new /old Harkers Island Net Boat and the story of her
(Wilmington, NC, USA)
She is a 1960 Vintage Wooden Boat 26' LOA
and 9' Beam.
Pick Up Day
Peeling Away the first Layer
Keeping up the Momentum
Working on the Shaft Log
Easter Weekend Update
Update 15 April
Update 19 April
Update for May 4, 2012
Just got the bill of sale today and now I have to figure out how to get her home.
Two friends have volunteered trailers.
And I'll have to build some kind of bunk.
I'll be needing a diesel for it - probably about 40HP, but I need to
research that further.
Pick Up Day for Salty
My son and I went to Duck Creek today to pick up
my project boat.
guys at the yard were great at helping shore up the boat to the trailer
fitted for another boat.
getting it secured the pull home was flawless.
really appreciate the use of the trailer.
it will be interesting getting her on to the stands.
to Top of Page
Peeling Away the first Layer
She is on
the stands at least the stern is and I started taking
measurements, and photos so we can put it back together.
Trailer should be out tomorrow.
Yes, boss there is a bit of rot.
The good thing is the structure is fairly simple and nothing is beyond
the capabilities of my garage shop.
Should have the measurements and sketches put together in a week or so.
Then the bill of materials and more dissecting.
Moving forward on Salty
We are moving forward on her
by pulling the rudder and
steering hardware along with one frame to get a look at the shaft log.
Of course we found it had rotten
with at least one drift corroded to a sharp point.
We are going to replace the entire
which is a big job, but we’re up to it.
The pictures tell the story with all
the gory details.
There are going to be about 11 frames
to replace and the
like the sides
above the waterline will stay.
We chose yellow pine for the frames
since we are
going to epoxy all the surfaces.
pine is strong enough and readily available at a reasonable cost.
to Top of Page Keeping up the Momentum
I try to do a bit every day to keep the momentum.
We have isolated the shaft log and see that they used two
pieces and probably just put a dado down the middle.
In this sequence I have pulled the garboard and several
planks out from the transom to a few stations forward.
I also just outlined the shaft log by running a saw in the
seam and finding where the drifts are lurking.
Next is to pull the floor timbers and then pull the
At first I was pulling nails and screws holding the
It wasn't long before I was cutting at the floor timbers and
ripping them out, there's no time to be delicate and Salty will just
have to bear down and bite a bit of stem.
It won't be long before she has a bone in her teeth while plying the
When tearing into a boat this deep you need to watch the
support of the structure so it doesn't hog or worse fall on
I'm constantly checking and re-evaluating the
We built our own stands since even used stands would have cost
We did it for about $70.
There are intermediate supports placed to hold the
It probably would be better to work on it upside down (the
boat of course, not me).
Another issue was to get a lead paint test kit and to my
relief no lead was detected.
There is plenty of dust generated with almost any
I'll be doing the same stuff for the next few days so I'll
update after we get the log out and prep the keel for the new one.
Working on the Shaft Log
I have been working on the shaft log finally getting both
bottom was wedged up revealing the drifts
up and shaft log removed
Rot behind a
floor frame at stern
after shaft log removal
I have glued
up the material for the log blanks and I'm ready
to trace the shapes and cut them out.
the chip flow
found cypress at a mill about 80 miles from here but it was worth the
I included a picture of the sawyer planning the rough cut
lumber to size.
Watching the board feed
They were very helpful picking out boards and
sizing them to
just what I wanted.
I have made templates for about 5 frames and hope to get those
in as soon as possible to keep the hull shape.
to Top of Page Salty Update 03/11/2011
Ready for Tracing
This past weekend was relatively productive.
Planning Shaft Log to
The hand plane, chisels and hand saw were extremely useful to
work done not everything lends itself to power tools and it’s
satisfying to know you can do it by hand.
Log Ready for Shaft,
Dado, and Bolt Holes
The shaft log is fitted and ready to fasten to the keel and we
able to work the horn timber in and set the stern fair.
Out Old Drifts
After using a homemade coring tool the remainders of all the
the odd nail have been removed, plugged and faired.
Drift Holes Plugged
With this completed the shaft log fits tight to the keel and
flush with the existing stern post.
The existing stern post will be replaced along with what is
left of the horn timber.
I hope to have this completed by the end of this coming
to Top of Page Salty
Keel End Damage
I've gotten to the point of pulling off the stern post and saw
what I was expecting.
The End of Salty's
keel is in pretty bad shape.
Section of Keel Removed
It looks like there was some marine borer at work and a lot of
Section of Removed Keel
I decided to just excise the end and rebuild it.
I’ll re-bore a new piece to replace "Salty's" stern post.
Shaft Channel Cutout
The shaft log has its passage cut to accept the shaft tube.
fitted the replacement section of the keel and faired it in to accept
the shaft log.
The stern post is roughed out and ready to fit.
Today the stainless fasteners came in to bolt the shaft log in
place and I have my extra long augers ready to go.
I used a laser level to check the position of the shaft log to
the keel and rest of the boat and it looks like everything is lining up
I have also picked up the white oak for the stern
the old chine will be traced for best fit to the planks.
Great deal on the wood through Reid Boat Building, a local
He is interested because he rebuilt a similar 36ft Harkers
Island and he just likes to see a wooden boat come to life
It should be a productive weekend with plenty of materials and
a full head of steam built up in a cubicle all week.
L Bolts in Place
Made some progress on the stern this past
L Bolt Slots Epoxied
The bad section of keel has been replaced and the shaft log is
fitted up with the boltings and ready to be coated, bedded and then
Log with Bolt Fitted
log will need a tube and then the stern post will
Bolts Line Up with Upper
of Stern Templates
tracing of the stern chine
is completed and the rough
parts are cut out of white oak.
They are layed out on the bench and the joining method is
Up Stern Chine
totally sure how to do it but I might blind spline and
epoxy with a fish plate over the joint and bolted.
It'll be a bit sturdier than the original.
On top of the shaft log will be fastened the horn timber to
support the stern.
Got it in my head how it will go and I'll go over the
measurements I previously took to lay it out on paper.
Should go OK.
Probably be bolted into the upper half of the shaft
After the stern gets set up then it's onto replacing the floor
frames I have already roughed out.
Brass Bolt in Stern
Don't Use Brass Fittings!
got to tell you one friend said I should just jack up the
name plate and put another boat under it.
It just wouldn't be the same, beside the "Salty" name plate
Weekend Work Update for Salty
1 Matched Up Break
in an extra day with the Friday off and it was good.
Picked up some seal sealer from Reid Boatyard that Richard had
kicking around and discussed my boat plans.
Always an interesting conversation with a guy possessing a
wealth of knowledge and experience.
of Frame 1
the sawdust side the first 6 frames are rough cut and the
shaft log is ready to finally fit up.
Timbers with Epoxy Coating
The parts I now call the ring
timber (I ran across the term on
the internet in a section about the evolution of the elliptical stern)
are ready to fit up.
If anyone has a better term for this part let me
Now it's time to fit the parts together to make the stern of
clamps and supports the pieces will be positioned and
the horn timber is then ready to be shaped.
I have parts of the original but it was so badly rotted the
forward end tapered off into nothingness.
When I start fitting up the floor frames I'll be cutting off
the ends of the side frames that have rot.
Just a simple scarf to restore the lower ends.
Salty Update 15 April
Keel Twist Brace
Pretty busy weekend
here in Wilmington, NC being
and all so I
didn't get a lot done, but a little bit is OK too.
Great garden walks , fireworks and street vendors. I went on
my first US Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol to set up a safety zone in the
Cape Fear River for the fireworks.
Picked up the bedding compound on Friday and set the lower
shaft log and bolted it up.
Temporarily put the upper half in place to set up Frame 0 and
the horn timber.
Set up the laser again and checked for level and made some
adjustment by wedging up the port side.
This caused a problem with the keel to show up.
There is a slight twist in the keel, not much but enough to
Pushing Twist out of Keel
I set up a lever arm on the keel and bracing it
ground pushing the twist out.
Shaft Log in Place
I'm taking my time now to watch the alignment
and get the
stern lined up properly.
Relying on my measurements and fairing it out by eye.
Update 19 April 2012
Duct Tape Is Awesome
Started to fit
the frames in place and figure
the horn timber position.
A roll of duct tape came in handy to hold the stern post while
the old horn timber is placed in position.
Old Horn Timber Position
only a portion of the timber left to salvage but it
holds the most important dimensions.
New Horn Timber Blank
New Frame Set Up
The forward end
will butt up against the next
frame and bolted
in place to the frame and the top of the shaft log.
Showing Scarf for Side Frame Bottom
frame bottom will need replacing and I'll scarf
pieces in place as shown in the photographs.
I think I have enough duct tape to piece it all together and
then start bolting up the ring chine, horn timber, stern post and the
"Salty" coming along pretty smartly.
for May 4, 2012
out the Horn Timber
been a while, but there were only bits and pieces and
nothing was ready to come together.
I have now dry fitted a number of pieces and it's starting to
look like it'll happen.
took a bit to get the blank ready for the horn timber and
several iterations of a template and presto a horn timber.
Aft from the Cuddy
As can be seen in the pictures there are a few clamps keeping
it all together.
There are still some fitting and adjustments I need to
Timber Temp Clamped to
Tracing the original parts
left some dimensions off mostly due
to the amount of sister frames and Dutchman's.
As soon as the stern is aligned I'll start bedding, caulking
and bolting everything together.
I had a wooden boat building instructor friend over on Sunday
to take a look at the work so far for a critique.
find out he actually spent time on Harkers Island with the builders and
was very informative about the methods I'm using and how the boat was
originally put together.
He had a look at the planks I thought needed replacing and
said they were fine.
was good news to me for every piece I don't have to replace not only
saves money it gets the boat closer to launch day.
Thanks for stopping in to take a look