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Is the hull on a 1968 30ft Owens Princess constructed of double "Planking" or is it planking "Over plywood"?

1966 Pacemaker 34

Can Claude replace the Oak frames of his 1966 Pacemaker 34 with another type of wood?

Where do you place an anode on the outer hull of a wooden boat?

What glues do most people use?

Mark is interested in comments or advice re ‘Cement Caulking’.

Bill’s ex-lifeboat seems to have been originally painted with what looks like ‘bitumen’, is it necessary to clean it all off?

What is the best type of caulking epoxy or filler for the hull of a 55 ft 1960 wooden boat?

Kelle is searching for a marine grade of MDF board?

What kind of pine should David use when replacing deck planks on "Dulcie", built approx 1902ish.

What is the correct type of wood filler & stain for Geoff to use to repair the mahogany plywood deck of his 1958 Peterborough Nomad?

What was the name of that old Marine Wood Glue used by yards in the 1940-50's?

Will wants to know what the best caulking material to use on wood carvel type planking is.

Has anyone had experience of using “Resolcoat” water based epoxy system?

Is it necessary to fiberglass over marine plywood for a boat used in salt water?

Morgan, in Nova Scotia, has a question about replacing nail sick, rusted, galvanized clinch nails on his 30 ft. sailboat.

1940 Rhodes 27

Can cedar be used to replace some of the mahogany planks on a 1940 Rhodes 27?

Can anyone help Phil with advice on using synthetic rope for the standing rigging on his gaffer?

How can Stuart make traditional looking port holes/windows for his wooden cabin top conversion?

Advice please for the Skipper of 'Nena' who wants to fabricate a rubrail preferably out of teak to compliment the teak accents on the boat.

What is the best product on the market for caulking seams on a wooden boat?

What are the pros and cons of mixing mahogany and pine planking?

Which varnish is better/easier/last longer?

Scot wants to re-caulk the deck seams on his Thompson Runabout, can anyone recommend a good product?

What 2 part epoxy paint should Drew use on his plywood boat?

Peter in Charlestown, NH, would like some advice on the type of wood to use for the framing on his 16' La Chatte Catamaran.

How can Kevin protect his new varnish from the elements?

Should Capt. Chuck continue to convert his "Splash of Lime" in Mississippi or would it be cheaper to take her to Haiti, Honduras or Costa Rica, where labour and material costs might be cheaper? 

What should Garth use to coat a 1:20 scale model, cedar planked, boat to protect it?

What is best filler for Mark to use to fill the screw holes on his 1963, 15" Carver, mahogany plywood, lapstreak, runabout?

Is there a trick to removing silicon bronze wood screws?

What is the correct paint for my 26 foot wooden, clinker, ketch circa 1963 asked Richard from the UK?

What kind of paint should Howard use on his canvas deck?

Jim is looking for a boat building glue that doesn’t give off toxic vapors, any ideas?

A Copper Bottom Paint question from Dawn in BC.

Larry from Clearwater FL wants to know how to apply epoxy to a 16 ft cedar sailboat bottom.

Dirk and Johanna in Galiano Island, Canada want to know if they should use marine quality paint on their 13' yellow cedar skiff or if a good quality exterior house paint would do.

Does anyone know where one can buy a Dual Solar/12 volt Boat Ventilator?

 Peter in Sydney has an interesting question about the quality grading of timber.

Phil wants to know if he should varnish his mahogany, hull registration plate, before or after applying the vinyl numbers.

Is it mandatory asks Murali to fit shaft anode on wooden boat with copper cladding?

   Can anyone help DD to find a steering snout for his Bueler jet drive on a 1963 Century Resorter?

Hand Toe Rails.

What is the best way to fasten teak the rails to the fore-deck asks John, from N.S.W Australia?

Alex wants some advice on which timber to use to build a 25ft clinker/lapstrake boat.

Spotted GumWayne in Bairnsdale, Australia has some questions about replacing the rub rails his 40ft timber cruiser with Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculate).

1966 Trojan Hard Top

Has anyone has tried using Rino lining on a hull asks Dave from Kansas City?

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Can anyone recommend an alternative to Resorcinol glue?

Doug in Pennsylvania is finding it impossible to buy now.

How do you join the timber to make a large timber keel in simple terms? Asks Ian from Sydney Australia.

Ken would like some advice on caulking very wide seams on the very dry hull of his 13ton Hillyard ketch

Hamza from Peshawar in Pakistan wants to know if he can successfully waterproof non- marine grade plywood for boatbuilding.

Greg in New Zealand wants some advice on bending Plywood.

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 John is concerned about his "sacrilegious" ideas for rebuilding his 56 Century Resorter 18.

Sandy from Fort St. James, BC Canada, wants to know what is the best wood to use for ribs?

Larson runabout

Craig has some questions about using Tung Oil on his 1947 Larson Speed Runabout.

whatWhat is the best product to strip my paint and varnish covered boat?

How do I find the year and make of my boat?

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Bigtrout from Washington wants to know;

 what the best product is for covering the screw heads on his plywood 9'pram?

Craig in Minnesota, USA. wants to know the best kind of hand held power sander to strip old finish off?

Claude from Toronto wants to know what product to use to re-caulk his old century boat.

Barbara in Sydney, Australia, wants to know what the best timber for making wooden bungs is.

Eric in Salem, Ma. would like some advice about the finish to the inside of his magnificent lapstrake boat.

Glassing an Antique Woodie Hull.

Scott in British Columbia, Canada, would like some advice on the process and products used, etc.

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David from Little Rock Arizona wants to know more about mixing thickened epoxy for his stripper canoe.
Eddie in Ireland would like to know if he can use 3- ply marine plywood to finish off his Sea Hawk instead of the 5-ply he has been using.

Karmina would like to know how you use your boat.

Varnish or Oil?

Al Hubbard would like opinions on which would be best for the interior of a small drift style pram made of stained, marine plywood.

Which would you elect from a maintenance/upkeep stand point?

Nate's woodboat materials question is about the best choice of wood is for a 1" X 1" curved dory gunwale or rub rail.

Frankee’s Mourne Lass

Frankee is restoring an MFV in Devon in the UK.

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Canvas covered decks 
I have a Chris Craft and I like to keep it as original as possible. The bow shows canvas under mahogany decking and plywood under canvas. Would …

What to use to even out the colors 
I am in the process of restoring my 57 Wagemager Cadillac. I have stripped off the old varnish from the top and Hull. The top surfaces are planked …

Cedar Oil can it be used on silvered teak decks? 
I have a 1957 Chris Craft connie, my decks are thin in some areas and leaking. A friend told me that I may want to consider using cedar oil to "seal" …

Painting My South Jersey Beach Skiff 
Hello, I have just taken ownership of a Florida Cyprus wood built South Jersey Beach Skiff. It is in great shape just needing a fresh coat of …

Which varnish? 
Which varnish is better/easier/last longer? Z-Spar Flagship, Captain's or Interlux Schooner varnish. Comments What Varnish …

Plastic Nails 
Has anyone used RAPTOR composite nails for plywood nailing or strip plank nailing? I just strip planked a 16' cedar canoe with Raptor composite nails. …

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