Thanks guys for the warm response and your honest thoughts.
I knew I wouldn’t regret signing up to this forum. I will document my progress with pictures the before & after for those who asked. Bur first, I need to get a new camera. I believe you swayed my decision to stay away from the fiberglass cloth, saving me a lot of time and a small fortune. The boat is now an all plywood design, with a recently replaced ¾ marine plywood bottom. The stem has also been replaced and internal seats. Strengthen side Gussets. & top side inner rail added. I don’t know what type of wood they are. I was informed that Kelsey Marine, I think they are in Branford CT did the repair and add-ons . May I add a very nice job at that from what I can perceive, the Squid that I am.
Don’ t threat, eventually the Brockway will return to its original home the Ct shorelines and the Triumph will stay on Lake Winnipesauke in Meredith New Hampshire. But for now my goal is to be one of the few in Lake Winnipesauke old boat show parade in an old Brockway skiff in the wakes of all the Chris crafts and Steamers
I sure I’ll get a lot of strange looks from those guys in there metallic colored Triton bass boats when I fish the lake.
I know some of your will probably grit your teeth at what I am going to tell you. A friend of mine is an expert media Blaster and Trust me has, He has blasted clean hundreds of wooden boats with little or less damage than conventional sanding methods He has generously offered to the job for me. Which will save me a ton of time and I believe will do a better job in the crevices than I could ever do by hand. He is the only one I wood ever trust to blast my boat. After this is done, I think then I fill minor wood cracks with Marine Tex and or West System epoxy and powder what do you think?
Any real bad spots will obliviously have to be addressed at that time and decide whether the wood actually needs to be replaced totally. Some of you probably think all this is over kill and would probably run the boat as is . But what I have in mind is preservation and longevity of a good fishing boat so why not make it look nice too?
Naturally I bought the boat with out my wife’s knowledge & consent figuring what’s done is done and least we won’t have to argue about it more than once. I think I stole her for $650.00 package deal for a clean as a whistle-1983 Evenrude 25 hp, galvanized trailer, and 15’ 11”. antique Brockway Boat Unfortunately the previous owner has real bad back problems so before it went to hell, he gave it a good home. I think most of you would have done the same thing and snatched it up, given the opportunity.
After learning more about the boat by mentioning to her co-worker’s and hearing there approvals, she has now taken a liking to Miss Brockway Get this, She even went as far as to giving consideration to a paint scheme. My wife wants me to paint it red with white rail blue bottom with a simple star and stripe motif and name her” Old CT Yankee” I don’t know about the paint scheme you guy’s may have to wait and be surprised. I may just yes honey her for now to not get any lip we will see.
Thanks again feel free to express yourself , Constructive criticism is always welcome.