The Magnificent Restoration Of Robert DaPron's 24' 1928 Chris Craft Model 3


Ohhhhhh that workshop is perfect. Do you think heaven has an epoxied floor?

Thanks to the wonderful craftsmanship of fellow WoodyBoater Robert DaPron and his photo take’n skills we now can enjoy a complete restoration of his personal 1928 Chris Craft. This online book that you can see here….Click Here… is a wonderful journey that makes it all look so simple… For the record, it’s not. The attention to detail is wonderful. I met Robert and his side kicks at Lake Dora last year. They made it all the way from Washington State. Robert does restorations one at a time, one man at a time. He can be reached at DaPron Marine Restorations. No web site.. Just an email. .. to quote him “if anybody has question that I can answer (no guarantee, there is a ton I don’t know)”.. HA, welcome to the club. It’s refreshing to at least have someone admit it. Funny thing, there are a ton of experts out there… But after one look at his book, it reminds me of an old saying. One picture is worth a thousand words. Way to go Robert.

6 replies
  1. jfrprops
    jfrprops says:

    Matt, this is the best thing you have ever posted, and that covers some ground, or water.
    This guy could do a ceiling, in Rome, for the POPE!!
    Blown away by the pix and workmanship.
    Glad this artist put the V8 in her, if you can do work like that you can do what you want.
    Run that beauty!!! What a project, make me look like a hatchet man.
    John Rothert

  2. Tom
    Tom says:

    Thank you for this blog and all the work that goes into it. It is the first place I go every day!
    PS I’m currenty restoring the same boat hull # 2096.

    FRANCHINI says:

    The best part is that Rob is also one of the nicest people you could ever meet! He is a wealth of information and, in his quiet, unassuming way, is happy to share it with the rest of us. I consider him a good friend, and a great asset to the wood boat community!
    Brian Franchini

  4. Kerry
    Kerry says:

    I am restoring a post post war 20′ Custom Runabout and have received guidance from Robert on numerious occations. He has been kind enough to respond to me when I have had questions and has gotten me through some tough situations. Here is a link to some more of his work..
    Kerry Price

  5. WoodyBoater
    WoodyBoater says:

    WOW, This may be one of the best stories of the year. We have broken all the records for hits, and all the comments and private emails are 100% positive. I always get private emails complaining about something…. Not for Rob. What a testament to him. Dang! I wish I lived out there…. in the summers… for those 3 months of dry weather…

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I am continually stunned at seeing projects like this. Robert DaPron is one of the best anywhere, and his work is exquisite in every way.

    Nashville, Tennessee

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