A Young Man's Dream---Building Boats

Real Estate Agent WV0026375


WV boatbuilderTimm Schleiff lives in Renick, West Virginia, and builds furniture that floats, i.e., custom wooden boats.  His company is Schleiff Boatworks, LLC.

I met Timm and his father two years ago, and was impressed with the work they were doing on restoring a home in Lewisburg, WV.  Timm is a remarkable young man.  He was born and raised on his family's farm on Spring Creek in Renick, West Virginia, where he was home schooled. Now he builds and restores wooden boats. A dream come true.

Timm first became awestruck with boats at the age of 14 when he helped a friend restore a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay.  He learned woodworking skills and attention to detail from his father who is a custom home architect.

2007 marked the realization of a dream Timm has had for several years..... to live and work with boats,....wooden boats, and to continue the tradition of building functional, beautiful, well crafted wooden boats, both power and sail, traditional and modern.


Coquina ReplicaHis first boatwas built to the Nat Herreshoff  ''Coquina'' design, and  was well received at the 2007 Woodenboat show in Mystic, CT. Timm has also been featured in the Soundings MagazineHis 'Coquina' replica was on display at Helge Kahler's Sailor Craft Gallery located at 128 West Washington St, in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  Click here for more information.

Timm has also received special recognition at the Georgetown Wooden Boat Showin Georgetown, SC, in October, 2007, for demonstrating workmanship excellence in the construction of his replica of Coquina.

Last year he exhibited both Coquina and Rescue Minor at the 35th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show in Meredith, NH on July 25-27, 2008.  They both won 1st place in their classes (newly built power, and row/paddle/sail).   

Ninigret SkiffTimm just finished building a John Atkin designed "Ninigret Skiff" (22' outboard powered camp cruiser).  She is powered by a Yamaha 40hp four stroke outboard mounted in a well. This boat was built on commission for a client in the northern Chesapeake Bay, christened "Sea Moose", and was launched on April 12, 2009.

Each spring, the Greenbrier Quarterly recognizes ten local artists who contribute to the vibrant art community and make the Greenbrier Valley the distinctive and admirable place that it is. Timm is one of the featured artists in this year's "Art Class 2008". The introduction states that this year "We boast an award-winning boat builder, an internationally trained fiber artist, and a professional dancer". Click here to read the entire article about Timm. 

As an independent builder and his own boss, Timm has access to designs from many naval architects and designers. This, combined with the time, dedication, and flexibility to make the boat reflect the quality standard that he is known for, as well as meet his client's needs and budget, has made Schleiff Boatworks incredibly successful in the first couple of years. Bare hull to dockside delivery, and anything in-between, you can expect the highest standards of craftsmanship, top quality materials, and modern methods for a low maintenance classic wooden boat.

Check out Timm's website for all his current boat projects, new construction offerings, boats for sale, and especially "News and Events" for announcements on new commissions, shows, and events he will be attending soon.

When you choose a Schleiff boat, you buy not only a beautiful boat, but also the love of Timm's craft that went into it.  Because each boat is built one at a time in a small, one man shop, each is unique and customized to fulfill your dreams. 

Timm is known as the young boat builder in West Virignia. His dreams have definitely come true.

If you want to build, repair or restore a boat, call the best boat builder for furniture that floats.....

Timm Schleiff
Schleiff Boatworks LLC
554 Leonard-Cordova Rd.
Renick, WV 24966
304 667-1090 (cell)
304 497-2012 (shop)

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Comments (2)

Lynn911.com ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
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Rebecca great post these boats are floating art it amazes me, hours vested for a wonderful piece.  I find much more for art than a canvas. 

Have a great and successful weekend !

May 14, 2009 05:00 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Lynn,,I agree !

May 31, 2009 12:28 AM