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Posted: 25 Oct 2007 at 8:41am
Hi all

Yankees have always been admired for their interior woodworking detail. Rowland Thompson, Thistle, Yankee # 99, who is up in Olympia, WA passed on the following information.

H & l Marine Woodwork, Inc., Rancho Dominquez, CA was the original OEM for the Yankee cabinetry and other wood items for Yankee. They have been in business over 50 years and are still in business. In his restoration work on Thistle Rowland has had 2 jobs done by them. They have a basic website, and a catalog that they will mail out, which I have received. Check directly with them if you need a replacement part or component - they still may have the patterns

Their contact info is:
H & l Marine Woodwork, Inc.
2965 E. Harcourt
Rancho Dominquez, CA
323 636 1718; 310 638 8746
email H.L@sbcglobal.net
Web address H-LMarineWoodWork.com


Posted: 10 Nov 2007 at 9:21am
Thank you, thank you, thank you! One of my drawers is coming apart, hopefully they can help!
Yankee Dolphin Hull # 203

Posted: 06 Sep 2011 at 11:05pm
Hello Mahew!
I own #204. Is your interior wood super dark on the drawer faces? Mine is so dark that you cannot visualize the grain of the wood. I am wondering if someone stained it along the way. I would like to lighten the color if possible.

Posted: 18 Sep 2011 at 10:35pm
You probably have the mahogany like I had, the finish almost turned black.

I was going to replace it and on a wild hair started to sand it.......it came up gorgeous!

try a little sanding and see what happens.

Posted: 19 Sep 2011 at 1:21pm
Shall do. As with all woods, if you want to lighten them, sanding is a must.

Posted: 26 Sep 2011 at 7:58pm
I sanded the sides of the staircase and WOW! the mahogany turned red and gorgeous. Just lots of carborundum paper and alot of time sanding. I think clear high gloss marine varnish with UV protection will keep it beautiful and stop the darkening.

Posted: 26 Sep 2011 at 9:55pm
That was the reaction I had.....I couldnt believe it.
I sanded EVERYTHING, sans bulkheads. (and those silly cabinet inserts, I took those out and made stained glass to go back in)
the best place for marine finishes paints ect (and merianti 1088 plywood for bulkheads, at least in my area) is southern crown boat works in atlanta http://www.southerncrownboatworks.com/
they don't have allot on their website, but they carry everything for restoring wood boats, which carrys over to our wood interiors. Bill is VERY knowledgeable, and told me that we can mix a stain for the new bulkheads to match the mahogany, before finishing it so that it all matches.

Posted: 14 Oct 2011 at 10:50pm
I have been doing a lot of sanding of late and wanted to pass along a very helpful tool that I happened upon. Dremel makes a tool called the Multi-Max that is not rotary, but has a variable speed vibrating blade end that has a several attachments: circular saw, end cutting saw, stripper blade and also a triangular sanding pad. It is a powerful little gadget that allows you to sand concave/convex curves and intricate corners that are impossible with regular sanders. I have also used it to cut out new pieces of luan for covering the deck/hull connection on the inside. The only complaint that I have is that they should have put a more powerful cooling fan inside to better exhaust the heat that builds up. This thing is going to be my "go to" tool in all my wood finishing and also in many areas for hull and deck prep. Bought mine at Lowe's for $89.00.

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