|It is so much easier to
passionate affinity with a solid natural wood hull than one made of
steel or aluminium.
Where are you
going to do the renovating?
If you are looking for a Wooden Boat or Boat Bits or you have any Boats or Bits to sell. Visit The Exchange.
You will find used boats advertised in national boating magazines.
However there are many gems which are not widely advertised.
Many boat yards and marinas will have project boats worth looking at.
While searching might be time consuming it can also be fun and instructive.
Occasionally yards and marinas will repossess boats to recoup unpaid fees, these they often sell off cheaply, just to cover their costs.
Also there are auctions of repossessed boat which are worth checking out.
You will find partly renovated boats, whose owners have started to rebuild but then for various reasons grown tired of the project.
With these, you need to reassure your self wth an initial survey that any work done has been done properly.
It is worth considering and taking note of why they have been abandoned.
Don’t fall into the same trap.
Make sure that this wooden boat restoration project is right for you.
Don’t underestimate the amount of work and the time which, will be needed to finish up with a restored boat.
Don’t be put off if she has a stupid name.
It is OK to rename a boat as long as you do the Re-naming Ceremony correctly.
If you are planning to use your back yard, will you have enough room to work on her? Will you be able to get her out when she is finished?
If using your back yard consider the neighbours, might they object when that that fifty foot super yacht towers above the fence?
Then consider how you are going to get it home.
for a large
boat does not come cheap.
somewhere to work on your own boat, without bureaucratic interference,
is becoming increasingly difficult.
If you know of a Marina, Boat Yards or ther facility that is Wooden Boat Friendly please let us know.
Before 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 there.
These days it is a sad fact that most yards and marinas prefer shiny white plastic.
They consider wooden boat restoration projects as looking untidy.
There are still a few boat yards were self builders can rent enough hard-standing to work but they are becoming rare.
Wherever you plan to build make sure you don’t fall foul of the dreaded insurance wallahs and the health and safety bureaucrats.
Wooden 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 effort you are prepared to put in.
Professional boat surveyors don’t come cheap. Their charges will not be based on the price you pay for the boat.
It is unlikely that a neglected boat will already have a recent survey report. Beware of a report that is more than a few months old.
Beware 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.
If you do decide to buy her and are buying something cheap it will probably be more economic to do the survey yourself.
If the boat is in a marina or yard it is always worth asking around other boat owners in the yard if they know any thing about her.
A little bit of local knowledge or even gossip could come in useful.
And there is nothing quite like a touch of gilding as a finishing touch.
However you must decide early on whether you are renovating it to make money or to use.
If you wish to rebuild her to suit your own needs that might not do much for the value of your boat.
One of the most common questions is how to repair the bottom of a Classic Vintage Motor Boat.
Some times they have been 'fixed' so many times that the only recorse is a complete Bottom Replacement.
This may be a big job but it will be worth the effort in the long run.
Looking for more information Go to the DIY Wood Boat Index
Traditionally built carvel wooden boats are complex structures so, problems are not always evident until she is opened up.
Sometimes it is difficult to know how much to rip out and where to stop.
However, any boat that is worth saving can be.
And while the professional may have the advantage of experience and expertise, the boat owner has his/her own innate common sense as well as pride of ownership on their side.
And there is no wooden boat restoration which cannot be achieved with some patience and care.
The first consideration in any wooden boat restoration project should be to the integrity of the hull.
The main advantage when repairing carvel planking is that individual planks can be removed replaced or repaired without disturbing adjacent planks.
However, as with any wooden boat restoration there is much that can be achieved by paying attention to the fastenings.
And a proper caulking job can cure many ills.
Want specific information? Go to the DIY Wood Boat Index.
Replacing individual lapstrake/clinker planks is not as simple as with carvel because of the overlapping nature of this construction method.
However, it is none the less possible even for the amateur.
And of course there is much that can be done to restore her integrity by anyone with a modicum of common sense.
The replacement of the fastenings, 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.
Home boat building has been revolutionized by the advent of epoxy resins.
And it is fairly easy to repair plywood.
Epoxies not only glue but have remarkable gap filling capabilities.
This means that joints do not have to be perfectly tight fitting.
So a beginner can now build a structurally sound boat without much woodworking experience.
The epoxies you are most likely to use come in a pack containing separate resin and hardener.These must be mixed immediately prior to use.
Curing times vary from product to product.
There are also numerous additives available such as fillers, thickeners, accelerators and colorants.
Coating and sealing wood with epoxy will extend the life of your boat and help reduce maintenance.
However, because epoxies deteriorate when exposed to UV light, they will require protecting with paint or a UV resistant marine-varnish.
For specific information Go to the DIY Wood Boat Index.