Preview: HOPEFUL OUTLOOK Gets a New Bottom

November 21, 2019

Maynard Bray

At Sam Manning’s memorial service, we learned that his and Susan’s beloved dory HOPEFUL OUTLOOK in which they rowed daily around Camden Harbor needed a new bottom and we’re delighted that Rockport Marine stepped up and was able to do the job. RM’s Tim Watts, with Susan cleaning and painting daily, removed the tired old wood and replaced it with new oak, cedar, and pine—up to and including both garboards. The work consumed a little over three weeks and the boat was launched on Veterans Day, 2019. A boat-lovers’ landmark, the dory looks grand all painted up and berthed again at the foot of the boat ramp off Camden’s waterfront parking lot. Surrounded once more by a string of tied-together cedar logs, she’s already for winter ice—and for Susan and friends to go rowing.

Here are the progress photos:

Sam & Susan Manning in HOPEFUL OUTLOOK

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