|I am attaching some photos of a restored Meridian-the longer one- that we did out here in Kansas City area in early 90's. This is a late 60's design by Philip Rhodes with some "stretching" done by his son Bodie and partner McCurdy for the Seafarer company. This model has a fin keel and separated rudder.|
|We stripped the boat clean and began with a bare hull.
Four woods on the exterior include teak, mahogany, African bubenga and
African wenge. The wenge is a very dark wood and used as an accent
piece--spliced between teak for the coamings. The very hard bubenga
was used for the two hatches.
We even went to a foundry here with forms to pour custom brass portlights for the saloon windows.
The large, beautiful lazzaret hatch provides access for an outboard motor, that tilts down between two doors through the hull's counter.
|Interior woods are ash, walnut, oak and teak. The ash is spliced into the walnut as an accent trim under the portlights. The ash also forms the ceilings (the interior sides) while the walnut covers the bulkhead. The bulkhead passageway is trimmed in oak.|
All of the work was done at Porte Des Voyager boat shop in Independence,
Missouri by shop owner JC Waters.
I have since sold this Seafarer--it was a tough decision, but a necessary one. I over did it a bit but it sure gets the looks and comments. The new owner is planning an Atlantic crossing in it next year!