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    Biggest mistake was that I didn't spend enough time leveling and straightening the boat before fitting the transom. My dad came by and noticed it was a bit twisted and once straightened the transom didn't fit as well. Transom is set in wood dust thickened epoxy and then copper nailed on each plank. Made sure to wet out both pieces with unthickened epoxy first for good adhesion.

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    Replaced a plank in the foreground and one on the far side.


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    Finally making a bit of progress...
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    Nice thread and nice project!!!

    Seems that there was any serious damage, so this is a smooth restoration.

    We used epoxy and cloth for outside hull.

    I was working for a while in a Cedar canoe shop, there we restored few seriously damaged canoes.

    One was so much rot, the restoration cost was more than a new 18 ft freighter.

    Thanks for posting, I will follow you.
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    Now I've flipped it and i plan to sand and fibreglass cloth/epoxy the hull.

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    Not much progress these days but did get it covered on the outside a the end of the summer...

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    Finally back to it. Built a new deck out back and laid the boat on it to start atripping the inside. Trying to find the best way... Heat gun and scraper seems to work well but not sure if I am damaging the epoxy on the other side. Chemical stripper is messy but works a bit easier...




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    Well, I've lost my image posting privileges with a certain photo hosting site- they no longer offer free hosting.

    Anyway, it's been a year break from this project- working on my 1964 bus, mostly. Today I dusted it off and put on a gunwale.... Here we go again.

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    Should have done this before coating the hull but... Stripping the inside with a scraper and chemical paint stripper. Also tried a heat gun but this was faster. I was also worried about the heat damaging the bond of the epoxy on the outside.


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    Not quite an "after" pic above -much more to go. But here is "before":

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    And clamping the gunwales on a few weeks back:

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    Lucky boat!!!

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    nice job on the transom. should turn out to be a good looking boat. are you going to leave it bright? what did you make it out of? any pics of your 64? nosy aren't i.

    jim

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    Thanks, Jim. I have some kayu batu that I got free. It's a full inch thick, maybe a bit more and in 16-18 foot lengths, salvaged from a deck. I will be using it for spray rails, keel, keelson, and whatever else needs hardwood. It was used in the transom and gunwales too.

    Here is my 64 vw- vey much a work in progress but I got in running and driving a bit this summer:

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    that looks in good shape for a 64. i drove a 58 'vert for 3 years. wish i had either one now.

    jim

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    It's been a long time. Back at this for the last couple weeks. Scraping the inside with a paint scraper took a while. There is lots of damage to the wood- rot, staining..it won't be pretty. But my goal is to bring this back to life..not restore it. I would say the boat really is unrestorable...the wood is too far gone in too many places. But it can be saved and used.
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    It's been a long time. Back at this for the last couple weeks. Scraping the inside with a paint scraper took a while. There is lots of damage to the wood- rot, staining..it won't be pretty. But my goal is to bring this back to life..not restore it. I would say the boat really is unrestorable...the wood is too far gone in too many places. But it can be saved and used.

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    20200522_135143.jpg20200522_162540_HDR.jpg
    All stripped, then used penetrating epoxy on the inside. It looks rough, but any more sanding and there won't be a boat left.

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    20200525_233019.jpg20200526_135109.jpgthird coat of 105/207 on the outside.

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    20200528_172508.jpginstalled spray rails, and some other bits.

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    20200516_131422.jpgand more paint stripping!

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    Good to see you back at it. You've added a lot of years to that boat's life!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    What you are doing is preserving a lady at a certain age. Well done, thanks for sharing.

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    Nice work!

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    More progress. Thanks for the encouragement, all.

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    Very very nice
    quite the project
    luv the deck - beautiful
    curious why you glassed the entire bottom and not just to the spray rails

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    Thanks. Why 'glass the whole bottom? Why not? Strength, protection, looks great, less maintenance.. what's not to love about epoxy and 'glass over wood? I'm no purist..😀

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    PS all wood used for this project is essentially "scrap". All salvaged or found, mostly by my dad. All free. The pattern on the deck is a result of that...I just used what I had...

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    Next question
    Pond Hopper has. 9.9 Mariner for it (daily user)
    and there is an old 1957 Elto 12 Hp smogger if I need to go period correct (eg for a show)
    I am also looking at a newer elec start 15 hp 2 stroke - oil injected
    what’s your powered with and/or what s you plan or thoughts
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    I've got an Evinrude 9.9 to use that I picked up cheap. I think it's from the eighties. I like a nice vintage motor, but for now I just want to be on the water!

    Looking at your thread, your boat is very similar to mine. I assumed mine is a Peterborough, but the seat arrangement is different than most Pete's...maybe I have a Nipissing too??

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    I was wondering that as well
    I ve been around numerous Peterborough s and even the 30 year olds had a very faint Peterborough outline sun faded
    Into the wood at about 18” in front of the stern
    wondered if you noticed them on your re finishing work
    the seats were the thing that I noticed as well
    you should check out Borts Peterborough ( Capella) Reno and see how well your 2 boats match up
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    It has a number on the transom knee.. 3 53 SS 60 I think. Could that be March 1953 and a model #?20200611_134526.jpg

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