After a year reading about wooden boat building and restoration I have finally found a project boat to occupy my spare time. It's a 5 Meter Mahogany runabout of unknown origin that was found in Germany. At one stage in it's life it has been converted to run an outboard and I think the transom has been doubled. Recently the boat has been stripped for restoration and stored inside for many years. Most of the hardware has gone missing as well as the drive-train. Someone once told me that the two best days of wooden boat ownership are the day you buy and the day you sell but as an avid woodworker, I'm determined that this won't be true.
Now to the questions:
As you can see in the photos, there are some cracks near the bow in the top side planks on both sides, is my best bet to replace the planks or are there other solutions?
The Transom is made of 2 1inch planks laminated together, Does this seem like an original design feature or do you recon that this was added when she was converted to an outboard?
I have also found a motor and gearbox for the boat. It is a Ford Sea Tiger 4cyl and the owner doesn;t know how many horsepower it has. I have found precious little on these engines, does anyone know of them? I have heard they were made with between 59 and 100 hp.
As my subject reads I am in the Netherlands and looking to make contacts in the wooden boat world... so far all I've found is students trying to keep bundles of rot afloat for another season and guys who won't speak to you if you don't have a riva... Anybody ever heard of a wood boat club in NL?
Any advise on the above would be greatly apreciated.