The Big Book of Wooden Boat Restoration: Basic Techniques, Maintenance, and Repair
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The Big Book of Wooden Boat Restoration is the perfect introduction or reference guide for both novice and experienced wooden boat enthusiasts. Author Thomas Larsson, one of Sweden’s most experienced and premier wooden boat restorers, has compiled his knowledge of the craft for readers and placed it in this book. This ultimate guide to restoration contains useful facts and an extensive glossary, accessible to both new hobbyists and longtime boat lovers.
Also within this book are chapters on boat care, including winter maintenance, racing, finishing, and stripping. Additionally, there is updated information on boat building, gluing, and tools. The most extensive part of this book consists of chapters that describe the detailed clean repair of wooden boats—everything from plug accession and bonding to changing socks and bottom engine installation.
Larsson includes a history of boat building and provides a nice glimpse of different wooden boats with more than two hundred sketches and photos in both color and black-and-white. He explains how staying on top of maintenance keeps a unique fleet of wooden boats alive. With practical instructions and fact boxes with advice and tips, this book will teach you all about maintenance: surface treatment, scraping the hull, equipping the boat in the spring, and looking after it in the winter. Also included are tips on buying a boat, installing an engine, and more.
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on the inside. It’s nice if signs of the old boat owners are still there; worn ladders and thresholds gives the boat patina. The furnishings were often varnished with pure oil varnish. If a cabinet door or other piece of the interior is put in the blazing sun, the oil varnish may bubble, and you will be forced to scrape it clean. You may want to remove the ceiling and clean behind and possibly oil at intervals of every five to ten years. Protect against rot and give the ceiling a thin coat of
in North America. While writing this book, there has been an issue with which materials to recommend instead of red lead, both when it has been used as paint as well as when it has been used as putty, while assembling planking, for example. Red lead paint for wood was based on lead oxide and raw linseed oil. You could have, depending on interest and ambition, either mixed it yourself or bought it ready mixed. If you mixed it yourself, you stirred the red lead pigment in water, 2 cups (½ liter)
the ribs may break. The radius of the ribs affects their tension—the smaller the radius, the greater the tension. Repairing The Frame Laminated frames. Laminated frames came into use after World War II with the help of the adhesives developed in the war industry. Today, there are frames from the 1950s that are coming unglued, especially those in which the rib ends have been exposed to bilge water. If the ribs are riveted or bolted, they will keep together despite the adhesive releasing. The
new frames. FIGURE 104 } New frames and floors ready for installation. FIGURE 105 } The frames have been replaced, the boat is launched, and the mast is on. FLOORS The floors connect the heels of the frames to the keel and are a major joint, much as the spine is essential to the ribs. During construction of a boat, the floors can be installed at various times. If the boat is built with iron frames or laminated wooden frames, the floors and the frames are mounted directly on the stems and
screwed in without the plugholes drilled (it breaks easily from the weakening that plugholes cause) and with washers under the screw heads. When the trim has acclimatized for a few days, it is taken off and then mounted with sealant and plugs. FIGURE 185 } The curve on the semicircular trim at the bow of motorboats is often highly curved in the vertical direction. The trim is stiffer vertically so the curve can then be templated and then sawn up. When a semicircular trim is screwed on, the