View Full Version : G'Day another lurker starting out on resto

02-04-2016, 06:41 PM
G'day all,
My name is Garry and live on Mid North Coast NSW AUS.
Repair project is my dad's sad looking timber dynal coated launch. About 23 feet shallow draft lake boat.
Built locally in the 30's from what I can gather, bought by dad in the 60's and used as a tow boat for lake fishing and oyster farming
Used regularly until early 2000's where it sat in its mooring until late 2000's. Plywood on cabin and gunwhales rotted away and looked very sad.
Taken out of the water and deposited on blocks in mum's backyard until Christmas 2015 when with the aid of a local wooden boat enthusiast moved to my place.
Not much action yet on the resto apart from daily walk arounds and dreams of the future..
have made a timber steamer and preparing for my first foray into timber works.
Need to install some sister ribs and hoping for some Australian advice on what timber to use.

Will post up some pics soon.


Peerie Maa
02-04-2016, 07:01 PM
Hi and welcome.
We love pictures, so when you can post them, expect a lot of interest and advice.

Do you know what timber was used back in the day? If you can get it use the same again, it lasted 70 years or more.

02-04-2016, 09:04 PM
G'day Garry, Welcome to the forum, You've hit the jackpot with a few knowledgeable blokes up your way that should be able to set you straight on local timbers. One Peter Sibley is off air presently with ISP troubles but when he gets back you'll see him on here so you could shoot him a PM. He frequents the Aussie tread in "people and places" but also others. He's very up to speed on timbers in your area etc. If you haven't already say Day over there.

02-04-2016, 11:20 PM
I believe RFNK is around Port Stephens. Another source is Antipodean Boat Connections on People and Places. FWIW the assessment of your craft may be quite blunt (but honest) as to restoration.

02-07-2016, 05:37 AM
First go at attempting to post pic

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Looks like it worked.
Cabin stripped off due to rot. Just cleaning the rubbish out from the hull and bilge and trying to work out where to start

02-07-2016, 06:44 AM
Cool boat. Document as much as you can now, lots of pictures and notes and measurements. It's tempting to jump right in and pull everything out, then end up with an unidentified piece later.

Good luck!


Peerie Maa
02-07-2016, 07:29 AM
^This is god advice. Put her under cover if you can, then scrape off all of the loose or bad paint. That will help identify punky wood. Do not let her dry out too much.

The Bigfella
02-07-2016, 07:58 AM
Spotted Gum. Good for the ribs

02-07-2016, 09:40 AM
Good looking vessel.

02-07-2016, 01:29 PM
Get pictures before you scrape, and keep an eye out for where hardware or rotted wood may have been joined before it fell off. We are currently getting pictures of where a small keel used to be on a rowboat, all that is left are the "witness marks" of old paint and small embedded tack nail shanks. I knew my aviation accident investigation training would pay off eventually.