56 Century Resorter 18

by John Schutz
(Boston, Mass)

Really a rough, rotted old boat..... but, oh, the potential.

I have replaced all 20 oak frames, rebuilt new transom, now need to install keel and chines..... can I do it, or is this beyond most "adequate" woodworkers???

The next question is my main one and please, I know the question will truly offend some of you, you will consider the concept sacraligious.... but here goes.

The old mahogany planks are shoot, good only for patterns and IF I were to go the planking route would first install a thin plywood inner liner.

Now here is the big question, why not use a number of plywood layers (believe it called "cold cure" method) to spare myself the hassel of bending mahogany planks?

Is it less expensive and I would think easier to do.

I am not going to show and not worried about a nicely painted black hull.

The transom and top sides will be the original mahogany look.

What do you think?

Comments for 56 Century Resorter 18

Click here to add your own comments

floor covering fo18' resorter
by: Anonymous

Resorting a 56 18' resorter.

It has a red and white interior.

What floor color and material was used in the original?

Thanks, Gene

boat bottom
by: Bill

Aint noth'n wrong with a plywood bottom.

If it gets your boat working and used, go for it.

To re-plank a boat is a lot of time and money then of course you still need to swell it each season before you're good to go.

I have the original bottom on my boat, but it's in good condition, if it wasn't I'd go to a 5200 bottom or cold form plywood in an instant.

Remember you want to use the boat.

If it's perfect museum condition it's best in a museum.

You do you best to stay true to the original boat, but anything can be too far.

You want it too look good, but you also want to feel comfortable taking it out on the water.

Plywood Bottom
by: Mike

Hi John,

Judging by what you say you have already done I would say that you will have no problem finishing her off.

As for replacing the bottom planks with plywood, if it gets her back in the water and being enjoyed then I’m all for it.

One of the beauties of old wooden boats is that parts can be replaced to prolong their useful life.

I have nothing against seeing museum exhibits in their original condition but I’d rather see a modified rebuild in the water.

Besides how many of those boats that are ‘shown’ are totally original?

How much can you replace before a restoration becomes a replica?

And it will certainly be less expensive to use marine plywood than replace all that mahogany planking.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your Wooden Boat Projects...

Want to add more photos?

If you are having problems uploading Photos or would like to add more click on this link for the Upload Form.

You can upload as many as you like and there is no need to resize them.

You might like these

  • Boats and Bits, Free Advertising.

    The Boats and Bits Exchange is a FREE advertising space for anyone wishing to sell, buy or exchange Wooden Boats, Boat Bits or other items of Chandlery.

  • Project Boats by Proud Wooden Boat Lovers.

    A showcase for Wooden Project Boats that enthusiasts are working on building and restoring.

  • Readers Tips for Your Wood Boat.

    Readers Tips advice on how to maintain and improve your Wooden Boat and save time and money

  • Wooden Boat Women

    Wooden Boat Women, come on girls, you can do it just as well as the guys, show off your skills, your boats and encourage other environmentally friendly female boat builders.

Recent Articles

  1. We absolutely need this brand-new 1930s wooden speedboat from Fitzke Boatworks

    Sep 17, 19 03:32 AM

    This mahogany and oak wonder looks like it came straight out of the 1930s, but it was built in 2019. Fitzke Boatworks


    The boat is called Bugbite, is based on plans from a 1930s boating magazine and is staggeringly pretty.

    Read more by Kyle Hyatt at Cnet.com

    Read More

  2. SMALL BOATS, BIG DREAMS

    Sep 17, 19 03:32 AM

    Reedville hosts the best little boat show in September. Photos by Eric Eichenmuller


    Reedville hosts the best little boat show in September.

    Read more by Ann Eichenmuller at Chesapeake Bay Magazine

    Read More

  3. Margin/Cover Boards, How to, Tips, Please.

    Sep 16, 19 04:28 AM

    Hi there, I am about to work on my Margin boards on my 12'runabout. I am wondering what the best way to scribe the shape is? And what's the best/easiest

    Read More