1953 14ft Wooden Runabout Restoration

by Jeff V
(Dunnville, ON, Canada)


I’m new to the forum and super-new to wooden boats.

I’m attempting a restoration of a 14ft runabout, hopefully not biting off more than I can chew.

I’m stumped on finding any information on this type of hull or how to repair it.

There is significant rot in the bottom rear of the hull, and the transom area in general will need a lot of work, if not a full replacement.

Looking at the top edge of the hull it definitely shows five 1/16” layers which to my limited knowledge could mean cold-molded but maybe it’s plywood?

With no frames or inner support structure I’m at a loss on how to replace the strips of veneer.

Any help or guidance at all would be greatly appreciated.

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