Originally a french jeweler with a " Beaux Art school " background , I
immigrated to the US in 1986 and 15 years ago , as a hobby , did start restoring my own wooden boat . 3 years later , it became my main activity .
The break came in 2003 , when I was hired by the " Los Angeles Maritime Museum " as general finishing contractor for their
" Brigantine Youth Program ". This unique multi millions dollar, 4 year project, consisted in the building of two sisterships, 140 feet long, wooden replicas of the magnificent nineteen
century " Brigantine " tallships. During this period, me and my crew performed all aspects of finishing operations including: interior/exterior preparation &
painting, wood sealing, oil varnishing, fiberglassing, metals treatments, waterproofing, windows sealing and decking .............
During the past 15 years we have maintained and/or restored over 200 boats, on water or at our shop in Wilmington, California , including numerous Classic woodies ,
an original Chinese Junk, and more recent fiberglass & steel vessels.
2016 is not over yet , but most of the first seven months we did work on " Pacific Pearl " full exterior & interior restoration , and " Cast Away " design , contruction & instalation of a 18'by 17' hardtop .....
In the mid time we also did restore a beautiful old woodie in New Port Beach and a 50 ft Trawlwer .
Also a French Riviera trip to visit my friend Fournier and owner of " Hermitage " and Denis Borg , builder & restorer of Marseille " Barquettes " in his incredible yard on " the vieux port " !
Pacific Pearl exterior painting part one .
Pacific Pearl Varnish
Pacific Pearl deck
" Cast Away " Long Beach California
" Cast Away " hardtop in progress .
" Cast Away " instalation
" Cast Away " final .......
My friend Rob Tyler .... New Port Beack , his boat will be back in December for deck & cabin restoration ...
Jean Luc et sa merveilleuse femme , Hermitage , Denis Borg yard in Marseille France , les Barquettes !
We did start wood restoration of " REVELRY " a classic 1951 Stephens 43 ft . December 12 2013 . First step was to remove old varnish to bare wood , broken windows replacement , wood repairs and cockpit instalation after road trip from Northen California .
In January we built 12 > 15 coats of Awlstar varnish and 3 coats Awlgrip+
Next will be Transom name , Hull painting and interior .
August 20 2012 ." Vaquero " and " Baglietto " Two major restoration projects for the next months . I am working on history , previous restorations etc... Informations will be available during the week .