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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

3 Guys, 12 Hours and 1 Leaking Boat...


Jackson Skiff is a locally built boat from the 50's used for crabbing. She's shallow draft for the area water, economical on fuel, fun to drive, and has been consistently leaking in the stern. So when its her turn to come out for summer maintenance, we want her to go back in looking good and staying dry. Once we remove the fuel tank and drop some planks off the back end, it's not hard to see what the problem has been.

Over time the rabbet has become chowdered and the rudderpost hole (which was probably drilled too big to start) has become bigger to the point of meeting up with the rabbet. This allows water to flow steadily in behind the planking. Jackson has a tendency to dry out quickly when out of the water so putting her back in before the weekend of 100 degree heat was the goal. That leaves a day and a half to to fix and launch her so we can make sure she's swollen up before we go to the pub.

Here we have chopped off out side portion of the horn timber that forms the rabbet. Also set up a guide to drill a bigger hole  for a plug being made.

With hole drilled and the plug made, a hole more fitting for the rudder post is drilled into the plug. The plug is then glued into the horn timber.



                                                Next in the sequence, is to reform the rabbet with a new piece of white oak. While this being cut and installed, one of the boys is milling stock for new planks. On a job like this, its important to think two steps ahead.


                          
As the new piece is being bedded and fastened, cross planking goes on the bottom. This traditional way of planking a bottom is both quick and reliable.
Caulking has been done in the seams and bottom paint is being applied  while the last hole for the rudder post is drilled back down through the plug. Its important that all the drilling is done accurately so the rudder moves easily.

After marking the waterline and touching up paint, shes ready to be launched.


She is now back in her home and dry as we could hope...and we made it to the pub on time to start the weekend off right with a job well done and a cold beverage.







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