Finally got off my but to give Sea Weed a new lease on life. She's a 13'9" rowing skiff built around 1950 in Phippsburg, Me. by a gentleman called Daddy Bowie. From my research and help from Willin, a Phippsburg local, Bowie was the row boat builder for most residents back then on Small Point. He built entirely from cedar and did a nice job, keeping his boats very light weight and nicely rockered for easy rowing. The plan is to keep things as original as possible as the cedar is in quite good shape for it's age considering it's been stored outdoors for a lot of years. The only major change being considered is changing the cross planked bottom to plywood, the wood's not bad but the shrinkage created gaps up to 1/8" wide between boards. Looking for suggestions on what to do with the steel fasteners holding the laps together, their pretty secure but also pretty rusty, my fear is trying to remove them, and there's a lot of them, will cause more damage than good. Thought was to leave them alone and add some copper clinch nails between them, but then will the rust bleed thru the new paint?
Picture of "Daddy Bowie" on Small Point looking west over Casco Bay.