For our breakfast nook, we wanted a new take on banquet seating. Because Blog Cabin 2016 was in fisherman’s paradise, an upcycled wood boat seemed like a great opportunity. Each style of boat presents different lines and angles. Sail boats tend to be long and thin. Work boats tend to be wide and deep hulled. I scoured the internet for months and eventually found this 1960s Century Resorter in Gainesville, Florida. Because it was mostly made of mahogany, the wood would be re-workable despite being 50 years old.

While it may seem to be a nautical sin to cut up a boat like this, I made sure that it had been for sale for a very long time, needed a lot of work, and had a blown motor. Also, because it had so many unique features, I knew we could make many projects from this one boat throughout the house. 

Step 1

Remove Metal and Trim

For the size of the room and shape we needed, the center section of the boat was the best option. Start by removing any metal or trim in the areas that need to be cut. Set these aside for reattachment later. Also be sure to remove insignia and logos for later reuse.

Step 2

Cut Chosen Section

Cut the section out using a chainsaw along chalked cut lines. Try to use an even and consistent motion while cutting. If needed, you can clean up these cuts later with a circular saw. As you cut, watch out for concealed screws. Usually, wood boats will have brass screws concealed under wood plugs.

Step 3

Clear Debris

If the boat is too large to roll over on its side, you may need to prop it up on blocking to make the cuts through the bottom of the hull. For convenience, we left the boat on the trailer it came with. Stand the section up on end and clear out all the old debris. Although it may seem like we have a lot of boat left over, all the remaining parts went to other projects including a coffee table, breakfast table, porch benches and a kids' play area.

Step 4

Create Bench Base

Cut and install two pieces of 2x4 sixteen inches above the bottom of the boat section using wood screws. Not only will this form the base of the bench seat, but it will also tie the two sides together and reinforce the hull. Then cut a piece of 3/4" plywood and attach to the top of the 2x4s with screws. Because the hull may have lost some of its structural integrity by removing the stern and bow, install wood screws into the corners to help tie the ribs together.

Step 5

Build Seat Back

For the seat back, we used some left over V-groove soffit panels. Cut these to the length to reach from the top of the seat to the top of the boat. To make the seating comfortable, install horizontal wood blocking at a slight angle. Then install the V-groove panels using 15-gauge finish nails. 

Step 6

Attach Seat

To match the mahogany hull, we used some leftover ipe wood from Blog Cabin 2014 for the seat surface. Cut your seat planking to length and attach with stainless wood screws. Tropical hardwoods such as ipe will require predrilling the screw holes.

Step 7




After lightly sanding the painted hull bottom, we decided that a mix of paint colors provided the perfect patina to match other kitchen design elements.

Step 8


Finish the top off with a routed edge piece of ipe or cedar. Then remount the removed metal trim and insignia. We mounted the original Resorter logo horizontally on the side. We also mounted an original air scoop on the top cap. Finish off the build by painting the back panels, oiling the ipe, and sealing all original surfaces in polyurethane. This DIY upcycled boat hull is a perfect complement to Blog Cabin 2016's new design style. Not only does it speak to the area's reknown fishing culture, but it also showcases a unique way to transform an old boat into new furniture.