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10-08-2004 06:22 AM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

Get over to the woodenboat forum there are a lot more people able to give good advice to some one in your position over there.

Start at

Good luck
10-06-2004 04:51 AM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

Like already mentioned, you need a survey done by a "wooden" boat expert. Wooden boats require way more expertise to survey than glass boats. If a surveyor pulls out an icepick or blade to find rot stop him immediately and find another surveyor. It should be purcussion sounded and then MAYBE probed with a blade for depth. A competent surveyor will find the problems and tell you how to repair them too.
10-05-2004 07:06 PM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

A major part of owning a wooden boat is stabilizing the condition of the boat and maintaining the boat in stable condition. This means keeping the boat at a moisture level high enough that it won''t completely dry out and low enough that it won''t rot. Wooden boats are happiest in the water in salt water. They do not do well in prolonged dry storage. One of the posts suggest doing a thorough survey. That is important but is best done with a marine surveyor who really understands wood construction.

In the case of traditional wood constuction, rotten planking and framing can generally be replaced comparatively easily using the techniques with which the boat was originally constructed. Wooden boat work is not hard, but it takes some patience and good tools.

It was suggest that you probe the boat with an ice pick. I agree with probing the boat but I generally prefer an xacto knife with a #11 blade as it is less destructive to wood that is intended to remain. There was a suggestion that cedar and spruce makes good wood for a boat. Clear cedar that has not been kiln dried makes a very good planking material. Spruce is highly rot prone and makes a very poor planking material but some spruce species make good spar stock. Epoxies have their place in wooden boat work but generally have more limited utility in the case of traditionally planked boats where swelling of the wood is very important to holding caulking in the seams.

My best suggestion is to start with some of the basic boat building books. I have restored and maintained a number of older wooden boats using Howard Chappelle''s book ''Boatbuilding'' as my basic source of information. Of course a lot has changed since Chappelle''s day but it gives a lot of clues as to how the boat was originally constructed.

Good luck,
10-05-2004 05:49 PM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

Survey! survey!look at her your self as well.
Open every hatch and floorboard. Get a good stainless ice pick, stick it in every rib knees inside lockers ribs horn timbers ect if you can find an old Chapmans some of the old 50''s vintage books have great wood boat drawings with the name of each part. If she does not have alot of sistering to be done and the hull is holding her shape fastners are still intact well maybe a good boat to save teak hulls are a cash flow nightmare as are mahogany.Ceadar and some other woods spruce and such can be very easy to obtain good materials to rebuild with.
09-28-2004 07:00 PM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

You might also wish to consult a book such as "Wooden Boat Renovation: New Life for Old Boats Using Modern Methods" by Jim Trefethen, published by International Marine/McGraw Hill 1993.

Good Luck,

09-28-2004 06:05 PM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it
09-28-2004 02:37 PM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

Ask around where you are to find someone who knows at least something about wooden boat building and who can actually look at what you''ve got. Without being there, even the best expert can only guess. Another good link for help will be They have an extensive forum just for building/repair info-sharing, which could also help you find an expert near you.
09-28-2004 10:58 AM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

One good place to start to get lots of information is "The Mother of All Maritime Links" at

This should give you lots of places to follow for the wooden boat museum in seattle wa and restorers, etc.

Good luck. Still suggest a survey - that way you will have a plan.

09-28-2004 09:38 AM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

unfortunately I am locaed in Central Florida where all I see is Fiberglass Boats everywhere.
09-28-2004 08:32 AM
Need Help have a Few ?''''s about a ship my father left me

I don''t think you''ll be able to patch the wood then cover with fiberglass in the manner you envision. Puget Sound on West Coast and New England area seem to have higher numbers of wood boats and therefore boatyards that restore the wood boats, if you are in those areas look for local expertise for advice. There are several methods employed in building wood hulls. If it is a planked hull you can replace bad ones if underpinings (ribs) are sound. There are some wood boatbuilding periodicals that may be of service. A 40'' boat is going to be a big project for 1 person.
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