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Old 06-29-2001
JeffH
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Glassing hull

That sounds like a great old boat. She would not happen to be here in Annapolis. There is one being restored down the road from my house at Bert Jabin''s yard.

That is interesting about having a Nova Scotia schooner similar to Cimba and more to the point actually built by Vernon Langille. This is a vry valuable boat historically. Vernon built a lot of boats in his day but not that many survive because of the way they were built. It sounds like yours was actually built as a yacht. The working Novi''s had boomless gaff foresails that overlapped the mainmast and were tacked like a jib rather than being staysail schooners.

The working boats were generally built of green or slightly air dried wood and fastened with iron fastenings. Green wood worked fine in the cold climate and in the rough and tumble world of a workboat. You don''t want to take one of these boats into the tropics. The yacht versions were built a little better using seasoned lumber and non-ferrous fastenings. Also some of them were stripped planked but I don''t recall that Vernon Langille built strip planked boats.

Assuming that the boat is not strip planked and is ferrous fastened, these are probably not a suitable boat to glass over. The comparatively wide and robust planking really can''t be kept dry enough to prevent movement and they eventual delamination of the sheathing. Also adding the necessary thickness of glass for a boat of that size and construction would noticeably slow the boat down even on a burdensome vessel like a ''Novi'' schooner.

Novi''s had heavy internal framing making refastening and replanking relatively easy. The folks restoring the ''Novi''down the road are using pressure treated southern yellow pine for their replanking. I was talking to the guy doing the work. They have been buying the wood from a lumber yard that specializes in tiber for docks and bulkheads. They buy the lumber 4-6 months before they need it and air dry it like green lumber. Once dried out a bit they run the plank stock through a thickness planer and are ready to go. They are careful to pick the individual planks carefully from the pile. The stock that he had was beautifully dense and free of knots.

Enjoy your boat,
Regards
Jeff



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