I would like to introduce myself and say “thank you” for all the postings I have had the pleasure of reading here, they have been most informative and entertaining. This is my first time posting on a forum ,as I have just bought I have just bought myself a wooden boat I felt that I had to tell somebody who might have the same enthusiasm for these beautiful craft. She Is called "Romaris" and is 52 ft x 15 ft x 5 1/2 ft draft ,Carvel Iroko Planking, Rock Elm Ribs, copper nail fastening ,powered by 2 Ford 6D's and was built by Dagless in England in 1966. She is currently in Devon England and I plan to motor her home to the Shannon next week where she will be able to move between the 200 mile tranquil river and the west coast of Ireland.
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I think that while she looks good and received a good survey there is a lot of work to be done on her, her engines smoke and I hope that a head job will sort this out, she needs repainted anti fouled, there is some rot in the wheel house, some leakage in the teak deck and I am sure that various other ailments will appear once I mislay my rose tinted glasses. So I hope to pick your brains as there seems to be a huge amount of experience out there, and in the future I would like to be able to offer some of my experience and encouragement to others.
To start with I have a few questions and I would appreciate some feed back as while I have tried to read through lots of articles and manufacturers blurb it’s the people that ” get down and dirty “ with their boats that have the real life experience of how products perform and find real working solutions for wooden boats.
So Here goes
How often do I need to lift and examine the hull? (I.e. if 2 years is suitable will the anodes and antifouling last that long)
Priming and Anti fouling.
Once I get her on the hard I will sand back to the bare wood to see the condition of the wood below the water line and remove some screws and a keel bolt for examination. Hopefully, these will be in good condition and I will go straight to fairing and priming (not sure what products to use so some comments would be appreciated)
What makes a good anode, how long do they last?
Is it worthwhile spending a lot on premium brands, will they last much longer than budget products, I would expect to have to repaint every 3 or 4 years
Here in Ireland we get two types of weather, warm rain and cold rain, so a leak in a boat soon turns into a water feature, I know that the deck leaks, I know that my wife won’t like the leaks, I know that my kids won’t like the leaks, and I know that my life will be hell if I don’t fix the leaks.
So I am considering the following options
A. Sell the boat.
B. Sell the wife and kids (and NO they can’t cook clean or navigate)
C. New Decks.
D. Re caulk decks ( the deck has previously been routed and re caulked )
C. Canvas or glass over decks.
Thanks for taking the time to read this