New Sugar Jack!

by Al Seymour Jr.

I thought of giving the boat a Viking Funeral, however, the well designed, foam filled hull was intact. The boat sat on blocks for a year. In 2005, my sister and her friend asked me if I was going to dispose of the boat because they were interested in rebuilding it - a crazy idea right? We gutted the Cabin Skiff just after Easter this year.

Gutted Jack (my son on left)

After gutting the Jack, I did some drawings and measurements to convert it into a Centre Console. My sister Lisa Wilson and her friend Harry Lightbourne, literaly did the bulk of the re-construction. We put down all new flooring with styrofoam between the stringers, extended the cuddy for more storage, replaced the steering and all of the wiring. The boat still has a dual battery system, with dual automatic bilge pumps since it will be moored, not trailered. It has a Bimini top, running lights, GPS, VHF, and a fuel tank under the aft seat, as well as storage at the bow for anchor rode and safety equipment. We plan to launch it next spring with a re-christening.


There you have it. It was a lot of work, but thanks to Harry and Lisa what was sure firewood is now a new pleasure craft.

Bermuda 2005