Re: Keeping carvel planking swollen
Don't spline, just go out into the sea. Put some soft squishy caulking agent in the gaps , so that if your planks do swell up it can be squeezed out. If you fix any bad bits properly with new oak, and cotton etc, then it will possibly be cheaper than using some miracle goop sealant over the whole boat. (note, POSSIBLY), if you don't like the greeblies, nail some copper sheet over it. that might also be cheaper, depending on what kind of a deal you can get for copper.
Definitely DO NOT use sucrose. You will be inviting fungus. Things preserved in an archeological setting are almost always in VERY carefully controlled environments with respect to humidity, oxygen levels, light, and temperature. It's a fair guess to say that your boat will never be in that kind of environment.
If you're working on it next to the ocean, can you slosh a few buckets of salt water over the hull every other day?or wrap it in old sacks (with staples?) and do the same?
Last edited by Redeye; 06-08-2012 at 08:37 AM.
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