MARTINEZ -- The slow, painstaking restoration of Joe DiMaggio's powerboat is in the home stretch.

The sides and triple-layered bottom of the boat have been replaced with milled Alaskan cedar. The keel made of oak and Brazilian mahogany is attached. The bottom of the boat is coated with a protective layer of paint.

Today, the Joltin' Joe is a far cry from the rotted shell it was when the restoration work began three years ago.

"The boat isn't going to bring Joe back, but I can tell you it's going to cement a lot of solid, respectful loving, memories," Ray Raineri, chairman of the Joltin' Joe fundraising committee, told the City Council last week.

"We're at a phase now where we really need an infusion of donations," he added.

The Diablo Valley Lodge of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America is holding a fundraising dinner April 27, at the Shell Clubhouse in Martinez.

It took three years to raise the money and fix the Joltin'Joe. It went on display at the marina in 1994, but after about a dozen years of exposure to the elements, it had fallen into serious disrepair again.


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Joltin' joe fundraiser
What: Dinner to raise money for restoration of Joe DiMaggio's boat, the Joltin' Joe
When: 6:30 p.m., April 27
Where: Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez
Tickets: $30 at White Rabbit Boutique, I've Been Framed, Copper Skillet in downtown Martinez
Information: Email info@thejoltinjoe.com