I have been lurking in the shadows on hear reading your tips to everyone and all the great advice you all have. I am in Everett Washington and am just getting started working on my first wooden boat project. It is a 1957 Ben Seaborn Seirra 26'. It is the shipyard pre t-bird version of the t-bird. All dimensions and specs are the same as a t-bird. It is also Plank built and round chine insted of hard chine and plywood like most expect of the t-bird.
Where I am at now is working on a materials list while working on getting it moved. I have experiance in furniture building as well as a few ceder strip kayaks so Not compleatly inept but still scratching my head sometimes. Also a little more backBround on me I am a full time auto mechanic and part time blacksmith so I got anything metal on her covered for the most part.
So on to a few question I have. The origanal frames (ribs?) are 1"X1.25" Steam bent White Oak. They have a few problems with Rot and fasteners pulling out. So the question is If you were in my shoes do you stick with the white Oak or Replace the problem frames with say African Mahogany? I was reading about Black Walnut and it sounds like a promising option?
Was planning on laminating these frames on a jig then installing them. Could I put a strip of fiberglass tape in there without pissing off the wood boat gods? Would that help any at all? I have made a kayak paddle this way and it is very strong even works as a bat!
Sorry if I included too much info but, I always see the Senior members asking where people are and more about what they know so I figured I would put it all out there. I also included a photo of Kohinoor. Hope it worked it took me 20min to figure out.
Thanks for everyones help and guidance.