I recently aquired an old wooden lightning. It looks to be ceder on oak construction.
It has been covered with what I believe is old poly fiberglass. I am not sure if the
glass was done during original construction, or if it was done at some later date to
fix leaks. At any rate, it is coming loose in several areas and needs to be dealt with.
As it is used as a daysailer, the planks swelling and shrinking is an issue. If I strip off
all of the glass and go with traditional methods, will the bilge always be full of water
because the planks won't have time to swell. Or should I reglass outside the hull using
modern methods and just try to keep the inside as dry as possible. The inside of
the boat was never glassed, just painted with many layers of paint. I realize there
are many schools of thought regarding fiberglassing plank hulls. However, I have
also noticed the opionions vary with regard to the type of boat and how it will be used.
Any opinions, experiences or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!!!