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#woodenboat – A short documentary (eight mins) about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50–year old classic wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap.

In March 2009 Welsford came across a 28–foot yacht dry docked on the Port of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. This long forgotten wooden boat (Lizzy Belle) had been built in Chester, NS in 1968 and was designed by L. Francis Herreshoff as an offshore sailing yacht. Without any engine or spars (masts) her future was bleak. Negotiations with the owner in a small pub in Halifax resulted in his favour.

The next five months were spent examining and restoring every detail in her hull, decks and quarters. Cracks were filled in her hull, dry rot replaced in her bow, a used engine installed, sanding, painting and and caulking seemed endless. Main and mizzen masts were scoped out and purchased. Lizzy Belle was revived. She had a second chance at life and little did Welsford know, she gave him one in return. Owning and maintaining a traditional wooden sailboat requires continuous loving care. In return she provides him with the thrill of the open ocean sail, the challenge of seemingly endless creative problem solving, and the enjoyment of preserving an important part of Nova Scotian Heritage.

Published in Historic Boats

About boot Düsseldorf: With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. From 18 to 26 January 2020, around 2,000 exhibitors will be presenting their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

At A Glance – Boot Dusseldorf 

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Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Messeplatz
40474 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 4560-01
Fax: +49 211 4560-668
Web: https://www.boot.com/

The first boats and yachts will once again be arriving in December via the Rhine.

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