The rather tired Elco cruiser awaits surgery at Sirens Boat Works.
The folks at Sirens Boat Works in Manotick, Ontario have kindly forwarded a report on their recently completed restoration of a very substantial Elco cabin cruiser. This was obviously a mammoth, two year project. Hats off to Sirens for preserving a significant piece of nautical history. Their description is below.
TENANGO is a 1930 42′ ELCO Flat Top. She has been a major focus of SIRENs Boatworks since August 2015. “She came to us needing significant below waterline work to make her seaworthy. We were contracted to restore her hull” states Andrew Lee, owner of SIRENS Boatworks.
An external “exo-skeleton” is installed to support the boat while bottom replacement commences.
“Our work was extensive”. To begin, an external skeleton that supported her weight while under repair was fabricated and installed. This structure allowed workers unrestricted access to her 42’ hull to replace all her framework and keel. “ It was a major effort….TENANGO is a large boat and is built very strong. Even though much of her keel and framework was in poor condition, it was amazing how much effort was needed to dismantle her” reflects Andrew.
We replaced the entire keel with mahogany; and all the framework with white oak; and installed new western red cedar planking from her waterline down. She’s fastened with traditional bronze fasteners.
While the boat was in the shop the talented owners completed considerable restoration work to her beautiful mahogany interior and significant brass hardware.
“TENANGO has significant pedigree with a colorful history. We are proud to have had the opportunity to have been a significant part of preserving her legacy” claims Andrew.
“Tenango” approaches the finish line.
Voila! The beautiful results of thousands of hours of labour over a two+ year period.
“Tenango” will no doubt provide many more years of service and enjoyment for her proud owners.
SIRENS Boatworks specializes in wooden boat repair and restoration. Owner Andrew Lee and his team work on all types of wooden boats using traditional woods and fasteners combined with modern adhesives. The scope of their capabilities is extensive. “We’ve worked on everything from a varnish job on a 10’ hydroplane to replacing complete transoms on cruisers, and today, we’re into a custom new build of a 32’ launch.” states Andrew.
SIRENS Boatworks is located in historic Merrickville on the Rideau, about 45 minutes south west from Ottawa.