Re-planking 1966 37ft Egg

by Derek Lee
(Michigan City, IN)


For the first time in 10 years I'm not spending 2 days soaking my EGG for the 2011 summer season in Lake Michigan.

I noticed that when my boat was hauled out last fall,the reinforced area on the side of the hull designed for sling placement was bowing-in dramatically.

Didn't look right.

After some research it seems that rib cracking is prevalent in these Eggs as they get older.

My plan now is to remove the planks in that area and view the ribs.

Here are my questions:

What is the best way to reinforce the ribs without removal and repalceing?

Where can I get mahogany planking to replace some planks that are not joining close enough to seal?

Or, should I use a cedar trip to help seal the seam?


Derek Lee

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May 31, 2011
Re-planking egg
by: Derek

Thanks for your advice. I will try that.

May 23, 2011
Egg repair
by: Mike

A common method of reinforcing a cracked rib/frame is to 'sister' it.

But I'm not so sure that a 'sistered' rib/frame will be up to those extra loads when the boat is in the slings.

My advice would be to get to the ribs from the inside and replace them, perhaps with something a bit beefier.

The wide gaps between the planks can be repaired by gluing in a thin wood strip to one seam edge, don't forget that the seam will narrow as she 'takes up' and the wood swells.

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