How To Fasten Planks to Vintage Boat Hulls

Vintage Boat Preservation How-To

A popped bung, and even one standing slightly proud of the surface around it, signals a failing or failed fastener beneath. Using stainless fasteners at and below the waterline is a recipe for failure.

This section introduces you to techniques for fastening planks to frames using silicon bronze fasteners, how to bung countersinks and what to use and how to make painted surfaces fair.

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Why using stainless steel fasteners below the waterline is VERBOTEN

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1946 Chris Craft Brightside Filling Countersinks with 3M Premium Marine Filler

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1947 Chris Craft U22 Snapped Bottom Plank Fasteners

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1959 Chris Craft Sportsman Replacing Loose Fasteners and Wood Bungs

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1960 Cruisers Seafarer Bottom Refastened & Countersinks Filled

Bottom fastened! Well, almost. RJ and I still must team as we tighten the tiny ...
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1959 Chris Craft Sportsman Porcupined!

The how and why of filling fastener holes with glue and toothpicks Porcupined is surely ...
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How To Release Clinch Nails – 1942 Century Imperial Sportsman

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1946 Gar Wood Ensign Deck Planking Update

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1967 Century Palomino: Removing Bungs Flush with Planking

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1946 Gar Wood Ensign Please Do NOT Fiberglass Wood Boats!

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1946 Gar Wood Ensign Newly Planked & Ready for Bleach

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1930 Dodge Runabout True 5200 Bottom Progress Update

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1940 17 Chris Craft Barrelback 5200 Bottom Planking Update

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