Wooden Boat Restoration Questions Archive.

canoe repair?

What's the right way to Patch a Wooden Canoe?

wooden sailing dinghy

Ivan would like some help in identifying his 14' clinker built, sailing dinghy and advice on how best to restore her.

Wooden Boat Survey?

Is this boat to far gone to be restored, asks Tom.

Curtis has concerns about the process of cleaning the bottom of his wooden 55' Stephens when she is hauled out.

What is the best treatment for removing/replacing corroded bronze screws on a clinker built Folkboat?

Can anyone help Dave to identify the canoe he is restoring???

1949 Wooden Sharpie
Wathara's 1949, Wooden, Sharpie, Sailboat took in water when launched.

Should he try to fix the problem or cut his losses?

How should Derek repair cracked ribs and replace some planks on his 1966 37ft Egg?

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Jeremy, in the UK, wants some advice on repairing the taped seams on his Miracle Dinghy.

Mary wants to know how to ready her pretty little Wooden Norwegian Lapstrake for the water.

Were will Gemma find the ‘serial code' on her 19ft half cabin cruiser?

How and with what should Adam replace old ‘chinking' on his 1952 Lind Motor Yacht?

How do I repair a leaking Pine Deck on a 30 foot 1939-built Wooden Gaff Cutter, asks Paul in Plymouth, UK.

What is the best way to plug a hole left by a through hull fitting, asks Howard in Virginia.

‘Neptune' would like suggestions on how to begin restoration of an historic, one off, ‘Stony Lake Sailing Canoe'.

Gilly in Leeton, NSW wants to know how replacing the inboard with two outboards will affect the centre of gravity of a 60 year old 28ft Custom Bay Cruiser.

How can Rich find the year of registration of his 'Old Town Lapstrake'?

Any tips for Matt on how to restore a 1920 Dan Kidney cedar strip duck skiff.

Matt wants to know how long can he can leave his 1963 43' wood vessel out of the water while repairing her, down in the Florida Keys.

wooden double ender

Can anyone help Ann Marie to identify the wooden double ended, carvel built, project boat, she found in Co. Clare, Ireland?

What is the best way to turn a boat over?

yellow jacket

Can anyone please help RC in Kansas City to identify the boat he is in the process of making a great job of restoring?

Anyone got any advice for Nick on what do with a bilge full of ferro-cement?

Greg wants to know the best way to replace Bilge Stringers on his1940 Trumpy.

Alan, from Auckland, New Zealand wants some advice on the best way to refurbish his boat's worn Teak Deck.

Penn Yan Captivator

Keith in Underhill, Vermont would like some advice on restoring this Penn Yan Captivator that the lucky devil was given after he found her in a barn.

Simon wants some advice about a 1947, Correct Craft, Wood Boat, restoration project that he has spotted on ‘craigslist'.

Rick has just bought a 31 ft, ‘59 Richardson Express Cruiser'.

He would like advice, as to how to proceed with her restoration.

1962 Youngquist cruiserMissy has just bought this superb looking, 1962 Youngquist cruiser.
The question is, should she or shouldn't she have taken her checkbook with her when she first went to look at her?

 Can anyone help DD to find a steering snout for his Bueler jet drive on a 1963 Century Resorter?

1960 Trijan Cruiser
Robbie, in Lodi, Ca, wants some advice about fiberglassing the bottom of his 1960 Trojan Cabin Cruiser.
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Hand Toe Rails.

What is the best way to fasten teak the rails to the fore-deck asks John, from N.S.W Australia?

rust stains

Do rust stains on the planking mean the iron fasteners are failing?


Spotted GumWayne in Bairnsdale, Australia has some questions about replacing the rub rails his 40ft timber cruiser with Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculate).

   What is the best way to prevent rot developing the wet bilges of the Picaroon Patience?

Ken would like some advice on caulking very wide seams on the very dry hull of his 13ton Hillyard ketch

Hilner Fleetstar
Eric in Boston wants some advice on restoring the foredeck of his
1959 Hiliner Fleetstar

   John is concerned about his "sacrilegious" ideas for rebuilding his 56 Century Resorter 18.

Mr S Strachan in the Shetland Isles wants advice on replacing a ‘board' on his 21ft boat.

 Mike wants to know if there is an optimum position for the mast position when converting to Junk Rig from Bermudan.

McDuff has some questions about refurbishing his 1940's, Lowell's, Amesbury Skiff

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Larson runabout
Craig has some questions about using Tung Oil on his 1947 Larson Speed Runabout.

What is the best product to strip my paint and varnish covered boat?what

How do I find the year and make of my boat?

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What is the best way to restore and refinish the Old Oak Hatch doors on her 70ft, 1925, Tugboat, asks Juli from Seattle.

unknownCan anyone help Nancy to identify the Boat that she has just bought?

Plywood dingy repair

  What is the best way to repair the wood damage on this boat? Asks Kenny form St Petersburg, FL.

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Craig in Minnesota, USA. wants to know the best kind of hand held power sander to strip old finish off?

Bigtrout from Washington wants to know;

 what the best product is for covering the screw heads on his plywood 9'pram?


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1964Robin in Victoria, BC, Canada would like some suggestions for a temporary way to stop a constant leak on the starboard rear quarter of his 1964 Sather 36' Sea C Strider.

Claude from Toronto wants to know what product to use to re-caulk his old century boat.

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Nordic Folkboat Lene has stained water oozing from the line between the last clinker strake and the cast iron keel. Is this a problem?


Bill from Kemtpville in Canada is restoring a 1959 Andress Utility Boat.

1959He wants to know the best way to redo the top deck seams.

 Also what is the best way to re-caulk her bottom.

Glassing an Antique Woodie Hull.

Scott in British Columbia, Canada, would like some advice on the process and products used, etc.

Steve needs to rewire his battery and would like to know how to fit and isolation switch.

Karmina would like to know how you use your boat.

A woodboat Question from Lee in Sacramento, California, would like some guidance on the approximate value of a 1958 Westcoaster, 17 ft. boat in good condition?

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Tom, from Ontario, Canada, would like some suggestions on how to improve his first boat.

Sadly not an old wooden boat but a Grampian 23.

Darren from Costa Rica has an urgent woodboat question question about repairs to his trimaran La Hookah

wobbygongPeter and Annie in Australia have woodboat questions about the restoration of Wobbygong.

They have some questions regarding plank repair.

Fairey ducklingA poor little Fairey Marine Duckling with No Name.

She is about to be restored by Gill in Winchester.

Re-decking a 1974 Trojan Sea Raider hardtop express with twin inboards.

Frankee's Mourne Lass

Frankee is restoring an MFV in Devon in the UK.

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