I will begin work on my boat this fall. It's a 20 ft utility, cedar lapstrake over white oak steam bent frames. The work it needs:
- replace parts of keel or all of it
- about 4 planks
- knee in stem is soft
- some plank rot at stem
- about 10 frames need to be repaired or replaced
In what order should this work be done? Exterior or interior first? The boat interior is stripped, so it can be rolled over.
Some other questions:
1. Gaps have begun to appear between the mahogany planks above water (butt joint), because it has been stored under a tarp( with ventilation, and it is now in a portable building!) What is the solution to closing up the gaps again?
2. I have been told that cyprus is a good bottom wood. Planks are 1/2" thick finished x 5-7" wide. What are the thoughts on this wood?
I have lots of pictures to show, but I cannot figure out how to post. I would be glad to send anyone some pictures for their review.
Thanks for your help