Robert C 1963 Penn Yan Oceanic 23

Penn Yan Resurrection

Our 1963 Penn Yan was purchased in 1907 in central Florida three years after being severely damaged during a hurricane. The foredeck, afterdeck, motor box, and pilot area bulkhead were crushed by falling tree branches. There was also extensive water damage from sitting for three years. We were in the process of planning a long time dream of a workshop so we built a 20 by 30 foot clear span building with a 12 foot ceiling and attached 280 SF wood shop. The boat went into the shop in 2010.

The six cylinder inboard-outboard had serious mechanical problems and was scrapped. We replaced the entire foredeck, repaired the rub rails, replaced the toe rails, replaced the transom, and installed a rebuilt 1960 Chris Craft 327 V8 engine we had salvaged 13 years earlier from a similar boat. Broken ribs were replaced. All soft wood was replaced. The interior pegboard and Masonite cabin sides were replaced with mahogany plywood. The ribs in the pilot area were sanded, varnished, and left exposed. The porta-pottie was replaced with a marine toilet and holding tank. The galley was rebuilt with a refrigerator, pressurized water system, and air conditioning. The vessel was completely rewired with new fixtures and instrumentation. The instruments were installed in the original instrument bezel. A larger gas tank was installed. The rear seat was rebuilt with battery and inverter storage underneath. 110 Volt shore power was added. Additional cleats were added for convenience with a pop up cleat near the steering station so one person can land the boat. A new motor box was built. The boat was reballasted and new upholstery added. Trim tabs were added. A 50 pound thrust electric trolling motor was converted to a variable direction thruster and installed under the swim platform.

All woodwork, engine overhaul, painting, varnishing, and upholstery were done by my son and me. The exceptions were the engine and shaft machining. We made our own boat cover as well. Total shop time was 44 months, part time. The boat is used for day excursions, over night, and trips to state parks on the St. Johns River.

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