Restoration project is perhaps the cheapest way to own a
draw admiring glances wherever
And one, which will fill
you with enormous pride and a
It is so much easier to
passionate affinity with a solid natural wood hull than one made of
steel or aluminium.
Larsson one of Sweden's most experienced restorers.
- However, this will not be a quick fix exercise.
- Time, care and dedication are required if you really
want a beautiful
boat that floats.
- Remember that you will need to remain solvent if you
are to enjoy the
fruits of your work.
costs will rise exponentially with the size of the boat,
not just for the rebuilding but also for maintaining her as well as for
project needs to be scaled to your pocket, as well as your dreams.
Before even looking for a boat, you need to get a clear notion in your
to what your requirements are.
It is so easy to allow the imagination to run wild when looking around
Wooden boat restoration project as there are some wonderful old wooden
just begging to be restored.
First find your
you already have a boat which, you want to renovate you're first
task will be to find a suitable wooden boat restoration
will find used boats
advertised in national boating magazines.
there are many gems
which are not widely advertised.
boat yards and marinas
will have project boats worth looking at.
searching might be time
consuming it can also be fun and instructive.
marinas will repossess boats to recoup unpaid fees, these they often
cheaply, just to cover their costs.
there are auctions of
repossessed boat which are worth checking out.
will find partly
renovated boats, whose owners have started to rebuild but then for
reasons grown tired of the project.
these, you need to
your self wth an initial
survey that any work done has been done properly.
is worth considering and
taking note of why they have been abandoned.
fall into the
sure that this wooden boat restoration
project is right for
underestimate the amount of work and the
time which, will be
needed to finish up with a restored boat.
be put off if she
has a stupid name.
is OK to rename a boat as
long as you do the Re-naming
do the Wooden Boat
consider where you are going to do that wooden boat
you are planning to use
your back yard, will you have enough room to work on her? Will you be
get her out when she is finished?
using your back yard
consider the neighbours, might they object when that that fifty foot
yacht towers above the fence?
consider how you are
going to get it home.
for a large
boat does not come cheap.
buying a boat that is in a boat yard or
a marina, check with
the yard owners that they will allow you do the work
days it is a sad fact
that most yards and marinas prefer shiny white plastic.
consider wooden boat
restoration projects as looking untidy.
are still a few boat
yards were self builders can rent enough hard-standing to work but they
you plan to build
make sure you don’t fall foul of the dreaded insurance wallahs and the
health and safety bureaucrats.
boat restoration is only viable when sufficient of the
wood is still sound.
How much you regard as sufficient depends on how much time and
are prepared to put in.
surveyors don’t come cheap. Their charges will not be based on the
price you pay for the boat.
is unlikely that a
neglected boat will already have a recent survey report. Beware of a
that is more than a few months old.
of love at first
sight, no matter how pretty her sheer give her an initial
survey your self,
then go home and have a good think.
you do decide to buy
her and are buying something cheap it will probably be more economic to
the boat is in a
marina or yard it is always worth asking around other boat owners in
yard if they know any thing about her.
little bit of local
knowledge or even gossip could come in useful.
wooden boats are
complex structures so, problems are not always evident until she is
it is difficult
to know how much to rip out and where to stop.
any boat that is worth saving can
professional may have the advantage of experience and expertise, the
owner has his/her own innate common sense as well as pride of ownership
there is no wooden
boat restoration which cannot be achieved with some patience and
in any wooden boat restoration project should be to the integrity of
main advantage when
repairing carvel planking is that individual planks can be removed
or repaired without disturbing adjacent planks.
as with any
wooden boat restoration there is much that can be achieved by paying
attention to the fastenings.
a proper caulking
job can cure many
is not as simple as with carvel because of the overlapping nature of
it is none the
less possible even for the amateur.
And of course there is much that can be done to
integrity by anyone with a modicum of common
replacement of the
can pull a boat backing shape
and tighten the seams.
there are many
repairs such as
graving in new wood (a ‘dutchman’) which, if I was able to do
it, you can too.
Plywood Boat Restoration.
boat building has been
revolutionized by the advent of epoxy resins.
it is fairly easy to
not only glue but
have remarkable gap filling capabilities.
means that joints do
not have to be perfectly tight fitting.
a beginner can now
build a structurally sound boat without much woodworking
epoxies you are most
likely to use come in a pack containing separate resin and
must be mixed immediately prior to use.
times vary from
product to product.
are also numerous
additives available such as fillers, thickeners, accelerators and
and sealing wood
with epoxy will extend the life of your boat and help reduce
deteriorate when exposed to UV light, they will require protecting with
paint or a UV resistant marine-varnish.