Boat carpenter Bill Bauer and young neighbor Kami join forces to resurrect a 64-year-old MFG 15.
By Bill Bauer
I acquired this 1957 MFG 15 fiberglass runabout in 2017. The previous owner had started to restore it but did not finish. When I first got the boat it was just a hull and a bunch of parts. A neighbor, Kami, and I work on it on weekends at Black River Boat Shop when we both are available.
Many of the ribs had separated from the hull. We reattached them with Six10® Thickened Epoxy Adhesive and some creative clamping. This, along with the outside coating of epoxy, stiffened the hull considerably.
We hope to finish this project before Kami is out of college (2028).