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Fallen tree provides wood for deadrise repair

While restoring a 35-foot deadrise, William West of Gloucester noticed the bow was dry and worn out. West has been working on the water for 15 years, both commercially in crabbing and oyster harvesting. In the last three years, he and his son Thomas have been overhauling the workboat that he’s named the Prodigy.

West said that he’s put 10 hours of work alone in the repairing of the bow. Nature was able to supply West with the wood necessary thanks to a fallen tree in his yard. He said that he’s put more time than money into the boat.

The hard work of the last few years is paying off for West. He said that he’s hoping to work out of the Prodigy this winter.

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