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What Are The Inherent Problems When Restoring Wooden Boats?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wooden boat repairs is vastly different than restoring wood boats. In many cases what begins off being a repair becomes a complete restoration of wooden boats. When one starts a repair and they get more in the process, sometimes they find that the damage goes significantly deeper than originally believed. When you are getting a pre-owned wooden boat you must depend on the honesty and memory of the seller. At times they don’t even genuinely understand the extent of the damage.

Only a few maritime surveyors are in the business of inspecting wooden boats for a purchaser. That is so simply because there are a variety of troubles which might be nearly undetectable right up until the boat is in the process of getting restored. Few surveyors desire to take the risk of saying that a boat is good due to these inherent troubles with wood.

If you decide to get a vintage wooden boat and begin the process of restoring it, do so with the knowledge that it's a lengthy process, not an inexpensive one, will take skill and understanding of boat construction.

Even so, here are some things individuals restoring wood boats need to inspect:

Screw Fastened Vessels

Search for cupped or warped planks in the hull. The boat ought to be dry docked to be able to inspect for open seams and seepage through the interior. Search to see if any of the planks have split ends or splits in the plank. Look for unfastened seams between the planks. Tap on the wood by using a hammer for unfastened planks. Have a close look at as many screw heads as you possibly can. If there is discoloration there could possibly be a problem. Examine any “damp” environments, like fish holds. In locations that experience weighty loads search for proof of stress; places much like the engine hold and gas tank.

Nailed Fastened Hulls

Walk away, no run. Without pulling the nail out, when possible, there exists definitely no strategy for knowing the condition of the nail. Pulling the nail also creates harm to the plank, therefore it becomes a moot point of inspecting the nail anyhow.

Inaccessible Locations

These are the regions that cause the greatest troubles for wooden boats. Often, these are generally the regions in which structural deterioration takes place because neither interior inspection nor maintenance is possible.

• Outboard and under gas tanks
• Behind significant exhaust pipes and mufflers
• Under refrigeration and freezers
• Under fish holds
• Under shower pans and stalls
• Under lined rope lockers
• Behind hulls which have full hull side ceilings

To show the soundness of such regions inside a wooden boat, fasteners or planks need to be pulled. It'll be nearly impossible to accomplish a visual inspection in any other case. Sadly, this will almost certainly need to be accomplished after you have already acquired the boat.

Bearing this all in mind, you may nonetheless desire to take on a wood boat restoration. Even so, it perhaps might be really worth your time and money to hire a professional to take on the task.

Hagadone is a premier Idaho boat dealer for Spokane and Coeur d’Alene offering restoration and wooden boat repair services. For restoration services contact the Resort Boat Shop @ 208-667-5099 or via email You can also visit our website @ www(dot)hagadonemarine(dot)com.