We are extremely fortunate here at Mathews Brothers this winter. Usually the slowest time of the year for us, this frigid season has brought us more projects to tackle than any year before. We have two new boats in production, the Crow Brothers 2 Buyboat project, the Educational Passages project, seven various refits, and over seventy storage boats needing maintenance or repairs. We are grateful to all of our customers for the continued trust in us with their boats, and are always working to make your boat (and boating experience) better. Whether you're interested in a new boat, used boat, or fixing up your boat, please don't hesitate to call, email, or stop by.
While Mother Nature isn't giving in to pleasant boating season JUST yet, we all know it'll be here and soon - Hopefully. In the meantime, we've put together some safety tips that we here at MathewsBros are big advocates for - and some that'll come in handy if you get boarded! We hope everyone has a Safe & Enjoyable boating season!
We're very grateful to be able to say that we stayed busy throughout February. In addition to the projects listed below, we also sent one of our guys down to Boca Grande, FL to complete some warranty work. He was not so happy about Maryland weather when he returned!
This 36' Hinckley was sanded, faired and sanded again before being primed. The guys will be sanding the primer and fair again to prep for a flag blue top coat.
The guys have removed the 3208 Cat engine from this boat to gain access to the fuel tanks which need to be replaced. New tanks are on order and will be installed in the near future!
Our varnish crew has been working on four different boats throughout the month - two of which involved completely stripping down to bare wood to build back up again. For the other two boats, the crew is finishing up a couple of maintenance coats. For more information on the difference between stripping varnish down and maintenance, click here.
We have two fiberglass repair jobs in progress. The picture on the left shows progress on a keel that needed to be repaired. The picture on the right is up near the toe rail of an Arundel 27 where the fiberglass had blistered. Both repairs (and most fiberglass repair jobs) start with grinding away the old fiberglass and preparing the area for new fiberglass. Fiberglass is then laid in with resin before being sanded and faired prior to primer and paint application.
Buy Boat Progress
If all of the above wasn't enough to keep us busy, the Buy Boat sure is! Down at Mathews Landing, they've installed custom mounts for the engine and have it aligned. The insides of the hull have gotten two coats of paint, platforms are in progress for the generator, holding tank, AC, etc. They're also in the process of installing the watertight hatches that lead to the aft lazarette.
Here in the shop, the pilothouse is almost completely glassed in. They epoxied the fiberglass to the outsides of the pilothouse earlier in the month. For the overhead, they first installed a tongue and groove overhead, epoxied the seams and are in the process of coating it in fiberglass. She's really coming along!