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Palmetto08
03-24-2012, 03:31 PM
Hey guys, I was just given clearance from the previous owner to restore and keep an old stauter. I have zero experience in refurbing wooden boats so I may end up sending this one to a professional. But I would like to clean it up first.


If this was your boat, what would your first step be? Should I power wash it? Scrub it down with soap? It's covered in dust and cobwebs. Luckily it has been kept under a storage shed so it's been out of the elements.

Please keep in mind that I'm a newbie and will take any and all advice. Thanks for your time.

-Tom

timo4352
03-24-2012, 05:55 PM
Let me be the first to say welcome, Tom. I'm a new guy around here too. There's alot of good info and good people here to help you out. Your pictures do not show, and everyone likes to see pics. You may even get more responses that way. Good luck with your project... but let's see it!
Tim

Palmetto08
03-24-2012, 10:50 PM
thanks timo. here are some pics

http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww4/MobileBama/Pecanboat3.jpg


http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww4/MobileBama/Pecanboat2.jpg

http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww4/MobileBama/Pecanboat3.jpg

timo4352
03-25-2012, 08:37 AM
Well, if it were mine, I would brush everything down good to loosen the dirt. Clean up the limbers, (drain holes along the botom frames/keel) shop vac up all the loose stuff, then open up the drain plug and start hoseing her out. don't fill her up with too much water on the trailer - let it drain out as you're working. Then set her out in the sun to dry out good. Then you'll be able to see what you've got to work with. Myself, I would not use a pressure washer , you might be blowing stuff apart that you don't want to. Take it easy.
Tim

Palmetto08
03-25-2012, 09:30 AM
Well, if it were mine, I would brush everything down good to loosen the dirt. Clean up the limbers, (drain holes along the botom frames/keel) shop vac up all the loose stuff, then open up the drain plug and start hoseing her out. don't fill her up with too much water on the trailer - let it drain out as you're working. Then set her out in the sun to dry out good. Then you'll be able to see what you've got to work with. Myself, I would not use a pressure washer , you might be blowing stuff apart that you don't want to. Take it easy.
Tim

Tim,
Thanks for the advice. I was thinking that pressure washing might not be a good idea

Palmetto08
03-25-2012, 07:09 PM
I scrubed it down, shop vac'd all of the dirt out of it and removed some old electrical wires. As I was cleaning I found a small glass bottle with a 1983 Alabama boat registration certificate. The Make of Boat was "DAVIS" and it was built in 1969.

I did some research and couldn't find a "DAVIS" boat. Have any of you ever heard of this brand of wooden boat? Thanks

timo4352
03-25-2012, 08:02 PM
A quick search found this http://www.stauterboats.com/semi-vbottomfisherman.htm
Stauter boats in Alabama so, maybe...

chuckp
03-25-2012, 08:09 PM
That sure looks like a Stauter built skiff, built down here close to Mobile, AL!

Chuck

Palmetto08
03-25-2012, 09:05 PM
Yeah I think it is a stauter. Just curious why the owner put "DAVIS".

I'm very familiar with the Stauter boats as a few friends have them. I've also been to their location to get some parts and they are nice folks. I'll keep everyone updated with posted pics of my progress

chuckp
03-25-2012, 09:17 PM
Maybe that was their name?! Stauters are well built, tough boats - keep the pics coming!

Chuck

Palmetto08
03-26-2012, 09:33 PM
I pulled the boat out and hosed it off. It's in pretty good condition.

There are a few soft spots, one side in the back has an indention from it sitting on the trailer so long and the transom is pretty rotten. I figure it would be pretty easy for a professional to fix those spots up.

Here are some pics of the boat after a good washing.

http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww4/MobileBama/7.jpg

http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww4/MobileBama/6.jpg

http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww4/MobileBama/4.jpg

http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww4/MobileBama/11.jpg

http://i700.photobucket.com/albums/ww4/MobileBama/10.jpg


I would like to do as much work as possible before I send it off to a professional. Again, I have no experience refurbing boats but I think I can take the paint off fairly easy. The paint is chipping badly and I definitely want to repaint it and gloss it over as a finished project.

At this stage, do you think I should take it in to a professional or is there more work I can do myself? I'm excited about this refurb but I want to do it right. Any tips or advice on what to do next would be appreciated.