MAHOGANY DREAMS

The ninth coat of marine varnish was applied to the 1942 Chris Craft Special Runabout inside Boyd Mefferd’s boat restoration shop in Canton. The mahogany decks gleamed in the north light spilling in through the giant windows and the rich, red wood looked almost three-dimensional. The 17’ classic boat will be done soon, a four-year project for Mefferd and John Carl, the craftsman who works with him. Since the early 1980’s Mefferd and Carl have been rebuilding, restoring and refinishing mahogany Chris Crafts, Gar Woods, Fay and Bowens and other classics and have clients from all over the world.

Boyd Mefferd wipes down a vintage 1942 19' Chris Craft barrel stern double cockpit mahogany runabout inside his shop. Mefferd's shop completely rebuilt the deck on the rare boat. At left is a 1950 22' Chris Craft Sportsman and at right is a classic Fay & Bowen 30' triple cockpit, one of only two ever built. On the rack above is Mefferd's own 1956 Chris Craft Sportsman.

Boyd Mefferd wipes down a vintage 1942 19′ Chris Craft barrel stern double cockpit mahogany runabout inside his shop. Mefferd’s shop completely rebuilt the deck on the rare boat. At left is a 1950 22′ Chris Craft Sportsman and at right is a classic Fay & Bowen 30′ triple cockpit, one of only two ever built. On the rack above is Mefferd’s own 1956 Chris Craft Sportsman.

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