1961 Cruisers M202 project boat yay or nay

by Elaniece
(Detroit, Mi, USA)

Got her free.

Dropped seat and made hole in hull.

Some rot and delamination.

Should we try to repair and restore?

Out of water since 2014 and exposed to weather.

How to fix hole??






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Preserving and restoring aging boat timbers
by: Captain Hugo

PS: To treat and preserve all dry wood, especially end grain, I would also use a mixture of epoxy resin thinned down with acetone to penetrate the timber, two or three times where necessary, for total water resistance, preservation and added strength to the repaired sections.

What a beauty!
by: Captain Hugo

With basic woodworking skills, yes I certainly would repair and restore her, spending as much time and effort on a part time basis to complete the project, especially since it was free that always helps with motivation!

Keep an account of expenses and you'll find she won't cost you that much in the end compared to her overall worth as a classic.

You can repair the broken planking by using a butt joint technique bridging the joints internally with good marine epoxy glue mixed with sawdust after fitting a section of suitable hardwood.

I would also consider reinforcing the transom with a larger backing plate using marine plywood, or even aluminium.

You say delaminated, so does that mean plywood?

If so just replace it.

Clean the whole hull inside and out and treat all rotten sections with wood preservative and scarf in timbers where necessary.

Always use clamps to fix into place new sections with epoxy and leave overnight to fair the next day.

Work thoroughly, under cover, a few hours a day to enjoy such a labour of love and you'll be proud when finished and launched to enjoy and turn heads!

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