First time wooden boat owner needs some advice
by Tom J
(Pittsburgh,PA and Naples , FL)
Just bought 58 Chris Craft 17' Sportsman.
Bottom has not been re-done, but is very solid mahogany (I think) planks.
It was in the water about 4 months ago and did not leak.
There are some small gaps , perhaps 1/16" to 1/8", between the bottom planks.
Should those gaps be caulked before swelling the boat?
If so with what material.
It will be in fresh water, should I paint the bottom with bottom paint?
What is the process for swelling the boat.
Should I fill it with water until it stops leaking, or should I hang it in the water?
On the sides of the boat there are some very small gaps, perhaps 1/32", between the mahogany planks.
The varnish is in excellent condition, but I am concerned about those gaps.
Should I fill those?
If so with what?
Or should I just try to fill them with varnish?