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    Default Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Hi Folks,
    I'm new to the forum and I'm excited to be starting a new boat project this winter. I have a 12' Shannon Boat from Atchison boat works in St Paul. I would estimate it was manufactured in the 40's but I can't find any information online...so here I am.
    Anyone have any knowledge about this company or this boat?
    At this point I plan to strip and repaint the bottom and transom. The sides are natural finish and need to be stripped and redone as well. The interior shows no signs of rot and has a beautiful patina that I think I will leave as is.
    Thanks
    Skamp
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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Is it plywood?

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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Yes. Hull and transom are plywood. Ribs and internal woodwork are solid wood. Not sure what kind though.

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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Nice! Looks like that wants a pair of oars and an old 6 HP Johnson hanging on the stern. Great little lake boat. Congratulations!

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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Good project. I would think about taking the seat cushions/covers off - and check for rot there.
    Have fun with it.

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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Nice little vintage boat in nice condition, ..... a little time capsule.
    For the varnish I would suggest a reasonable sanding (light with 120 grit or 150) to remove some of the dirt and oxidized surface varnish (but don't go through to the wood) and then a couple of coats of a traditional oil based exterior varnish. This will have minimal effect on the 'patina' and will protect the look that is there as well as protect the wood from water staining through the crazing in the original varnish.

    Keep in mind that both the paint and varnish contain lead. No need to go crazy, but a decent dust mask is a real good idea for sanding and making dust.

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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Thanks for the tip!

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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Would you believe I have the original oars with the leather strapping. Motor is an Atwood.
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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Yes ,I'd do just as Ned and Schooner 36 suggested.
    For now, resist trying to strip or go back to bare woos if it is not needed.
    As it is ply, it puts the outside laminate in danger of scratching or sanding through. Tricky job for a non expert.
    I'd see if those sole slats (floorboards) can come off without too much trouble...just to make the inside job easier. They might have crumbly old brass woodscrews.
    Fine little boat.
    Has she a trailer, or just get pushed around on the dollythingy?
    bruce

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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Nice project. I'd never heard of Atchison Boat Works. Googled it...this is only reference I can find. Read way down in the comments for notes from the former owner's daughter.

    http://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2011...-past-present/

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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Quote Originally Posted by Skamp View Post
    Would you believe I have the original oars with the leather strapping. Motor is an Atwood.
    Cool!!!!

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    Default Re: Atchison Boat Works in St Paul, MN

    Thanks! I got the same article when I searched the name but didn't read it all the way through. Good to gave a little back story.

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