View Full Version : 1960 Wooden Rhodes 19 restoration

09-26-2016, 11:22 AM
I am excited to have brought home a 1960 wooden Rhodes 19 this weekend as my first wooden boat purchase/restoration project. I've rebuilt and worked on fiberglass boats and have woodworking experience, but I know this is an entirely different venture. Luckily my father is a longtime marine surveyor and has owned/restored his share of wood boats.

The hull, for the most part, is in great condition. The planks (but for maybe one section on the garboard plank) are sound and tightly sistered to the frames. There may be a butt block or two to replace. The decks are sound and the previous owner built new floorboards, seats and a flip mahogany rudder.

I'm beginning the recaulking process on a few of the seams--not all are reefed out, and I'm wondering how I should decide if I need to reef one out or just leave it? Is there something in particular to look for? Thanks in advance!


09-26-2016, 04:10 PM
I don't know that she will need more than just seam compound. I don't know how she (specifically) was built, but 19ft is pretty small for cotton in the seams
I would Just look at them. Is the compound sound and tight (with maybe just a crack from the contracting planks), or is it loose, crumbly and falling out?

09-26-2016, 04:45 PM
As Ned points out when you talk caulking you are speaking of two elements, cotton in the seam first, the seam filled flush with compound. If the cotton is gone or rotten in needs replacing. If the compound is fallen out or loose it should be replaced. The boat looks tight and good in the picture. I'd want to treat the wood SOON, I'd lay on clean, raw linseed oil, more linseed oil and then paint,.boiled oil on the inside.

Mike Dawson
09-26-2016, 09:59 PM
That looks like a Rhodes 18, not a 19 which is a different design.



willin woodworks
09-28-2016, 09:36 AM
I dont beleive the Rhodes 19 was ever built of anything but glass.

Mike Dawson
09-28-2016, 07:20 PM
A wood Rhodes 18 is fast becoming a rare item, well worthy of a restoration. I have a FG version sitting in the back yard awaiting it's turn.
Our hosts did an article on them in Small Boats 2012.


10-13-2016, 09:17 AM
Thanks, Mike, for the article! Is it indeed an 18. Very psyched to have happened upon this boat, especially a wood one in pretty good condition!

I'm getting ready to flip her over in order to work on the hull (she's on a trailer right now). I've built 2 wooden gantry's out of 4x4's and 2x6's and plan to place one just inboard of the transom, and the other just before the bow, with slings attached to come alongs to lift her up. Does anyone have experience flipping a boat like this? I've watched all the videos on youtube and think my plan should be good to go, but would love feedback!

10-13-2016, 11:10 AM
I'll just say, ... you should probably run a line between the two slings so neither slips off the hull partway through the process.

10-13-2016, 12:02 PM
I'll just say, ... you should probably run a line between the two slings so neither slips off the hull partway through the process.

Yes, definitely! I was also thinking of putting a guy line down through the centerboard trunk and up to a pully on a cross beam to control the turn...

10-21-2016, 09:37 AM
I've gotten the Rhodes flipped and she is now warm and dry in a shelter. I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for trying to remove a slight bend in the hull from where the boat sat on a roller on the trailer too long... there is an image link below. My initial thought is to just try and build up a bit of the keel using wood and epoxy, but wondering if there is a more standard way to take care of this? Thanks!

Andrew Craig-Bennett
10-21-2016, 10:05 AM
Gravity will solve that once she is afloat. I think that those seams may have been caulked with a wheel running a couple of strands in.

10-21-2016, 10:20 AM
Won't take much to unbend that! Nice find


10-25-2016, 08:24 AM
Does anyone here have any experience building a caulking wheel (instructions, etc), or where to buy one? Thinking most of these seams will be OK with just a wheel....

10-25-2016, 01:24 PM
Some caulking wheel info on this thread: .http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?188651-Video-Caulking-tight-seams-on-a-Herreshoff-12-1-2-(Part-11)


10-30-2016, 03:28 PM
I ended up going with a screen splining tool--works perfect for wheeling in the caulking. The previous owner had already reefed out and begun caulking some seams, but I'm wondering if there are specfic things I should be looking for in other seams to determine whether or not to reef them out and recaulk? Any suggestions?