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mateo
05-26-2010, 10:20 PM
First off I would like to say hello from Winnipeg, Manitoba!

I joined this forum to gain knowledge and chat amongst fellow wooden boat enthusiasts.

I have never restored a wooden boat or have much woodworking skills however sailing is my passion. I own a 1981 hughes 26 (fiberglass) which is docked at the marina during summer however I have always wanted a small sailboat dinghy to sail the smaller lakes.

A friend told me his dad had one sitting at the cottage and it was mine for free if I wanted. I took the plunge and said yes.

The boat came with an aluminum mast and boom, sails in very good condition and a cover.

Since i have no experience or knowledge about restoring such a boat I am not sure whether it is even worthwhile to do so! I hope the pictures I have attached can steer me in the right direction.

Link for info about the boat : http://www.sailboatportal.com/viewrecord.asp?class_ID=4807

PICTURES! ( i should note that the boat is still a bit wet in these pictures)

http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1042.jpg?t=1274929504http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1024.jpg?t=1274929564http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1025.jpg?t=1274929593http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1028.jpg?t=1274929636http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1041.jpg?t=1274929662http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1031.jpg?t=1274929693

mateo
05-26-2010, 10:25 PM
http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1032.jpg?t=1274930612http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1033.jpg?t=1274930629http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1030.jpg?t=1274930658http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1036.jpg?t=1274930677http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1037.jpg?t=1274930701http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1038.jpg?t=1274930723

mateo
05-26-2010, 10:27 PM
http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1039.jpg?t=1274930757http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1040.jpg?t=1274930770http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1026.jpg?t=1274930790http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1027.jpg?t=1274930806http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1035.jpg?t=1274930848http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac59/flibustier_sailboat/flibustier/IMGP1034.jpg?t=1274930863

mateo
05-28-2010, 04:38 PM
no one has any advice for a new member?

BETTY-B
05-28-2010, 06:34 PM
no one has any advice for a new member?


Build a shelf under the eves of the house to store that lumber outside and more importantly, out of the way. Hang the bikes against the wall above the gardening crap. Put shelving across wall, up high, to store things like tackles boxes. Put a more accessible shelf across wall for a work area/boatbuilding supplies. Get down to business.

chuckt
05-28-2010, 07:01 PM
I was thinking that was a planked bottom but I guess its plywood sonce there is plywood topsides. I can't tell but it must meet in the middle wherre there is a plank? If you got rot and its plywood I guess the whole bottom comes off. If its planking on the bottom you can just remove the bottom-most planks. But it depends on if you already got rot. Maybe you can just dry it out and there wont be rot. then like Wizbang says--CPES and epoxy are in your future

wizbang 13
05-28-2010, 07:34 PM
made in...... France. It looks like a cool boat, frogs have sailing in their blood.Dry it out, clean 'er up,set aside some dollars. I see c.p.e.s. and w.e.s.t. in your future. Might just be really,really good ply!?

mateo
05-28-2010, 09:21 PM
Build a shelf under the eves of the house to store that lumber outside and more importantly, out of the way. Hang the bikes against the wall above the gardening crap. Put shelving across wall, up high, to store things like tackles boxes. Put a more accessible shelf across wall for a work area/boatbuilding supplies. Get down to business.

Haha funny, I only put the boat in the garage so it would dry out, than outside it goes under a tarp.

I was thinking that was a planked bottom but I guess its plywood sonce there is plywood topsides. I can't tell but it must meet in the middle wherre there is a plank? If you got rot and its plywood I guess the whole bottom comes off. If its planking on the bottom you can just remove the bottom-most planks. But it depends on if you already got rot. Maybe you can just dry it out and there wont be rot. then like Wizbang says--CPES and epoxy are in your future

I do believe it is a plywood bottom. The wood has almost dried out completely and it looks to be in fair shape.


made in...... France. It looks like a cool boat, frogs have sailing in their blood.Dry it out, clean 'er up,set aside some dollars. I see c.p.e.s. and w.e.s.t. in your future. Might just be really,really good ply!?


c.p.e.s and w.e.s.t?

chuckt
05-28-2010, 09:43 PM
Someone else will have to help you with the plywood bottom. If its in good shape, that will save you a lot of work. Use google's advanced search to search www.woodenboat.co/forum (http://www.woodenboat.co/forum) for cpes and "plywood bottom" and "plywood repair." You should find lots of informative old threads.

BETTY-B
05-28-2010, 10:10 PM
Someone else will have to help you with the plywood bottom. If its in good shape, that will save you a lot of work. Use google's advanced search to search Link Fixed Here (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&hs=i0C&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&as_qdr=all&q=plywood+repair+site%3Awww.woodenboat.com%2Fforum&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=) for cpes and "plywood bottom" and "plywood repair." You should find lots of informative old threads.

Try again.

chuckt
05-29-2010, 05:03 AM
Oops--I didn't mean to post a link--I was just trying to tell him to search the forum using Google advanced search. I ran the searches myself and found a few good threads that should be useful to Mateo

mateo
05-29-2010, 07:36 PM
Thanks for all the info! I searched past threads about replacing plywood and lots of good information.

I hope to get started on the boat soon.

mateo
06-01-2010, 08:06 PM
So i am about to strip the paint off the hull. What would be the most efficient/easiest way to do it?

wizbang 13
06-01-2010, 08:18 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4661992490_7492f258da.jpg