The continuing story of my Harkers
Island Net Boat restoration.
by Alan DeForest
(Wilmington, NC, USA)
She is a 1960 Vintage Wooden Harkers
Island Net Boat 26' LOA
and 9' Beam.
Back on the Build August 2012
Well it's been awhile since I added to my blog, but life is a winding
and twisting road and sometimes there are more important things than
I have been moving forward on getting the floor frames in place and it
hasn't been easy.
I have definitely struggled with fitting up the joints and there are a
few Dutchmen lurking in there.
I think it may be easier to build fresh than working in new wood for
I have the ring timber bolted up and several of the floor timbers.
lower tips of the sided frames are rotten and I’ve been slicing in new
I really didn’t want to pull all the fasteners to fix them. I’ll sister
another thin frame to the originals.
I am going to plank it traditionally and caulk the seams with cotton
and then seal with a seal compound.
Hope to pick up the plank in the next week or so and planning on cedar.
The weather been pretty hot and muggy here in the Carolinas, but the
work is still a pleasure.
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Harkers Island Net Boat Update 21/09/2012
had at least three piles of
shavings this size before the cedar was planed out.
activity on the boat has been sporadic at best but always chipping away
I have been planing a lot of cedar and I got an engine so those are big
Waiting for the bedding compound to get delivered and I'll start
planking the stern so I can take the support out and that will make it
a little bit easier to get around.
8.2L Detroit Diesel about
a 160 HP
We will also be stripping the engine down for clean-up and a
It's a Detroit Diesel and a bit long in the tooth, but it was an RTO
from another Harkers Island Net Boat boat similar to mine.
a view of the transmission end. It's a 1:1 but don't brand.
As I have been moving forward with the rebuild the frames, both floor
and side are looking better and I think they will be staying.
Just might sister a couple to support the heavier engine.
Spent a week recently in New Hampshire and ran into a Hobby Steam
Very interesting seeing the steamers and the range of hulls and
Very quiet boats and some were very nicely built and as big as the
I have posted some pictures here of the Steam
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Harkers Island Net Boat Restoration October 11th
new saw blade makes me smile
Picked up some 8/4 white oak to make frames for the engine
The diesel is quite a bit heavier than the 318 Chrysler and I
think it should be a little beefier under it.
forward with new white
oak frames placed for fitting
The Detroit at 1500 lbs. probably out weighs the 318 by 1000
I am banking on it not being too heavy since it came out of
another wooden Harkers Island Net Boat also at 26 ft.
It was an RTO and the other boat is powering up to get out and
fast as they can.
blade makes it easy on the
two inch white oak
Using the old frames for patterns made the job a lot easier.
They almost drop right in place except for having to notch
them out to accept the keelson I've added.
When cutting 8/4 white oak it is always good to start with a
There is no sense smoking things up and struggling with the
frame looks short but will
be higher when inch and a half is added
One blank was actually too narrow to get the whole frame on so
I fastened a 1-1/2 wide board to the frame and spaced it that much
higher on the blank.
This offset allowed me to get the angled sections on the blank
and now I just need to piece a 1-1/2” strip on the top of the new
new frames will be notched
for the keelson same as the aft frames
Wood is just too expensive to always go full size.
Piecing it up in select areas is alright as far as I’m
the frames are notched
they will drop down into position
I am happy with the
progress of late and should be working
under the cutty in a couple of weeks.
Then start planking in earnest.
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Harkers Island Net Boat Restoration January 2013
It has been a while since my last entry, but there is some progress to
Working on Salty and the rest of life doesn’t leave much time for
I have gotten almost all of the frames replaced save those that are
carrying the strip planking which forms the curved surfaces to the bow.
Remaining are the last four frames or the first four depending
on how you look at it.
I was hoping to save the strip planking and pulling the frames
will force the removal of fasteners that would probably destroy the
I have started strip planking the stern and that should go
well although a bit slow since there are many narrow planks.
all require a taper and edge bevel for caulking.
The original planking was edge nailed without any caulking.
It must have shipped some water since the planks are mostly above the
waterline and would dry if not kept wet by usage.
The pictures show the progress and after the fairing of the
floor frames fore and aft and to the keel the planking will begin.
I should be well into it about mid-February.
We are looking to get her into the water this summer.
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March 2013 update for my Harkers Island Net Boat.
Well, it's been tough to get time on the rebuild but I am coming to a
I have pulled the last four frames for replacement.
out the carriage
All along I had been hoping that I could use them as is (actually the
last 7 frames) but as I got farther into them it was clear they had to
of three Frames are
These last four were relatively easy to get out and I will have good
wood to trace.
The fairing of the frames will also go well since the side frames are
still in place and they hold the shape.
in the keel that may
be Iron Sickness
The photos show how deteriorated they are and the fasteners parted with
very little resistance.
need to scarph a bit
into the knee
The keel is pretty rotten at spots and I'll fill those with epoxy.
angles to the bow
After replacement the bottom frames will be ready to fair and be
If you back through my blog you'll find quite a few references to
"ready to plank". It's like a false peak when you're hiking.
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