Hello folk of the forum. A few months back I bought my first boat, it came with trailer and outboard for £300 and it's a clinker built 12' ex-hire boat from the Orkney trout Lochs. I want a boat for sea fishing within a mile or two of the coast which can handle some swell and keep me safe. I got this from a local boat enthusiast who sold it to me because he needed the space, it's been in storage for 4 years or more (dry stored) so is about as dry as you can get short of baking her! I am a complete and total amateur regarding boats but I like working with wood, problem is I really don't know where to start with this boat........
Ok, so I've scratched my head and had a poke at the wood, most seems solid apart from the transom which has soft areas that I've dug out with a chisel, top 1/3 to 1/2 of the top planks, no knees for seats and part of the keel at the bow which needs replacing. Oh I forgot to mention that I need to replace the gunwales inside and out and the spacer blocks which lie between the ribs and join the inner and outer gunwales together, also a capping piece along the top of the gunwales. A couple of ribs are missing and some others are broken in places. I will be taking some photos but my camera battery won't charge when I tried yesterday. The boat has been stored outside since September with polytarps over it (yes I know, plastic + wood = not good but I don't have an indoor space for it right now) loosely so the plentiful wind up here can keep the damp of her. Yesterday I took the covers off and there was a damp feel to the wood so I have now taken the covers off and hope that this is the right thing to do?
I have accumulated some white oak battens (10mm x 40mm x 2.3m approx), some red pine planks (25mm x 225mm x 16'), a larch plank (22mm x 150mm x 16') and an 8' x 4' sheet of 9mm marine ply, also some driftwood crooks and tree stumps which I may try and cut some knees from. For paint (It's painted not varnished) I have bitumen paint for the bottom inside the boat, I have aluminium primer and exterior satinwood for the rest. I also have PU glue and West system epoxy and microfibres. I know where to get copper nails and roves but I'm not sure what size I need so I haven't ordered any yet apart from some small quantities of smaller sizes off eeeeeeebay. I'm in the process of trying to get a workspace and wanted to get the boat on the water this summer/spring so I'm not shy of quick fixes as long as I'll be safe for a season (I can work on it some more next winter). Bottom line is that I'm not sure how long this boat has got left in her and what the best thing to do with her is to maximise the working life, I am loathe to fibreglass over wood but that's one piece of advice I've had. This will be a boat for fishing primarily and money is definitely an issue. I can get timber from these: http://www.rembrandtimber.com/ either from their sawmill or from the list of timber in their "buy online" section but I think I already have the materials for top planks (red pine), ribs and knees (white oak), gunwales (larch, I originally ordered the oak for this but I don't think I can edge bend it as well as bowing it inwards) and for the capping piece strengthening the gunwales I was going to use the marine ply.
That's all I can think of at the moment, I tried to put as much detail as possible, sorry if there is too much detail! I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment and not sure if I've been sold a boat I can repair or whether it's not worth it, any advice would be greatly appreciated, I've read through the forums and sites for the last few months and my head is spinning with all the differing opinions and with how it all applies to my boat.
Thanks for reading.