Tuesday, June 12, 2018


This past weekend I sold one of my Moths that needed a full rehab and I hadn't gotten around to doing that.  The buyer had owned a boat just like the one I had so I sold him back his childhood.  He left a happy man.  While I was waiting for him to arrive I took one last detailed look at the old dear and rediscovered a small decal just forward of the cockpit:

"WATERPROOF WELDWOOD".  Weldwood was an early trade name of the United States Plywood Corporation for it's marine grade plywood.  How that decal has survived almost 70 years of sanding, re-varnishing and benign neglect is mind boggling.  But never the less, there it is.  A tiny bit of the forgotten history of waterproof plywood.  This boat was proudly built from a quality material and its manufacturer clearly wanted people to know.