, standing over Husty, hammers a sturdy new wooden plank in place as Husty holds it steady.

Some would consider their labor a lost cause. It's a tedious and costly venture to restore a "burn boat" to its former glory.

But to Dwight Davis, a man who has dedicated his life to boat restoration, this work is the world's "highest art form."

"There's nothing more beautiful than a wooden boat out on the water," Davis said. "Luckily a segment of the boating population still continues to care for them so they're not lost to time."

Davis, owner of Classic Marine in Vickery, has led wooden boat restoration classes for the Maritime Museum of Sandusky since the mid-1990s.

His current project: restoring a 16-foot Lyman catboat built in Sandusky in the late 1930s. The sailboat, purchased by the museum for less than $200 last year, is one of only a handful left in the world.

Read more about the restoration process in Sunday's Register.


looking around

Is that old Doug's sailboat?

Eph 2 8-10

Wonder if that's #13?

AJ Oliver

The Maritime Museum does great stuff. I have helped a bit on the Interlake sailboat that they are now building. The museum is a great asset to Sandtown.

Big Wave Dave

The Boat is a 1935 Lyman Cat Sailboat Hull Number 8351. It was donated to the Museum by Museum Board President David Blevins. There is little known about the boat other than its Name was "Oahu" and sailed in Sandusky Bay. Any information, photos, history about the "Oahu" or WHO sailed her would be appreciated. Please forward to the Museum.


Alot of people are looking for the old Lyman sailboats. fantastic that this piece of history will be brought back. Does the guy in Bucyrus have one?