Erics U22 when he found it In storage tucked away for over 10 years in Queensbury NY

Thanks to fellow Woody Boater and neighbor Eric Zelman for sharring with us his expeience with Gary Lowell down in North Carolina. We met Gary at Smith Mountain Lake last year and he is a peach of a guy. Although, he is not in Georgia, so maybe he is a BBQ of a guy?


More tucked away shots!


Tucked away dash


The day she came home to her new garage in Whitestone VA. CLOSE FIT!


Engine on the left, Eric on the right. Just in case you couldn’t tell the difference


Another Zelman on the left. Is it a ZelmEn then?


The truck from Lowell Boats in North Carolina. Ready to tow, Eric decided. SMARTLY to get professional help with a new bottom!


Uncovered Chine stuff!




The “Lowell Key” to a tight transom. Its good that your boat is a tight aft?


Mmmmm CPES!!!!!


New garboard planks. And screws..lots of screws..


Some new old wood from fellow Woody Boater Phil “5 Gallon Bucket”Jones


Lowell magic will make that board fit here


Gary doing the rough cuts after tracing the pattern boards


YIKES, that’s a steady Eddy cut.




AJ, in da zone!


Trial fit!


Almost there!!! Ya’all


All 4 trial fit and prepped for installation




Wrap her up time to head home to the Northern Neck of Virginia – Woody Boater home as well BTW Of course Gary is onto another bottom, below!




Now back home on the Northern Neck, Eric starts bleaching. Thats Erics awarding winning Wagemaker in the shot.

Thanks so much to Eric, Gary and AJ for showing folks how you can do some yourself with proffesional help. If you missed the Lowell Boats website link, HERE IT IS AGAIN. And we can not say this enough. He is a BBQ of a guy!

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15 Responses to “Eric Zelman And His U22 Restoration In Photos! Lots Of Photos.”
  1. Dan T

    Awesome chine scarf and transom key! I love a well done repair. Great work guys! Thanks for the photos.

    • Eric

      She is a cousin of Thayre IV. Sold by the same dealer, Scott Henderson in Cleverdale, NY. (Lake George)1951 – Hull U22 1757. Found her through a publication called Bone Yard Boats. There are some great deals in there including free cruisers if you are up for a challenge!

  2. Stan Petersen

    Been there, done that, bought the T shirt. “Viking” was a two year project completed at The Temple in Mount Dora.

  3. John Rothert

    Eric, great progress, I need to come by Northern Neck and see that project….

    John in Va.

  4. m-fine

    Oh my, today is flip the calendar day and I am now on the last page. I wonder where I can find a nice wooden boat calendar for 2017?

    • Russ M

      For many years my wife has been giving to me the Classic Motorboats calendar by Norm and Jim Wangard of Classic Boating. Always a treat to turn the page!

    • Randy

      … wellllll, if you have ‘cruiser envy’ you could hang one of these in a prominent place!

  5. Mike K

    so you are saying that you guys get these projects done in 1 winter??????

    if so, boy do i suck!! i think im on year 5 and its still upside down.

    • Brian "amateur" Flaherty

      Mike, that would be the difference between “Amateur” and “professional” restorations… The professionals have to get it done quick or they ain’t gonna make any money… Folks doing it themselves generally can’t do it full time, due to work and life obligations, so it takes longer. But the rewards of doing it yourself are pretty amazing!

      Heck, where I work they can build a brand new boat in less time than it took to me just to repaint my 17′ FIBERGLASS Chris Craft!