S/V Talisman Sailing Charters in Door County

S/V Talisman Sailing Charters in Door County

Talisman's Restoration

May 27, 2005

Keith KollbergIn the fall of 2003 we hired Shipwright Keith Kollberg to perform restoration work on Talisman, the 1938 38 foot Rhodes Cutter we had purchased the prior year. As the work commenced it became increasingly evident the magnitude of the work required to make the vessel structurally sound, was far beyond anything we had anticipated.

Keith was undaunted by the challenge ahead of him and proceeded with determination. As work progressed, we made the decision to also give Talisman a full cosmetic restoration in addition to the structural work which was needed. Keith's incredible skills as a Shipwright and his organizational abilities were evident through the project as he brought on additional experts to assist in the restoration. The end result is a stunningly beautiful example of maritime history that is truly irreplaceable. Thanks to Keith's talent and perseverance, Talisman will be around for many more decades and for the enjoyment of those who love nautical history.

In addition to Keith's incredible skills, it is also important to comment on the integrity of the man. Throughout the course of this very complex project, there were never any questions about what the challenges were and Keith was always entirely forthright about what needed to be done. Most importantly, Keith and I have developed a friendship that has continued to grow and will last a lifetime. I am honored to count him as a close friend and confident. He is a man of honesty and integrity.


Captain John R. Yount II

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