57 Wagemaker Refinish

by Scott
(Laconia, NH)

I own a '57 Wagemaker Cadillac, I just pulled it for the season and would like to re-coat the wood.

I have owned the boat for 2 years and do not know what kind of finish was used on it last.

Will it make a difference of what type of varnish I may use, is there any product that will adhere well to anything?

If I need to ID what is on the boat now, what method can I use?

I will be also repairing a leak somewhere in the seam where the plywood moulded hull meets the keel board.

I was thinking of running a strip of fiberglass cloth along the keel board.

Any thoughts?

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Oct 12, 2012
by: Mike

As long as she is clean, dry, free of grease or oil and has had a good rub down with a fine grit I don’t think you need to worry too much about what was on before.

I'm not familiar with the Wagemaker’s construction but I should think that glass tape should do the trick.

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