Kidney Duck Skiff Restoration

by Matt
(Wisconsin)

I have a circa 1920 Dan Kidney cedar strip duck skiff that I want to restore.

The hull looks to be in great shape.

Do I just power wash, sand it down and paint it again?

What kind of paint?

It had canvas on top.

Do I just replace that?

Any tips would be most appreciated!
Matt

Comments for Kidney Duck Skiff Restoration

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 10, 2011
Painting the Skiff
by: Anonymous

It is just a canvas cover on the flatter part of the top of the skiff.

I am thinking that I would just paint that instead of re-canvassing.

So I just power wash it, sand it down and repaint?

I agree on a good oil based marine paint.

I actually got 2 of them.

Maybe I'll start with the one in worse shape and see how it goes!

I just don't want to do Dan Kidney wrong!

Jan 26, 2011
Duck Skiff
by: Anonymous

Hi Matt,

She sounds to be an historical gem.

Yea, I would think as long as there is no damage or rot that a good rub down and a few coats of paint will be all she needs.

As for paint it’s a case of what you want to pay.

Anything from a good quality exterior house paint to a marine quality paint.

Personally I would use a one pack oil based paint rather than any of the new fanged two part paints.

The canvas you mentioned is this the deck covering or a canopy?

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Your Questions and Answers.

While the original system worked quite well as a one-off post, it didn’t allow for updating or posting new photographs etc.

That is why I have introduced the new Your Pages.

This is new ‘Community’ platform is for 2018.

It is designed to put you in control of your content, make it easier to for you to tell us about your Wooden Boat, upload photos etc. and most of all post updates as and when you wish to.

There is also a forum where you can ask any questions you may have about Wooden Boats and join in the conversations.
So, please come on over and join our community of likeminded Wooden Boaters.