View Full Version : Help on project, and ID
07-16-2010, 05:22 PM
Hello all. New to this and hopefully havent bitten off more than I can chew. Bought this old plywood kit boat, and now I think I am about ready to tackle the task of restoring/repairing her. The boat is 14', registered as a 1956, dual cockpit, plywood hull with fiberglass overlay, what appears to be possibly mahogany ply deck that was originally just resined over. I will post more pictures of different problem areas of the boat, and also specifics that will help in identifying the builder/kit maker of this boat, if possible. I think the biggest problem thus far is that about 80% of the starboard side chine is missing due to rot (figure the boat sat on the trailer with a flat tire). The plywood in the chine area is decent, except about 3/4 back its pretty thin and flaky. I believe the trailer is also kit type of about the same year. I hope this forum is like all the others I have been involved with while racing cars, the folks were always very helpful and receptive to my input as well. I am looking for the typical "if it was yours what would you do?" type of input. Like I said, over the next few days I will update with new photos. I love the look and style of this little boat, and am hoping its not a lost cause. Thanks in advance for all your help and support with "Slopoke".
Louie Miranda, Gardnerville, NV
A scale balsa model I built of the boat, I plan on painting the boat to resemble the colors of the represented wood.
07-16-2010, 05:46 PM
Going by your model, I'm guessing you have the skills to pull this off. To get the best answers, ask very specific questions, with good, detailed pictures of the area you're working on. If I were going though that much work, I'd add some real varnished wood instead of paint to look like wood. You'll end up with a much nicer boat.
07-16-2010, 06:16 PM
Neat boat and I love the motor. Does it run?
I just bought my first wooden boat one week ago today, 14' runabout. If your good with your hands and figuring out how things work and go together, you should be able to tackle this. One thing I'm really surprised about is how mine is put together. Everything it just screwed and bolted together with brass. Very easy to remove parts. Maybe yours is like that too.
I agree with tomlarkin, varnish would look very nice. Mine was painted with a sort of dark brown gel-coat that was made to look like wood, with black streaks to simulate grain. Too cheesy when varnished wood looks beautiful.
Not sure how you're going to get the fiberglass off though.
07-17-2010, 12:47 AM
I really appreciate the input. We had considered laminating new wood vernier on the outside but have given that idea up due to funds, weight, and the old making a purse from a pig ear deal....I'm ok with the decision...but then again, you guys make it sound very appealing. Dug out all the totes with the bits and pieces, and cleaned out the interior, and vacuumed. The bottom really doesnt look that bad. I figure, in a few weeks, I will flip the boat, do a rough sand, and grind out the fiberglass from the chine area and an area under the bow. It needs new bulkhead bottoms, which also act as the seat frames, so I will probably build those from some oak and carefully re attach them through the bottom (and dig out the old screws). Replace that bad chine. Reglass all the new repairs, and figure out if there is some kind of coating to completely recoat the bottom. I figure I will add some rub rails the the rear part of the chine and the stringer about 8 inches above just to double the wood in those areas and for a bit of protection. Pick out a mahogany-ish red/brown for the sides, and I have some british racing green for the area below the waterline (and to paint the trailer with). Well thats all I have figured out so far....I'm sure I am missing a few things though. The motor runs, but will probably change the oil, rebuild the carb, and probably replace the pump impeller, then clean it up and match the original paint. Marsh read your thread the other day, and you may want to compare your boat to the ones that were known as Slick-Craft built in Holland Michigan, they look very similar, and I am assuming that it is "Molded Plywood". Really nice boat though, these old plys are tough to pinpoint.
07-18-2010, 08:18 PM
Going by your model, I'm guessing you have the skills to pull this off.
Scratch built this one too..
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