Too bad they're sending this beautiful boat back to NJ...

Roccus7

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Of course, there's little chance anyone in the "Garden State" could actually do the restoration.

Have to comment here, somebody in this article refers to the boat as a HIM??? Is that now a WOKE rule for boats?? I'm confused...

Historic refit by Maine boatbuilders has transformed New Jersey’s official tall ship​

Historic refit by Maine boatbuilders has transformed New Jersey’s official tall ship

BELFAST, Maine – The AJ Meerwald, New Jersey’s official state tall ship, is restored, rejuvenated and nearly ready to return home after a 10-month historic restoration by expert boat builders in Belfast.

“It feels good to have the Meerwald and make it look really new,” Garett Eisele, co-owner of Lincolnville’s Clark & Eisele Traditional Boatbuilding, said Tuesday. “We are really happy to see the boat in the water. We are really happy with how it went.
Maine is one of the few places where a project like this can happen — “on time and on budget,” he said — because there are enough skilled craftsmen around that know how to make historic vessels like the 94-year-old oyster dredge schooner. to their former glory.

“In the middle of the pandemic winter, we hired a team. We didn’t have a single slacker in our crew. The people were amazing and there was nobody who wasn’t very, very experienced,” Eisele said. “And everyone was very local.”

He attributes this, in part, to the state’s fleet of historic wooden schooners, which continue to cruise coastal waters in the summer.

“Last weekend I was sailing, and there were 12 schooners sitting there, with all these people sitting on them, and all these little sailboats walking around,” he said. “It’s really, really special in the world. The fact that these boats work is why we have the skills here not just to do an interpretation, or come back to it, but to actually be trades people and do it right.

The schooner is owned by the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, an environmental history museum located on the Maurice River in New Jersey. It is used as a traveling classroom to teach people about the rich Delaware Bay oyster beds and more.

The Meerwald, which arrived in Maine in September 2021, was due for a makeover, and Eisele and Tim Clark got the job.

The transformation of the wooden boat is stunning, said John Gandy, a retired ship’s captain who lives in Blue Hill. He saved the Meerwald from the mudflats of New Jersey in 1986, when he bought it for a dollar from its owner, who had stripped it and no longer needed it. He was in poor condition. But Gandy’s family had been in the oyster industry on the South Jersey Shore for generations past, and he knew something about oyster dredging schooners.

“These are beautiful ships, and I always dreamed of how great it would be to put one back under sail,” he said.

The AJ Meerwald, an oyster dredging schooner that is New Jersey’s official tall ship, has completed her 10-month restoration in Belfast. Courtesy of Clark & Eisele Traditional Boat Building Credit: Courtesy of Clark & Eisele Traditional Boat Building.

The boat’s first restoration was completed in 1994 after extensive fundraising and the formation of a non-profit organization.

“It’s quite impressive to see him floating again. And damn, the whole transition has been amazing,” he said. “These people are woodworking artists. It’s absolutely beautiful, what they’ve done with the boat and what it looks like now. I can’t find words to describe it.

Now freshly painted white with colored stripes on her hull, the wide-beamed Meerwald was one of hundreds of sailboats built for oyster fishing in southern New Jersey. It was a lucrative business, and at its peak, the oyster community of Bivalve, New Jersey, shipped 30 to 80 carloads of ice-packed oysters daily to destinations across the country.

The restoration aimed to restore the boat to its new shine.

“They had a historian on staff who checked our project plan, to make sure what we were doing was compliant and that we were replacing as much as possible,” Eisele said.
 
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Roccus:

You are quite right. He/She/they/them/it, apparently named, John Gandy (a retired captain, no less) , is quoted in the article saying, “It’s quite impressive to see him floating again."

Watercraft with few exceptions have been referred to with feminine pronouns for centuries. There are many theories as to why, but there is no doubt that it developed organically, in contrast to the consciously ideological woke-ism on display in the article.
 

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“It’s quite impressive to see him floating again. And damn, the whole transition has been amazing,” he said. “These people are woodworking artists. It’s absolutely beautiful, what they’ve done with the boat and what it looks like now. I can’t find words to describe it."

Boat went woke!
 

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When it gets to Nj. they will steal anything worth selling off the boat. Then they will use it as a place to home all of the illegals coming to this sanctuary state.
Keep the boat in Maine where it will be so much more appreciated.
I'm from NJ. !!!
 

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When it gets to Nj. they will steal anything worth selling off the boat. Then they will use it as a place to home all of the illegals coming to this sanctuary state.
Keep the boat in Maine where it will be so much more appreciated.
I'm from NJ. !!!
Yes, I was also born in the Garden State, and folks up here in Maine don't have a clue what it's like down there vs up here.

Will never forget when a non-Maine bleach bottle 38' boat came to a waterside eatery, one that was pretty-well populated with wooden Lymans, and everyone started laughing at the boat. Then a MAGNIFICENT, wood ~35 ft sailboat, totally varnished pulled up and everyone was ooohhing and aaahhing, because, without a doubt, it was a magnificent example of boat building excellence.

In Jersey they'd be laughing at the sailboat and trying to figure out how to steal the bleach bottle...
 

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