by Gene Pierre
I recently acquired a thomson lapstreak 18 ft with a 100 hp Evinrude outboard.
My brother who recently passed away was the previous owner.
His belief was to keep water in it to keep the wood swelled.
So that I know of her she sat for at least 2 years with water in her on the trailer.
He became too sick to care for her and he was also dealing with loosing his wife to cancer.
So I understand why the neglect.
Anyway I know he loved wooden lap streak boats and I feel it would be good to keep this one around.
The keel, bow to stern has issues.
Some dry rot outside and in.
Some of the lower ribs inside are dry rotted also at the point of connection in the bottom center at the keel.
The rest of the vessel is in fair condition.
What are my options at this point?
My financials are pretty low, and will do the repairs myself if possible.
Any advice would be greatly respected and apreciated.