Pen Yan Hull Leaks
by George Montgomery
(Little Rock AR)
I have a 1955 16' Pen Yan Commander.
I took the hull down to the bare wood, 3 coats primer 3 coats bottom paint.
I've had it three years in which it has not been in water and I suspect it has not been wet for long before I got it.
Long story short, my guy re-did electrical steering and installed motor and controls.
Hull had no obvious problems when it was bare.
Pen Yan boats have a double hull with a layer of something called Striptite between, as I understand it is a rubber or plastic like water barrier.
Launched boat, boat sank.
Well not quiet but water came in at an alarming rate it would have sunk in a matter of hours.
I would soak it to expand wood but with the Striptite layer I'm not certain how that would work.
I am considering firrberglassing the hull
I am considering using a product called Glovit
Yes I know I should have put it in water before I started.