I'm after opinions and/or experiences in reviving the dried out deadwood on a hull, which in my case is an Australian hardwood, possibly Tasmanian Blue Gum.
I have set up a "bath" under my H28 (strip plank huon pine) to see just how far the deadwood will recover from a couple of years of sitting in my shed. The aim here is to see if I may need to eventually fit some splines to the gaps if they don't show any signs of getting close enough for caulking alone - and if so what sort of thickness I will need.
I am very aware of the risk of blowing off my keel bolts if I do the wrong thing here so I want to make sure I let this "regrow" as much as it is likely to before I open it up again, hence my question is:
How long do you guys think it would take for the deadwood to reach its maximum absorption/expansion?
I had been thinking up to about three months or more and was quite prepared to just set the bath up and leave it that long - or even five to six months???
But of course having set the bath up I am now sure to start becoming impatient to open her up and have a look to see what is going on......which is not really an easy option, mostly because I have salted the water and don't want to have to drain it until completely necessary. I don't have any similar type/age wood to use as a sample to see how it behaves as a guide.
My other question is: how is the timber likely to behave by being soaked, dried out then soaked again and potentially left for another couple of years dry again? Is it likely to lose some of it's recoverability each time the fibres dry out and compress?
Here is a shot showing the extent to which she has opened up along the deadwood:
And this is what I have set up for the bath, with ply formed up to form the waterproof membrane against the hull to minimise the water needed and therefore the weight that'd be trying to rupture the membrane:
As much as I am hoping someone else here may have gone through this and have some experience in how it worked, all opinions and speculations are welcome!!! Should I take bets?
Here's the rest of the refit: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...n-quot-rebuild