How to Address Vintage Boat Structural Issues

Vintage Boat Preservation How-To

No matter how diligent we might be, at least some part of the wood in your boat will rot at some time. Fabricating a new bottom typically means replacing both the inner skin and external planks. Working on your boat’s bottom means first flipping her. Just dropping your inboard engine onto its mounts and bolting it down does not align it with the drive line.

Preservation often means releasing the keel, gripe, stem, planking and frames.

These are but some of the topics this section covers.

1956 chris craft capri bullnose plank rot

1956 Chris Craft Capri Bullnose & The Art of Toothpicking

As is so often the case with antique and classic wooden boat preservation, vessels tend ...
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1954 penn yan captivator replace transom

1954 Penn Yan Captivator Aristocrat: How to replace the Transom

We are almost there. Beginning with two raw boards yesterday morning, Joe and RJ have ...
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1954 penn yan captivator fabricating transom

1954 Penn Yan Captivator Aristocrat: How to Fabricate a new Transom

Happily for her and her owner, we have been saving the last Pattern Grade Honduran ...
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1954 penn yan captivator releasing transom

1954 Penn Yan Captivator Aristocrat Releasing the Transom (pt 2)

Part II continues chronicling our woeful discoveries. Not only were our worst fears, implicitly expressed ...
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1954 penn yan captivator release transom

1954 Penn Yan Captivator Aristocrat: How to Release the Transom

With the keel, outer stem and splash rails released, and having cleaned all of the ...
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1957 lyman runabout decking

1957 Lyman Runabout Decking Time

We’ve just begun, but even laying the ribbon-cut mahogany foredeck panels in place foreshadows just ...
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1957 lyman runabout helm station seating mockup

1957 Lyman Runabout How to Mock Up Helm Station Seating

Our 1957 23’ Lyman Runabout’s owners asked us to replace the unworkable, basic helm station ...
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1957 lyman runabout how to fabricate ceilings

1957 Lyman Runabout: How to Fabricate and Install Ceilings

Ceilings – hull-side mahogany planking – and helm seating with a center pass-through and storage ...
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1959 chris craft sportsman engine install align

1959 Chris Craft 17′ Sportsman Engine Install Alignment is Cricital!!!

Frustration dominates the shop this afternoon. Why? Whoever last stuffed this 283 into her bilge ...
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1957 lyman runabout paint stain

1957 Lyman Runabout Paint & Stain Update

What a difference a bit of attention makes! She is sporting her red boot stripe.Her ...
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1957 lyman runabout foredeck removal

1957 Lyman Runabout Foredeck Off!

With only applying SANPACO Lyman Copper Bronze Antifouling paint to the jack stand paddle areas ...
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1940 lyman tender bottom priming

1940 16′ Lyman Yacht Tender Bottom Priming!

Susan, our 1940 16’, Cypress Lyman Yacht Tender’s bottom has reached a critical milestone. Reconstruction ...
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1940 lyman yacht tender keelson keel gripe knee preservation

1940 Lyman 16′ Yacht Tender Keelson, Keel, Gripe & Knee Update

Our 1940 16’ Lyman Yacht Tender’s spine transplant is complete, and the patient is doing ...
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1940 lyman yacht tender bottom keelson replacement

1940 16′ Lyman Yacht Tender Bottom Work & Keelson Replacement

John has fabricated and is now focused on installing the 1940 Lyman Yacht Tender’s new ...
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1940 lyman yacht tender new keelson

1940 Lyman Yacht Tender Gets a New Keelson

That we learn every day and with every boat we lays hands on makes wood ...
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1946 chris craft brightside u22 splash rails

1946 Chris Craft Brightside U22 Installing Her Splash Rails

Thank you for the several requests that we record how we install the splash rails ...
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1946 chris craft u22 bottom planking

1946 Chris Craft Mahogany U22 Bottom Planking Fabrication

Our 1946 Chris-Craft Mahogany (Brightside) U22 project enters the bottom planking fabrication stage today. We ...
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1946 chris craft brightside u22 bottom framing

1946 Chris Craft Brightside U22 Bottom Framing Update

By this time next week we should be fabricating and installing the inner layer of ...
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1959 chris craft sportsman transom framing planking

1959 Chris Craft 17′ Sportsman Transom Planking & Framing Update

Given the evidence that it has shrunk – a very wide seam between it and ...
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how-to replace lyman plank transom

How To Replace a pre-1950 Lyman Plank Transom – Correctly

Ninnyfish, a 1949 13.5-foot Lyman Leader, came to us for a complete preservation. In the ...
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1946 chris craft u22 how to release the keel

1946 Chris Craft U22 – How To Release the Keel

Fifteen bilge frames with one ¼” x 6” brass carriage bolt securing the keel to ...
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1946 chris craft u22 replacing gripe

1946 Chris Craft U22 – How to Release the Gripe

And now to the gripe. As we released the keel from the gripe, we could ...
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how to flip 1946 chris craft u22

How to Flip a 1946 Chris Craft Mahogany U22

If you remember the challenges we faced flipping my 22’ Shepherd runabout, you will understand ...
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1953 shepherd sportsman 110s fabricating a stem dutchman

1953 Shepherd Sportsman 110 S Fabricating a Stem Dutchman

The survey completed immediately after she was flipped made clear that the 1953 Shepherd Sportsman ...
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1953 shepherd dutchman repair stem

1953 Shepherd: How to Repair a Stem with a Dutchman (update II)

John continued fabricating two Dutchmen blanks for his stem repair, so here is an update ...
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1953 shepherd dutchman repair stem

1953 Shepherd: How to Repair a Stem with a Dutchman (update)

What a nice way to end the week! John has continued working on the Dutchman ...
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1953 shepherd dutchman repair stem

1953 Shepherd: How to use a Dutchman to Repair a Stem

Our January 24, 2015 workshop included a clinic led by John La Fountain on using ...
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1955 lyman runabout rout windshield seal dado

How to Rout the Windshield Seal Dado Into a ’55 Lyman Windshield

Our attention turns to a task on the 1955 20' Lyman runabout that, in truth, ...
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1946 gar wood bore prop shaft hole

How to Bore a New Prop Shaft Hole – 1946 Gar Wood Ensign

The original keel in this 1946 16' Gar Wood Ensign had failed completely as we ...
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1958 cadillac seville steam bending rubrail

1958 Cadillac Seville – Rub Rail Steam Bending

The forward section of the port rubrail just could not be saved. Here you will ...
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