We have just aquired a 16m Bass strait crayboat built by Ted Bull at Metung around 1960.
Due to past neglect and lack of use her bows are beginning to open up and every dockside expert I speak to offers a different solution. I am not a huge fan of Sika and at the moment favour the idea of putting a garden sprinkler onto the deck hose and spraying daily. Then making up some red lead primer followed by red lead putty. which would be faired off once the wood has finished swelling.
Does anyone have a better idea ?
Also I plan to remove the brine tanks and create a saloon leaving the engine room bulkhead and the for'ard hydraulic and machinery room bulkhead intact. There is one central bulkhead which would have to be modified- how safe is this....?
Finally, once I have removed the niggerhead she will need rebalasting- with a 7 foot draft and 29 tons- She should carry a fair head of sail. I would love to gaff rig her - has anyone any experience with these magnificent vessels.
Many thanks guys