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Friday, February 5, 2015

February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

Rob’s Folly (Continued from 2014)
Rob is partway through the restoration of his 1963 Thompson lapstrake runabout. With engine removed, the boat has been moved to the shop of Michael Cooke, north of Burke’s Falls, Ontario. Muskoka winters can be particularly frigid, with night-time temps. falling to -25 Celsius or below. Mike’s large shop is wood heated, and will only rise 20 degrees above the outside temperature, so work is scheduled on warmer days. Generously, Mike (the expert) allows Rob (the novice) to assist…helping to keep the costs down.
Despite a local mechanic’s comment that removing an outdrive is easy… “just unscrew the four big bolts”, it was anything but! Exhaust pipe, wiring, steering mechanism, etc. all had to be disconnected… not an easy task when the outdrive hadn’t budged in 50 years.
Finally, it popped! What is left is quite a mess!
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The next stage in the restoration involves removing two starboard bottom planks, one port plank, as well replacing a number of ribs and the interior keel. Of course, the bottom planks have to be unscrewed/unbolted from the exterior. Mike will need multiple chiropractic treatments after this exercise!
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Removing planks from a lapstrake hull is tricky, especially when they’re embedded with sikaflex. A thin, wide pry bar helps to loosen the planks. A rubber mallet completes the job. The photo below shows the missing plank
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Marine mahogany plywood has been delivered from “Noah’s” in Toronto. This wood will replace the rotten planks. It’s quite expensive, (about $140 per sheet) but guaranteed by Lloyd’s of London to be seaworthy! Note: “Regular” plywood should not be used for marine applications
Stay tuned for the ribbing and keeling!

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