View Full Version : To prevent springing
08-30-2007, 09:08 PM
Shortly I plan to remove the cabin off a 16 ft clinker/lapstrake boat. It has no thwarts so is it most likely to spring in or out? Should I put temporary thwarts in as well as bracing it around the outside with a tie down until proper thwarts and knees are installed?
During this time I plan to put it in the water for a short time to find the waterline as well.
Any advice and sharing of experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
08-30-2007, 09:16 PM
Get some bombproof measurements before you remove anything, take photos with the measuring tape in place.
Can we assume you are removing it permanently? Was the cabin an addition after the original build? Has it been stored out of the water -- could there be any hogging or warping of the hull as-is?
08-30-2007, 09:28 PM
Permanent removal, as you can see it looks hideous and was never original. As far as I Know it hasn't been in the water for over 40 years.
Hull looks really good with no distortion evident.
08-30-2007, 10:42 PM
Lovely boat. I imagine that if she has been dry stored for 40 years, she should be pretty well set in her ways (just like my old aunty Violet). It is sensible to fix in a couple of temporary battens across the hull, and it will be interesting to note if anything moves when you release them after removing the house.
Have fun. Welcome aboard. Post more pics, eh?
08-30-2007, 11:02 PM
Here's a few more pics, all I have at the moment.
08-31-2007, 02:28 AM
Wow, thanks. She is gorgeous. Are you going to keep her as a putt-putt? It is hard to tell from the photos, but she might carry a sailing rig pretty well. Nice working boat lines. A really good score.
08-31-2007, 02:43 AM
My guess as to how she will sit in the water. Just looking further at the pics – is that the remains of a centreboard case in the interior shot?
08-31-2007, 11:42 AM
Thanks Charlie thats really clever - got a pic of my boat in the water already and its still on the trailer.
Appears to be blanked off drop keel casing with angle iron bolted on for the engine mounts but engine was long gone when I picked it up, unfortunately just after I took delivery I had to leave to work overseas for a while so haven't fully investigated. I'm hoping I will find a builders name or mark when I strip it. History of the boat has been lost in the mists of time.
Not going to have an inboard engine and plan to get the keel repaired where it was butchered to put the prop shaft in.
Initial plan is to have it propelled by oars and a seagull outboard then save up to have drop keel and traditional mast rigging etc.
I will be aiming for having it under oars by March next year and if work allows will take it to lake Rotoiti south in NZ for the classic boat skite fest.
I will put some updates on here as well because I enjoy following other peoples projects.
08-31-2007, 12:33 PM
You've got some great boatbuilding resources in your area -- check the posts on this forum for the names of other NZ wooden boat folks, then communicate with them via the Forum's IM process.
Best of luck -- nice boat! I did something similar on a smaller boat and really enjoyed both the process and result.
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