Welcome to Nautilus Restorations!

Restorations of vintage Fiberglass & Wooden Vessels 

Best Nautilus 25 pctNautilus Restorations is a full service boat restoration shop located in western South Carolina which restores/remodels  classic boats and works closely with our clients to produce one-of-a-kind mahogany and exotic wood-appointed vessels.

The fiberglass boat designs from the late 1950′s to the early 1960′s, which captured the essence of airplane and automobile styling, will never be made again. With their unique fins, bullets, cockpits and that distinctive “retro” look, they have become classics…highly collectible and sought-after examples of post-war American boating. At Nautilus Restorations, we restore/preserve them…one boat at a time!

1961 Century Ski Dart "Bettie Page," restored 2009.

1961 Century Ski Dart “Bettie Page,” reconfigured, customized, restored, 2009.

With over 30 years experience in the design, construction, restoration and maintenance of wooden AND fiberglass boats, Nautilus Restorations can restore your vessel to better than new condition. We are a full-service restoration shop which handles all facets of marine restoration. If we can’t fix it, we replace it! If it’s a rare part, we find it. If it never existed, we fabricate it! If it’s pitted and ugly, we re-chrome it!

Our shop - Everything needed for the restoration of classic and vintage vessels...and thousands of original parts and fittings!

Our shop – Everything needed for the restoration of classic and vintage vessels…and a supply of thousands of original parts and fittings!

Concerning the restoration of vintage fiberglass boats (and a lot of wooden ones too!), we have always thought that originality is highly over-rated. The boat builders/factories were in business to “crank ‘em out” for profit and the appointments and details were restricted in order to achieve that goal. They didn’t have the time or the profit margin to gild the lily and remain competitive. We do…but we do it in “retro style,” while retaining design originality.

  • Structural components: transom, stringers, ribs, decking
  • Re-powering: Engine rebuilding/replacement/detailing
  • Electrical/Instrumentation: repair, replacement, re-wiring
  • Hull/topsides: repair/refit, sanding, painting, staining, varnish
  • Hardware: Re-plating/replacement of fittings & fixtures
  • Custom: Cabinetry, mahogany furniture, accents, appointments
  • Plumbing: Pumps, water, fuel, drain & septic lines installed
  • After-market: Stereo systems, depth finders, VHF, A/C units
  • Upholstery: Re-upholstery of existing cushions or custom work

SkiDart3 The boat below is the SAME BOAT as above after extensive remodeling and complete restoration!Yes...this is the SAME BOAT as above after extensive remodeling with African/Honduran mahoganies and fiddleback maple with Ironwood inlays.

1962 Custom Craft - transom rotted wood, large aluminum plate "repair" and all exterior fiberglass removed.1962 Custom Craft Restoration complete. Transom replaced using three layers of  sapele marine plywood, sandwiched together with 3M 5200. Exterior was re-fiberglassed, gel-coated and painted.

Restoration complete. Transom replaced using three layers of 3/4" sapele marine plywood, sandwiched together with 3M 5200 and stainless steel screws. Exterior was re-fiberglassed, gel-coated and painted.

Nautilus Restorations  specializes in custom marine mahogany woodwork, cabinetry and appointments. We have an extensive inventory of Honduran, African and Philippine mahogany, ribbon stripe sapele, okume, meranti, ipe and fiddleback maple, as well as many exotic hardwoods for inlays and accents.

1958 Chris-Craft Commander, Redesigned/Restored galley

1958  Chris-Craft Commander, Redesigned/Restored galley using 13 ply 3/4″ marine meranti, Philippine mahogany and fiddleback maple.

Remodeled/restored galley with built-in wine rack and chiller 1940 Elco 57.

Remodeled/restored galley with built-in wine rack and chiller 1940 Elco 57

1958 Chris-Craft Commander custom dining table and upholstery

1958 Chris-Craft Commander custom dining table and upholstery

1961 Correct Craft Ski Dart remodeled into a dual cockpit runabout with decking made of Honduran, African and Philippine mahoganies, ribbon sapele, fiddleback maple and ironwood inlays

1961 Correct Craft Ski Dart remodeled into a dual cockpit runabout with decking made of Honduran, African and Philippine mahoganies, ribbon sapele, fiddleback maple and ironwood inlays.

Why not take a few minutes to review our completed and on-going restorations and the many before/after photos? Our attention to detail results in a vessel that is actually better than new and one which will be enjoyed for many more years to come at a fraction of the cost of replacement…and the value of a classic boat appreciates! Email or call Nautilus Restorations to discuss the plans and ideas you have for the full/partial restoration of your vessel.

Visit our Ebay Store for vintage boats, boat parts and restoration supplies. Always something interesting!

http://stores.ebay.com/nautilusmarinerestorations  

Vintage runabouts and cruisers restored with Yankee Ingenuity and Southern Pride !

Email: nautilusrestorations@yahoo.com

       Shop Phone:  864-638-0999

We buy fiberglass and wooden power boats, 1925 through 1970 only, 16′ to 24′ 

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