Vessel: Lowell 35

Name: Charmed
Owner: The O’Neil Family
Hailing Port: Boothbay, ME & St. Michaels, MD

For this refit, our team had the opportunity to help a passionate boating family update a 1972 lobster boat and preserve their on-water traditions. Four generations of people (and two generations of black and yellow labs) are now cruising Maine and the boat’s original home waters on Chesapeake Bay. “Our goal was to have a safe, durable yet handsome looking Downeaster that could have four generations of O’Neils aboard and stand up to our six grown kids, five outlaws, eight grandkids, and five 100-pound black and yellow labs! Charmed is a perfect “SUV” platform for creating memories on the water – the GIBY team nailed it! Charmed is a head-turner for sure. We have hosted a wedding party rehearsal dinner cruise, countless sunset cruises, lazy afternoons at anchor, and have started a new family tradition, a Thanksgiving Day cruise. This year, we ended the season with a New Year’s Eve cruise and, come spring, we are looking forward to spending St. Patty’s day aboard!”

The O’Neils will also be using Charmed as a charter platform to raise money for first responders and veterans groups. Their first scheduled charter is poised to raise money for the Green Beret Fund.

“We could not have done any of this without Charmed being brought back to her original glory! Although we had ‘plans’, sketches, and a vision, we didn’t know how to bring it all together. The Great Island team, with their expertise and knowledge, brought the vision in our heads to reality!”

Work Scope:

  • Rebuild cockpit deck
  • Paint deck, house & hull
  • Clean & paint engine room and bilges
  • Install new windlass
  • Install new electronics package
  • Fabricate, install & wire radar mast
  • Adjust trim tabs
  • Install new scuppers
  • Fabricate steps to engine room
  • Install LED lights in engine room
  • Install cockpit courtesy lighting
  • Replace batteries – reconfigure start bank & add house battery
  • Upgrade wiring to ABYC standards
  • Separate bilge pump circuits
  • Replace & relocate deck hatches
  • Install gas pistons for new hatches
  • Replace port lights & windshields
  • Install new wiper motors & arms
  • Reconfigure seating
  • Reconfigure aft helm control box
  • Install holding tank & level gauge
  • Service & update mechanical systems
  • Extend fuel fills
  • Relocate fuel vents & replace plywood vent boxes with Coosa
  • Install 3-way fuel tank selector valve
  • Replumb engine exhaust & install new grates
  • Replumb fuel lines
  • Update fire protection
  • Fabricate & install pulpit & teak bow sprit
  • Repair toe & rub rails
  • Replace cleats & mounting blocks
  • Build an electrical panel box enclosure
  • Build support rails for hardtop
  • Install boarding rail
  • Apply non-skid to decks
  • Varnish exterior trim

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