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Rod Tait
06-07-2018, 03:44 PM
Over the past few months, I have been restoring a 100 year old St Lawrence river skiff that has been owned by the same family for all that time. The owner wanted it restored for his grandmothers 80th birthday. It was in need of a lot of work and not much of the original boat is in the final product. Most of the planking was good, the stem and a few other small parts. Luckily the old wood made for good templates.
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More photos of the process on my Facebook page and videos on YouTube. www.orcaboats.ca (http://www.orcaboats.ca)

Todd Bradshaw
06-07-2018, 03:47 PM
Gorgeous !

06-07-2018, 05:47 PM
beautiful work! are the ribs all new?


Rod Tait
06-07-2018, 06:43 PM
Yes. As ribs rotted in the bottom, previous attempts to fix was to leave them in and add half ribs beside. However this added to stress point on the planking with half ribs pushing out causing planking to split. Pretty much everything is new to plans. A few planks were replaced or scarfed in. New oak ribs, stem repair, all new trim, decks, thwarts, floorboards, etc. If it weren't for the fact that this boat holds sentimental value for the family, it might have been easier to build a new one. Things not added as per plans are bulkheads fore and aft and fish boxes under the thwarts. Paint inside because someone had done it in the past so rather than strip it, we just sanded and painted it again. Paint on outside since someone tried to hold the boat together with a lot of small brass screws, so there were lots of holes to fill in good planks, hence paint to sheer plank. Owner just hopes to paddle it one more time and then maybe donate it to a club, society or museum although I don't think it is museum ready as not much original, but a club might like to have it just for members to row.

06-07-2018, 07:35 PM

Gib Etheridge
06-07-2018, 08:25 PM
That's quite the transformation. They're going to love it.

Rich Jones
06-08-2018, 05:22 AM
That's quite the before and after shot! You've done a stunningly beautiful job.

06-08-2018, 06:39 AM
Wow! Yes, quite a beautiful job!

06-08-2018, 08:44 AM
Please, oh please... do you have a profile picture? These boats are so beautiful, and you have done a superb job of restoring her.

06-08-2018, 09:27 AM
Very, very nice! Thank you for sharing!

Rod Tait
06-08-2018, 10:00 AM
profile photo as varnish went on.

Hugh MacD
06-08-2018, 10:10 AM
That's gorgeous! Think you can talk them into taking down to Port Townsend?

Gib Etheridge
06-08-2018, 10:54 AM
I know it's painter's tape, but I like the green stripe. Y:o

Rod Tait
06-08-2018, 11:48 AM
The boat will go to the Shuswap area of BC and then I am not sure what they plan to do with it. Thoughts on donating it somewhere. I hope they will allow me to have in my booth at Vancouver Wooden Boat festival. I also put up all the photos on my Facebook page in an album. https://www.facebook.com/OrcaCanoes/

Jay Greer
06-08-2018, 11:49 AM
I feel like standing with cap in hand and head bowed on this one. You have done an exemplary job Sir!

06-08-2018, 04:58 PM
Thanks for more pix - such lovely boats, and you have done a wonderful job bringing her back to life.

06-08-2018, 07:38 PM
Where's Ian, oh well, I'll say it—finastkind...

06-08-2018, 09:50 PM

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