In mid July, PARDON ME was moved into the main shop to begin her restoration work. Since the first order of business is to replace the bottom, all machinery and interior components were removed, the boat was rolled upside down, placed on a specially constructed cradle and then ,moved into position for work to begin. Flipping the boat in this manner makes the job of replacing the bottom infinitely easier and faster than working overhead well justifying the extra effort.
All bottom planking has been removed exposing the structural members (keel, frames, etc) of the boat. The original oak keel was replaced with a new mahogany keel (better to accept glued planking) as well as many of the frames and floor timbers before replanking began.